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Sinton Dairy Foods Co. cited by OSHA for workplace violations

Sinton Dairy Foods Co. has been cited for 14 workplace violations with proposed penalties of almost $75,000.

CFIA details latest licence incidents

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the licence of one firm and reinstated another under increased scrutiny in separate cases.

EC proposes reduced legislation in wake of horse meat crisis

The European Commission has proposed reduced legislation and tougher fines among a raft of measures to protect against food fraud in light of the recent horse meat scandal.

Worker slices arm after safety glove failure

A large UK butchery firm in Lewisham, London, has been fined for safety failings after an employee sliced his forearm because his safety gloves offered insufficient protection.

Warning letters show companies still vague on nature of website language

Now, almost 20 years after DSHEA became law, some companies seem to be just starting to get the message that the regulations governing health claims language don’t apply just to...


OSHA cites AB InBev alleging ‘serious’ US safety violations

An influential US Department of Labor safety body has cited Anheuser-Busch, alleging that the firm failed to protect Houston brewery workers from exposure to carbon dioxide and other workplace hazards.

Food safety concerns spurs rise in antimicrobial coatings

A report by market research outfit Frost & Sullivan indicates antimicrobial food coating technologies and products are surging, thanks in large part due to concerns over increasing food safety, quality...

Mettler-Toledo launches high-speed inspection for fresh food

The CLS Series from Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision comprises three machines geared toward inspection and label verification of fresh food packages.

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Dolco Packaging Corp., cited by OSHA

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dolco Packaging Corp., a division of TekniPlex Inc., with 12 serious safety violations following an inspection at...

Producer groups launch FSMA guidelines

With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) looming on the horizon, a number of food processing organizations are taking a proactive bent and offering up resources to help member companies...

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Judge orders new deadline for FSMA reforms

A U.S. judge in federal court has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to come up with a new timetable to implement Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)...

Study on metal levels in rice retracted

After making waves with a study claiming rice from some parts of the world is prone to dangerous levels of metal contamination, the researcher behind the report has withdrawn the...

Beef Products Inc. pays penalty after ammonia leak which led to worker death

Beef Products Inc. will pay a $450,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations in Iowa relating to released ammonia that killed one employee and left another permanently disabled, according to...

Necco faces $133,000 fine for ammonia release

Necco is facing $133,000 in fines after being cited for 19 serious health and safety violations after an ammonia release at one of its plants.

Some food pathogens increase in US

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that while levels of reported food-related illnesses are steady or declining, others are on an uptick.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. faces fines after worker fatality

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has been cited with almost $60,000 in proposed penalties after a worker fatality and other violations at its plant in Georgia.

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Marshfield Food Safety adds Roka Bioscience food pathogen detection

Marshfield Food Safety, a Wisconsin-based testing laboratory, has implemented the Atlas System at two of its 11 locations.

California officially adds BPA to its dangerous chemicals list

The state of California has placed bisphenol-A (BPA) on its ranking of dangerous chemicals that should not be used in products consumers are exposed to.

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Transparency and traceability vital in ensuring food safety, says LRQA

Food firms need to ensure transparency and traceability up and downstream in their supply chain to minimise risk, according to Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).

German authorities acted in line with law in case against Berger Wild, says EU high court

German authorities did not go against European Union law when they warned the public about the condition of meat found at a wild game venison plant, the EU high court...

Strapped by FSMA, FDA seeks authority for new user fees in budget request

The US Food and Drug Administration has requested a $4.7 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2014, an increase of $821 million, or 21%, over FY 2012.  The biggest chunk...

BPA report conclusions “concerning”, says PlasticsEurope

The French Health Authority’s report that Bisphenol A (BPA) poses health risks for pregnant women and unborn children is “in contrast with the most recent global scientific consensus”, according to...

Alcoa to clean-up US river after EPA finalises plan

Alcoa will clean-up a US river at an estimated cost of $243m after chemicals from one of its sites were found to have contaminated river sediment.

Chung Products shuttered due to sanitation concerns

Chung’s Products has been shut down after a US court ruled that some of its products could be “contaminated with filth and unsafe and injurious to health”.

Tyson to pay $4m penalty to settle EPA case

Tyson Foods will pay almost $4m in civil penalties in relation to eight accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia which resulted in one death, multiple injuries and property damage over four...

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