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New glass x-ray tool hits market

Mettler Toledo Safeline is helping food and drink manufacturers clamp down on glass contamination with the introduction of an x-ray machine specifically designed to root it out in glass jars.

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Elektron launches wireless food safety monitoring system

Elektron Technology has launched a wireless food safety monitoring system to help reduce foodborne illness.

Food industry failing to manage animal welfare, warns report

The first ever structured benchmark of the world’s leading food companies suggests that farm animal welfare is not being properly managed and reported by the food industry.

Horse meat: In depth

Horse meat scandal : Where it began and where are we now?

The horse meat controversy has rocked Europe and even spread as far as Hong Kong with firms including Nestlé, Ikea and Findus all finding horse DNA in their products.

‘Honeygate’ prompts US to step up fraud investigations

Honey fraud has spurred US authorities to intensify efforts to crack down on such activities.

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UK burger sales plummet as consumers lose confidence

Sales of frozen burgers have plunged by 43% amid a consumer confidence crisis brought on by the on-going horse meat scandal.

South Africa supply chain concern after meat findings - study

Donkey, goat and water buffalo have been found unlabelled in meat products in South Africa raising “significant concern” on the functioning of the supply chain, according to a study.

Total plant assurance model is reaping rewards, says Ecolab

A total plant assurance approach has enabled Ecolab to win new business and offset slow conditions in the beverage and protein markets.

Experts challenge study linking BPA to brain damage

Scientists from across the globe have questioned the conclusions of an ‘in vitro’ US study on rats, mice and humans that claims bisphenol A (BPA) may cause brain damage.

FDA urges cantaloupe vigilance

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has outlined their concerns of cantaloupes being susceptible to listeria monocytogenes in a letter sent to industry.

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Horse meat: Nestle drops Spanish supplier

Nestle has dropped a second, Spanish supplier in connection with discovering the presence of horse DNA in samples taken from chilled pasta products.

Flour recall hits major US brands

Knock-on effect: US flour recall sifts through industry

A US flour and grain blend recall has hit major brands including Frito-Lay and Mondelez and forced widespread precautionary recalls on snacks, cereal and biscuit products.

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Arla recalls gorgonzola in Canada over Listeria contamination fears

Arla Foods has initiated a recall in Canada for an imported brand of gorgonzola cheese over concerns the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

FDA shutters sprout producer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has entered into a consent decree of permanent injunction with a sprout producer due to unsanitary conditions.

Fresh breakthroughs in pathogen detection

Recent breakthroughs in pathogen detection include a new rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method from Thermo Fisher Scientific and quicker and a more accurate way to pinpoint types of microbes.

Horse meat committee hears audits are flawed

A retired meat inspector has called the audit system a “disgrace” and said it is in need of a “total review” in evidence given to a UK government committee dealing...

Netherlands blocks E.coli-tainted beef from Brazil

The Netherlands has turned away a shipment of E.coli-contaminated beef from Brazil just days after an unconnected major beef-related E.coli scare began in Canada.

Natural antifungals from sourdough have food potential: Researchers

Powerful antifungal compounds produced from linoleic acid found in bread flour are the key reason for sourdough bread’s mould resistant properties, and have potential to be used in a host...

PCA officials indicted in salmonella outbreak

Four former officials of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) have been indicted on charges relating to the contamination of peanuts with salmonella in 2009, according to the US Justice Department....

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Thermo Fisher Scientific unveils efficient pathogen test system

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a pathogen detection system that it claims delivers test efficiencies for food safety laboratories testing for common bacterial pathogens.

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3M food safety tool receives additional validation

3M Food Safety’s Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella has received backing for different foods from AFNOR certification.

CFIA investigates “possible link” in E.coli outbreak

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is trying to establish if there is a link between a current E.coli outbreak from burgers produced at the same facility it investigated in...

Candy factory worker has hand crushed

A UK confectionery manufacturer has been fined for safety breaches after a worker's hand was crushed in machinery, another case in which inadequate machine guard measures proved a factor.

Food Safety Recall Round-up 15-21 February

A look at the latest food recalls from around the world this week...

Stonington Sea Products hit by FDA warning letter

Stonington Sea Products has been issued with a warning letter after an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection at their seafood facility in Maine.

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