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France's food waste ban: One year on

Has the French system of penalties for supermarkets wasting surplus food really worked? 

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Consumer orgs dub regulation ‘Filthy Food Act’

A dozen consumer groups have called on the US Senate to oppose regulation they have dubbed the “Filthy Food Act.”

Campylobacter infections in Sweden double in last 5 years

The number of people infected by Campylobacter in Sweden has doubled in the past five years, according to Swedish agencies.

R-Biopharm to develop improved ELISA method to detect allergens

R-Biopharm is developing an improved ELISA method to detect food allergens as part of a project with two universities.

Novel food vehicle suspected in Salmonella outbreak

Truffle oil was implicated as the likely source of a 2015 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak, according to a study.

Food safety recall round-up 13-23 March 2017

Recalls: Aflatoxin, ciguatera and ink issue

Food recalls have been made by USA, England, Ireland, Wales, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Denmark.

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BfR to work more with Portuguese-speaking agencies

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany is to increase cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries.

Dispatches from GFSI 2017 in Houston

Risk-based auditing using data could be future - Sealed Air

Using data to move to a risk-based auditing model could be the future, according to the global director of Diversey Consulting.

Finnish food tech firm bags first prize for innovative ingredient sensor

Finnish food tech firm Spectral Engines has scooped up first prize in an EU competition for its food sensor that analyses ingredients, nutrients and detects allergens.

Eurofins expands in Singapore and Turkey

Eurofins Scientific has acquired two companies to boost testing services in Singapore and Turkey.

WGS can address multiple questions in one experiment - study

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) clearly separates outbreak isolates from background isolates, according to a study.

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Legislation to protect US food interests after foreign buys

Two US Senators have called for agriculture and food officials to have permanent representation on a committee that reviews proposed mergers and acquisitions of American companies.

Brazil reacts after beef scandal

The Brazilian government is to accelerate audits of 21 meatpacking plants as part of a police investigation into alleged corruption and tainted beef.

Scottish Fisherman’s Federation labels haddock sustainability rating 'vandalism'

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has downgraded Scottish haddock in response to shortages in the North Sea, prompting fury from fisheries who say the MCS’ actions are unscientific and amount...

Mixed news for food agencies in Trump’s budget

There was mixed news for food safety agencies in President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint.

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Ex M&S director becomes IFST president

Former Marks & Spencer (M&S) technical director, David Gregory, has become the president of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

‘How quickly should health officials notify the public about foodborne illness outbreaks?’

Food safety researchers are calling on public health agencies to develop clear guidelines on when to inform the public about foodborne illness outbreaks.

University of Bristol 3-year study results

4 in 5 cases of Campylobacter poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry

The School of Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol has published the results from a 3-year study of factors influencing campylobacters in chicken broiler houses.

First ever antibacterial metal surfaces to be trialed in dairy

A European team of researchers led by the University of Parma, is developing what it claims is the first ever fluid‐repellent, antibacterial metal surfaces in the food and beverage industry....

Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spread recalled over metal particles

Lotus Bakeries is recalling a batch of more than 90,000 glass jars of Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spread because it may contain small metal particles.

Dried surrogate bacteria could help with process validation, FSMA compliance

A new validation technique using dried surrogate bacteria that could help companies come into compliance with new FSMA requirements has been developed by French company Novolyze.

Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations

The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in...

Dangote Salt highlights food fraud in Nigeria

Dangote Salt, part of the National Salt Company of Nigeria (NASCON) has partnered with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to clamp down on food fraud in...

VTT creates 100% bio-based stand-up pouch for crisps, potato chips and muesli

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches using its patent pending enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology.

Slavery at sea prompts calls for new ethical seafood labelling

Ongoing labour abuses at sea have prompted research into a possible ‘social sustainability’ scheme for seafood in Europe.

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