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Mis-stating sodium content is commonplace, claims researcher

The level of sodium stated on a label is likely to be lower than the actual content when analysed in a lab, a researcher has claimed.

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FDA sampling to focus on cucumbers and hot peppers in 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will sample and test cucumbers and hot peppers in fiscal year 2016 under a sampling program.

EU Commission evaluating options to legislate BPA in packaging

The European Commission will propose new regulations on bisphenol A (BPA) next year due to uncertainty created by individual Member State laws and negative effect on consumer confidence.

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All Taipei hypermarkets found to have lax stock expiry practices

More than a dozen Taipei hypermarket outlets will be fined for their failure to declare their disposal methods for expired produce, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has announced.

Deficiencies found in FVO Italian milk audit

Official controls of Italian milk products were praised but deficiencies in establishment reports are often overlooked and there is ‘very little’ effective follow-up, according to a Food and Veterinary Office...

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FSMA produce rule is ‘damaging’ - FARFA

The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule relating to produce has been described as ‘damaging’, by a national organization.

Collaboration encouraged to speed up outbreak investigations

Public health departments and government agencies need to work closer with industry to understand how foods are produced and distributed to speed up outbreak and traceback investigations, according to a...

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Tyson Foods recalls chicken wings due to “off odour”

Tyson Foods is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of chicken wings because of an “off odour” scent, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

FSMA progress as FDA releases three final rules

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued three final rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Sentencing guidelines toughened for food safety offences

Guidelines beefing up potential penalties for food safety and hygiene offences in England and Wales will come into effect from next year.

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Ut-Oh SpaghettiOs! Plastic findings prompt recall

Campbell Soup Company is recalling 355,000 cans of SpaghettiOs Original due to a potential choking hazard posed by pieces of red plastic found in some cans.

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PURE targets Q1 2016 launch after FDA approval

PURE Bioscience has received an acknowledgement letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of its SDC antimicrobial as a fresh produce processing aid.

Acoura adds experience to help food clients

Acoura has made three appointments to improve food safety and help customers battle fraud.

This week Down Under

Ethical labelling: Australians mistake seedless melons for GM produce

Most Australians find food-source labelling inadequate as a growing trend leads consumers to make ethical food choices, research has shown. 

South Asia radius

Maggi noodles back on shelves in time for Diwali

Maggi noodles have returned to Indian shelves in time for the Diwali holiday, Nestlé has announced.

Food safety is a global issue which needs to be addressed locally - GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has entered into three partnerships to boost food safety.

Regulations in China

Five changes in market access to China

This year has been a big one for China’s food safety policymakers, who last month introduced changes to legislation that would serve as a regulatory framework for the coming years....

South African population to increase by 7 million by 2050

Eagle Product Inspection strengthens its market position in Africa

Eagle Product Inspection has partnered with J-Pak, in Africa, to distribute its x-ray inspection systems for applications including bakery, dairy, snacks, confectionery, cereals and grains.

Tetra Pak to improve supply chain transparency across 3,000 partners worldwide

Tetra Pak has informed all of its key suppliers they will be expected to file ethical performance reports on the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), to improve supply chain transparency.

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UN blames ‘human error’ for delivery of expired biscuits

The United Nations has blamed “human error” for sending expired biscuits to Syria as part of an aid package.

CIHEAM calls for better food security for Mediterranean wheat, corn, barley and rice industries

Intergovernmental organisation, CIHEAM (International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies), is calling on better food security to improve the wheat, corn, barley and rice industry supply chain.

Juice firm forced to close after FDA raises safety concerns

A juice manufacturer has been ordered to close after safety concerns raised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Renewed push for FDA FSMA funding in budget

Public health and consumer advocates have urged the full funding of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as final decisions are made on the fiscal 2015 budget.

Counterfeit food and beverages detained jumps 50%

Foodstuffs, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages detained by EU customs authorities jumped more than 50% over a one year period.

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