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This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food regulation, legislation and worker safety. Worker injury and safety cases, updates on all things Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) act related and ammonia, carbon monoxide or other potentially hazardous substances leaking or spilling can be read under this tab. 

Applegate recalls 15,000 lbs. of chicken nuggets

The poultry producer has recalled several tons of frozen chicken nuggets under its Applegate Naturals brand after consumers complained of plastic particle contamination.

Cargill pays $187,500 to settle Clean Water Act violations

Cargill has agreed to pay $187,500 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at two different large oil storage facilities.

Intelligent design: eAgile launches RFID smart packaging

The company’s eSeal RFID packaging technology is designed to increase the security of food products, and facilitate traceability.

UL joins with Green Endeavor on food sanitation

The two companies are partnering to develop safe, sustainable cleaning products and methods for food environments.

DOJ files injunction to stop ‘adulterated’ cheese distribution

A civil complaint has been filed against S. Serra Cheese Company of Clinton Township, Michigan to prevent the distribution of adulterated cheese, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Chosen for frozen: Researcher awarded for food-freezing technology

The Frozen Food Foundation has saluted a Washington State food scientist with its fifth annual Freezing Research Award for advancing technology in the field.

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Standards accreditation allows expansion – Intertek

Intertek has achieved initial accreditation of Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Food Safety Fundamental Standards allowing it to expand its food safety certification program.

OSHA investigating Pilgrim’s Pride fatality

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating a fatality at a Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Texas this week.

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Unapproved milk found in Hong Kong

Safa Milk imported from a source of manufacture not approved by the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene, has been found in Hong Kong, according to a spokesman for the...

Contamination detection needs to improve to appease retailers, says Mettler-Toledo

Inspection system features like reject confirmation systems and locked reject bins can help confectionery manufacturers stay abreast of the exacting safety demands of big retailers, says Mettler-Toledo.

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.

New Zealand

‘New guidelines could apply to other honeys, not just manuka’

The manuka honey labelling guidelines released last week by the New Zealand government are not accurate, the country’s oldest producer has argued.

Extending egg storage time would increase Salmonella risk - EFSA

Extending the storage time of eggs at home or retail would increase Salmonella risks, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Wawona Packing expands fruit recall out of Listeria concerns

Wawona Packing is broadening its voluntary recall of packaged fruits sold to Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and other US retailers, out of concern for Listeria contamination.

OSHA slams Packaging Corporation of America for amputation hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing fines approaching $112,000 against Packaging Corporation America for allegedly failing to protect its workers from amputation and other serious hazards.

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Cambridge conveyor lands halal certification

The company’s metal conveyor belts are the only ones in the US to be certified acceptable for food products consumed by observant Muslims.

ADM to pay $430,000 settlement for violations

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $430,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five large oil storage facilities.

Clean scene: IAFP hones in on food safety

The International Association for Food Protection will feature workshops, presentations, and technologies for safety-minded professionals all along the supply chain.

USDA keeps existing line speed in poultry inspection rule

The maximum inspection line speed is to stay at 140 birds per minute for companies that opt into an updated poultry inspection rule by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Safety first: Partnership promotes food knowledge and industry growth

Elevate Canada and Alchemy Systems are joining to build the country’s food industry with job development and safety training.

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Bureau Veritas receives FSSC 22000 audit backing

Bureau Veritas Certification has received a license for certification audits against the FSSC 22000 standard’s Food Packaging Materials element.

spotlight on poultry processing after guardian investigation

How do you ensure food safety with tight margins and changing demand?

Poultry processing plants are not just talking about food safety: they are proactively looking to enhance measures throughout operations, says CMS Technology. 

US and Mexico align on produce safety

Food safety officials from the US and Mexico have announced plans to unite on increasing the safety of fresh and minimally processed foods.

"Fraudulent practices must be tackled to target the weakest links in the food supply chain": EU commissioner.

The horse meat 7: Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia test positive for horse DNA

Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia have all tested positive for horse meat labelled as beef in the latest round of DNA tests conducted by the European Commission....

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Inspectors shut down meat processing plant

Food safety inspectors have ordered the closure of a meat and poultry facility after inspectors found 136 different safety and sanitation violations at the site.

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