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Pilgrim’s Pride continues recall, taking total to over five million pounds of products

US-based chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride has now recalled over five million pounds (lb) of products between 7 April 2016 to 13 May 2016, confirmed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Listeria fear: updated list of recalled sunflower seed products

The list of snack products affected by concerns they be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes has continued to grow in the past seven days.

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US and Canada boost food safety cooperation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognised Canada as having a comparable food safety system.

Mixed findings from FDA NARMS interim report

Monitoring of antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella in raw meat has revealed some mixed findings, according to an interim report.

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Unilever, Blue Bell, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp and Foster Farms in recalls

A recall round-up sees four separate incidents, three due to possible foreign material contamination, with Unilever, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp and Foster Farms involved.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a...

Noodle producer shuts after unsanitary inspection findings

A San Francisco noodle company has stopped production after US regulators found unsanitary conditions during inspections.

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Arrest made after intentional food contamination at grocery store

A man has been arrested and has admitted spraying food with a mixture of a commercial mouse poison, alcohol-based hand-sanitizer and water.

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ISO 22000 standard revision progressing

Revision of the ISO 22000 standard on food safety management is continuing with the next meeting planned for June.

Dole being investigated by DOJ after Listeria outbreak

Dole is being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in relation to a Listeria outbreak from packed salads.

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FDA extends comment period on treated produce assessment

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended by 60 days the comment period on the risk of foodborne illness associated with eating produce from fields were raw manure...

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Cheese producer prosecuted after food safety failings

A UK-based cheese producer has been prosecuted after consistent findings of Listeria.

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Hazelnuts, cocoa and alcohol targeted by cargo thieves - FreightWatch

Hazelnuts, cocoa, alcohol and ham were among commodities targeted by cargo thieves this month, according to FreightWatch.

Australia & NZ

Regulator mulls ‘all other foods’ maximum residue limit for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals.

Contractor dies on NOVA Chemicals polyethylene expansion plant

Investigations have begun after a contract worker suffered a ‘severe trauma’ and died while working on a stationary crane on NOVA Chemicals PE1 (polyethylene) expansion plant in Joffre, Alberta, Canada.

EFSA 'urgently' requested to assess BPA safety

The Dutch presidency has “kindly but urgently” requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to look into the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).

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,...

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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.

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‘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.

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