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USDA urged to create pathogen standards for pork and beef

Three US senators have urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create pathogen standards for pork and beef products.

Cereal study urges US focus on oats to cut risk from ‘potent renal carcinogen’

Scientists researching the presence of a mycotoxin considered a 'potent renal carcinogen' in US cereals have found levels above EU maximum limits in 8% of oat based cereals tested, and...

'ALL MALTA GOYA PRODUCTS MEET FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS'

Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

Goya Foods has hit back at a study on the safety of 4-MEI in soft drinks by John Hopkins researchers, insisting that the team's data on the caramel color byproduct...

Formula-fed infants exposed to greater levels of arsenic: Study

Formula-fed infants are exposed to greater levels of arsenic than those that are breastfed, US research suggests. 

PepsiCo hits back at ‘out-of-date’ cancer risk study

PepsiCo has hit back at a cancer risk study, which linked caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI to ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk.

Investigation ongoing after worker dies at Wrigley plant

Wrigley said it is ‘deeply saddened’ to confirm the death of a worker at one of its US facilities earlier this month.

ABA HITS BACK: 'CARAMEL COLORING HAS BEEN USED FOR DECADES AND IS SAFE'

Study suggests 4-MEI in soft drinks presents 'avoidable and unnecessary' cancer risk

Soft drink consumers are exposed to an ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk through caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI, say the authors of a new US study that found comparatively high levels...

OSHA investigation under way

Contract sanitation worker dies in Tyson plant accident

An employee of a contract sanitation company has died after reportedly falling into a piece of equipment he was cleaning at a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Operation Opson IV was a joint Interpol and Europol investigation

Thousands of tonnes of fake food and drink seized

More than 2,500 tonnes of counterfeit and illicit food have been seized in 47 countries as part of a joint Interpol and Europol operation.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

Sentences revealed in oyster overharvest trial

Four people have been sentenced in relation to overharvesting, unreported and illegally possessed oysters, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Tomato peeling machine had no guards in place

Sun-Brite Foods fined $70k after worker partially amputates foot

An Ontario, Canada court has levied a $70,000 fine against tomato processor Sun-Brite Foods, after a seasonal cannery worker was seriously injured while cleaning the plant.

Tofu firm stops operating after FDA findings

Fong Kee Tofu has agreed to stop operating at least until the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finds improvements.

News in brief

Senator pushes for customer notification during recalls

A US senator has proposed legislation that would require stores to improve customer notification during a recall.

FVO finds ‘significant improvements’ during Ukrainian dairy audit

Significant improvements on the production and processing of dairy products to the EU have been made in Ukraine, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

FDA budget request outlines priorities in FSMA implementation, increased inspections

The budget request from the White House for the Food and Drug Administration is part of President Obama’s overall budget that will not see the light of day.  Nevertheless, the...

TTIP threatens EU food safety and animal welfare standards, claim NGOs

The EU-US trade deal currently under negotiation in Brussels may threaten animal welfare and food safety in Europe, a coalition of NGOs has claimed in a new report.

CCTV for slaughterhouses offers benefits for food chain - FAWC

CCTV should be installed in all areas where animals are kept, stunned and killed, according to a Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) opinion.

Obama: Single agency would provide primary voice on food safety standards

US president Barack Obama has proposed a single food safety agency as part of budget plans submitted to Congress.

Senator Richard Durbin and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro introduce Safe Food Act 2015

Single food safety agency aim for legislation

Legislation to create a single food agency has been proposed with the current system branded as ‘hopelessly fragmented and outdated’.

Highly pathogenic H5N8 found in turkeys

First US case of avian flu in commercial poultry reported in California

The first US finding of avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock this year was reported by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)...

Benefits and risk balance of eating fish must be by country - EFSA

Each country needs to set its own consumption guidelines based on assessing the risk from methylmercury against the health benefits of fish.

Goal: Prevent 50k illnesses each year

FSIS seeks 30% reduction in Salmonella and Campylobacter via new standards

Taking the next step in its Salmonella Action Plan, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and...

EFSA: BPA poses no risk

Bisphenol A (BPA) poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Consultation on proposed updates runs until 20 February

MPI looks at upping food safety fees

Feedback on changes to fees around food safety and biosecurity, including some increases, is wanted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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