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FSSAI sets out tougher regulatory red tape for imports

India’s food regulator has introduced stricter requirements across a number of food safety logistical practices in a bid to prevent sub-standard products from entering the country.

Bulgarian controls for FNAO subject of FVO audit

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has looked at primary production in Bulgaria as part of a series of audits prompted by the number of outbreaks and RASFF notifications.

EFSA panel says UV-treated milk is safe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has delivered its opinion on ultra-violet (UV)-treated milk, and it concludes that the dairy product is...

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HMI investigaton leads to fine for wholesaler

A wholesaler has been fined for selling rotten fruit and vegetables, following an investigation by the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectors (HMI).

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EU funding to combat zoonoses to protect human health

The EU has made €161m available for programmes to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses and strengthen protection of human health.

Italian health ministry cracks down on use of activated charcoal in 'black bread'

Italian health chiefs have taken a tough stance on the use of activated charcoal in baked goods – banning bakers from describing such products as bread and clamping down on...

South Africa and US agree on Salmonella testing as part of AGOA

South Africa and the US have reached an agreement on meat trade after overcoming issues such as testing for Salmonella on poultry.

BfR drives home hygiene message when handling raw food

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has urged consumers to pay attention to hygiene to avoid foodborne illness.

‘The force is with’ magnet manufacturer as it launches ‘super strong’ magnet to extract iron particles from dairy and chocolate

Goudsmit Magnetic Group, which works with Heinz, Nestlè and Barry Callebaut, has launched a  EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group) approved magnet called Hydrohansu, which extracts tiny iron (Fe),...

Food contact substances banned as industry says they are no longer used

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned three perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) that industry says are no longer manufactured anyway.

Congress approves increased food safety funding

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to receive an additional $104.5m as part of the fiscal year 2016 spending bill.

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Beef recalled due to wood contamination concerns

Huisken Meat Company has recalled almost 90,000 pounds of beef products contaminated with wood materials.

China sets out to streamline co-operation between food-safety agencies

China has announced new procedures which its hopes will ease co-operation and reduce confusion between the multitude of agencies in the country responsible for food safety.

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Blue Bell market re-entry progress amid DOJ investigation rumours

Blue Bell Ice Cream is to start phase five of its market re-entry from January 18.

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Poison blackmail response should prompt confidence in Kiwi food safety

Consumers in New Zealand and abroad should take confidence in the way a criminal blackmail threat to contaminate infant formula with a pesticide was handled, the country’s food ministry has...

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PURE pursues USDA backing after FDA approval

PURE Bioscience’s food contact notification (FCN) for use of the silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial as a raw poultry processing aid has become effective after US FDA backing.

FSIS targets poultry and beef safety improvements

Revised guidelines to help poultry processors control Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw food products have been published by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

Was the Maggi “ban” in fact a ban? FSSAI says not

India’s food regulator never “banned” Maggi noodles but instead issued a show-cause notice to Nestlé for an explanation about lead levels and product labelling, a court has heard.

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Nestlé Waters-owned company recalls tea after consumer complaints

A Nestlé Waters-owned company has recalled tea after four complaints of glass in the product.

FiE 2015: Our best bits

Our teams of journalists were out in force at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) last week. We’ve picked out some of our highlights from over one thousand exhibitors, a packed conference...

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Raw apricot kernels banned due to cyanide poisoning risk

Regulators have banned retail sales of raw apricot kernels after changes to its food standards code have come into effect.

Time needed to see FSMA rule effects - Hogan Lovells

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will result in greater accountability for food safety and is expected to reduce incidence of foodborne illness, according to the partner of a law...

Bumper response to FDA request for comments on raw milk cheese

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) call for information on cheese made from raw milk has received more than 70 comments.

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20% of Indian food samples either adulterated or misbranded in 2015

Roughly one-fifth of all food samples tested by public laboratories were found to be “adulterated and misbranded”, according to data released by India’s food regulator.

India’s ‘inconsistent’ regulator deals blow to food manufacturers

India’s food processing industry is facing an “inconsistent and restrictive regulatory environment”, according to the minister that represents it, prompting the government to implement measures to ease product approval regulations....

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