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EU wants comments on Campylobacter draft regulation

The European Commission has called for feedback on draft regulation to control Campylobacter during the production of chicken meat in slaughterhouses.

Aflatoxin-free crop technique could beef up third world food security

A technique that reduces plant contamination from a toxic metabolite could help save millions of tons of crops from this threat to food security especially in the developing nations.

How to stay on top of Bird flu outbreak government restrictions

Farmers and food producers need to stay up-to-date on current legislation after UK government restrictions to tackle an outbreak of bird flu were extended to protect the food chain, says...

Two deaths linked to Listeria outbreak in cheese

A multi-state outbreak of listeriosis from soft raw milk cheese has killed two people, according to US authorities.

MEPs call on EU to create food quality agency

Food products sold under the same label continually show inconsistent standards of quality, particularly in Eastern Europe, prompting calls for a new regulatory body in the EU.

FSA sets out approach to publish meat and dairy hygiene datasets

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking comments on an approach to publishing datasets relating to meat and dairy hygiene.

Almost 500 sick and two dead but Salmonella outbreak looks to be ending

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Polish eggs looks to be subsiding, according to European agencies after almost 500 were sickened and two people died.

News in brief

‘Allegation our chicken is only 50% chicken is 100% wrong’ - Subway

Subway has called claims about the amount of chicken DNA in some of its chicken products ‘false and misleading’.

China direct

China’s food-safety watchdog chief: ‘We could do better’

China’s food regulator has acknowledged that it still faces severe challenges in maintaining food safety, even though it has seen improvements in recent years.

E. coli outbreak linked to peanut butter substitute

An outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 has sickened 12 people in five states.

News in brief

Police investigating counterfeit spirit claims

An online auctioneer has uncovered fraud involving the refilling of old bottles of whisky, rum and other spirits with cheaper and younger liquids.

Dangerous dozen: WHO lists threats to public health

Food poisoning bacteria feature in a World Health Organization (WHO) list of pathogens that pose the greatest threat to human health due to antibiotic resistance.

Sales of APAC bakery & confectionery product inspection tech to grow 6.5% by 2025

The global outlook for bakery and confectionery product inspection technology sales will see steady growth up to 2025 with Asia Pacific (APAC) remaining the largest market.

Shanghai to test officials and food staff to hammer home new laws

Food safety officials and industry staff in China’s commercial capital will start being tested on new food safety laws, according to officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

Guest article

Brewery sanitation: 5 tips for brewers looking to clean up their act

You’ve heard it before: the alcohol in the beer kills any germs. For a while now, this notion has been treated as being more or less adequate safeguarding for brewers...

News in brief

Executive order threatens protections that safeguard food - EWG

President Trump’s latest executive order threatens protections that safeguard food, according to the EWG’s senior VP for government affairs.

PolyOne dairy light blocking additive approved by Chinese Food Approval Standards

PolyOne has announced its light-blocking additive for dairy products, ColorMatrix Lactra SX, has been rated as compliant with newly introduced Chinese Food Approval standards.

Irradiated ground beef approved in Canada

Canada will permit the sale of fresh and frozen raw ground beef treated with irradiation.

Campaigners launch fresh attack on pesticide mixtures in EU food

Europeans are consuming dozens of pesticides on a daily basis, say the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), which today marked 12 years of "inaction and failure" in the EU’s attempts to...

India

20% of Kerala foods found to be adulterated

Official data has shown that one fifth of all packed food items sold in the southern state of Kerala are either adulterated or misbranded.

GAO argues again that the US should unite the 19 agencies that oversee food safety under one system

Citing an uptick in multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks and their high cost to consumers and manufacturers alike, the Government Accountability Office reiterates its 40-year argument for a single, unified food...

China direct

Watchdog revises standards, begins regulatory process for online sales

Beijing was a hive of activity last week as regulators revised standards on an extensive range of food lines, and released draft regulations on online food services for public comment.

Saputo is the latest company to recall cheese from supplier Deutsch Käse Haus

Dairy processor and producer, Saputo, has issued a recall of certain cheese products after being notified by its supplier, Deutsch Käse Haus, that some specialty Gouda cheese may have been...

Registrar Corp: FDA removes ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from database

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from its database, according to Registrar Corp.

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False Salmonella information, Moldovan support and dairy seizures

FoodQualityNews understands our readers are global and speak many languages so we are trialling a monthly round-up from food safety agencies wider than the English-speaking ones.

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