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SGS Canada partners with Niagara College

SGS Canada has partnered with an institute at Niagara College to offer a tool kit based approach around food safety management.

China

Food safety ‘stable’ as year’s first scandal breaks in Tianjin

Additive overuse and microbial contamination were behind almost two-thirds of all food-safety issues in China last year, while less than 1% of infant formula failed to meet national standards.

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EU project for nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging

An EU-funded project is aiming to extend food shelf life by using novel antimicrobial surfaces applied in active packaging.

Qiagen sees ‘significant’ bioinformatics market opportunities

Qiagen has acquired OmicSoft Corporation to expand its bioinformatics offering for data management and interpretation.

Council halts market return for Errington Cheese

Errington Cheese has been halted in plans to go back to market after a link to an E. coli outbreak last year.

Indigenous populations often at higher risk for foodborne illness

Walrus, seal, caribou and whale were the most common traditional items tied to foodborne illness among Indigenous populations, according to a Canadian review.

NSF strengthens EU lab network

NSF International has completed the acquisition of a food safety and water testing firm to strengthen its laboratory network and services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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Sampling project finds Derby clear of fake rice

A sampling project targeting ‘plastic rice’ by Trading Standards in a UK city has found no examples of the fake product.

Listeria monocytogenes literature search ahead of risk assessment

Risk factors of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods have been described by researchers.

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Behaviour change focus for Consumer Food Safety Education Conference

More than 400 people are expected to attend the 2017 Consumer Food Safety Education (CFSE) Conference.

Canada investigating source of E. coli outbreak

Canadian officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli O121 which has sickened 12 people.

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Takeaway fined over mislabelled meat and nut dishes

A UK takeaway owner has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £200 in costs after admitting selling dishes labelled as containing lamb and almonds which were actually mutton and peanuts.

Industry network strives for targeted authenticity approach

Campden BRI is to manage membership of a network created to share intelligence on food authenticity.

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.

EFET gives all clear after acid contamination threat

The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) has confirmed all ‘is back to normal’ following threats to contaminate Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta products with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

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Carlisle Companies acquires San Jamar

Carlisle Companies has acquired a provider of dispensing systems and food safety products for foodservice and hygiene applications.

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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.

Errington Cheese targets market return after E. coli outbreak

Errington Cheese is planning to put some of its products back on the market after authorities prohibited sales following an E. coli outbreak last year.

Food safety recall round-up 6-12 January 2017

Recalls: Packaging mix-ups and contamination

Food recalls have been notified by Canada, USA, England, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Hungary and Denmark.

UNISON: Survey shows people don’t want meat inspection changes

Nearly four out of five people believe meat inspections should remain the responsibility of government and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), according to UNISON.  

Twinkies and Palmer Candy recall products due to possible Salmonella

Twinkies and Palmer Candy products have been drawn into the Salmonella scare linked to milk powder made by Valley Milk Products.

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Poindexter Nut Company adds second Napasol pasteurization line

Poindexter Nut Company has increased its walnut pasteurization capacity with a second Napasol pasteurization line.

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Novolyze platform evaluates pathogen inactivation

Novolyze has launched a platform to standardise the evaluation of pathogen inactivation.

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Girl dies after allergic reaction from Indian meal

Two men arrested in connection with the death of a girl after suffering an allergic reaction have been released on bail.

EU labs pass monitoring of heavy metals in fish test

The majority of European laboratories were able to determine heavy metals in seafood, according to a report.

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