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Nestlé, Unilever, Walmart and others look at blockchain with IBM

Dole, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart are part of a consortium with IBM which will identify areas where the food supply chain can benefit from blockchain.

Slovakian botulism case linked to rare subtype in hummus

A very rare subtype implicated in only one previous outbreak was responsible for a case of botulism in Slovakia, according to research.

Norovirus detected in water coolers linked to outbreak - study

High levels of norovirus genotypes I and II were detected in office water coolers associated with an outbreak last year.

Brazilian meat checks drive European F&B alerts

Contaminated meat from Brazil was the driving force behind a rise in food and beverage notifications during Q2 2017, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

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Merck reveals smaller agar plates for water/beverage testing

Merck has released ready-to-use agar plates for quality control of water and filterable beverages.

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Analytik Jena collaborates with TATAA Biocenter

TATAA Biocenter has expanded its real-time PCR offerings with a thermocycler from Analytik Jena.

Four Salmonella strains linked to papaya outbreak

Two different types of Salmonella have been added to an outbreak investigation into papayas which has sickened 173 people.

Part one: Merieux Nutrisciences, Shimadzu, Agrolab and Fera

Fipronil scandal drives testing demand in chicken and egg-based products

Analytical labs have told FoodQualityNews they have experienced a big increase in demand for testing mainly from EU countries following the fipronil egg contamination scandal.

Viavi launches probe for point & shoot analysis

Viavi Solutions has launched a tablet probe that provides users with a portable spectral sensing option for point and shoot material analysis.

Exclusive interview - part two

Rapidity of response not something to be played with - CFIA

Rapidity of response for a recall is not something ‘to be played with’ but evidence has to be solid, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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GFSI seeks to fill new technical working group positions

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is looking for participants in a new Biocides and Cleaning Agents Technical Working Group (TWG).

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Roka Bioscience to sell assets to IEH for $17.5m

Roka Bioscience is to sell its assets to the Institute for Environmental Health (IEH) for $17.5m.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Ribena recalled in Malaysia

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

Food safety recall round-up 11-17 August 2017

Recalls: Norovirus, Clostridium botulinum and Salmonella

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Netherlands and Denmark.

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K-Bar Dairy recalls raw milk due to Brucella concerns

At least one person has been hospitalized by brucellosis with a link to raw milk, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Validactor looks to combat counterfeiting

No company should be left without the possibility to prove its products are safe and original, according to one of the co-founders of Validactor.

Zoonoses more sensitive to climate than solely human or animal pathogens

The impact of climate change on emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to University of Liverpool research.

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Global ID acquires Brazilian testing lab

The Global ID Group (Global ID) has acquired a food safety testing lab in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 

Almost 150 sick by Salmonella from papayas

Three more states have illnesses as part of an outbreak of Salmonella linked to Maradol papayas from a Mexican farm.

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Campylobacter illnesses in Wales linked to raw milk

Public Health Wales is investigating four cases of Campylobacter linked with milk from Penlan y Môr farm.

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Delaware extends funding program to include third party food safety audits

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is extending a funding program for fruit and veg growers to include any third party food safety audit.

exclusive interview - part one

CFIA: Recall process like a three-legged stool

The recall process is like a three-legged stool involving industry, regulatory bodies and the consumer, according to the deputy chief food safety officer of Canada.

China direct

Chinese retailers jumping on blockchain to safeguard against scandals

China’s second-biggest e-commerce platform has been using blockchain technology to help consumers track the provenance of some of the meat products available on its site.

Plus 570 infections in US and 130 in Canada

EU countries urged to look for Cyclospora following recurring infections

European countries have been urged to assess and potentially increase Cyclospora testing and reporting capacity following an increase in cases for the third successive year.

Eurofins expands in Japan with two acquisitions

Eurofins Scientific has acquired Japan Analytical Chemistry Consultants Co. (JACC) and Ecopro Research K.K. (Ecopro) for undisclosed amounts.

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