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Fraunhofer and Döhler looking at microfluidics for beverage safety

Fraunhofer and Döhler are working together to develop a microbiological detection method based on microfluidics.

Yarok’s E. coli and Listeria modules validated by microbiology lab

Yarok Technology Transfer’s method to detect E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes in leafy vegetables has been validated by an Israeli microbiology lab.

India

20% of Kerala foods found to be adulterated

Official data has shown that one fifth of all packed food items sold in the southern state of Kerala are either adulterated or misbranded.

GAO argues again that the US should unite the 19 agencies that oversee food safety under one system

Citing an uptick in multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks and their high cost to consumers and manufacturers alike, the Government Accountability Office reiterates its 40-year argument for a single, unified food...

FQN digests 2016 and injects topics of 2017

Bruker reveals focus for applied markets

To understand the food safety and quality landscape we sent a Q+A to several companies in industry to discuss highlights of 2016 and to predict what this year could bring.

News in brief

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.

Exclusive interview

Continuous challenge to identify and mitigate emerging pathogen risk - Metabiota

Outbreaks such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) illustrate continued challenges to epidemic preparedness and the ability to identify and mitigate emerging pathogens, according to Metabiota.

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Eurofins Listeria detection kits backed by AFNOR

Eurofins GeneScan has received AFNOR NF certification for four Listeria kits.

Three 3M assays receive NF Validation

3M Food Safety’s molecular detection assays for ­Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella have been backed by NF Validation from AFNOR Certification.

China direct

Watchdog revises standards, begins regulatory process for online sales

Beijing was a hive of activity last week as regulators revised standards on an extensive range of food lines, and released draft regulations on online food services for public comment.

FDA explores Listeria growth and detection in ice cream

Culture independent next generation sequencing (NGS) has been used to characterize the microbiome for recovery of Listeria monocytogenes from naturally contaminated ice cream.

Kreyenborg introduces infrared germ reduction technology

Kreyenborg Plant Technology has developed an infrared machine that destroys germs in dried foodstuffs that require gentle treatment, such as tea, spices, dried herbs, nuts, kernels and seeds.

Witt gas analyser measures trace oxygen levels

Witt has unveiled a gas analyser that can measure trace oxygen levels in the ppm (parts per million) range.

Saputo is the latest company to recall cheese from supplier Deutsch Käse Haus

Dairy processor and producer, Saputo, has issued a recall of certain cheese products after being notified by its supplier, Deutsch Käse Haus, that some specialty Gouda cheese may have been...

More ESBL exposure through raw or undercooked beef - RIVM

Dutch consumers are exposed to Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL)-producing E. coli bacteria through eating beef more than chicken, according to estimations.

News in brief

PwC to help ISO standard compliance

PwC has established a specialist food and agribusiness advisory team and food safety assurance offering in Australia.

News in brief

Tecna ELISA kits target zearalenone

Tecna has released a couple of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits to detect zearalenone in cereals and feed.

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets of microbiological tests in 14 minutes. Meet Ms Ugene, Singapore’s first two-armed robot microbiologist helping Traditional...

Neogen improves colony colours in chromogenic media

Lab M has developed a chromogenic media that can simultaneously detect Salmonella strains while inhibiting or minimizing other organisms.

Registrar Corp: FDA removes ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from database

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from its database, according to Registrar Corp.

Food safety recall round-up 10-16 February 2017

Recalls: Histamine, Bacillus cereus and Listeria

Food recalls have been made by USA, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark.

EU Parliament passes CETA trade deal

MEPs have voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada in Strasbourg today with 408 votes in favour and 254 against.

News in brief

GS1 to help FIA members manage safety and traceability

GS1 has partnered with Food Industry Asia (FIA) to help members manage food safety and traceability in their supply chains.

News focus

False Salmonella information, Moldovan support and dairy seizures

FoodQualityNews understands our readers are global and speak many languages so we are trialling a monthly round-up from food safety agencies wider than the English-speaking ones.

ISO forms committee to create uniform traceability

An ISO project committee has been formed to develop a uniform traceability standard.

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