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Reportable Food Registry has helped target inspection activities, FDA says

The Reportable Food Registry has helped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) target its food safety strategy and increase the speed with which it has been able to take action,...

FDA food safety fees will ‘user fee the industry to death’ – food safety law firm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will “user fee the industry to death” through the proposed implementation of further food firm fees, food safety law specialist has claimed....

Nanotech regulation ‘may become more nuanced in light of experience’, says Hamburg

FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg has reiterated the agency’s decision not to adopt a definition for nanotechnology, although she said its approach “may become more nuanced in light of experience”.

‘Tuna scrape’ recalled after Salmonella Bareilly outbreak sickens 116

A US fish processor is recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of frozen ‘tuna scrape’ after the product was linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly that has sickened 116 people across 20 states.

California fish processor suspends production under FDA agreement

A California-based seafood processor has agreed to halt the production and distribution of its fish and fish products over Listeria monocytogenes contamination fears, under an agreement with the US Food...

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OJ shipments denied entry to US as carbendazim block continues

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-imposed block on carbendazim-tainted orange juice and concentrate has seen a further three shipments denied entry into the US – taking the total to 30.

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...

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