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Microbes inhabiting contact and environmental sites in food processing are mostly harmful as microbial communities that form in critical places contaminate the surfaces and consequently the products made in that particular process.

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Multivac launches entry-level X-ray inspection machine

Multivac Marking & Inspection has launched an entry-level X-ray inspection system at Anuga FoodTec 2015.

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bühler and APRES evaluate industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction

Bühler has carried out tests with the American Peanut Research & Education Society (APRES) to evaluate the effectiveness of industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction using Salmonella surrogate,...

Liquidtight Flexible Steel Conduit inhibits bacterial growth in food production areas

AFC Cable Systems has launched Liquid-Tuff Liquidtight Flexible Conduit, with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) jacket to inhibit bacteria growth and withstand cleaning and sterilization using bleach.

Anuga FoodTec 2015 preview

S+S to launch x-ray system to inspect unpacked wet food

S+S Separation and Sorting Technology will launch a product inspection system suitable for wet washing at ANUGA FoodTec next week.

Anuga FoodTec 2015 preview

Concerns raised over ineffective decontamination methods for dry food manufacturers

Bühler will highlight food safety concerns for dry food manufacturers with four guest speakers at Anuga FoodTec 2015.  

ANSES: Reheating food packaging at exceedingly high temperatures increases the risk of substance migration

A study on food packaging that can be heated in conventional ovens, microwaves or by steam has found while the migration of substances from the packaging to the food is...

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.

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...

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...

Former USDA official brings regulatory expertise

OSI Group taps Kenneth Petersen to oversee QA, food safety

In a move to regroup after a year in which it was dogged by food safety challenges, global protein supplier OSI Group has hired Dr. Kenneth Petersen to head up...

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.

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)...

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.

Nanoscale pores stop bacteria sticking to surfaces

A nanoscale surface that bacteria can’t stick to holds promise for the food processing industry, according to its developers.

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...

Goal: Help small operations comply with FSMA

Competitive grants on tap to fund food safety training for small businesses

Having identified a need to provide food safety training to small food processors and farm owners, two US federal agencies have announced they will collaboratively administer a competitive grant program...

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...

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.

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.

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