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Safety & Regulation

Food safety and regulation covers everything from equipment and hygiene to legislation, HACCP, alerts and scares carrying plant implications, recalls, software, sensors, control management and cleaning.

DVFA: No basis for BPA legal action

There is no basis for individual legal action on BPA according to The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) after researchers in the country said the safe level recommended by...

Cereal study urges US focus on oats to cut risk from ‘potent renal carcinogen’

Scientists researching the presence of a mycotoxin considered a 'potent renal carcinogen' in US cereals have found levels above EU maximum limits in 8% of oat based cereals tested, and...

Bonduelle, Freeze Dry, Yancey’s Fancy, and Chassix in pilot mechatronics training program

Bonduelle, Freeze Dry, Yancey’s Fancy and Chassix are taking part in a pilot mechatronics training program in New York.

Investigation ongoing after worker dies at Wrigley plant

Wrigley said it is ‘deeply saddened’ to confirm the death of a worker at one of its US facilities earlier this month.

OSHA investigation under way

Contract sanitation worker dies in Tyson plant accident

An employee of a contract sanitation company has died after reportedly falling into a piece of equipment he was cleaning at a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Focus on protecting susceptible populations

Toxicology testing changes prompt FDA shift in foodborne chemical risk assessment

A “paradigm shift” in toxicology testing is changing the way scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies assess the risks people face from chemical...

News in brief

BSE case confirmed in Alberta, Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been discovered in a beef cow, in Alberta.

News in brief

3M indicator test receives AOAC OMA backing

3M’s Petrifilm Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate has received Official Method of Analysis (OMA) validation by AOAC International.

Tomato peeling machine had no guards in place

Sun-Brite Foods fined $70k after worker partially amputates foot

An Ontario, Canada court has levied a $70,000 fine against tomato processor Sun-Brite Foods, after a seasonal cannery worker was seriously injured while cleaning the plant.

Worker hospitalized after electric shock at International Paper

International Paper Co. is facing $85,000 fines after a 24-year-old temporary maintenance worker suffered burns and was hospitalized, after he was electrocuted at its factory in Madison, Ohio. 

News in brief

Zinetti tells of metal detection ‘slam dunk’

Zinetti Food Products has described the ‘slam dunk’ moment it decided to buy Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray’s X33 x-ray inspection system.

FDA budget request outlines priorities in FSMA implementation, increased inspections

The budget request from the White House for the Food and Drug Administration is part of President Obama’s overall budget that will not see the light of day.  Nevertheless, the...

OSHA investigates death at International Paper

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the death of a worker at one of International Paper’s mills.

Taiwan

Taiwanese gutter oil company ranked world's third most controversial

A Taiwanese food oil producer is one of the front-runners on an annual league table that features the world’s most controversial companies of the previous year.

Senator Richard Durbin and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro introduce Safe Food Act 2015

Single food safety agency aim for legislation

Legislation to create a single food agency has been proposed with the current system branded as ‘hopelessly fragmented and outdated’.

Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria, Campylobacter

US interagency group to improve foodborne illness source attribution estimates for major pathogens

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are hosting a...

Highly pathogenic H5N8 found in turkeys

First US case of avian flu in commercial poultry reported in California

The first US finding of avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock this year was reported by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)...

Breast Cancer UK, Chem Trust, ANSES, BPF, FDF, ACC, PlasticsEurope and others

BPA safe verdict prompts wide response

Reaction to the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) decision that bisphenol A (BPA) does not pose a health risk at currently exposed levels has been flooding in.

Goal: Prevent 50k illnesses each year

FSIS seeks 30% reduction in Salmonella and Campylobacter via new standards

Taking the next step in its Salmonella Action Plan, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and...

Mettler-Toledo targets x-ray inspection of tall and rigid containers

Mettler-Toledo has launched an x-ray inspection system for tall and rigid containers to protect food safety and product integrity.

EFSA: BPA poses no risk

Bisphenol A (BPA) poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Top 5 metal detection tips

Fortress Technology upgrades its metal detectors in compliance with M&S revised code of practice

Fortress Technology has released its top five metal detector tips as it upgrades its Vector metal detector/ conveyor equipment for suppliers following the announcement Marks and Spencer (M&S) retail store has...

No inspection, no HACCP or listeria plans

FSIS reports Saturday slough of high-risk recalls

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported three Class I (high health risk) recalls during the weekend.

Sonoco speaks to FPD about CMA decision

Sonoco under investigation amid competition concerns after Weidenhammer acquisition

The UK Government Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has started an investigation after it found Sonoco’s acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group gives rise to ‘a realistic prospect of a substantial...

Modernization, collaboration, education, safer nation

FSIS Administrator Al Almanza reviews 2014, eyes the year ahead (Part 2)

Major product recalls, multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness, formalizing cooperation among federal agencies, and an overhaul of the poultry slaughter inspection system: such challenges are all in a day's work...