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New cases in EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs

More than 60 further cases have been reported in an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Polish eggs after EU agencies said it looked to be over earlier this year.

Norovirus research reveals knowledge gaps

Inadequate hand washing, using bare hands when preparing food and returning to work too early after being ill were some findings of work to prevent the spread of norovirus.

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Fish smokehouse shut due to Listeria findings

A fish smokehouse has been temporarily shut down after findings of Listeria.

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Thermo unveils range of bagged enrichment media

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a range of bagged enrichment media.

Campylobacter infection remains top in Denmark

Campylobacter remains the most common foodborne pathogen in Denmark with almost 4,700 cases in 2016.

One in 10 allergenic ingredients not correctly labelled – study

Undeclared milk in chocolate and bakery products was the most frequently found allergen during a control in the Nordic countries.

Dow/DuPont to divest plastics business amid price hike fears

The Canadian Competition Bureau has reached an agreement relating to the proposed merger between DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company regarding its plastic packaging.

Food safety recall round-up 23-29 June 2017

Recalls: Listeria, Campylobacter and PAHs

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands and Denmark.

European Commission clears Dow/DuPont merger, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont on condition of the divestiture of DuPont's pesticide business, including its R&D organization.

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Congressman calls for food safety boost at border

Congressman Henry Cuellar has urged agencies to work with local governments at high-volume ports of entry to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.

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Finland has a berry good idea to verify origin

Two Finnish agencies are to sample strawberries as part of work to develop a method to verify their origin.

Consumers willing to pay premium for safety - TÜV SÜD

Consumers want safer products and are willing to pay more for them, according to a TÜV SÜD survey.

Salmonella sickens seven in Canada

Frozen raw breaded chicken is suspected to be behind seven Salmonella infections in Canada.

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Canada supports developing countries with food safety

Canada has donated CAD $200,000 to help developing countries comply with international food safety, animal and plant health standards.

Instrument maintenance and downtime top challenge for lab managers

Sample preparation challenges and unplanned and unexpected instrument downtime remain a major problem for lab employees, according to an Agilent survey.

BSI brings visibility to supply chain

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions has released food safety and fraud intelligence and assessment modules to help industry mitigate potential threats that could affect customers, their brand and bottom...

Neogen expands next generation sequencing services

Neogen Corporation has launched next generation sequencing services for the food industry.

IBM and Cornell University to work together to keep global milk supply safe

IBM Research and Cornell University have teamed up to help improve the safety of the global milk supply through genetic sequencing and big data analytics research.

Macb investigating quality issue in flavoured water

Consumers have been urged not to drink macb flavoured water due to a ‘quality issue’.

US bans fresh Brazilian beef imports due to safety

Imports of fresh beef from Brazil have been banned until further notice by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Europol: False organic certification continues to be major problem for food industry

Counterfeit certification labels, such as fake organic or protected designation of origin (PDO) labels, continues to be a major problem for the European food industry, according to a report by Europol....

Supply chain performance not profitability at heart of food firms’ voluntary sign-up

Motivations for voluntarily implementing food traceability schemes stem not from the need to maximise profits but enhance information, safety and quality management within the supply chain.

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Charm Sciences gets award from USDA

Charm Sciences has received the 2017 Small Business Contractor of the Year award from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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3M’s E. coli O157 assay gains NF Validation

3M Food Safety’s assay to detect E. coli O157 (including H7) has received an NF Validation certificate from AFNOR Certification.  

Botulism due to traditional home-canned food still public health challenge

Foodborne botulism due to traditional home-canned food still represents a public health challenge in Italy, according to researchers.

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