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African Union to establish FSA

The African Union (AU) is to establish a food safety authority (FSA) and a Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) to avoid foodborne illness.

UK charity urges government to ban BPA in food and drinks packaging

A UK charity has launched a petition urging the country’s government to ‘take the lead’ and ban bisphenol A (BPA) and endocrine disrupting chemicals in food and drink packaging....

Dispatch from RT10 in Singapore

UK sustainable palm oil statement is ‘not really a commitment’, says RSPO president

A UK government statement drawing together new and existing pledges on sustainable palm oil falls short of a real commitment to sustainable sourcing, according to the president of the Roundtable...

Sealed Air sells Diversey Japan for $377m

Sealed Air has sold Diversey Japan to The Carlyle Group for ¥30bn (US$377m) to focus on higher growth markets.

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USDA issues Hurricane Sandy food safety warning

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has urged people to take immediate steps to ensure their food is kept safe as Hurricane Sandy approaches....

Dispatches from Pack Expo 2012

New cleaning systems from Meech International

Meech International has launched two devices designed to eradicate contamination of food processing equipment.


PTI showcases packaging solutions at Pack Expo

PTI Inspection Systems is displaying a range of packaging solutions, including packaging machinery and testing systems, at trade show Pack Expo in Chicago.

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3M listeria detection tool receives validation

3M Food Safety has received AOAC-PTM validation for its Tecra listeria Visual Immunoassay (VIA) which provides results in 48 hours.

More than 1,000 sick in Dutch salmonella outbreak

An outbreak of Salmonella linked to smoked salmon ‘appears to be over’ according to the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) after sickening more than 1,000 people.

Experts reiterate call for calorie count reform

Caloric values – particularly for nuts and legumes – should be re-evaluated in light of recent studies suggesting commonly used calorie estimates may be flawed, according to a panel of...

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BIOTECON validation for pathogen detection systems

BIOTECON Diagnostics has received validation from MicroVal for global distribution of its pathogen detection systems targeting the baby food market.

Craft brewer fined by OSHA after worker death

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a craft brewer for safety hazards after a worker died while cleaning equipment.

CFIA lifts suspension on XL Foods plant linked to E.coli outbreak

The XL Foods plant at the centre of an E.coli outbreak in Canada has reopened yesterday under strict surveillance and increased testing.

GMO labeling: How vulnerable is Proposition 37 to a legal challenge?

If Californians approve controversial GMO labeling initiative Proposition 37 next month, could food industry opponents challenge it on First Amendment grounds?

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US retailer to stop selling sprouts due to food safety risk

Kroger Co. will stop selling sprouts due to their food safety risk with the last delivery to distribution centers and stores happening yesterday (22 October).

Scientists create ultra-thin material that could be used as food sensor

Researchers have created a thin-film polymer metamaterial that can be incorporated inside packaging and that changes colour if the conditions inside the package alter.

FSANZ warning follows salmonella outbreak in raw almonds

An outbreak of salmonella in raw almonds has been linked to 27 cases of foodborne illness in six states and territories, said FSANZ.

Nordic countries pinpoint vegetables as likely driver in foodborne illness outbreak rise

Vegetables and vegetable products have been voted as the most likely driver of an increase in foodborne illness outbreaks, according to a Nordic survey.


'Consistent' content is king for beverage producers - Profamo VP

Profamo VP Chris Nimptsch tells Ben Bouckley why consistency - and true readings of CO2, Brix and organic acid levels - is king for beverage producers, as he unveils VitalSensors'...

Kraft Foods orders evacuation after German gas cloud incident

Food processing giant Kraft Foods was forced to order the evacuation of around 1,800 people after a mixing error at a cream cheese factory in Germany created a cloud of...

British Lion eggs sourcing call after salmonella scare

British Lion Egg Processors (BLEP) are urging manufacturers to buy product derived from British Lion certified eggs after an outbreak of salmonella that hit seven people in the UK.

E.coli outbreak linked to nearly 200 cases in Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish Public Health Agency (PHA) is investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157 which has been linked to 25 confirmed and 154 probable cases.

Efficient x-ray trend builds with another launch

The trend towards energy-saving x-ray equipment for the food industry continues to increase momentum, with Eagle Product Inspection’s Pack 400 HC being the latest launch in the area.

Food analysis simplified with new software

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched software for gas and liquid chromatography analysis that simplifies the process and makes it more user-friendly.

Extracts from leaves of the carob plant can inhibit growth of Listeria, says study

The leaves of the carob plant contain antibacterial substances that can help in the fight against Listeria, according to new research.

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