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New products failing to come to Indian market due to regulatory delays

New products failing to come to market due to FSSAI hold-ups

More information of food processing impact on chlorate residues needed - CONTAM

An EFSA panel has called for more data on the impact of processing on chlorate residues in food but said total daily intake at the highest estimated amount is unlikely...

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‘Easy to think, “That could never happen at my company,”’ - DOJ official

It is easy to hear allegations such as those in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Salmonella outbreak and dismiss them as an anomaly but even a tiny minority can...

Far East digest

Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals

Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals

Bakery fined after worker’s finger tip trauma

A Newcastle Bakery has been fined after one of its workers lost the tip of his middle finger in an incident with an unguarded machine.

High levels of inorganic arsenic in rice snacks, warns BfR

Industry must work to minimize levels of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based snacks as high levels pose a health risk to consumers, warns Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)....

Norden: No regulation for metals & alloys in FCMs apart from Regulation (EU) No 1935/2004

Metals and alloys in food contact materials have no ‘detailed regulation’

The Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden) has published a guidance document on metals and alloys used in food contact materials (FCMs). 

Horses for EU export possibly treated with illegal substances - FVO

Horses for export into Europe may have been treated with illegal substances in Canada within the last 180 days before slaughter, according to a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) report.

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Niagara Bottling recalls E.coli contaminated water

Niagara Bottling is recalling bottled water due to concerns that one of its spring sources is contaminated with E. coli.

Saputo recalling French Roquefort cheese over Staphylococcus contamination fear

Saputo is recalling almost a tonne of French Roquefort cheese in Canada over concerns it contains the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.

Going public with 1080 infant formula threat initially considered 'undesirable'

The New Zealand Government initially considered it "undesirable" for details of the sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) infant formula contamination threat to be made public.

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Salmonella in Nanox Nutriceuticals supplement

Salmonella has been found in a dietary supplement according to the Environmental Health Directorate of Malta.

Nestlé India to destroy Maggi noodles worth $50m

Nestlé India is destroying Maggi noodles worth an estimated Rs 320 crore (US$50m, €45m) which is stock withdrawn from the market.

PURE Bioscience hopeful of SDC market launch by end of year

PURE Bioscience has said ‘if all goes smoothly’ it expects to commercialize its antimicrobial for raw poultry processing by the end of 2015.

UPDATED: Next hearing set for June 30

Hearing set in Nestlé Maggi ban case

Nestlé India’s court case to challenge the ban on Maggi noodles has been heard today (Friday) with the next hearing set for the end of the month.

India

Maggi: Regulator to test other brands' noodles as outrage grows

India’s food regulator will test all brands of instant noodles, pasta and macaroni that contain Tastemaker masala in the wake of what has been labelled by observers as the highest...

Insect claim consumers declined to provide NAN follow-on formula for analysis: Nestlé India

The Indian consumers behind claims insect larvae were found in a pack of NAN PRO-3 follow-on formula “declined” to provide the product for analysis, says Nestlé India.

Draft guidance on importer program published by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft guidance for importers of human or animal food.

Impact of EDC criteria on food industry difficult to quantify - FDE

FoodDrinkEurope said it is ‘difficult to quantify’ the impact of criteria on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the sector without knowing how they will be identified and classified.

Nestlé CEO confident of Maggi return after market withdrawal

The CEO of Nestlé has said he is confident Maggi Noodles will return “very soon” after they were withdrawn from the Indian market due to lead level concerns.

Technology 'excludes the possibility' of insects surviving in NAN follow-on formula: Nestlé India

Technology used to produce NAN PRO-3 follow-on formula "excludes the possibility" of insects surviving in packaging, says Nestlé India. 

FSA: Microbiological contamination topped reported incidents

Microbiological contamination was the most common incident category in 2014, according to a report from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Bonduelle reduces workplace safety incidents thanks to Alchemy

Bonduelle has revealed it reduced lost-time incidents to zero and those that require medical aid by 50% after starting to work with Alchemy Systems.

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Beetle concerns in pre-packaged salads

Beetles have been found in imported leafy vegetables, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Food defense action being taken ahead of regulation - TycoIS

Major brand companies are aware of the threat posed by deliberate contamination and are taking mitigating food defense steps ahead of regulation but the risk is greater from smaller companies,...

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