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Pair who sold turkey as halal lamb jailed

Two men who supplied turkey described as halal lamb have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud and jailed for five years.

China

Authorities ‘fully alert’ to wanghong food risks

Shanghai’s food watchdog has been clamping down on the sale of wanghong—or food endorsed by high-profile bloggers and celebrities on the internet. 

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Arc-Net and Clear Labs named in food and ag-tech accelerator

Arc-Net and Clear Labs have been named among 14 startups across the food and agriculture industry for an accelerator program.

China direct

State Council repeats calls to get tough on food safety

China’s top lawmakers has again voiced its determination to beef up food-safety supervision this year, and ensure food quality meets “international levels”.

Counterfeit alcohol consumption not just due to low prices - study

Previous work has overestimated the impact of low prices on counterfeit alcohol consumption, according to a Russian study.

JRC finds 14% of honey samples to be adulterated

More than 14% of tested honey samples have been found to be adulterated, according to a long-awaited report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Analytical methods to detect coffee adulteration reviewed

Approaches to test the accuracy of claims for samples of roast ground coffee have been reviewed by researchers.

Of thousands of HK food samples, just a handful failed safety tests

All but four out of 9,200 food samples tested for adulteration by Hong Kong government’s Centre for Food Safety in the last year have been found to be satisfactory.

Chinese authorities take to social media to reassure anxious consumers

China’s food regulator has outlined the measures it has been taking to promote safety in the wake of numerous adulteration scandals.

South Asia radius

Regulator orders food firms to do more to address consumer complaints

India’s food regulator has met with food companies and state inspectors to raise concerns over their response to consumer complaints mostly concerning packaging. 

Dispatches from GFSI 2017 in Houston

Alchemy and USP partner to assess supply chain risk

Alchemy Systems and the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) are to collaborate to help companies assess supply chain risk and build systems to minimize food fraud.

Symposium targets food fraud prevention and mitigation

Regulators and experts from academia, government and industry are meeting in Quebec this week to discuss food fraud.

China

Party pressures ministry for stricter penalties for adulteration

China’s lack of specific penalties for food adulterers and counterfeiters has left a “legal vacuum” that will only encourage more criminals to take their chances with the law.

Dispatches from GFSI 2017 in Houston

USP seeks comments on non-targeted analytical methods guidance

USP is seeking feedback on a guidance document that covers how to develop and validate non-targeted analytical methods for authentication of food ingredients.

Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations

The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in...

Dangote Salt highlights food fraud in Nigeria

Dangote Salt, part of the National Salt Company of Nigeria (NASCON) has partnered with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to clamp down on food fraud in...

MEPs call on EU to create food quality agency

Food products sold under the same label continually show inconsistent standards of quality, particularly in Eastern Europe, prompting calls for a new regulatory body in the EU.

Hoyt's Food fined by ACCC over oregano claims

Hoyt's Food has agreed to pay an AUD$10,800 penalty for misleading oregano statements.

China direct

China’s food-safety watchdog chief: ‘We could do better’

China’s food regulator has acknowledged that it still faces severe challenges in maintaining food safety, even though it has seen improvements in recent years.

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Police investigating counterfeit spirit claims

An online auctioneer has uncovered fraud involving the refilling of old bottles of whisky, rum and other spirits with cheaper and younger liquids.

Shanghai to test officials and food staff to hammer home new laws

Food safety officials and industry staff in China’s commercial capital will start being tested on new food safety laws, according to officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

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Angeon eyes ‘$8bn diagnostic testing market’ with InstantLabs investment

Angeon Group has made an undisclosed controlling investment in InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corporation Inc.

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Meet FQN at Global Food Safety Conference and Pittcon

FoodQualityNews will be reporting live from two major industry events in the next few weeks - The GFSI Global Food Safety Conference and Pittcon.

Pathogen contaminating seafood identified by researchers

A new strain of a bacterial pathogen that has contaminated seafood and sickened shellfish consumers has been identified by researchers.

AFT targets mislabeling of fish and seafood in US

Applied Food Technologies (AFT) has set its sights on seafood species identification and verification to help combat fish fraud.

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