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ANSES: We can’t challenge EFSA’s opinion on titanium dioxide (yet) but industry should find replacements

French food safety agency ANSES has said while it cannot challenge EFSA’s greenlight for titanium dioxide at the current time, it is nonetheless advising industry to replace the white food colouring with suitable alternatives.

Health risk from pesticide residues is low, says EFSA

The health risk from pesticide residues in food is low, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with 97% of samples within legal limits - but this is an "upbeat" interpretation which ignores the cocktail effect, critics say.

EU scientists warn against methods that overstimate carcinogen levels in food

EU scientists have warned against pitfalls in the method used to analyse carcinogenic contaminants 2-MCPD, 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters in food, recommending an additional ‘clean-up step’ to avoid skewing results.

Dutch project scaling up multi-analyte methods

An institute of Wageningen University & Research is part of a project to improve multi-analyte diagnostic assays for rapid (on-site) detection of food safety issues.

EFSA: No safety issues over acacia gum as food additive

Acacia gum is safe for use as a food additive concludes the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) following a risk re-evaluation request from the European Commission.

'Dangerous' acrylamide levels found in one in five crisps, report reveals

Almost one in five potato crisp varieties available from retail food outlets in the UK have high levels of acrylamide, a known carcinogen, according to a report.

EU countries step up scrutiny of Brazilian meat

Italy, Slovakia and the Netherlands have issued RASFF alerts in the past week around Salmonella in meat from Brazil.

Novel Salmonella strain sickens 40 in four countries

A new Salmonella serotype that first caused illness in Greece has spread to three other countries, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Symposium targets food fraud prevention and mitigation

Regulators and experts from academia, government and industry are meeting in Quebec this week to discuss food fraud.

'Very little appetite' amongst consumers for post-Brexit food regulation changes

Politicians need to think very carefully about how they communicate what Brexit means for food safety and regulation, according to new research carried out in Scotland.

Finnish food tech firm bags first prize for innovative ingredient sensor

Finnish food tech firm Spectral Engines has scooped up first prize in an EU competition for its food sensor that analyses ingredients, nutrients and detects allergens.

First ever antibacterial metal surfaces to be trialed in dairy

A European team of researchers led by the University of Parma, is developing what it claims is the first ever fluid‐repellent, antibacterial metal surfaces in the food and beverage industry.

Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations

The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in 2013.

IFST updates Information Statement on Acrylamide ahead of EU Commission regulation

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has updated its Information Statement on Acrylamide as the EU Commission moves to a decision on the regulation of acrylamide.

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Safety procedures must be developed in food processing plants

'In the food and beverage industry, employees often use dangerous equipment such as decanters and conveyor belts.

Aflatoxin-free crop technique could beef up third world food security

A technique that reduces plant contamination from a toxic metabolite could help save millions of tons of crops from this threat to food security especially in the developing nations.

EU lawmakers to discuss companies selling poorer quality food in Eastern Europe

The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council will discuss the issue of dual quality foods next week as Slovakia and Hungary push for EU legislation to prevent manufacturers selling poorer quality products in Eastern countries of the single market bloc.

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to Chris Elliott, professor of food safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast.

Titanium dioxide may interfere in digestive processes: Study

Titanium dioxide, a common food colouring used in sweets and chewing gum may affect the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients and protect against harmful pathogens, a study has determined.

Nestlé baby biscuits exceed EU benchmark levels for acrylamide: French survey

Nestlé biscuits for toddlers contain acrylamide levels over the European benchmark levels and seven times greater than similar products with the lowest concentration, a French market survey has found.

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