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Invisible Sentinel has Salmonella assay approved

Invisible Sentinel’s rapid diagnostic test for the detection of Salmonella species has received certification from the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

Food safety facility gives contamination a PASS

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened the doors to a specialized facility that tackles contamination and product anomalies in consumer packaged foods.

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its...

Food firm prosecuted after worker suffers crushed finger

Veetee Foods has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker’s hand was trapped by a sealing machine.

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Food safety growing issue, says Twentebelt

Food safety is an issue that is getting more attention, according to Twentebelt.

EFSA Board backs Bernhard Url to be new chief

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is backing Dr Bernhard Url to be its next executive director after its management board selected the acting chief from a shortlist.

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Food science and safety take center stage at conference

The International Conference and Exhibition on Food Processing and Technology, produced by OMICS, gives food professionals a platform to explore and share wisdom on safety and quality issues.

Salmonella action plan ‘should be delayed’

US Congress members have called for a delay in the proposed Salmonella action plan because there is a ‘lack of evidence’ that it will reduce foodborne pathogens.

ConAgra faces $117k fine for safety violations

ConAgra Foods is facing a $117,000 fine after being hit with multiple safety violations at its Columbus-based flour mill.

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FSIS fires back at inspector shortage charges

A New York Times article alleging staff gaps at the agency are causing a boom in food product recalls is not true, according to one FSIS leader.

Schwan’s denies OSHA H&S violations

Schwan’s is refuting claims by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that it is in breach of 32 serious safety and health violations at its...

EFSA BPA opinion backed by UK group

A UK scientific committee has backed the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) draft scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA).

60-SECOND INTERVIEW: THE DAY JOB

What do you do? Paula Piontek, executive VP product safety & recall, red24assist

As part of FoodProductionDaily’s series of 60-second interviews with the movers and shakers of the food and beverage industry, we caught up with Paula Piontek, an expert with more than...

Rejected nano labelling law goes back to square one

The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s proposed regulation on Wednesday.

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CFIA cancels SD Trading licence

SD Trading has had its produce licence cancelled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

FDA shuts firm at centre of Listeria outbreak

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the registration of Roos Foods, which is at the centre of a Listeria outbreak linked to the death of one person,...

McDonald’s accreditation boosts MAXStick labels kudos

MAXStick Products, which makes liner-free thermal labels for the food service and reusable plastic containers, has received certification on McDonald’s Supplier Workplace Accountability Audit.

PITTCON 2014

Pittcon puts food safety under the microscope

Pittcon brought food laboratories to the forefront for a week; is the annual technology exhibition worth the trip?

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Former dairy owner fined $75k for violations

The former owner of a US dairy has agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed consent agreement.

dispatches from EU Food manufacturing and safety summit

BRC wants 'consistency and confidence' in audits

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has appealed for stakeholder feedback to help improve certification schemes.

Iceland falls short in poultry meat controls

Iceland needs to improve the official controls of poultry meat production, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) surveillance authority.

PITTCON 2014

Ocean Optics: There’s “room for improvement” in food safety

A representative of analytic technology firm Ocean Optics says while technology related to testing for food safety and quality has advanced, more needs to be done.

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EFSA tribute after death of CEF panel chair

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has paid tribute to the chair of one of its panels who has died.

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Lift off: Actisafe launches industrial platform

Actisafe has added a height-adjustable work platform to its industrial safety products.

PITTCON 2014

Allotrope: Collaboration is vital to food safety advancement

The Allotrope Foundation is working to craft a framework that enables laboratory environments to effectively, intelligently manage systems and data.

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