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Food Standards Scotland jumps final hurdle

The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up a stand-alone body in the country has passed into law.

'Need for improved risk communication' to consumers on raw milk: EFSA

The risks associated with drinking raw milk should be better communicated to consumers, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended.

Senator urges FDA action on insanitary conditions

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violations are ‘far too private’ and punishments are ‘far too lax’, according to a US Senator.

Police investigate Cali bakery over drug-laced bread

Police have launched an investigation into a Californian bakery that was shut down after bread containing drugs sickened more than 30 consumers.

DuPont hit with fine for air pollution violations

DuPont has been fined $531,000 for alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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‘Urine deep trouble!’ – UK conman prosecuted for fake whisky sale

A UK conman has been prosecuted for trying to sell bottles of vodka and whisky that he had refilled with urine and even laced with faeces.

Pecan Deluxe Candy fined after worker loses thumb

UK based confectioner Pecan Deluxe Candy has been fined after an employee’s thumb was severed by an unguarded chocolate hopper at the company’s factory.

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IFC promotes food safety standards in Azerbaijan

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Azerbaijan’s National Confederation of Entrepreneurs are raising awareness of benefits from modern food safety systems.

ECHA has launched a public consultation on the report running until June

Germany and Norway propose PFOA restriction

Germany and Norway have proposed a restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts in concentrations equal to or greater than 2 parts per billion (PPB).

Eight-year-old died from E. coli O157:H7 infection

Massachusetts parents sue Whole Foods, beef supplier for allegedly causing son's death

A Massachusetts couple has filed suit against Whole Foods Market and a Missouri beef supplier, alleging its E. coli-contaminated beef caused the death of the couple’s eight-year-old son.

Broad range of constituents represented

Appointees join National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term.

Global discussion on methods of analysis and sampling

USDA, FDA to host public meeting ahead of Codex committee session

Two federal agencies will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2015, to offer information and receive comments on the 36th Session of the Codex Committee on...

Trade groups, regulators, academics, consumer groups involved

Walmart’s campaign to improve poultry safety, Part 2: Stakeholder engagement

Part 1 of this article described the strengthened poultry safety program Walmart has announced. Part 2 discusses how the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations have agreed...

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Drug laced sweets concern prompts warning

Sugary sweets laced with LSD may be being sold in the Greater Manchester area of the UK, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Ryder makes food safety plans for 2015

Food safety initiatives are going to top the agenda with upcoming legislation so the firm can take the lead in the area, according to Ryder System.

Suppliers must meet new guidelines by mid-2016

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

Birds Eye Foods faces fine after OSHA inspection

Birds Eye Foods has been fined almost $110,000 for exposing workers to extreme temperatures without the necessary equipment.

Bruker pays $2.4m to resolve SEC charges

Bruker Corporation has resolved Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges around providing non-business related travel and improper payments to Chinese government officials to try and win business.

FDA takes action against ‘unsanitary conditions’ at RZM Food Factory

A distributor and processor of sprouts has stopped operations after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) repeatedly found unsanitary conditions during inspections.

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EFSA to reveal BPA opinion in January 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish its scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) in January 2015.

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Ammonia leak at Texas Pepsi plant sparks evacuation

A Pepsi bottler was forced to evacuate around 40 staff from its bottling plant in Mesquite early on Wednesday morning due to a minor ammonia leak.

Guest article: Mr Behr and Mr Khan, Food Litigation practice at Keller and Heckman LLP

Food safety audit firms may be held liable for consumer injuries from negligent inspections

A food safety audit firm can be held to answer in court for claims that its negligence in performing an audit resulted in the sale of contaminated food and the...

Retailer expands on employee engagement

Walmart VP: To make gains in food safety, focus on behavior (Part 1)

To improve food safety outcomes, educating consumers about food safety must go beyond providing information to evoke behavioral change, according to Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s VP of food safety.

Mexican horsemeat imports suspended after audit findings

The import of horsemeat from Mexico has been temporarily suspended by the European Commission, according to Humane Society International (HSI).

New Zealand

30% of NZ baby food contains pesticide residues

New Zealand baby food contains nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to an analysis of government data, food safety groups have highlighted. 

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