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EFSA reviews chemicals in food and drink

EFSA has published an overview of its most recent data on chemical contamination of food and drink aimed at the general public.

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Oven ‘kill step’ isn’t enough for bakery food safety, warns expert

Bakers must make crucial food safety step changes beyond the oven, particularly with implementation of the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ongoing, warns a food safety specialist.

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis multiply 'surprisingly quick' in refrigerated raw milk: Evira

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis bacteria can multiply in raw milk at refrigeration temperature within a couple of days to a “illness-causing level,” the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) claims.

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Cal-Maine Foods resolves water pollution allegations

Cal-Maine Foods has resolved Clean Water Act violations at its poultry egg production facility in Edwards, Mississippi.

Quality Egg executives sentenced to jail

The owner and COO of Quality Egg have been sentenced to three months in prison for their roles in a 2010 Salmonella outbreak linked to almost 2,000 illnesses.

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Cargill recalls beef due to string contamination concerns

Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling almost 8,300 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with blue string, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service...

World Health Day: the reaction

Reaction has continued to flood in to mark World Health Day on the theme of food safety – FoodQualityNews brings you some of it that did not make our special...

World Health Day: Food Safety

ECDC unveils Seroincidence calculator for Salmonella and Campylobacter

A seroincidence calculator for Salmonella and Campylobacter has been launched by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to get an objective measurement of the problem.

CFIA slams union claims on food safety

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has slammed claims made by the Agriculture Union calling some of them ‘false’.  

L.A. Star closed due to insanitary conditions

A judge has ordered L.A. Star Seafood Company to halt operations until it demonstrates it can process compliant food.

China

Regulator: Food complaints double to half a million last year

China’s food authorities received over half a million complaints in 2014—double the number that was lodged the previous year.

European Commission to consider 700 chemicals for endocrine disrupting status

The European Commission is to look at 700 chemicals to predict whether they could be considered as endocrine disruptors.

Food chemicals may have harmful ‘cocktail’ effect

Risk assessment of food chemicals usually fails to take into account their effects when combined with other compounds – and these ‘chemical cocktails’ may be harmful to health, says new...

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bühler and APRES evaluate industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction

Bühler has carried out tests with the American Peanut Research & Education Society (APRES) to evaluate the effectiveness of industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction using Salmonella surrogate,...

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Lindt USA allergy alert for chocolate

Lindt & Sprüngli has recalled its 6.4oz Chocolate Covered Raisin Bags and 6.4oz Chocolate Covered Almond Bags due to undeclared hazelnut concerns.

GSK: "We spent two years developing this product and as yet are not sure why this is happening.”

Glaxo withdraws MaxiNutrition creatine milk over choking concerns

In-bottle creatine crystallisation is behind a full UK recall of GlaxoSmithKline-owned MaxiNutrition Cyclone Milk products over choking concerns. GSK implemented the recall after customer complaints a spokesperson told us today.

NGOs sound warning on nanomaterial risk

Advocacy groups are calling on companies using nanomaterials to take steps to avoid or reduce the risks in food products and packaging.

Software analyses food molecules to fight fraud

New software that analyses food molecules will provide cost effective ways to ensure food quality and prevent food fraud, say researchers.

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Kraft recalls 242,000 cases of mac and cheese

Kraft is recalling 242,000 cases of selected Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner after eight consumer complaints due to boxes containing metal.

TCE vapors impact more than 100 homes

General Mills faces class action over toxic solvent contamination

General Mills is being sued by a group of Minneapolis residents over its poor waste disposal of toxic cleaning solvents at an old R&D center more than 50 years ago....

Brazil bovine meat controls ‘satisfactory’ – FVO

Controls over production of fresh bovine meat in Brazil for export to the European Union (EU) are satisfactory, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

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Recall due to undeclared walnut: Cott Beverages

Cott Beverages has recalled all date codes of some of its energy drinks and sparkling water because they may contain tree nuts not listed on the label.

Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

USDA group identifies actions to reduce STEC

A working group of the USDA-FSIS has identified six actions involving sanitary dressing to reduce Shiga Toxin producing E-coli (STEC) contamination.

Pesticide residues ‘clearly exceed’ legal limits in 1.5% of European foods

Pesticide residues in raw and processed foods clearly exceeded legal limits in 1.5% of European foods in 2013, according to a new assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).