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Expanded food safety-related records access will 'weed out' uncooperative firms - SGS

A ruling that will see the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) gain extended access to food industry records will “weed out” those companies that have not been cooperative during...

FDA files injunction to halt fish processing operations over botulism fears

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to halt production and distribution at a California fish product company over botulism and listeria contamination fears.

FDA rejects call to ban bisphenol A but continues safety research

US federal authorities said they dismissed a call from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Friday to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging because the petition failed to provide...


Slimeageddon 2012: Who is really to blame for the pink slime debacle?

With lean finely textured beef (LFTB) now off the menu at some of the nation’s biggest retailers and fast food chains, recriminations are flying thick and fast over who is...


“Pink slime”: Safe, nutritious – and icky

An overwhelming chorus of “eww, that sounds gross!” alongside some scary junk science about ammonium hydroxide, has led to a safe, nutritious product being pulled from stores – but there...

CDC food import outbreak concerns a “non-event” – import law specialist

US import law specialist has played down an apparent increase in import-implicated foodborne disease outbreaks - describing the situation as a “non-event.”

US beverage industry should ban BVO in soft drinks – German professor

A voluntary ban would be the 'best solution' to eliminate concerns regarding brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in US soft drinks, a leading academic has told, and said he planned...

Tannins show promise for allergen-free peanut products

The use of tannic acid could help to reduce the allergic potential of products that contain peanut proteins, say researchers.

Risks of slashing sodium levels in cheese could outweigh benefits, US researcher

A prominent US researcher says that government pressure to cut sodium in cheese could have serious food safety, taste and labeling consequences, and questions the necessity of such a move...

Coffee poses no threat to hearts, may reduce diabetes risk: EPIC data

The consumption of coffee does not increase the risk of heart disease and may reduce the risk of developing diabetes by up to 30%, says results of the European Prospective...

Lack of funding stalls CDC food safety centers

Lack of federal funding has stalled the CDC’s establishment of five dedicated Food Safety Centers of Excellence, as required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to the University...

Nature’s One CEO savages ‘flawed’ baby formula arsenic study, but author defends work

US organic baby formula manufacturer Nature’s One has attacked recent research suggesting that arsenic levels in its toddler formulas were a cause for concern, but the study’s lead author defended...

Media foodborne illness outbreak communication needs work, say officials

Effective media communication can be crucial to prevent the spread of foodborne illness outbreaks and to avoid misinformation, global government officials said at a meeting to discuss lessons learned from...

Caramel color suppliers rise to the low-4-MEI challenge – but question California decision

Caramel color suppliers have been working on low-4-MEI versions ever since California first started considering the compound’s inclusion on its Proposition 65 list four years ago – well before PepsiCo...

Red meat linked with increased risk of mortality, suggests study

Consumption of high amounts of red meat could be linked with an increased risk of all-cause death, including death from heart disease and cancer, warn researchers.

FDA guidance urges food firm Salmonella test caution

US food safety authorities have urged food manufacturers, processors, packager and distributors to “be aware” of the potential for false results when testing for Salmonella species (Salmonella spp.).

The importance of ethics for consumer trust: ‘Can and should are not the same question’

The perception that a food company has high ethical standards may be more important to consumer trust even than its ability to demonstrate competence, according to a presentation from CEO...

Irradiation should be approved to eliminate food pathogens – Canadian researcher

A Canadian university professor believes low level irradiation should be permitted in the country to eliminate foodborne pathogens on ground meat.

‘Inhalable’ caffeine shot maker agrees to amend marketing after FDA warning

The firm behind ‘breathable’ caffeine shot AeroShot Energy has promised to amend its marketing to make it clear that it should be ingested – and not inhaled – following a...

‘Infodemiology’ on the rise to tackle foodborne illness outbreaks

Analyzing the distribution, or epidemiology, of foodborne illnesses is a standard tool in controlling outbreaks, but infodemiology – the analysis of information distributed on the internet – could help minimize...

GM a “cautionary tale” for nanotechnology

Hearts and minds need to be won in the battle to commercialise nanotechnology, if it is to avoid going the same way as GM food, according to a new study.

US state food safety ‘tweets’ will help prevent potentially lethal outbreaks - FSIS

State-specific food safety ‘tweets’ will help US consumers identify affected products and prevent potentially lethal foodborne outbreaks, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has claimed....

Canadian food safety budget cut will see imports inspections drop – union

Canadian food safety budget cuts will see imports inspections reduced, meaning “greater food safety risks for Canadians”, the union that represents federal food safety inspectors has warned.

Confusion and food safety risks: The unintended consequences of clean label demands

The concept of naturalness may be a major purchase driver, but there is disagreement about what ‘natural’ or ‘clean label’ really means – and about how to create foods that...

Jensen Farms Listeria monocytogenes contamination: Lesson learned?

US authorities are yet to establish regulations relating to third-party food plant auditors – six months after the start of an outbreak later attributed to lacklustre third-party inspection practices.

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