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Swedish Salmonella outbreak from Polish eggs

At least 12 people have been sickened by Salmonella in Sweden from eggs from Poland.

Almost 600 fipronil alerts in RASFF - Andriukaitis

The original fipronil notification has led to nearly 600 follow-up alerts in RASFF, according to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

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Pontdexter adds pasteurization capacity to help Produce Safety Rule compliance

Poindexter Nut Company is to start pasteurizing all the walnuts it ships in North America with a high throughput Napasol line.

Fipronil: MEPs slam delays and call for accountability

MEPs have criticised member states for delays and called for accountability during the fipronil in eggs crisis.

Food safety recall round-up 25-31 August 2017

Recalls: Listeria, allergens and patulin

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark.

Part one: Merieux Nutrisciences, Shimadzu, Agrolab and Fera

Fipronil scandal drives testing demand in chicken and egg-based products

Analytical labs have told FoodQualityNews they have experienced a big increase in demand for testing mainly from EU countries following the fipronil egg contamination scandal.


Belgium aware of fipronil in June

Belgian authorities were aware that eggs destined to enter the human food chain were contaminated with insecticide fipronil in June, a month before the news broke and a mass recall...

Canadian grain industry permitted to use private labs

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is to allow exporters the option to have grain shipments tested by authorized laboratories.

Food safety recall round-up 28 July - 3 August 2017

Recalls: Fipronil, histamine and acrylamide

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark. 

Salmonella sickens 350 in five countries with link to poultry products

More than 350 Salmonella Enteritidis cases have been reported from five EU countries since 2014 with health officials admitting they still don’t know the source of infection.

Bureau Veritas targets on-site aflatoxin testing

Bureau Veritas and Schutter Group have introduced an aflatoxin pre-shipment inspection and quality control process.

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Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

Foreign bodies often found in fruit and veg, nuts and confectionery

RASFF analysis reveals top three foreign bodies

Pests, glass and metals were the foreign bodies most often listed in RASFF, according to an analysis of the portal.

Highest ergot alkaloid levels in rye products - EFSA

The highest levels of ergot alkaloids (EAs) were found in rye and rye-containing commodities, according to an updated EFSA exposure assessment.

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SGS acquires Central Illinois Grain Inspection

SGS has acquired Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc. (CIGI) for an undisclosed amount.

Flour outbreak was first time non-O157 STEC infections identified in Canada

The outbreak of E. coli O121 in flour was the first time non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) infections had been identified nationally in Canada.

Food safety recall round-up 1-6 July 2017

Recalls: Norovirus, cadmium and BAP and PAH

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands and Denmark.

New cases in EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs

More than 60 further cases have been reported in an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Polish eggs after EU agencies said it looked to be over earlier this year.

One in 10 allergenic ingredients not correctly labelled – study

Undeclared milk in chocolate and bakery products was the most frequently found allergen during a control in the Nordic countries.

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Charm Sciences gets award from USDA

Charm Sciences has received the 2017 Small Business Contractor of the Year award from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Lupin added to mandatory allergen labelling list

Lupin has been added to the required list of allergens that have to be declared on labels in Australia and New Zealand.

Neogen launches sesame allergen test kit

Neogen Corporation has expanded its line of food allergen kits to include a test for sesame.

ProGnosis Biotech launches test to detect T-2 and HT-2 mycotoxins

ProGnosis Biotech has launched an ELISA test to detect Trichothecene T-2/HT-2 in grains, cereals and animal feed.

Food safety recall round-up 2-8 June 2017

Recalls: E. coli, gluten and quality issues

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Croatia and Denmark.

Nanomaterial’s growth in food use reined in by health risks: Review

The use of organic and inorganic nanomaterials (INMs) in food applications is growing, a review concludes, yet its short history has not completely revealed the associated risks. 

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