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Food Packaging Migration forum highlights study where coriander is a source of phthalates

Tom Neltner independent attorney, formerly the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has called for a ‘systematic regulatory way’ of getting what is used in food under control after a...

LiquiGlide defends attack from author who says its food product was created for coating car windshields

LiquiGlide CEO and co-founder, Dave Smith has defended the use of its non-stick coating for food applications after author Joanna Blythman highlighted it’s chemicals in her article ‘What Toxic Packaging...

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UPM Raflatac plants gain ISO 22000 certification

UPM Raflatac has been awarded ISO 22000:2005 food safety certification for factories in Finland (Tampere), the UK (Scarborough) and Poland (Wroclaw and Nowa Wies).

Celebrates 25th anniversary thanks to clients including Birds Eye and Nisbets

TME launches ThermoBarScan thermometer with Bluetooth and a Barcode

TM Electronics (TME) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has launched MM7100 ThermoBarScan, a Bluetooth thermometer with integral barcode scanner for the food industry. 

India

Government looks at encouraging states to adopt Maharashtra’s beef ban

With Maharashtra now joining the states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat in banning the slaughter of cows, India’s prime minister is now looking at the validity of encouraging other...

Clients include KFC and McDonald’s

Jimco to launch disinfection system that minimizes listeria and salmonella microorganisms

Jimco, which works with KFC and McDonald’s is launching a disinfection system that minimizes listeria and salmonella microorganisms.

EDC exposure ‘costs EU €157bn annually’

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) likely costs the European Union €157bn a year in actual health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to a series of studies.

Tests show salmonella, listeria and E.coli exist on RPCs for fresh produce, meat & eggs

Reusable Packaging Association calls for ‘extreme caution’ on biofilm research

The Reusable Packaging Association has called for ‘extreme caution’ on research by the University of Arkansas, which claims bacteria forms biofilms, including salmonella, listeria and E.coli, on reuseable plastic containers...

BPF blasts ‘misleading’ report that claims ‘packaging chemicals are not controlled’

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has blasted a report by author Joanna Blythman who claims chemicals linked to health concerns, such as formaldehyde and propylparaben, are routinely and legally used...

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...

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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.

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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. 

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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...

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