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Researchers seek EU-wide exposure data for nutrients and contaminants

An EU-funded project is seeking dietary information from across the bloc to better assess exposure to contaminants and nutrients – and to harmonise data collection.

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Happy holidays from Food Quality News

FoodQualityNews.com would like to wish all our readers a happy holiday.

The recalls that have hit the headlines in 2012

Recalls of 2012: A recap

This year has been quite eventful for recalls of food and beverage products, some due to foodborne contamination and others due to packaging faults.

Ongoing investigation uncovers E.coli contamination

E.coli has been found in a number of frozen burgers that have so far sickened five people in Canada.

US hit by two fish recalls

The US has been hit by two separate fish recalls linked to Clostridium botulinum and listeria in the space of a week.

EFSA on caramel colours: Consumer exposure lower than previously estimated

Consumer exposure to three caramel colours used in a variety of food and drink applications is ‘considerably lower’ than a 2011 scientific opinion published by EFSA suggested, says the Authority.  ...

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Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

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Neogen pathogen test backed

Neogen Corporation’s NeoSEEK STEC Test has been ISO accredited through the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

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Eurofins expands Nordic testing portfolio

Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA) has acquired a 92.5% majority stake in a Finnish food safety testing firm.

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Cheese recalled due to metal contamination

Two types of cheese have been withdrawn from three UK supermarkets after being found to be contaminated with pieces of metal.

FSANZ takes action on carbon monoxide as fish processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions to draft fish processing aid regulation on carbon monoxide after reports it is being used despite being banned.

E.coli contamination top issue for Canadians, says survey

E.coli contamination is top of the agenda for Canadians, ranking above all other food safety issues, including GMOs and pesticide use, according to a survey.

Companies fined after worker injuries

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined a paper and board manufacturer and a plastics company after two separate worker accidents.

FDA facing court over failure to respond to raw milk petition

Raw milk dairy Organic Pastures has filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alleging that the agency repeatedly failed to respond to its petition to amend...

Emco files patent for active oxygen scavenging system

Emco Packaging has filed a patent for an active oxygen scavenging system for use in the headspace of bottles, sachets and cartons for liquid foods and beverages.

Food makers turn to natural antioxidant blends to manage price spikes

Food manufacturers looking to extend shelf life with natural antioxidants have started using blended ingredients in an effort to deal with spiralling raw material costs, according to Frost & Sullivan.

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PlasticsEurope slams French BPA decision

PlasticsEurope has said the French Senate decision to ban BPA “has no safety benefit for consumers, disregards European law and risk assessment, and severely distorts the internal and international market”.

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FDA seeks public comment on setting thresholds for the big eight food allergens

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set up a  Federal Register Docket requesting data and other information to determine whether it can establish threshold levels for the 'big eight'...

Ex BPI employee sues Jamie Oliver and ABC News for ‘reckless’ reporting on lean finely textured beef

Former Beef Products Inc. employee Bruce Smith has filed a lawsuit against Jamie Oliver; ABC News; two ABC news anchors Diane Sawyer and Jim Avila; and blogger Bettina Siegel; alleging...

Risk assessment report aims to strengthen food system

A risk assessment report delivered to the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) should enhance trust and the wider food system, according to the working group that put it together.

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UK FSA reviewing radioactivity monitoring in food

The UK FSA is reviewing the way it monitors radioactivity in food with it preferring an option of reduced surveillance.

Mobile device enables easier food allergen testing

A simpler way to detect allergens in food samples has been devised with the launch of a new device for mobile phones developed by the University of California, Los Angeles...

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. facing nearly $100,000 fines

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has been cited by the US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals.

Neogen upgrades salmonella test

Neogen Corporation has upgraded its rapid lateral flow test for Salmonella Enteritidis targeting faster results for the poultry industry.

Partnership aims to assess nanomaterial safety

Two US agencies are working together in a research effort to assess the potential impact of nanomaterials on people’s health and the environment.

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