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Food firm’s boss fined £14,000 for filthy factory

A food factory owner was fined £14,000 after he pleaded guilty to a total of 14 offences under food safety legislation at Bexley Magistrates’ Court.

No cracks here: EVT Egg Counter revolutionizes food processing industry

Eye Vision Technology (EVT) has launched Egg Counter, an EyeVision software to separate and count eggs on a production line.

Injunction against sprout producer linked to Listeria outbreak

A consent decree of permanent injunction has been filed against Wholesome Soy Products which shut late last year after products were linked to an outbreak of Listeria.

‘Critical shortage’ of meat inspectors, claims union

A Canadian union has claimed meat and slaughter sites in Quebec are operating with fewer inspectors than required to ensure compliance with safety requirements.

Romanian audit finds improvement but weak controls - FVO

Progress has been made but controls on the production and storage of food of animal origin remain weak in Romania, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

How to restore consumer confidence after a food scandal

Accountability is key to rebuilding consumer confidence in the industry following a food scandal  - a company’s response to accusations of contamination is almost as important as its actual role...

Listeria risk awareness should be increased - ECDC

Awareness should be increased about listeriosis from RTE foods in risk groups, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

FVO slams Russian dairy controls

The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has found ‘significant deficiencies’ in Russian controls for export of dairy products and casings to the European Union (EU).

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.

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