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Horse meat: Two men arrested in UK

Two men have been arrested by British police investigating the horse meat scandal.

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Education vital in foodborne illness battle

Food Safety Today has said education is vital to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses such as listeria.

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RSSL maintains ISO accreditation

RSSL has had its accreditation to ISO 17025 maintained following a visit from UKAS.

France pushes for bisphenol A reclassification

France has called for revised harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of bisphenol A (BPA) based on reproductive toxicity, prompting the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to launch a public consultation.

Transforming safety can leverage profits and prevent recalls

Product recalls across all US industries cost $20bn every year, and food safety technology can be revolutionised to lower this figure and exploit existing investments, claim researchers.

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Walk-in sanitizer puts the boot into pathogens

Best Sanitizers has launched a sanitizing station which sprays Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer to the bottom of a worker's boots.

AB SCIEX software to simplify mass spectrometry

AB SCIEX has launched MasterView Software to simplify mass spectrometry in food safety testing and environmental analysis labs.

food safety recall round-up 23-29 August

Allergens, listeria and glass prompt recalls

Our quest to search out the reasons behind food recalls this week takes us to UK, USA, Germany, Australia and Canada where we find allergens, listeria and glass contamination concerns...

AOAC meeting cracks down on hard food issues

At its annual meeting, AOAC International has set a stage for food scientists, testing suppliers, and brand owners like Pepsico and Kraft Foods to tackle crucial topics.

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Mérieux NutriSciences invests in chemistry lab in South Africa

Mérieux NutriSciences through its Swift Silliker subsidiary has invested in a chemistry laboratory in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Horse meat scandal highlights need for systematic testing

The horse meat scandal in Europe highlights the need for more systematic testing, according to Eurofins.

Polyphenol inspired coatings kill bacteria on contact

Green tea leaves, red wine, dark chocolate and cacao beans can be used to make an antibacterial coating, according to US researchers.

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ConAgra packing error prompts recall

ConAgra Foods has recalled a variety of cookie dough after it was put into a package that does not say the product may contain peanuts.

CDC: Cyclospora illnesses in Texas not related to Taylor Farms

Hundreds of illnesses from Cyclospora in Texas do not show a connection to Taylor Farms’ salad mix, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

After horsemeat, pork may be next scandal, say farmers

The UK’s National Pig Association (NPA) has warned “the foundations for the next food scandal” are being laid by retailers flouting promises made after the horsemeat crisis.

3M testing tech helps fuel $9bn market

Technology advanced by 3M and other companies is helping fuel the rapid growth of the global food testing market.

FDA targets minimum standards for produce

Minimum standards for the safety of produce to reduce microbiological hazards are being proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

E.coli on beef suffers at the hands of EO water

Cleaning beef with electrolyzed oxidizing (EO) water before processing reduces E.coli numbers, according to US researchers.

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Rodent fur found in Heinz ketchup

Rodent fur has been found in a batch of Mexico-made Heinz ketchup, according to the Brazilian health agency.

Pathogen-busting films created with high flavanol cocoa

Researchers have created antimicrobial packaging films containing high flavanol cocoa extracts that they say inhibits the growth of pathogens like listeria, E-coli and salmonella in food products.

Silver nanoparticle detection methods show promise

Concerns over the use of silver nanoparticles in fresh produce have been tackled by US researchers claiming to have developed methods for their detection.

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Hygiena tests backed by AOAC-RI

Hygiena has received backing for two of its rapid diagnostic tests from the AOAC Research Institute.

Salmonella outbreak in Wales sickens 22

Wales has been hit with an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened at least 22 people.

Food fraud: Which ingredients are most vulnerable?

You can’t paint a horse like a cow and expect people not to notice – but grind their meat into patties and it may be a different story. So what...

Doctors win $8m grant to look at BPA effects on babies

A government-funded research team is examining how substances used in food packaging affect the health and development of children.

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