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Lock provides quality assurance for ingredients company

Lock Inspection Systems high frequency metal detector has enabled EHL Ingredients to meet BRC standards.

Russia moves to ban US meat

Russia is moving to ban US meat imports in the row over instances of contamination with ractopamine, a growth promoting chemical banned in Russia, with more contaminated consignments detected....

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Thermo Fisher Scientific eyeing up Life Technologies?

Thermo Fisher Scientific could be lining up a bid for Life Technologies, according to Reuters who cited three unnamed sources.

Listeria suspected source of two separate outbreaks

Listeria is the suspected cause of two recalls of fish and vegetable products across the US and Canada.

Titanium dioxide, UVA combo battles germs

Incorporating titanium dioxide (TiO2) onto a thin low density polyethylene (LDPE) film and exposing it to UVA light can reduce microorganisms, according to researchers.

Eurofins acquisition boosts Dutch food testing capabilities

Eurofins has bought Dutch food testing centre Laboratorium Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (LZV) in a move that shores up its food and feed testing prowess in The Netherlands.

Produce and poultry top sources of foodborne illness, finds report

Produce was linked to almost 50% of foodborne illnesses and poultry to more deaths than any other commodity over a decade, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and...

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OSHA issues carbon monoxide warning

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging employers to protect workers from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Nanotech concerns highlight core research needs

Public concerns about nanotechnology in food processing highlight important areas for further research, according to a US paper just published in the journal Nanobiotechnology.

Water jet technology extends celery shelf life

A fresh produce firm claims its adoption of an automated water jet machine for topping and tailing celery has enabled it to extend the shelf life of the product.

Foodborne disease outbreaks topped 1,500 in two years, reports CDC

Foodborne disease outbreaks led to more than 1,500 outbreaks and 23 deaths in two years, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pathogens, foodborne viruses and pesticide residues key issues for produce safety, says study

Pathogens, foodborne viruses and pesticide residues are the three most important concerns for the safety of fresh produce, according to the results of a European workshop.

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Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., resolves violations with EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has resolved violations with four Guam companies, including Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., for their failure to report the amount of diesel fuel and other...

Chemical contaminant linked to obesity in mice

Food chain contaminant tributyltin (TBT) causes transgenerational obesity in mice, according to researchers in California, suggesting it could raise similar concerns to Bisphenol A (BPA).

EFTA pinpoints weakness in Icelandic import controls

Iceland needs to remedy potential shortcomings in its import control system and checks of products from animal origin, according to a European Free Trade Association (EFTA) report.

Fakin’ it: fighting Listeria through simulation

Manufacturers can test the Listeria-killing potential of heat treatments in factories by using the enzyme amylase to simulate the behavior of the pathogen, scientists have discovered.

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Specialty Food Ingredients given validation for pathogen reduction system

Specialty Food Ingredients (SFI) has received 5 log validation for its steam pasteurization system on certain products.

Horse meat from Poland didn't come from our site, says ABP Food Group

ABP Food Group has stressed that the horse meat identified in beef burgers, which has been found to come from Poland, did not come from its plant in the country as the...

ACC slams Californian plan to list BPA as developmental toxicant

A move by a Californian public health agency to list bisphenol A (BPA) as a developmental toxicant has been called “scientifically unjustified” by the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

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Salmonella contamination leads to two recalls

Jouni Meats has recalled ground beef products and Stallings Head Cheese Co., are withdrawing hog head cheese due to salmonella contamination.

Parmalat Canada fined CAD$120,000 after worker suffers burns

Parmalat Canada has been handed fines totalling CAD $120,000 for violations that resulted in a worker suffering first and second degree burns while attempting to sanitise a piping system.

European draft resolution urges action on EDCs

An EU Parliament Committee has urged the European Commission to take tough action on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC) and protect public health.

Industry and independent studies on BPA “deviate strongly”, say experts

It's time to ‘dare to start again’ with bisphenol A (BPA) risk assessment as industry-sponsored research and peer-reviewed studies seem to "deviate strongly", according to the European Environment Agency (EEA)....


IBWA hits back at 'factually incorrect' video attacking bottled water

After published a story from a US pressure group this morning alleging that high US bottled water consumption had a hidden cost, we received the following response from the...

EFBW challenges video savaging $11.7bn bottled water ‘bad habit’

The European Federation of Bottled Water (EFBW) strongly denies that bottled water has hidden costs for human health and the environment, after a US pressure group urged consumers to kick...

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