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FSIS and beef industry praised for pre-emptive E.coli action

The US beef industry and the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have been showered with praise after showing “strong initiative” in their efforts to...

It’s all hands on deck to implement FSMA in 2012 – PriceWaterhouseCoopers

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has warned the US food industry that 2012 will be “all hands on deck” to implement the provisions of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA).

FDA nanotechnology draft guidance represents ‘marginal progress’ – petition group

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food and food contact substances represents only “marginal progress” towards regulation of the technology, a petition...

'Pre-emptive’ measures will accelerate tainted product identification - USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has outlined a series of measures to conduct future meat product trace backs in a “pre-emptive” manner to catch E.coli O157:H7 contamination at an...

Streamlining measures will reduce food safety regulations ‘red tape’ – Health Canada

The Canadian government has taken steps to streamline its food safety laws – reducing the ‘red tape’ that currently delays safe products entering the market.

BPI employees launch social media campaign to spread ‘beef is beef’ message

Workers at Beef Products Inc. (BPI) have launched a Facebook campaign countering attacks on lean finely textured beef (LFTB), saying they hope information about the safety of the ingredient will...

Mad cow disease case won’t impact processors – American Meat Institute

A rare case of mad cow disease in the US is unlikely to have a significant impact on the processing sector, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI).

Survey: Most Canadians support food irradiation – once they’ve heard of it

Most Canadians have not heard of food irradiation but after being provided with a definition, two-thirds say they would support its use, according to an opinion poll conducted for the...

Four indicted in US over alleged mouldy cheese conspiracy

Four individuals who allegedly conspired to scrape mould off returned imported cheese before resale have been indicted in the US on charges that could see them jailed for up to...

North American food safety authorities target substandard imports

US and Canadian food safety authorities have laid out plans to ensure the quality and safety of imported foods – publishing mirror-image campaigns within days of each other.

FDA says nanotechnology may need greater scrutiny

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food and cosmetic products, encouraging manufacturers to consult with the agency before taking...

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...

News in brief

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.

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