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Yarok’s E. coli and Listeria modules validated by microbiology lab

Yarok Technology Transfer’s method to detect E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes in leafy vegetables has been validated by an Israeli microbiology lab.

Witt gas analyser measures trace oxygen levels

Witt has unveiled a gas analyser that can measure trace oxygen levels in the ppm (parts per million) range.

Labs would have allowed non-compliant sample on market

A proficiency test for determining heavy metals in canned peas has found more than 30 labs would have allowed a non-compliant sample to be placed on the market.

FDA recalls rise again in Q4 – Stericycle

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls continued to rise, according to the Q4 2016 recall index by Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

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Diversified Technologies launches Pulsed Electric Field system

Diversified Technologies has introduced a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) system for processing fruits and vegetables.

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Australia and Bangladesh discuss food safety standards

Australia has provided insights into standard setting to Bangladesh which is working on its food safety system.

LGC boosts proficiency testing portfolio

LGC has acquired API Food Quality to boost its portfolio of proficiency testing (PT) schemes for the food industry. 

Food safety recall round-up 27 January - 2 February 2017

Recalls: Listeria, metal and allergens

Food recalls have been notified by USA, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Hong Kong and Denmark.

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Canada contributes to Codex and OIE budgets

Canada is to contribute an additional $1m to international bodies that develop standards for food safety and plant protection.

Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices has intensified - Bühler

It has never been more important for food processors to have hygienic equipment, according to Bühler.

Sprout firms get FDA help to meet Produce Safety Rule

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance for firms that work with sprouts to meet standards set by the Produce Safety Rule.

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Fresh Strips in SPIE Startup Challenge

A start-up focussed on improving food safety and reducing waste has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge.

Food safety recall round-up 13-19 January 2017

Recalls: Benzoic acid, foreign bodies and pathogens

Food recalls have been notified by Canada, USA, England, Jersey, Hong Kong, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark.

Plastic or rubber-related recalls double – Detectamet

Recalls due to products contaminated with plastic or rubber more than doubled in the past 12 months, according to Detectamet.

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2017 will be ‘breakout’ year for SDC-based tech adoption – PURE Bioscience

Food safety challenges this year will include persistent outbreaks and recalls and increasing US Department of Justice (DOJ) scrutiny, according to PURE Bioscience.

Understanding emerging risks of imports important for sampling priorities - FSA

Understanding trends in emerging risks of imported food enables a clearer picture of those more likely to be subject to increased EU-wide official controls, according to the UK Food Standards...

Australia

Summer heat not to blame for rise in salmonella from free-range eggs

Free-range eggs do not pose a greater risk of Salmonella contamination in hot months compared with other seasons, according to Australian researchers. The findings have shattering a supposed myth that has linked...

Data on tropane alkaloids in EU will help exposure assessments

Data on which tropane alkaloids (TAs) are of concern in Europe has been collected to form the basis for future exposure assessments.

Multistate Salmonella outbreak from April revealed

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella from cucumbers in the US has been revealed – eight months after the final illness onset.

2016 in foodborne outbreaks: Hepatitis A, Listeria and E. coli O157

FQN takes a month-by-month look at foodborne outbreaks for which a variety of pathogens and food groups are represented.

Outbreaks down but illnesses up, finds EFSA and ECDC

More than 4,300 foodborne outbreaks were reported in 2015, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

FDA platform to respond to FSMA produce rule questions reviewed

A network set up by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deal with questions about the produce safety rule is struggling to cope, according to the Government Accountability Office...

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Yarok test finalist at Food+City Challenge

Yarok Technology Transfer has been named as a finalist in the Food+City Challenge Prize contest, in Texas in February 2017.

Decrease in food recalls a positive sign - Stericycle

European food recalls were down slightly in Q3, according toStericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

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France makes donation to aid WTO’s poorest members

France has donated €50,000 in 2016 to help the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) poorest members implement food safety, animal and plant health standards.

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