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FDA to review phthalates safety following NGO petition

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to review the regulatory clearances for 30 ortho-phthalates used in food packaging.

WHO and FAO want feed industry data to help manage E.coli risk

Two UN bodies have initiated a global call to solicit data in order to help them provide scientific advice to guide the development of appropriate Codex standards or guidelines on...

Report: Almost all Vietnamese cattle and seafood farms use antibiotics

A staggering number of cattle seafood farms across large areas of Vietnam have been found to feed their stock antibiotics, the country’s animal welfare authority has found.

Foodex 2016

Food fraud – Does the punishment fit the crime?

More education needs to be done in the supply chain and to promote the pattern of sharing information in the fight against food fraud, according to Prof Tony Hines, director,...

News in brief

Glen Turner extends rum recall for bottles containing fragments of glass

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced Glen Turner has extended its recall of rum products produced for Asda and Aldi as they may contain small fragments of glass.

Foodex 2016

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’

‘We could be consuming food all the time that is not authentic but we wouldn’t know about it until afterwards’, according to Andy Morling, head, Food Crime Unit, Food Standards...

China direct

Chaotic distribution system provides fertile ground for fake formula

Chaotic sales channels are to blame for Chinese counterfeiting scandals such as the recent case involving 22,600 cans of fake milk powder produced and sold under the brands of US...

Foodex 2016

Deb Group: ‘Foodborne diseases result in 420,000 deaths a year’

Every year foodborne diseases cause one in 10 people to fall ill and can be deadly, resulting in 420,000 deaths, according to Deb Group, which plans to launch The Deb...

Thermo Scientific X-ray specializes in wider, taller packages

Thermo Scientific has launched the NextGuard C500 X-ray System which accommodates wider, taller packages.

China direct

Thousands of cans of Chinese fake formula still unaccounted for

Food safety authorities are scrambling to locate an estimated 3,300 cans of fake infant formula masquerading as popular domestic and international brands after nine people were arrested for their roles...

FDA rule on feed, animal food transport sees welcome updates

Revisions within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule on the safe transport of feed and food are supported by the feed sector.

FDA finalises FSMA rule for food safety during transport

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule to help prevent food contamination during transportation.

USDA proposes eliminating ‘redundant’ trichinae control requirements

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is proposing a rule to eliminate what it called ‘redundant’ trichinae control requirements for pork products.

China direct

Shanghai expands blacklist to incorporate stricter penalties

Food regulators will expand Shanghai’s food and drug blacklist to include individuals and companies that are found to use expired materials in food production, in a move prompted by recent...

6 NGOs file lawsuit against US FDA over perchlorate in plastic packaging

Six public health and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a petition restricting the use of perchlorate in food packaging.

Painted olives, monkey meat & fertiliser sugar: Europol's global food fraud crackdown

From olives painted with blue copper sulphate to monkey meat and sugar laced with fertiliser, Europol and Interpol have seized 10,000 tonnes of fake food in their biggest global operation to date....

Aldi and Happy Shopper snacks recalled over production hygiene fears

A raft of baked and snacking products sold by businesses including retailer Aldi and wholesaler Booker in the UK have been recalled over fears they were produced in unhygienic conditions.

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company non-BPA liners for cans

‘Significant progression’ as Del Monte Foods converts to non-BPA packaging

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company’s announcement that it is switching to BPA-free lined cans by 2017, Del Monte Foods, has revealed this week it is converting to...

Campbell Soup Company BPA Reaction

‘It should not come as a surprise consumer activists are growing impatient with brands’

Comments have been flooding in from consumer groups and industry associations following the announcement that Campbell Soup Company will switch to BPA-free lined cans by 2017.

Bangladesh gets new regulator to oversee revised food safety law

Bangladesh’s new food safety regulator will commence operations in April with a brief to prevent the production and sale of adulterated food items, the country’s food minister has announced. ...

‘The transition has taken longer than anticipated’

Campbell Soup Company to switch to non-BPA lined cans in 2017

Campbell Soup Company has announced it will move to cans which do not use Bisphenol A (BPA) linings by the middle of 2017.

Agr International: ‘Southern Asia is one of the fastest growing packaging markets’

Agr International, which develops and manufactures laboratory and on-line testing/quality control devices for containers and similar products, has opened a Service Center in Bangkok, Thailand.   

Unsanitary conditions alleged at Native American Enterprises

A civil complaint has been filed against Native American Enterprises (NAE) seeking to close it due to food safety concerns.

Interpol assists in uncovering illegal fishing investigation

Six people have been arrested and a further 13 are under investigation after a Spanish investigation into illegal fishing.

EBRD and FAO supporting Georgia dairy sector

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are joining forces to support Georgia’s dairy sector.

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