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Food Standards Scotland unveils food safety campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a Summer BBQ food safety campaign to tackle Campylobacter.

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Plastic in peanut M&Ms not from production plant – Mars

Red plastic found in a bag of peanut M&Ms in Norway did not come from the production plant in France, according to Mars.

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Cautious response to regulator’s 'inconclusive' nano-tech review

The antipodean food regulator has commissioned an advisory group to assess the safety of nano-technology following the release of two reports reviewing the effects of nano-particles in food additives and...

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Soy-based BPA alternative coating wins award

A coating technology which could be used to replace Bisphenol A (BPA) in a variety of applications has been awarded second place in a category at the 2016 Bio-Based Innovation Awards.

Decline in number of food incidents - FSA

The number of incidents investigated by the UK food safety agency declined last year, according to an annual report.

USDA urged to speed up ‘long overdue’ label revision

The Safe Food Coalition has urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ‘not delay any longer’ on revising a label for raw and partially cooked meat and poultry products.

OIG: FDA recall process could put consumers at risk

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has hit back at findings that it does not have an ‘efficient and effective food recall process’.

Shanghai officials eye completion of extensive food safety database

Supermarkets will take the lead in a process to merge Shanghai’s various food-monitoring systems into one network in a bid to improve safety management, according to officials.

Hostess recalls 710,000 cases of cakes and donuts in peanut allergy alert

Hostess Brands has recalled 710,000 cases of cakes and donuts in the US and Mexico over fears they may contain undeclared peanut residue, after two children suffered allergic reactions.

Native American Enterprises stopped from producing FDA-regulated products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken action against Native American Enterprises for what it called ‘repeated food safety violations’.

Reaction to FSMA Food Defense Rule

The last major rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was published recently. FoodQualityNews asked around for reaction.

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Health Canada weighs up ground beef irradiation

Health Canada is looking at the possibility of allowing fresh and frozen raw ground beef to be irradiated.


Officials urge calm as firms vow to remove cancer chemicals from bread

Health officials have urged consumers not to panic over the presence of cancer-causing chemicals in bread after an analysis revealed that many of India’s most popular bakery brands tested positive...

Barry Callebaut and Chocolaterie de l'Opera in chocolate recall

Chocolate made by Barry Callebaut for Chocolaterie de l'Opera has prompted a warning in more than 15 countries due to levels of benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) exceeding...

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ASPA slams senate vote on Catfish Inspection program

The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) has condemned a senate vote in favour of repealing the USDA’s Catfish Inspection program.

FDA issues rule to protect against intentional adulteration

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised the seventh and final rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

CDC: Foodborne disease outbreaks increase but illnesses down

Foodborne disease outbreaks and deaths have increased but illnesses and hospitalizations decreased from the year before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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State lab pays for violating hazardous waste laws

A state-run laboratory will pay a fine of $27,000 and spend $73,000 on equipment to settle claims that it violated state and federal hazardous waste laws at its facility in Augusta.

ECDC assesses public health risk for Olympic Games in Brazil

Visitors to the Olympics and Paralympics Summer Games in Rio, Brazil will be most at risk of gastrointestinal illness and vector-borne infections, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention...

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Grower Direct Nut Company invests in Napasol pasteurization line

A Californian nut company has invested in a Napasol pasteurization line which will be operational in time for this year’s crop.

dispatches from Analytica 2016

Regulation differentiates serious and not-so-serious companies - Merck

The food and beverage industry has changed dramatically in recent years, according to Merck, with some ‘serious hurdles’ now in place in terms of regulation and safety.

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USDA finalizes mechanically tenderized beef rule

Labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized have come into force.

Listeria alert: More Treehouse snacks pulled as sunflower seed recall extends

A raft of additional snack products are being pulled from shelves by SunOpta and Treehouse Foods over fears they may be contaminated with a bug that causes listeriosis.

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FDA issues draft guidance for small firms to comply with FSMA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft guidance to assist qualified facilities to comply with a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule.

Pilgrim’s Pride continues recall, taking total to over five million pounds of products

US-based chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride has now recalled over five million pounds (lb) of products between 7 April 2016 to 13 May 2016, confirmed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

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