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GFSI publishes position paper on food fraud

GFSI publishes position paper on food fraud

| July 22, 2014

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has released a position paper on mitigating the public health risk of food fraud, which outlines steps that food businesses should take to protect consumers from the consequences of food adulteration, counterfeiting and other illegal practices. The position paper is based on work by a ‘Food Fraud Think Tank’ […]

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Codex annual meeting adopts new standards

Codex annual meeting adopts new standards

| July 22, 2014

The Codex Alimentarius Commission held its 37th session in Geneva from the 14th to the 18th July and adopted a number of new international standards, including maximum levels for inorganic arsenic in rice and lead in infant formula. The Commission – originally set up by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Health Organisation […]

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EFSA launches ‘Open Science’ initiative

EFSA launches ‘Open Science’ initiative

| July 22, 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a discussion paper setting out its policy and plans to become an ‘Open EFSA’ for public consultation. The Authority aims to open up its scientific processes and become more transparent and accountable. The discussion paper is the latest step in a transparency initiative launched last year and […]

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Foster Farms recalls chicken products linked to Salmonella outbreak

Foster Farms recalls chicken products linked to Salmonella outbreak

| July 8, 2014

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Foster Farms of Livingston, California, is recalling an “undetermined” amount of chicken products that may be contaminated with a particular strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. The recall comes in response to an FSIS request after the discovery of direct evidence that Foster farms chicken is […]

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New web tool for smoked fish producers

New web tool for smoked fish producers

| July 8, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency has launched a free web tool designed to help producers of smoked fish ensure that their products are safe for consumers by reducing the risk of Listeria contamination. The tool can assess production processes for their effectiveness in controlling Listeria by asking a series of questions to determine whether current […]

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EFSA confirms acrylamide in food a public health concern

EFSA confirms acrylamide in food a public health concern

| July 3, 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is launching a public consultation on a draft Scientific Opinion, which confirms previous assessments that acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers of all age groups. Acrylamide is generated in certain foods during high temperature cooking processes such as baking and frying. It is […]

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CDC warning over antibiotic resistance in foodborne bacteria

CDC warning over antibiotic resistance in foodborne bacteria

| July 3, 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a new report containing data from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), which contains both good and bad news. The data, for the year 2012, tracks resistance in humans, retail meats and food animals and reveals that multi-drug resistance in Salmonella decreased over […]

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FAO lists ‘top ten’ foodborne parasites

FAO lists ‘top ten’ foodborne parasites

| July 3, 2014

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released a list of the foodborne parasites that are of most concern worldwide, and is now developing new guidelines designed to help control them. The pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) heads the list of top ten ranked parasites, which also includes other tapeworms (Echinococcus species) found in fresh […]

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Agency publishes report of food incidents for 2013

Agency publishes report of food incidents for 2013

| July 2, 2014

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest Annual Report of Food Incidents giving details of all the incidents of food and environmental contamination it investigated and managed in the UK in 2013. A total of 1,562 incidents are included in the report, only four of which were classified as ‘high’ level. This […]

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Still no recall for raw clover sprouts linked to E. coli outbreak

Still no recall for raw clover sprouts linked to E. coli outbreak

| July 2, 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update on an outbreak of E. coli O121 infection linked to consumption of raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Idaho. Since the outbreak began in early May a total of 18 confirmed cases in five states have been reported. CDC […]

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