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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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MEP wants Campylobacter chicken meat limits

The European Commission should set limits for Campylobacter in chicken meat, according to a MEP.

Will partying pathogens capture public's interest?

Food safety agencies debut ads featuring dancing E. coli and salmonella

"Don’t let E. coli mosh with your food. An estimated 3,000 Americans die from a foodborne illness each year. You can’t see these microbes, but they might be there. So...

Researchers find migration of ink components on the inside of packaging

Researchers from the Spanish University of Zaragoza have carried out a PCA (Principal Component Analysis) on inks commonly used in food packaging materials and the migration of ink components to...

Warburtons fined for maintenance worker’s injury

Warburtons has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings after a worker seriously injured his hand in a conveyor.

FSIS issues cost/benefit analysis of expanding E.coli testing in ground beef

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to expand its E. coli testing of ground beef and ground beef components. Toward that end, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service...

EU food safety challenges revealed

Nanotechnology, globalisation, foodborne illness and endocrine disruptors are some of the food safety challenges named in a report.

Finland poultry system strong but could improve - FVO

Finland’s control system for poultry meat and products is organised and has extensive guidelines but still could improve, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

Sandwich firm hit with FDA action

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to stop Scotty’s Inc. from preparing and distributing tuna sandwiches as it believes them to be adulterated.

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Shop owners fined for selling rotten produce

The owners of a shop in the UK have been fined for selling rotten, damaged and incorrectly labelled fruit.  

Retiring FDA-CFSAN chief bids adieu at meeting

NACMCF finalizes norovirus control strategies document

The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) has moved closer to finalizing its recommendations on control strategies to reduce foodborne norovirus infections.

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NSF International acquires Knight International Inspectorate

Global public health organisation NSF International has acquired Knight International Inspectorate, a move that will expand its food safety certification services in the UK and Ireland.  

InstantLabs fights food fraud with seafood ID tests

InstantLabs has launched the first of a series of DNA tests for seafood, to combat the increasing problem of fraud in the sector. 

Special edition: Track and Trace

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).

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