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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.

Brazil OJ exporters accept US carbendazim defeat

The Brazilian orange juice and concentrate industry has admitted carbendazim-related defeat, after efforts to increase allowable levels of the fungicide in orange juice product shipments were shot down by US...

Brazil OJ exporters accept US carbendazim defeat

The Brazilian orange juice and concentrate industry has admitted carbendazim-related defeat, after efforts to increase allowable levels of the fungicide in orange juice product shipments were shot down by US...

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Three-quarters of carbendazim-tested OJ shipments enter the US - FDA

Almost three-quarters of all orange juice and concentrate shipments attempting to enter the US have tested negative for carbendazim, US food safety officials have confirmed.

‘Breathable’ caffeine shot just the beginning, says AeroShot Energy inventor

The inventor of 'breathable' caffeine shot AeroShot Energy says he has barely scratched the surface when it comes to potential applications for the novel delivery format.

Expanded record access will cut exposure to tainted food - FDA

US food safety authorities will be given expanded access to food firm records under a new interim ruling – a move it hopes will prevent potentially harmful food entering the...

Back to basics to tackle coming shortage of food safety auditors

There could be an impending shortage of food safety auditors in the United States, rooted in a lack of food safety emphasis in the US education system, says director of...

Infrared, hot-air almond pasteurisation combo kills Salmonella - USDA

US food safety researchers are exploring the combined use of infrared and hot air as a tool in the pasteurisation of almonds – a method to prevent potential Salmonella contamination.

FDA increases rice-related inorganic arsenic scrutiny after calls for regulatory limits

A US food safety authority has “expanded” its surveillance of inorganic arsenic levels in organic brown rice syrup (OBRS) in response to calls for regulatory limits.

Canadian E.coli O157:H7 beef contamination origin unknown - CFIA

Canadian food safety authorities are yet to establish the source of a frozen meat-related E.coli O157:H7 contamination that has sickened one person in the country to-date.

FDA launches probe on 'inhalable' caffeine shot

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to investigate the safety of an inhalable caffeine shot called AeroShot, which only hit US shelves last month.

Celebrity role models and personalized messages for better food safety

Food safety experts need to do a better job of communicating the consumer’s role in keeping food safe, by using personalized messages and the example of kitchen role models, says...

Better collaboration could be ‘next big development’ in food safety, says WHO scientist

More data sharing and better communication between the private sector and public health organizations could be the next big development in food safety and public health, according to a World...

Food safety and consumer organizations defend FDA’s Michael Taylor

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and other consumer and food safety organizations have defended FDA deputy commissioner for foods Michael Taylor, who has been the target...

AHA GRAS attack reaction: Why self-affirmed GRAS is not ‘GRAS lite’

Experts in helping firms navigate the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) process say the American Heart Association (AHA) made some valid points in its recent attack on GRAS, but argue...

Food safety perception: The disconnect between consumers and manufacturers

A new global survey of food manufacturers found that most (98%) are confident about their food safety performance - but 70% of consumers aren't convinced. FoodNavigator-USA spoke to Hank Lambert,...

FDA carbendazim measures reassessment refusal meets industry backlash

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refused to move on allowable levels of carbendazim in orange juice product imports – meeting disapproval from the US industry.

Globalization boosting demand for harmonized safety standards, says GFSI

As the global food system has become more complex, food manufacturers are looking for ways to harmonize safety standards. Cargill’s Mike Robach, a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) board member,...

Self-affirmed GRAS under fire as AHA steps up sodium reduction campaign

There are serious weaknesses in the system that allows firms to self-affirm the safety of foods without the approval or knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to...

Cantaloupe listeria scare still affecting US recalls - ExpertRECALL

The 2011 cantaloupe-related Listeria outbreak has continued to effect food recalls across the US, with a 50% increase in the number of recalls in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with Q3.

FDA seeks 17% budget increase, with food safety and Chinese imports strategic targets

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking a 17% increase in its budget, with the agency listing food safety and Chinese imports amongst its strategic targets.

Proposed budget increase will 'strengthen' China food safety - FDA

The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has requested a budget increase of more than $250m for 2013 – including $10m to strengthen the safety of Chinese produced food.

US OJ carbendazim measures may violate international trade pacts – import law firm

US imposed carbendazim-related orange juice import measures could be in violation of international trade agreements, according to a US imports legal consultancy.

Consumer groups petition FDA to assess GE salmon as food additive

Consumer groups have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to alter the process by which it assesses the safety of AquaBounty’s fast-growing genetically engineered (GE) salmon.

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