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JBT Corporation acquires Avure Technologies for $57m

JBT Corporation has acquired Avure Technologies, which provides high pressure processing (HPP) systems, for $57m.

Shanghai to test officials and food staff to hammer home new laws

Food safety officials and industry staff in China’s commercial capital will start being tested on new food safety laws, according to officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

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Brewery sanitation: 5 tips for brewers looking to clean up their act

You’ve heard it before: the alcohol in the beer kills any germs. For a while now, this notion has been treated as being more or less adequate safeguarding for brewers...

The seventh LC-MS/MS symposium is in Berlin on March 14

Mass spectrometry focus of SCIEX symposium

SCIEX will hold a LC-MS/MS Symposium in Germany in the middle of March.

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Executive order threatens protections that safeguard food - EWG

President Trump’s latest executive order threatens protections that safeguard food, according to the EWG’s senior VP for government affairs.

JRC drops rights to host three EURLs from next year

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is to stop its work as the European Reference Laboratory (EURL) in three areas from January 2018.

New York lab ups imported food sampling and starts fish speciation test

The New York State Food Laboratory increased testing of food and beverage samples for health hazards, purity and accuracy of labeling by 10% last year.

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FSSAI lab staff trained to test mycotoxins, pesticide and veterinary drug residues

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) will continue training lab staff to test mycotoxins, pesticides and veterinary drug residues.

PolyOne dairy light blocking additive approved by Chinese Food Approval Standards

PolyOne has announced its light-blocking additive for dairy products, ColorMatrix Lactra SX, has been rated as compliant with newly introduced Chinese Food Approval standards.

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Neogen launches test to detect lower levels of aflatoxin

Neogen has developed a more sensitive version of its quantitative microwell test for total aflatoxin.

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Angeon eyes ‘$8bn diagnostic testing market’ with InstantLabs investment

Angeon Group has made an undisclosed controlling investment in InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corporation Inc.

Comment

Will the free-range egg industry crack under the strain of avian flu?

The global spread of the highly pathogenic avian flu (HPAI) has set the cat among the pigeons in the free-range egg industry.

Irradiated ground beef approved in Canada

Canada will permit the sale of fresh and frozen raw ground beef treated with irradiation.

Campaigners launch fresh attack on pesticide mixtures in EU food

Europeans are consuming dozens of pesticides on a daily basis, say the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), which today marked 12 years of "inaction and failure" in the EU’s attempts to...

Food safety recall round-up 17-23 February 2017

Recalls: Allergens and continued Listeria concerns

Food recalls have been made by USA, England, Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Denmark.

Increase in Salmonella cases suggests persistent contamination source

An increase in Salmonella Chester cases each summer could point to persistent sources of contamination in Morocco and other West African countries, according to researchers.

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.

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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.

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