Tag: Traceability

FDA releases new food safety rules for fresh produce and imported foods

FDA releases new food safety rules for fresh produce and imported foods

| November 17, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has finalised new rules establishing enforceable food safety standards for produce farms and making importers accountable for ensuring that imported foods meet US safety standards. The new rules are a part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernisation Act and are intended to […]

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New sentencing guidelines for food safety offences

New sentencing guidelines for food safety offences

| November 3, 2015

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has published new guidelines for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences. The guidelines are designed to ensure a “consistent, fair and proportionate” approach. From the beginning of February 2016, larger companies with a turnover of more than £50 million could be fined up […]

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Food testing is useful, but not infallible

Food testing is useful, but not infallible

| July 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

More and more testing is being performed on food products worldwide with every year that passes. Despite the advent of HACCP – and the virtual abandonment of quality control testing as a means of ensuring food safety and quality – ever lengthening supply chains and consumer concerns about safety have driven a steady increase in […]

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Genetic tests help link Salmonella outbreak to German egg producer

Genetic tests help link Salmonella outbreak to German egg producer

| April 29, 2015

A newly published report by a UK-based outbreak team reveals how whole genome sequencing and food traceback investigations linked a multinational outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis PT4b infection to an egg producer in Germany. The UK outbreak occurred between May and September 2014 and included at least 287 cases linked to a hospital in central England […]

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THE HEPATITIS A VIRUS – an overlooked cause of foodborne disease

THE HEPATITIS A VIRUS – an overlooked cause of foodborne disease

| April 21, 2015

Bacteria are by far the most common and best known causes of foodborne illness in the developed world and the food industry is well aware of the risks presented by Salmonella, E. coli O157 and other bacterial pathogens. But there are also a small group of disease-causing viruses that can be transmitted by contaminated food. […]

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The spice trade under scrutiny

The spice trade under scrutiny

| February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

Undeclared nut protein in herbs and spices is a hot topic and a developing food safety problem. The issue first surfaced in the USA and Canada in December last year, when samples of cumin began testing positive for peanut protein, triggering a series of recalls and prompting the FDA to issue advice to consumers with […]

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New method helps track foodborne disease outbreaks

New method helps track foodborne disease outbreaks

| July 30, 2014

A new computer-assisted method developed jointly by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the IBM Almaden Research Centre and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyses sales data to help identify contaminated foods involved in disease outbreaks. The probability-based method takes data on the types and quantities of foods sold in […]

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Embrace technology for better traceability

Embrace technology for better traceability

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Foodborne hepatitis A infection is not uncommon in Europe, but is most often associated with travel to parts of the world where the disease is endemic and hygiene standards a little more lax than is desirable. But recently there have been a number of outbreaks that are unusual in that they involved people who seemed […]

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Holding back the GMO tide

Holding back the GMO tide

| March 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

Almost a thousand years ago King Canute had his throne placed on an English beach and commanded the advancing tide to retreat in order to demonstrate to his sycophantic courtiers how ultimately powerless he was in the face of nature. I was strongly reminded of this story when reading about the results of a recent […]

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Fighting crime in the food chain

Fighting crime in the food chain

| December 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

Are UK consumers at risk from complex food frauds perpetrated by highly organised criminal networks? Professor Chris Elliot of Queens University Belfast certainly thinks they are, and is recommending urgent action to combat the threat. Professor Elliot is the author of an interim report commissioned by the British government in response to the horsemeat scandal […]

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