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This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food regulation, legislation and worker safety. Worker injury and safety cases, updates on all things Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) act related and ammonia, carbon monoxide or other potentially hazardous substances leaking or spilling can be read under this tab. 

China standards unveiled, but safety woes continue

As China unveils a raft of changes to food safety standards, its inspectors are investigating the excess additives and preservatives found in children's snacks made in the country.

Law sets out chemical migration limits for gaskets

New UK legislation lays down transitional migration limits for plasticisers in lid gaskets.

Food safety requirements add value, says meat association

International food safety requirements can help make processors more efficient, according to a report by the UK's Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF).

New Zealand campylobacter fight shows early promise

New Zealand's fight against campylobacter is beginning to show signs of promise, after years of problems, the national regulator said last week.

Food safety agencies to sign cooperation agreement

In a ground-breaking move to improve food safety, the European Food Safety Authority and the US Food and Drug Administration will team up to share scientific information.

Codex to consider international food safety standards

International food safety standards on fish, eggs and infant formulas are likely to be adopted next week at the annual meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Guidance sets out processing strategy on salt

A new guidance from the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is designed to help manufacturers cut down on salt in their products without compromising quality and safety.

UK regulator issues guidance on reducing mycotoxins

A new guide for cereal farmers on reducing mycotoxins aims to reduce the presence of the toxin in the food supply chain.

Commission publishes traceability guide

A new guide for EU processors on the bloc's traceability requirements is designed to help industry comply with legal requirements.

Processors nix proposal to charge fees for risk assessments

The EU's processors have called on the bloc's administrative arm to drop a proposal that would allow the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) to charge companies fees for assessments.

EU to monitor acrylamide reduction in processed foods

A European Commission call for member states to check annually whether acrylamide levels are falling, serves to put additional pressure on processors to reduce the chemical in their products.

Directors of Irish food company sentenced to jail

Two directors of a company involved in the Euro Freeze fraud case are going to jail for four months after being found guilty yesterday of breaching Ireland's food safety laws.

EU safety agency gives nod to bird flu vaccination

Vaccination programmes of poultry with approved drugs and proceedures could be used to prevent outbreaks of avian influenza, the EU's food safety assessment agency said yesterday.

China announces food safety crackdown

China will ban bad foods and enforce stronger export controls as part of a long-term offensive, the government announced this week.

EU calls for more prescriptive rules on quick frozen foods

Quick frozen foods should be subject to more prescriptive safety rules rather than optional ones, the EU's member states said in comments on a draft international code of practice.

Europe remains cautious on use of irradiation

Europe continues to lag behind in the use of irradiation, with only 10 member states approving facilities to process foods, according to the latest European Commission report released yesterday.

Commission adds to guidance on animal by-products

The European Commission has added more details to its guidance for industry on the EU's animal-byproducts directive.

EU's chemicals law comes into effect

Europe's groundbreaking law requiring manufacturers and others to ensure that the chemicals they use are registered with a new regulator, comes into effect tomorrow.

FSA tightens cheese hygiene rules

Cheese processors in the UK have been handed tougher guidance on hygiene, following EU claims that the country's food safety authority was not doing enough to protect consumers.

Processors, packagers prepare for new chemicals law

Packagers and manufacturers are gearing up for the EU's new regulation on chemicals, which comes into force 1 June.

EFSA calls for zoonoses proposals

European countries are being asked to submit reports on incidents of zoonoses in an effort to coordinate a common food safety strategy across the bloc.

EU countdown to bird flu amendments continues

The European poultry industry has just six weeks left to prepare itself for new proposals designed to prevent the spread of H5N1 avian influenza into the food chain, the European...

FSA begins UK business guidance review

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today announced the start of a review of its own guidance, which aims to make regulations easier to understand and follow for firms.

Commission rethinks hygiene amendment proposal

A European Commission proposal to exempt small businesses from part of the bloc's main hygiene rules has been sent back to the drawing board.

EFSA seeks cloned animal studies

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called on industry and other groups to submit scientific information as part of its review on cloned meat.

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