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Salmonella risk prompts spicy seed mix recall

Salmonella risk prompts spicy seed mix recall

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, California is voluntarily recalling one lot of Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall applies to product with the lot number “Enjoy before May 12, 2015 R2″ and […]

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EFSA publishes draft assessment on caffeine safety

EFSA publishes draft assessment on caffeine safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released a Scientific Opinion on the safety of caffeine for public consultation. Caffeine is a common constituent of energy drinks and similar products and concerns have been raised about the safety of high doses. After reviewing the available scientific data on caffeine the EFSA Opinion concludes that single […]

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EFSA assesses raw milk health risks

EFSA assesses raw milk health risks

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a Scientific Opinion on the public health risks associated with consuming unpasteurised milk in response to growing consumer interest in drinking raw milk for its perceived health benefits. The Opinion, compiled by the Biological Hazards Panel, concludes that raw milk can be a source of pathogenic bacteria […]

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Fatal listeriosis outbreak linked to caramel coated apples

Fatal listeriosis outbreak linked to caramel coated apples

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies are investigating a serious multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection linked to caramel-coated apple products. The outbreak has so far affected 32 people in 11 states and 31 of those have been hospitalised. Seven deaths have been recorded and listeriosis is thought to […]

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Raw milk – EFSA wades in

Raw milk – EFSA wades in

What is it about raw milk that rouses such passions? A few minutes spent researching the subject on the Internet soon turns up all manner of individuals and organisations promoting the supposed health, nutritional and taste benefits of drinking milk fresh from the cow, while deriding the pasteurised version as a pale shadow of the […]

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Food safety in 2014 – the good, the bad and the politics

Food safety in 2014 – the good, the bad and the politics

Looking back over the last twelve months it is possible to see several positive developments in the world of food safety. Firstly, the implications of growing levels of food fraud have now been recognised in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat in beef scandal and in the UK this has resulted in the setting up […]

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Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter hits the headlines

Campylobacter has been the commonest cause of foodborne disease in the UK for nearly ten years. Yet until quite recently, comparatively few people had ever heard of it. That is changing rapidly as the mainstream media begins to focus much more attention on this rather unusual pathogen. The latest flurry of coverage was generated last […]

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Food safety in a shrinking world

Food safety in a shrinking world

When I read that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had been looking at the risk of Ebola transmission through bushmeat illegally imported into Europe from Africa I was a bit surprised. It seemed such a parochial thing to be doing when the three countries in the grip of the current Ebola outbreak in West […]

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New Research

Pufferfish toxin detected in European shellfish

Pufferfish toxin detected in European shellfish

Scientists from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the University of Hull in the UK have reported the first ever detection of tetrodotoxins (TTX) in European bivalve shellfish. The researchers tested 29 live shellfish samples (mainly oysters and mussels) harvested from the South coast of England between February 2013 and October 2014. […]

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Nanotechnology helps prevent biofilms

Nanotechnology helps prevent biofilms

A new study by scientists at Cornell University and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the USA has developed a process that creates nanoscale pores on a metal surface and can help to prevent bacterial attachment and biofilm formation. The researchers used an electrochemical anodisation process to produce cylindrical nanopores between 15 and 100 nm in […]

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‘Chicken juice’ helps Campylobacter survive in biofilms

‘Chicken juice’ helps Campylobacter survive in biofilms

Researchers from the UK Institute of Food Research have been investigating how the comparatively fragile cells of the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni manage to survive in poultry processing environments outside of the avian intestinal tract. Specifically, they looked at the role of a chicken meat exudate (chicken juice) from defrosted frozen birds by investigating its […]

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EFSA announces new research funding opportunities

EFSA announces new research funding opportunities

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to provide a new funding stream for research into microbiological and chemical hazard assessment, two areas that it considers crucial for current and future risk assessment work. The new funding is available to eligible scientific organisations from EU Member States and calls for research proposals in two specific […]

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Feature Articles

A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

Supply chains have become ever longer and more complex as food production has developed into a truly global industry. The need to monitor the safety of food at every stage means that microbiological testing remains a key weapon in the fight against food contamination and the volume of testing undertaken continues to grow. Today’s laboratories […]

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HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN? – Rapid food hygiene monitoring methods

The HACCP-driven hygiene procedures in place in modern food production facilities are an essential part of ensuring safety and quality in the food supply chain. Clean food handling and processing equipment is a prerequisite for good hygiene, but the effectiveness of cleaning must also be monitored and recorded.

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – a global food safety problem

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE – a global food safety problem

The development of antibiotics in the 1940s led to a revolution in the treatment of infectious diseases. But after more than 60 years of use and misuse, many antibiotics have lost much of their effectiveness as bacteria develop resistance to them. This situation has arisen partly as a result of overuse in clinical medicine, but […]

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CONTROLLING FOOD ALLERGENS

CONTROLLING FOOD ALLERGENS

The issue of food allergy has become an increasingly important one for the food industry over the last ten years. The prevalence of allergic reactions to certain foods seems to be increasing in the population and legislation has been introduced requiring food businesses to label foods containing major allergens. This has created a significant new […]

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EFSA develops toolbox to help rank microbiological risks

EFSA develops toolbox to help rank microbiological risks

| January 13, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a Scientific Opinion on the development of a risk ranking toolbox designed to help risk assessors prioritise the most significant risks from microbiological hazards in food. The toolbox was developed by EFSA’s Biological Hazards Panel, which assessed eight different tools appropriate for risk ranking biological hazards in […]

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Chocolates recalled over Salmonella contamination

Chocolates recalled over Salmonella contamination

| January 13, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency has announced that supermarket chain Aldi has recalled 200g packs of Choceur Treasures (whole hazelnuts wrapped in waffle and milk chocolate) because Salmonella has been detected in a single batch of the product. The recall includes Choceur Treasures with a best before date of 1September 2015 and the affected batch […]

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Baby foods recalled over contamination with plant toxins

Baby foods recalled over contamination with plant toxins

| December 16, 2014

Holle Baby Food GmbH Serviceburo is recalling all batches of certain baby foods in some European countries because of the presence of the undesirable natural plant toxins atropine and scopolamine. The recalled products are four varieties of Holle brand organic porridge in 250g packs, plus a single Lebenswert brand porridge. All batch codes and best […]

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