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Food testing companies profit from meat export ban

The US and Brazil are experiencing difficulties exporting to Chinese, Russian and European food markets due to levels of beta-agonist veterinary drugs in meat, in particular Ractopamine and Zilpaterol.

Lockout valves facilitate processing equipment safety

Parker Hannifin Corp. has expanded its line of pneumatic lockout valves, designed to help facilitate safe cleaning and maintenance of processing equipment.

FDA failed to keep pace with scientific developments, finds review

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to keep pace with scientific developments in many cases, according to a review of food additive safety assessments.

Compact testers promise processors accurate results

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has introduced its EZ Test EZ-X line of tabletop testing equipment, designed to meet a variety of different analytical needs.

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Judge orders FDA to publish outstanding FSMA regs by November 30 deadline

A judge in a federal court in California has ordered the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to publish all outstanding proposed regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by...

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EFSA puts back BPA opinion date again

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delayed the final adoption of its opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) until 2014.

Label-friendly ingredient controls pathogens in meats

Kemin has released BactoCEASE NV, designed to give meat and poultry processors a label-friendly ingredient to arrest Listeria monocytogenes and other foodborne pathogens in meat and poultry processing facilities.

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Audits are not just about ticking boxes, says LRQA

Audits are not just about ticking boxes and companies need to show a systematic and preventive approach to ensure food safety, according to LRQA.

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ConAgra Foods reaches settlement with OSHA over ammonia issues

ConAgra Foods has reached a settlement with the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect workers from anhydrous ammonia.

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Dairy firm fined after worker injury

An Australian dairy firm has been fined AUS$35,000 after a worker severed a finger while trying to unblock a cheese shredding machine.

EC to extend food safety inspection charges

Food processors could face soaring costs for official inspections as a consequence of the European Commission’s (EC’s) attempt to standardise ‘official controls’ governing food safety regulation across the EU....

CFIA lays down law as it suspends operations of two food firms

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has stretched its regulatory muscle through suspending the licence of two firms.

Industry groups refute latest anti-BPA study

Industry associations on both sides of the Atlantic are refuting a study that links food-contact packaging containing bisphenol-A (BPA) with obesity in pre-teen girls.

Conference tackles food protection technologies

The Global Food Protection Institute (GFPI) is hosting a conference aimed at developing innovative food protection technologies.

Gilman Cheese cited by OSHA after worker amputation

Gilman Cheese Corp. has been cited for 10 safety violations after a worker had two fingers amputated by an unguarded machine.

EU group stresses food safety focus

A group of European research organisations have stressed the importance of food safety by identifying knowledge gaps and areas which require more focus in response to concerns that the issue...

Food safety webinar showcases novel food technologies

Global Food Safety Resources (GFSR) and Novel Food Sciences are partnering on a webinar on how innovative technology can improve food safety and quality.

Food contact materials backed by EFSA

Two materials intended to come into contact with food have been given the green light by a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

FDA courses offer first line of food defense

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has enhanced its roster of web-based food defense courses, designed to help producers in America and abroad better guard against acts of intentional...

‘Safety first’ approach to BPA risk recommends reducing plastic packaging

Pregnant women should reduce the use of foods and beverages in cans and plastic containers to minimise exposure to chemicals including bisphenol A (BPA) as part of a safety-first approach....

Ishida expands x-ray detection equipment

Ishida Europe has expanded its x-ray inspection machines with the launch of a model capable of detecting metallic and non-metallic contaminants within packed products.

OSHA cites packaging manufacturer and animal protein processor

A packaging manufacturer and an animal protein processor have been cited for health and safety violations by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Thermo Fisher Scientific opens contamination screening center

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a product contamination evaluation facility in Sugar Land, TX to help food manufacturers tackle safety and quality concerns.

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Webinar to outline what's ahead in US food regulations

TraceGains is hosting a webinar entitled, “Legislative and Regulatory Outlook for the Food Industry,” on Thursday, June 20, 2013, from noon to 1 pm EDT.

DuPont applauds veggie processor for food safety excellence

DuPont Nutrition and Health has honored CA-based Taylor Farms with its Food Quality Award for its commitment to safety.

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