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Global food traceability technologies market to hit $11.15bn in 2015

Foreign producers are stepping up to tighter traceability regulations of export destinations, a trend which is pushing the global food traceability technologies market forward, according to business information portal Visiongain....

BPC urges consumers to continue to support British poultry meat, after bird flu outbreak

The British Poultry Council (BPC), Defra, and the European Commission have put damage control procedures into place following the recent bird flu outbreak on a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire,...

Merck Millipore's agar established as basis for ISO Standard

A culture medium from Merck Millipore has become the only product validated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for enumeration of E. coli and coliforms in water samples with...

Bio-Rad to pay $55m to settle bribery charges

Bio-Rad Laboratories will pay a settlement of $55m to resolve US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allegations of unlawful payments to get or keep...

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US FDA taps Mayne to head Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, boost science focus

The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) will begin the new year with a new director and a new direction. Public health scientist Susan Mayne will take...

Bakery fined $42k after worker death

Alpha Baking Co. has been fined $42,000 after an employee was killed at the Chicago plant.

Fireball pulls whiskey after EU regulation breach

Fireball whiskey has recalled products in three EU countries which breached regulations after shipping its drink there meant for North America.

BPA added to list of chemicals for assessment

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been added to a list of chemicals for assessment by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Report card: French laud nutrivigilance success

France’s nutrivigilence work – launched in 2010 to ensure safety in food supplements and some foodstuffs – has improved the quality of the food supply, the country’s food safety agency...

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Another explosive party? No, not that sort! Asda recalls Prosecco due to shattering risk

The UK’s third-largest food and beverage retailer Asda has recalled five lot codes of Prosecco due to the risk of glass bottles shattering.

Agropur milk recalled in Canada over 'premature spoilage' fears

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has pulled some fresh milk from retail shelves in the country over concerns about premature spoilage.

Davisco Foods division hit with $88k EPA penalty

A division of Davisco Foods International has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to comply with Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan regulations.

USDA’s poultry slaughter inspection rule becomes effective

The New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rule from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) becomes effective from today (October 20).

175 chemicals with known hazardous properties legally used in food packaging

175 chemicals with known hazardous properties are legally used in the production of food packaging, according to a study by the Food Packaging Forum (FPF).

Majority of food found safe in Canada

The majority of food samples meet Health Canada safety guidelines and standards, according to a report.

Icelandic meat checks violate EEA law

Icelandic legislation requiring meat product imports to undergo an authorisation procedure contravenes EEA law, according to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Australia

American consumer group demands USDA protection from Australian meat

A consumer rights group in the US has called on its country’s regulators to review and possibly revoke Australia’s meat inspection process, calling it an inherently flawed system.

Sri Lanka lifts temporary ban on Fonterra milk powder sales

Sri Lanka has lifted a temporary ban on the sale of three batches of Fonterra milk powder after "no food safety or quality issue" was identified during tests....

Appeal sees penalties reduced at chicken processing site

A judge has reduced the proposed penalty issued to a chicken processor by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

‘There is a big gap in food safety - why should people trust FCMs if they don’t trust pesticides’

Consumers are buying more organic food because of a mistrust in pesticides but the irony is there are more contaminants in Food Contact Materials which they are unaware of.

Nestlé: Is there a role for in silico toxicology in the safety assessment of packaging?

Nestlé is working with ILSI (International Life Sciences Institute) Europe, the University of Parma and its in-house Chemical Food Safety Group on in silico toxicology in the safety assessment of...

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CFIA suspects tampering in potato contamination

A possible food tampering incident involving metal has prompted the withdrawal of potatoes from Linkletter Farms, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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Dairy fined after Clean Water Act violations

E&M Farms Inc. has agreed to pay a $7,500 civil penalty to settle violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its dairy site.

An 'essential' early warning tool: the role of environmental monitoring programs

The importance placed on environmental monitoring has changed over the last decade, according to AIB International, an association which provides food safety inspections, audits and certifications.  

Sri Lanka suspends sale of Fonterra milk powder batches over illnesses

Sri Lanka has suspended the sale of three batches of Fonterra-made Anchor milk powder after complaints of illness in children.

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