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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...

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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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UMass expert gets NIFA grant to promote food safety

University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a two-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Food Safety Outreach Program.

Food safety recall round-up 18-24 November 2016

Recalls: Metal, plastic and Listeria

Food recalls for this week have been notified by the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, USA, Iceland, Sweden, Croatia and Denmark.

Salmonella growth quickened by juices from damaged leaves

Juices from damaged leaves in bagged salad can increase Salmonella growth 2,400-fold over a control group, according to research.

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Phage tech draws a blank with many consumers - Micreos

Micreos has rebranded its phage products after feedback from a focus group.

Intertek sees UK E. coli testing increase

Intertek Food Services UK has increased capacity to enable faster turnaround on E. coli testing in response to customer demand.

Food safety recall round-up 1-17 November 2016

Recalls: Listeria in ice cream and scorpion in exotic fruit

Food recalls and alerts so far in November have been notified by the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, USA, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Iceland, Sweden and...

Safer fruit and veg target for Bangladesh project

Improving the safety of the Bangladeshi fruit and vegetable sector is the target of a SWITCH-Asia project which runs until the end of 2019.

WHO: Greater awareness needed around Toxoplasmosis

More awareness is needed in Europe about the risk factors for infection of Toxoplasma gondii, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Information sharing proposal backed by SPS Committee

A proposal to improve information sharing on trade measures relating to food safety, animal and plant health has been welcomed by WTO members.

ANSES issues warning following mushroom poisonings

87 people have been poisoned since the start of October from eating mushrooms in France.

CETA trade deal signed while opposition remains

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been agreed between the European Union and Canada.

special newsletter: hygiene, cleaning and sanitation

RGF: Sanitation tunnels going to the US Embassy in Baghdad

Three sanitation tunnels from RGF Environmental Group are going to the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Projects get backing from Center for Produce Safety

The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has requested proposals on food safety research with $3m available to fund projects.

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