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Canadian groups join to tackle E.coli

A funding program has been launched in Canada aimed at the development of tests to detect E.coli during food production.

Combined method reduces E.coli on spinach, finds study

Combining continuous ultrasound treatment with chlorine washing can reduce E.coli on spinach leaves, according to US scientists.

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OSHA cites chemical manufacturer after explosion

A chemical manufacturer has been handed proposed penalties of nearly $80,000 following an explosion at one of its facilities in May.

Advent calendar chocolates present cancer risk, says consumer group

Potentially cancerous mineral oils have been found in advent calendar chocolates including ones from Nestlé, Mondelez and Lindt, leading a consumer group to call for manufacturers and packaging firms to...

Advent calendar chocolates safe, says BDSI

The German Confectionery Association (BDSI) has said that chocolates in advent calendars pose no health risk after a consumer group linked products to ‘cancerous’ mineral oils.

Smoked salmon business prosecuted after worker’s injury

The owner of a UK smoked salmon business has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 after a worker was injured when his hand was caught and crushed in machinery.

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McDonald's restaurant linked to salmonella outbreak

McDonald's is at the centre of an investigation of an outbreak of salmonella at one of its restaurants in Illinois.

Thermo Scientific unveils x-ray machine with no lead curtains

The touchless x-ray inspection system reduces product damage due to its design and the lack of lead curtains, according to Thermo Scientific.

Areas of action to prevent foodborne illness identified at BfR conference

A panel of scientists have identified hygiene, diagnostic methods and outbreak investigations as key areas that need action to prevent foodborne infections.

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FSA research call over lack of BFR information

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a research call on brominated flame retardants (BFRs) due a lack of information about their effect on food.

CFIA shutters plant linked to listeria risk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the licence of a meat processing company after finding listeria monocytogenes on the sleeve of an employee.  

Arla teams up with Fonterra and Foss to develop milk screening method

Arla Foods and Fonterra have teamed up with Danish analytical solutions provider Foss to develop a screening method to determine whether milk has been tampered with for financial gain.

Researchers show natural microbial agents in packaging can extend shelf life of salmon

Researchers in Chile have invented a system incorporating natural microbial agents in a polymeric structure aimed at increasing the shelf life of refrigerated fresh salmon.

Set maximum arsenic and mercury levels for infant cereals, say researchers

A Spanish study has called for European rules on mercury and arsenic in infant cereal in light of high - in some cases ‘risk’ - levels found, particularly in organic...

FSA warns Sunland US salmonella outbreak could reach UK

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers not to eat certain peanut butter-based products imported from the US due to the ongoing salmonella outbreak traced to manufacturer Sunland.

Harmonising food safety regs could make 'huge difference' to food wastage

Zero and very low tolerance of certain food additives and ingredients can lead to enormous - and entirely unnecessary - food wastage, according to Aleksandra Martinovic, Montenegro ambassador of the...

Improved allergen detection in chocolate with extra step, say researchers

Nut traces can be better detected in dark chocolate and biscuits by adding a clean-up step, say Italian researchers.

Cargill division cited for exposing workers to hazardous energy

Cargill Meat Solutions has been hit with $114,000 in proposed fines after failing to protect workers from unexpected start-up of machines at its Beardstown pork processing facility in Illinois.


Shelf life is not an issue for wine can consumers – Ball Packaging

A maximum shelf life of one year will not be an issue for wine can consumers, Ball Packaging’s sales director for Benelux and Scandinavia Gerlof Toenhake told reporter Mark Astley....

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E.coli infection led to no elevated risk of heart disease, says study

An outbreak of E.coli did not lead to greater risk of heart disease or stroke 10 years later, a Canadian study has found.


Anti-microbial air treatment will become ‘important’ hygiene factor - Ecolab

Anti-microbial air treatment systems will become a “very important” hygiene factor in the food manufacturing industry in coming years, Ecolab’s Marcus Ley told reporter Mark Astley.

Sunland denies releasing contaminated peanut butter

Sunland has denied releasing any products that it knew to be contaminated after a US FDA inspection showed that peanut or almond butter was distributed despite the firm’s testing system...

Outbreak over but source remains unclear from Northern Ireland E.coli - PHA

Northern Irish health officials are yet to reveal the source of an outbreak of E.coli O157 which affected 300 people.

SIPA ditches BPA in water cooler bottles

Plastics firm SIPA has replaced its polycarbonate (PC) water cooler bottle, which contains the controversial compound Bisphenol A (BPA), with a 100% polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recyclable version.

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