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FDA and FSIS funding set to be cut after bill approved

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks set to receive a budget cut of $16.3m for the fiscal year (FY) 2013, despite requesting an additional $253m in funding to...

EFSA approves PVC food can coating additive

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved a new additive as an ingredient in PVC coatings for food cans up to a concentration of 25%.

FDA updates Reportable Food Registry (RFR) in effort to track safety trends

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced a ‘questionnaire’ to its Reportable Food Registry (RFR) in an effort to improve the programme’s information gathering capabilities.

Canada looks to standardise food safety practices in latest modernisation move

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has outlined plans to standardise its inspection practices in an effort to keep up-to-speed with the changing food safety “landscape.”

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US chicken processor hit with proposed fine for safety violations

A chicken processor has been hit with a proposed fine of US$67,600 (€54,779) by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

FSIS confirms start of beef sampling for six non-O157 E.coli strains

Sampling of raw beef manufacturing trimmings for six non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) is set to begin from 4 June 2012, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service...

FSANZ approves new antimicrobial processing aid for meat and poultry

Food safety authorities in Australasia have approved dibromo-dimethylhydantoin (DBDMH) as a processing aid to treat all foods.

Nanotechnology in food safety will be slowed until regulations become clearer - expert

A lack of clear regulations relating to the use of nanotechnology in the food sector could hinder the commercialisation of current food safety research, a manufacturing expert has claimed.

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Cantaloupe growers vote to update food safety program

California cantaloupe handlers have voted “overwhelmingly” in support of a new food safety program, in an effort to improve consumer confidence in the safety of cantaloupes.

Nature’s One step-up efforts to cut arsenic levels in baby formula

Organic infant formula manufacturer Nature’s One will step-up its efforts to minimise and eliminate the presence of environmental contaminants such as arsenic in its products.

FSIS and beef industry praised for pre-emptive E.coli action

The US beef industry and the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have been showered with praise after showing “strong initiative” in their efforts to...

Multilayer PP-based film increases safety and shelf life, say KWH Plast

KWH Plast has unveiled a polypropylene (PP)-based film which they claim boosts product safety and shelf life for meat and ready meals.

Australia approves raw milk cheese sale proposal

Australia looks set to okay the sale of non-pasteurised hard cheeses after food safety authorities approved a proposal to sell raw milk products in the country.

EFSA risk assessment of composite foods hazard to pave the way for harmonized EU regs

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has outlined a raft of key factors needed to assess the hazard posed by pathogens in composite foods after Brussels said it needed to...

It’s all hands on deck to implement FSMA in 2012 – PriceWaterhouseCoopers

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has warned the US food industry that 2012 will be “all hands on deck” to implement the provisions of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA).

FDA nanotechnology draft guidance represents ‘marginal progress’ – petition group

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food and food contact substances represents only “marginal progress” towards regulation of the technology, a petition...

'Pre-emptive’ measures will accelerate tainted product identification - USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has outlined a series of measures to conduct future meat product trace backs in a “pre-emptive” manner to catch E.coli O157:H7 contamination at an...

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Shanghai courts vow ‘severe punishments’ for food safety violations

Food safety law violators in Shanghai will continue to be met with severe punishments including lengthy prison terms, the city’s high court has vowed.

Streamlining measures will reduce food safety regulations ‘red tape’ – Health Canada

The Canadian government has taken steps to streamline its food safety laws – reducing the ‘red tape’ that currently delays safe products entering the market.

Meat processors urge ‘inflexible’ EC to delay second phase of DSM ruling

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued guidance on and executed the first stage of its moratorium on the production and use of desinewed meat (DSM) – much to...

Mad cow disease case won’t impact processors – American Meat Institute

A rare case of mad cow disease in the US is unlikely to have a significant impact on the processing sector, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI).

EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has begun work on a new bisphenol A (BPA) risk assessment - focussing on the low dose effects of the packaging chemical.

Four indicted in US over alleged mouldy cheese conspiracy

Four individuals who allegedly conspired to scrape mould off returned imported cheese before resale have been indicted in the US on charges that could see them jailed for up to...

North American food safety authorities target substandard imports

US and Canadian food safety authorities have laid out plans to ensure the quality and safety of imported foods – publishing mirror-image campaigns within days of each other.

Increasing nanotechnology application ‘merits’ safety investigations – FDA

The application of nanotechnology in the manufacture of food and food contact substances “merits” investigation, according to draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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