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Research round-up: Viable organism detection and outbreak reporting via Twitter

For the third time of 2017 we run the lab gauntlet and analyse the data that relates to food safety and quality research.

Dixie Dew shut as part of E. coli outbreak probe

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the registration of a manufacturer of soy nut butter linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157.

News in brief

Fraunhofer centre to focus on microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technology

Fraunhofer is to open a site in Ireland to focus on microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technologies.

Food safety recall round-up 24-30 March 2017

Recalls: Metal, glass and undeclared allergens

Food recalls have been made by USA, England, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Germany,  Netherlands, Luxembourg and Denmark.

Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

By the end of the year, manufacturers will see ‘transformational’ wearable technology in the consumer market, which will overtake sales of handheld devices, says NSF International.

Smucker Foods linked to E. coli O121 outbreak

E. coli O121 has sickened 25 people in Canada with a link to flour.

Errington Cheese maintains innocence after E. coli report findings

A report into an E. coli O157 outbreak in Scotland has reiterated Dunsyre Blue as the source while Errington Cheese has insisted there is no microbiological evidence for this conclusion.

special edition: product inspection

A look at the inspection market ahead of Interpack

The global inspection machines market will reach $396.4m by 2021, according to MarketsandMarkets.

Special edition: product inspection

Detection of density: The metal can files

Metal cans are more challenging to inspect than low-density containers because the packaging presents a higher density to the x-rays.

Special edition: product inspection

Primary challenge for poultry processors is detecting bones

Poultry is processed in one of the harshest environments in the industry and as global appetites increase so do the food safety expectations of regulators, retailers and consumers.

special edition: product inspection

Researchers develop novel food inspection system

An ultra-low field (ULF) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system using a high-temperature superconducting quantum interference device (HTS-SQUID) for food inspection has been tested by researchers.

Special Edition: Product Inspection

MultiX targets international expansion

MultiX has raised €3.5m to launch production and push ahead with international expansion.

News in brief

Endress+Hauser strengthens quality measurement portfolio

Endress+Hauser has acquired SensAction for an undisclosed amount to strengthen its quality measurement portfolio.

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

FSA: Lab reports of Campylobacter have declined

There has been a 17% decline in laboratory reports of Campylobacter cases compared to the baseline figure, according to the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Coca-Cola investigating ‘human waste’ claims

An investigation has been launched after reported findings of ‘human waste’ in Coca-Cola cans in a factory in Northern Ireland.

South Asia radius

Regulator turns to industry for food-safety partnerships

The Indian food regulator has been co-opting food companies to join it in a drive to improve levels of food safety and hygiene across India. 

Alibaba trials Blockchain in Aus and NZ to tackle food fraud

Alibaba Australia is to trial Blockchain to mitigate the risk of counterfeit and fraudulent food products.

Seized milk powder could be destroyed following court ruling

Some milk and buttermilk powder seized due to safety concerns months ago could be destroyed following a ruling in a US district court.

China

Party pressures ministry for stricter penalties for adulteration

China’s lack of specific penalties for food adulterers and counterfeiters has left a “legal vacuum” that will only encourage more criminals to take their chances with the law.

Sealed Air sells Diversey Care and food cleaning business for $3.2bn

Sealed Air is to sell Diversey Care and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division to Bain Capital Private Equity for $3.2bn.

PolySkope Labs targets AOAC approval for multiplex pathogen detection method

PolySkope Labs has applied for AOAC Performance Tested Method (PTM) status for its multiplex pathogen detection method.

Strategic plan outlines how FDA, CDC and USDA will tackle foodborne illness in next 5 years

A trio of government agencies will work together in the next five years to improve methods for pinpointing the source of foodborne illness outbreaks as part of ongoing analytic efforts...

Nestlé "very concerned" over deforestation links to Wilmar palm oil

Nestlé says it is "very concerned" by allegations that its palm oil supplier Wilmar International has again been implicated in sourcing palm oil from the protected Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia, according...

Romer Labs enters German market following acquisition

Romer Labs has described Germany as a ‘very important food and feed safety market’ following the acquisition and integration of Transia.

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