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Mettler-Toledo introduces faster, more convenient inspection

Mettler-Toledo launched groundbreaking technology targeting speed and convenience for food manufacturers looking for vision and inspection systems at the FachPack 2012 trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety....

FSANZ approves Fonterra hydrogen peroxide processing aid application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has approved an application from dairy giant Fonterra to use hydrogen peroxide as a processing aid to control lactic acid-producing micro-organisms during the manufacture...

Researchers create novel humidity regulating films to stop water vapour condensation

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created humidity regulating films incorporating salts that absorb water vapour leading to extended shelf life and better product appeal.

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FSIS announces changes for Listeria product sampling

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is to change the current procedures for Listeria moncytogenes product sampling.

Russia bans GM maize in wake of controversial Monsanto cancer study

Russian authorities have places a temporary ban on imports of genetically-modified maize produced by Monsanto in the wake of last weeks’ controversial GM cancer study.

Multistate venture aims to boost food safety research

Three US universities have joined forces in a bid to strengthen food safety research and ensure experts state-wide work together.

New products boosting food safety sales – Neogen

Revenues increased 17% from products used to detect pathogens such as E.coli and Salmonella, boosting Food Safety segment results, said Neogen.

CFIA expands beef recall for seventh time

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded the recall of beef products potentially infected with E.coli for the seventh time to include more than 250 products.

UK food manufacturer fined after worker severs finger in machine

A UK food manufacturer has been fined £2,000 after an employee severed her finger in an inadequately guarded machine.

Salmonella outbreak likely to increase due to lack of control measures, says scientific report

Further cases of a strain of Salmonella are likely to be reported as the outbreak continues in Europe with no control measures yet in place, warned two European agencies.

Illumina secures five year, $17m FDA contract

Illumina has been awarded a five-year contract worth up to $17m from the US FDA to provide equipment for conducting whole genome analysis of all strains, species and products

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Forever Cheese discontinues products linked to listeria outbreak

Forever Cheese has cut ties with one of its suppliers after Ricotta Salata cheese was identified as the source of an outbreak of listeria in the US that has been...

FSANZ calls for submissions on Listeria

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on plans to review existing limits for Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat foods.

Pernod Ricard subsidiary slams Czech spirits ban

Pernod Ricard’s Czech subsidiary Jan Becher (JBKB) says the Czech government’s decision to ban all strong spirit sales in the country, following 20+ methanol-related deaths linked to local bootleg liquor,...

FDA nearing decision on federal standards for arsenic in rice

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering new standards for the levels of arsenic in rice but said yesterday that it does not have enough evidence yet.

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FSA strengthens ACNFP committee

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed six members to the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).

EFSA approves increased levels of herbicide

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved an application to modify the existing maximum residue level (MRL) for pyridate in celery leaves (dill leaves).

Czech methanol liquor deaths spur FSA warning

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising travelers to the Czech Republic to avoid locally produced bootleg spirits following a spate of methanol poisonings the country and over 20...

Chemists dispute BPA link to obesity

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has disputed the findings of a study linking Bisphenol A (BPA), a substance used in a range of food packaging materials and coatings, with childhood obesity....

Cold atmospheric plasma potential yet to be fully unlocked for detecting Salmonella

Researchers have found cold atmospheric plasmas (CAP) can tackle Salmonella but the bacteria can ‘hide’ in the bumps of strawberries and the pores in lettuce leaves.

Millions of Europeans still at heart disease risk from trans fat

Millions of Europeans are still at increased risk of heart disease due to consumption of artificial trans fatty acids, according to a new pan-European review published in BMJ Open.

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3M Listeria assay given certification

3M Food Safety has received AOAC-PTM Certification for its Molecular Detection Assay Listeria for Environmental Testing.

Neogen pathogen DNA confirmation method receives letter of no objection

Neogen Corporation has announced it has received a letter of no objection for its pathogen DNA confirmation method which produces results in 24 hours.

Minnesota grant to boost food safety

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has won $600,000 in grants from the US Food and Drug Administration to enhance the state’s food safety capabilities.

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