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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...

Looking back over 2014 and ahead to 2015

FSIS administrator Al Almanza takes stock of achievements, challenges

Al Almanza, administrator of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), had a full agenda last year, and 2015 promises to be busier yet. Almanza...

OSHA seeks $84,000 in penalties against water bottler

Temp worker disabled after being crushed in packaging machine

Ice River Springs, which makes plastic bottles and sells bottled water, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and may incur penalties totaling $84,000 after an accident...

Caters to needs of local food producers and processors

College offers food safety regulatory training for locavore entrepreneurs in Ontario

An Ontario college has developed a program to help local food entrepreneurs keep themselves, their products, and their customers safe.

‘Regulations and incentives’ needed to reduce trillions of tonnes of hidden water use globally

Governmental and institutional actions are needed urgently to reduce the estimated 1.8 million tonnes of water – per person - used in food production around the globe, a UK group has urged.

Washington state implements quarantine after backyard flocks fall ill

Avian flu fears prompt 30 countries to ban poultry imports from Pacific Northwest

Anxiety about the detection of avian influenza (AI) in Washington state has prompted nearly two dozen countries to ban imports of poultry from the Pacific Northwest this week.

Guelph Food Academy classes begin next month

University of Guelph launches online food safety training for industry

The Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, has launched an expanded online interactive food safety training program for food industry professionals.

Multivac files patent for cross web labellers

Multivac Marking & Inspection has filed a patent application for alternative safety concepts for cross web labellers based on an intelligent distance monitoring device.

ECHA has launched a public consultation on the report running until June

Germany and Norway propose PFOA restriction

Germany and Norway have proposed a restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts in concentrations equal to or greater than 2 parts per billion (PPB).

Premier Foods’s skull-crush worker wins payout

A Premier Foods engineer has received a significant amount in compensation after he was left with life-changing injuries following a devastating accident at its Moreton cake factory.

Two additional cases reported in Canada

Six dead, 32 ill in Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Six people have died in a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses linked to caramel apples, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

Fraunhofer polymer powder cuts beverage quality testing time

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has co-developed a new polymer powder to detect harmful microorganisms in beer and other beverages that it claims will dramatically shorten testing times.

Eight-year-old died from E. coli O157:H7 infection

Massachusetts parents sue Whole Foods, beef supplier for allegedly causing son's death

A Massachusetts couple has filed suit against Whole Foods Market and a Missouri beef supplier, alleging its E. coli-contaminated beef caused the death of the couple’s eight-year-old son.

Broad range of constituents represented

Appointees join National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term.

Top 5 strangest health & safety incidents of 2014

From a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a Food Safety Summit to beef from Walmart, allegedly laced with LSD, and the death of a man found inside an industrial...

Global discussion on methods of analysis and sampling

USDA, FDA to host public meeting ahead of Codex committee session

Two federal agencies will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2015, to offer information and receive comments on the 36th Session of the Codex Committee on...

Trade groups, regulators, academics, consumer groups involved

Walmart’s campaign to improve poultry safety, Part 2: Stakeholder engagement

Part 1 of this article described the strengthened poultry safety program Walmart has announced. Part 2 discusses how the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations have agreed...

Suppliers must meet new guidelines by mid-2016

Walmart leads the charge toward improved poultry safety (Part 1)

To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers. 

Report slams “obvious underinvestment” in food safety

France to increase its food safety workforce in 2015

Less and less controls and a complex administration… says ‘ La politique de sécurité sanitaire des aliments’, a report presented to the minister of agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, last week,...

News in brief

EFSA to reveal BPA opinion in January 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish its scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) in January 2015.

News in brief

Ammonia leak at Texas Pepsi plant sparks evacuation

A Pepsi bottler was forced to evacuate around 40 staff from its bottling plant in Mesquite early on Wednesday morning due to a minor ammonia leak.

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