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MPI issues raw milk safety reminder

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has said raw milk is a high risk food and it's important that consumers understand why.

China direct

Food safety chief: FDA struggling to cope with scale of adulteration

China’s food authorities are unable to keep up with cases of chemical and drug adulteration, according to the head of its Food and Drug Administration.


Unraveling the reasons behind Taiwan’s ban on GMOs in school meals

The regulation of GMOs in Taiwan is a complex story, as is the case worldwide, and the interplay of politics, science and business behind the scenes constantly modulates legislation, research...

Traceability from tree to table: Italy launches olive oil certification label

A certification label added to bottles of Italian extra virgin olive oil will combat fraud and allow consumers to trace their oil from tree to table, the Italian olive oil sector has...

NZ gets new food law, revised standards take effect across Australasia

New Zealand has implemented a new food Act this month, which places increased emphasis on manufacturers to take responsibility for managing food safety.

Weetabix recalls Oatibix Flakes over rubber contamination fear

Weetabix Food Company has recalled four batches of its Oatibix Flakes in the UK over fears they may contain pieces of rubber.

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Japan’s FSMA preparation subject of FDA delegation trip

Public seminars in Japan on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules drew the largest audiences to date, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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FDA identifies focus areas for requested funding

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it planned to focus on two areas as part of additional resources for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Special Edition: Product Inspection Systems

X-ray ‘most viable option’ for inspection of metalized pouches

For consumers and retailers, metalized pouches are a fantastic prospect but for manufacturers they pose a different challenge – that of product inspection.

Mars issues mass chocolate recall due to plastic

Mars Chocolate has recalled a variety of chocolate bars after plastic was found in one of the products.

FSA considering change in egg safety advice

An expert group set up to look at safety has found a reduction in the risk from Salmonella in UK shell eggs since its last report 15 years ago.

South Asia radius

FSSAI adopts charm offensive to woo industry experts

As it embarks on a process to restore a battered reputation after a bruising year, India’s food regulator is courting commercial food figures to work with it on new policies....

EFSA panel conditionally backs food preservation technique

A different method to generate gaseous chlorine dioxide (ClO2) can be used in cold food storage areas under certain conditions, according to a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel.

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FDA names two more regional training centers

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has named the second two regional centers tasked with ensuring local producers can meet Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements.

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Egg seller fined for extending best before dates

A London egg packer and wholesaler has been fined for extending ‘best before’ dates on eggs.

Food contaminated with dead insects among advice line calls

An animal tooth in jam; a beetle in a burger bun; a worm in a chicken nugget and a snail in pick ‘n’ mix sweets were some of the contaminants...

South Asia radius

FSSAI extends licence deadline again after 1 in 15 businesses register

India’s food regulator has been forced to push back its company registration deadline after just 3.3m out of 50m businesses obtained a licence.

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Nestlé Canada recalls infant formula after customer complaints

Nestlé Canada is recalling four batches of infant formula due to a quality issue triggered by consumer complaints.

Seafood company closed due to alleged food safety problems

Sullivan Harbor Farm has been shut down for processing seafood in unsanitary conditions but the business has since been sold and plans to re-open once given approval.

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Frittered: McCain issues recall after customer complaint

McCain Foods USA is recalling more than 25 thousand pounds of bacon fritters possibly contaminated with plastic after a consumer compliant.

Obama’s budget proposal attempts to fill FSMA funding gap, but likely falls short, industry claims

President Obama’s fiscal budget proposal significantly bolsters funding for food safety, but industry stakeholders doubt it is enough to ensure the Administration’s desired legacy.

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Hormel Foods issues recall after flashlight parts found

Hormel Foods Corporation is recalling 450 pounds of beef products after parts of a flashlight were found in the production area.

FDA pauses non-toxigenic E. coli testing in cheese

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to pause its testing program for non-toxigenic E. coli in cheese while it re-evaluates the issue.

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ASDA third retailer to pull Camembert

ASDA became the third UK retailer in the space of less than a week to pull a Camembert product from its shelves due to the potential presence of the bacterium Listeria...

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Iron Apple International partners with SAI Global on Preventive Control Plan

Iron Apple International has partnered with SAI Global to meet food safety transportation regulations.

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