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One thousand ill as search for Cyclospora infection source continues

More than 1,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported from 40 states in the US.

Seven people investigated as part of histamine in tuna outbreak

Spanish authorities are investigating seven people in relation to cases of histamine poisoning from tuna.

SORS used to detect markers of fake spirits

A handheld spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) device has been used to detect fake spirits by researchers at The University of Manchester.

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Meth found in 7up bottles in Mexican city

Some bottles of 7up in Mexicali, Mexico were contaminated with methamphetamine and have been linked to one death and seven illnesses, according to officials.

Olive oil testing reveals problems with a third of samples

Almost a third of olive oil samples tested within a two year period were judged non-compliant, according to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

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Federal agencies hold meeting to discuss WGS

US government agencies are to host a public meeting next month to discuss whole genome sequencing (WGS).

Projected Campylobacter increase in Belgium prompts call for action

Campylobacter incidence in Belgium may almost double by 2020, according to estimates.

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‘Join our club’: Campden BRI seeks partners to tackle chocolate fat bloom and sugar reduction

UK research firm Campden BRI is inviting companies to join research efforts focused on sugar and fat reduction and fat bloom in chocolate.

Norway investigates Salmonella outbreak

Norwegian authorities are investigating an outbreak caused by a rare variant of Salmonella Typhimurium.

Drinktec 2017

ViewPointSystem 'Smart Eyewear' wins contract with Bavarian Brewery

ViewPointSystem debuted its VPS16 Smart Eyewear for industrial use for the food and drink industry at Drinktec this month.

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Anton Paar measuring instruments to be used at TU Graz

Anton Paar has provided 10 measuring instruments for use in the laboratory at the Technical University of Graz (TU Graz).

Dinant’s snacks plant granted HACCP certification

Dinant’s snack plant in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has received HACCP certification from SCS Global Services food safety auditor.

Food safety recall round-up 15-21 September 2017

Recalls: Botulism, insect excrement and cleaning fluid

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

This week Down Under

Aussie firms must take crisis planning more seriously

Insurance coverage across the food industry is inadequate, leaving many manufacturers exposed in the event of a crisis.

FSA hits back at poor abattoir hygiene claims

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has hit back following claims of poor hygiene practices and ineffective regulations in some UK abattoirs.

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FoodLogiQ secures funding to help growth push

FoodLogiQ has secured an undisclosed amount of funding to help fuel growth in the traceability and transparency sector.

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CWI and Meyn look to boost poultry quality control

Meyn Food Processing and a Dutch research institute are to develop novel 3D spectral imaging techniques for the poultry industry.

Local authority sampling decreased 11% in 2016/17

Local authority sampling decreased more than 11% year on year with some councils not doing any in 2016/17, according to statistics on UK food law enforcement.

German survey identifies mercury and dioxin as most well-known contaminants

Mercury and dioxin are the most recognised contaminants while pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are almost unknown to the German public, according to a study.

Swedish Salmonella outbreak from Polish eggs

At least 12 people have been sickened by Salmonella in Sweden from eggs from Poland.

Salmonella investigation uncovers cooking method risk

An investigation into a Salmonella outbreak in Canada has suggested the cooking method for chicken shawarma may represent a risk.

NAFTA talks a chance to create joint risk assessment body

With NAFTA renegotiation talks ongoing it is a critical time for a conversation on protecting and improving the supply chain, according to two think tanks.

GS1, IBM and Microsoft look at blockchain

GS1 will work with IBM and Microsoft to use its standards in their enterprise blockchain applications for supply chain clients.

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GMB: CETA trade deal sets bad precedent post-Brexit

A British trade union has attacked the CETA trade deal between Canada and Europe which comes into force later this week (21 September) adding it sets a bad precedent post-Brexit.

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FSSAI employees profit from IGFS and Waters partnership

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast and Waters Corporation have partnered to promote food safety.

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