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Climate change could increase mycotoxins in maize

As temperatures rise, Dutch and Italian researchers contend we could see an increase in mycotoxin aflatoxin B1, putting maize crops at high risk.

EU aims to be best practice leader in fighting AMR with 2017 action plan

Europe will become a best practice region in tackling antimicrobial resistance with a new Commission action plan in 2017, said food and health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis today on European Antibiotic Awareness Day....

Neo-Pure’s novel kill step was designed to keep raw grains organic and pathogen-free

Toronto startup Agri-Neo’s first product and service, Neo-Pure, offers a novel “kill step” that ensures the resulting finished product can still stay true to its ‘plant-based,’ ‘organic,’ and ‘raw’ labels....

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UNIDO helps in setting up Egyptian food safety agency

Egypt has signed two agreements with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) including helping to create the Egyptian Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

WHO: Greater awareness needed around Toxoplasmosis

More awareness is needed in Europe about the risk factors for infection of Toxoplasma gondii, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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AFFI reveals food safety priorities

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has set its sights on tackling Listeria monocytogenes (Lm).

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Alcohol issues cited in JRC fraud summary

Alcohol featured heavily in the second monthly report on food fraud and authenticity by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Aldi and Menora hit by ACCC action on oregano

Aldi and Menora must regularly test to prove products labelled as 'oregano' are what they say they are, following action from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Mislabelled fish could be the sustainable choice, especially in cases of fraud - but there's a catch

Deliberate cases of seafood mislabelling often substitute cheaper (and more plentiful) species for ones that are overfished. So is fish fraud a sustainable choice for stretched fish stocks?

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Possible BPA ban could boost clean label claims

A possible ban of Bisphenol A in Europe highlights the importance of clean label claims, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

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Information sharing proposal backed by SPS Committee

A proposal to improve information sharing on trade measures relating to food safety, animal and plant health has been welcomed by WTO members.

WLGA slams proposed FSA food safety reform

Plans by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) to reform food safety regulation have been slammed by councils in Wales.

Errington Cheese welcomes Actalia’s E. coli findings

Errington Cheese has welcomed findings from a specialist dairy testing lab that its cheeses did not contain E. coli O157 implicated in an outbreak which sickened more than 20 people.  

Industry must think wider than known fraud issues – CIEH

Industry should think wider than just known issues related to products or ingredients when it comes to fraud, according to an organization representing the environmental health profession.

TPP will undermine seafood safety - Food & Water Watch

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will undermine seafood safety in the US, according to Food & Water Watch.

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Italian and Chinese officials discuss beef safety

Experts from the Italian Ministry of Health and China Food and Drug Administration met to discuss Italian agro-food products last week.

CETA trade deal signed while opposition remains

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been agreed between the European Union and Canada.

Fish and wine in Italy feature in JRC summary on food fraud

Issues with fish and wine in Italy dominate the first monthly report on food fraud and authenticity by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Thai authorities find melamine in imported feed

Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development is to blacklist a Vietnamese supplier as an inspection process reveals melamine tainted feed in an imported shipment, according to the Bangkok Post.

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Understanding the ABCs of ATP testing and key factors to consider

Every day food processors are forced to make the high-risk decision to begin production and one key factor is effectiveness of the most recent cleaning and sanitation of their manufacturing...

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‘We are entering yellow in traffic light of risk management’ - Ecolab

Managing risk and communicating that to consumers are issues the food industry is going to be facing more in the future, according to Ecolab.


Fonterra launches internal probe into expired milk powder scam in China

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has launched an internal investigation following the arrest of 19 people for selling approximately 330.7 tons (300 tonnes) of the company’s expired milk powder in...

Andriukaitis: People look for ‘black and white’ where degree of ‘grey’ is inevitable

In most science-related issues people look for "black and white" answers where almost always a degree of "grey" is inevitable, according to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety....

FSA wants to change regulation but vague on details

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will start a three month trial as it looks to move away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to regulation.

Oil spills: How to combat mineral oils in chocolate

Chocolate makers can thwart carcinogenic mineral oil contamination in products through regular testing, managing cocoa transportation and adding barrier layers in packaging, say scientists.

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