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PASS launches food complaints service

Public Analyst Scientific Services (PASS) has launched a service to investigate reports of food faults received from consumers and manufacturers.

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen

More than a quarter of soy sauce brands tested by the Hong Kong Consumer Council have been found to contain a possibly carcinogenic compound, while a similar number failed to...

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Counterfeit vodka finding leads to suspended sentence

A man has been given a suspended sentence at Runcorn Magistrate’s Court after unsafe counterfeit vodka was found in his taxi.

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Wholesaler prosecuted for supplying goat meat found to be sheep

A UK meat wholesaler has been prosecuted after supplying sheep meat instead of goat.

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MPI investigates potential unregulated meat sales

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating an alleged unregulated meat premises.

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ANAB offers accreditation to GFCP

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is offering accreditation to the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).

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Food safety reform subject of Georgian and Moldovan conference

Progress on food safety control systems and consumer protection was the subject of a conference in Georgia.

Allergic reaction to milk in Japan started internal investigation

IKEA expands chocolate recall due to allergen concerns

IKEA has expanded a chocolate recall with a further six products from more than 40 countries because of insufficient labelling of hazelnuts and almonds.

Yoghurts recalled due to rubber contamination

Yoghurts supplied by Yeo Valley have been recalled from six UK supermarkets as they could contain pieces of rubber.

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CDC funds tracking, investigatation and prevention of foodborne disease

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $30m to state and local health departments to track, investigate and prevent foodborne disease.

Unilever reveals it halted cornflake production in Israel over bacterial contamination

Unilever’s cornflakes have been in the spotlight in Israel after testing by the company revealed a bacterial contamination.

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Less than 1% of raw milk cheese contaminated - FDA

Raw milk cheese had less than a 1% contamination rate for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7 and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), according to testing data from the US...

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Dairy settles with EPA on alleged environmental violations

Sunshine Pride Dairy has paid almost $180,000 to settle alleged environmental violations at a former cheese processing facility.

3D inspection of beverage cans and glasses exceeds speeds of 1,200 containers per minute

Filtec has launched AURAtec, a laser-based inspection system that detects pressure inconsistencies in glass and can containers.    

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

Weis Markets recalls 30 bakery products in metal contamination alert

Weis Markets, which operates about 160 retail stores in Mid-Atlantic states, has recalled 30 bakery products over fears they may contain metal fragments.

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RF Biocidics pasteurization process for raw almonds certified

RF Biocidics has received certification for its system to pasteurize raw almonds.

Noodle and sprout producer shut due to unsanitary conditions

A Minnesota-based noodle and sprout producer has been ordered to stop operating in court.

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FDA updates food facility registration requirements

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule to improve accuracy of the food facility registration database.

Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate found to contain mineral oil

Selected Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate purchased in Germany have been found to contain mineral oils in the packaging, according to Foodwatch.

Danish products clear of harmful residues

Meat and dairy products were found to be free from harmful residues of veterinary medicines, according to an analysis in Denmark.

TTIP could bring food safety regulations to a standstill: Report

The controversial trade deal between the EU and the US could give multinational companies increased power to challenge food laws that impact their bottom line, according to an analysis by...

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Food safety committee backs official controls plan

Draft plans to tighten up official controls for the food chain have been backed by MEPs in the food safety committee.

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USDA-FSIS to share data from slaughter and processing facilities

Food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities is to be shared online by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

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Coca Cola: Hubert's Lemonade recall 'limited'

The Coca-Cola Company has recalled some Hubert's Lemonade due to potential presence of glass in some bottles.

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