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Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

USDA group identifies actions to reduce STEC

A working group of the USDA-FSIS has identified six actions involving sanitary dressing to reduce Shiga Toxin producing E-coli (STEC) contamination.

Pesticide residues ‘clearly exceed’ legal limits in 1.5% of European foods

Pesticide residues in raw and processed foods clearly exceeded legal limits in 1.5% of European foods in 2013, according to a new assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

India

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration

India has acknowledged the scale of its food adulteration epidemic and has pledged to take steps to stamp it out.

Briefing

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform

We are now in the third month of what could be a landmark year for food safety in China. 

News in brief

Lebanon tackles increase in foodborne illness

Lebanon has stepped up food safety monitoring after an increase in foodborne illnesses.

NZ dairies threatened with infant formula 1080 poison contamination

Police in New Zealand are investigating a threat to contaminate infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) in an "apparent protest" over its use as a pest control poison.

USDA extends pathogen reduction comment deadline but will not delay actions

The USDA-FSIS has extended the comment period for proposed standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken, turkey products and raw chicken parts.

China

ConsumerLab takes its ingredient safety reports to China

ConsumerLab.com (CL) has launched a Chinese-language service, cn.ConsumerLab.com, to help consumers in China evaluate the safety of food products.

'More than 99%' of US raw milk samples free of drug residues: FDA survey

The Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its confidence in the safety of the US milk supply, after veterinary drug residues were found in just 0.78% of tested samples.

China

Chinese authorities plan 22-month crackdown on food safety

China’s most powerful prosecutor will crack down on crimes involving food, drugs and environmental practices over the next 22 months, the Supreme People's Procuratorate has announced.

FDA reveals reasons for not meeting FSMA mandate

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not planning to meet the number of foreign food inspections mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

News in brief

USDA urged to create pathogen standards for pork and beef

Three US senators have urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create pathogen standards for pork and beef products.

Cereal study urges US focus on oats to cut risk from ‘potent renal carcinogen’

Scientists researching the presence of a mycotoxin considered a 'potent renal carcinogen' in US cereals have found levels above EU maximum limits in 8% of oat based cereals tested, and...

'ALL MALTA GOYA PRODUCTS MEET FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS'

Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

Goya Foods has hit back at a study on the safety of 4-MEI in soft drinks by John Hopkins researchers, insisting that the team's data on the caramel color byproduct...

Formula-fed infants exposed to greater levels of arsenic: Study

Formula-fed infants are exposed to greater levels of arsenic than those that are breastfed, US research suggests. 

PepsiCo hits back at ‘out-of-date’ cancer risk study

PepsiCo has hit back at a cancer risk study, which linked caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI to ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk.

Investigation ongoing after worker dies at Wrigley plant

Wrigley said it is ‘deeply saddened’ to confirm the death of a worker at one of its US facilities earlier this month.

ABA HITS BACK: 'CARAMEL COLORING HAS BEEN USED FOR DECADES AND IS SAFE'

Study suggests 4-MEI in soft drinks presents 'avoidable and unnecessary' cancer risk

Soft drink consumers are exposed to an ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk through caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI, say the authors of a new US study that found comparatively high levels...

OSHA investigation under way

Contract sanitation worker dies in Tyson plant accident

An employee of a contract sanitation company has died after reportedly falling into a piece of equipment he was cleaning at a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Operation Opson IV was a joint Interpol and Europol investigation

Thousands of tonnes of fake food and drink seized

More than 2,500 tonnes of counterfeit and illicit food have been seized in 47 countries as part of a joint Interpol and Europol operation.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

Sentences revealed in oyster overharvest trial

Four people have been sentenced in relation to overharvesting, unreported and illegally possessed oysters, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Tomato peeling machine had no guards in place

Sun-Brite Foods fined $70k after worker partially amputates foot

An Ontario, Canada court has levied a $70,000 fine against tomato processor Sun-Brite Foods, after a seasonal cannery worker was seriously injured while cleaning the plant.

Tofu firm stops operating after FDA findings

Fong Kee Tofu has agreed to stop operating at least until the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finds improvements.

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