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EU vegetable shortage: Crisis or opportunity?

Weather conditions continue to mar vegetable production in some of the EU’s foremost growing regions – but is this a blessing in disguise for the processed food sector?

Research round-up: Comparing Listeria and starving Salmonella

The long awaited return of the research round-up series sees Listeria, Salmonella and a review article from the Caribbean.

Consumer food safety education must be reinforced to ‘reap the rewards’ of FSMA, FDA official says

As the deadlines for regulations painstakingly developed under the Food Safety Modernization Act begin to go into effect, compliance by producers, suppliers and manufacturers alone will not be enough to...

Outbreak shows raw or undercooked flour could be health risk

An outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to flour serves as a reminder of how raw and undercooked versions might pose a risk to health, according to a study.

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'Just because it hasn’t doesn’t mean it can’t' - WHO on avian influenza

Vigilance on avian influenza has been urged by the World Health Organization (WHO) which said just because there are no human cases in European countries so far does not mean...

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BioMerieux issues recall due to potential inaccurate test results

BioMerieux has expanded a recall due to a problem with the magnetic silica (MagSil) component.

FQN digests 2016 and injects topics of 2017

SCIEX on mass spectrometry, authenticity and allergen testing

To get a handle on the food safety and quality landscape we sent a Q+A to several companies in the industry to discuss the highlights of 2016 and to predict...

Burger link to German Salmonella outbreak

A burger has tested positive for Salmonella Stourbridge but no cases were reported in the same region as part of investigations into an outbreak which has killed two people.

Four tools to help fight food borne illness & boost food safety efforts

Declaring that public health professionals are “losing the battle” against food borne illness, a former president of the International Association of Food Protection suggests food safety specialists over-rely on training,...

Dutch Qlip dairy lab opens

Qlip’s new dairy laboratory in Zutphen, the Netherlands, has been officially opened by the King of the Netherlands.

Make tomatoes tasty again: Scientists discover ‘flavour genes’ in the world’s most valuable fruit

Mass produced commercial tomatoes contain increasingly less flavour and return increasingly less consumer satisfaction. A team of researchers has discovered a ‘genetic roadmap’ for rebreeding tastiness into tomatoes

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.

Infuser and partners to scale-up disinfection technology

Infuser has started a project to scale-up disinfection technology to boost food safety for industry.

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Hardy Diagnostics introduces chromogenic culture media

Hardy Diagnostics has launched a product for use as a primary stool screening medium for isolation and differentiation of Salmonella and Shigella spp.

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D.L. Newslow and HACCP International name Ronald D. Mathis as EVP

D.L. Newslow & Associates and HACCP International have named Ronald D. Mathis as executive vice president, Americas.

Pressure and confusion builds over free range egg labelling

Poultry in Europe is being kept indoors to prevent the spread of bird flu, after 12 weeks all hens will no longer be free range; what, if anything, can the...

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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.

Food safety recall round-up 20-26 January 2017

Recalls: Insects, allergens and production issues

Food recalls have been notified by USA, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, Australia, Norway, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark.

‘Hot spots’ of veterinary residues found in corned beef case

The Government Chemist has revealed the work leading to supporting the Public Analyst in a dispute over findings of residues of a veterinary medicine in corned beef.

Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices has intensified - Bühler

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

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Almi uses Sesotec X-ray inspection system

Almi is using a sorting system from Sesotec to inspect incoming bulk materials and remove contaminants before they reach production.

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Ruparel Foods: Previously, only 1 in 8 rejected nuts were bad

Ruparel Foods has said only one in eight nuts rejected by its previous sorting systems were actually bad, prompting a move to machines from Tomra Sorting Food.

Trade MEPs give green light to Canada-EU trade deal CETA

The EU Trade Committee (INTA) has approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) this morning, marking a major step toward the deal between EU and Canada becoming reality.

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.

Canada closing in on updated food safety regulation

Canada has launched a 90-day public consultation on new rules to strengthen food safety.

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