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FSA and FSS welcome guilty verdict in meat fraud trial

The FSA and FSS have welcomed the guilty verdict in the trial of a businessman convicted of adding horsemeat into beef.

Avio 500 can look at high and low concentration analytes during same analysis - PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer has launched an Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) for high volume labs.

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Fake food poisoning claims subject to UK clampdown

The UK Government is to crackdown on fake sickness claims that it says could increase holiday costs.

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Tecna targets antibiotic residues in food

Tecna has released an ELISA test kit for the quantitative detection of antibiotic residues in food.

'The UK is still at risk of another ‘Horsegate’ scandal'

An investigator in the UK horsemeat scandal in 2012 claims while progress has been made in the food industry, security has to remain a priority for authorities and the police or it will happen again.

Titanium dioxide should be avoided if you have colitis, say researchers

People with colitis should avoid food containing titanium dioxide particles, according to research carried out in Switzerland.

FDE: Act now before Commission considers maximum levels

Mandatory acrylamide action could be in place by spring 2018

An EU vote backing the Commission's proposal to reduce acrylamide in food and drink could see mandatory mitigation action and benchmark levels in place by spring next year, with maximum levels to follow.

Tesco supply chain criticized in campylobacter chicken salad recall

Supermarket recalls thrust firms back into the spotlight and highlight inefficiencies amongst organizations and their supply chains, according to Crimson & Co.

Natural umami flavours are a clean-label alternative to MSG, says Bell

Umami flavours can be a natural alternative to the not-so-clean-label monosodium glutamate (MSG), says Bell Flavours and Fragrances, as it launches six natural umami flavours including three yeast-free formulations.

EFSA sets safe intake level for MSG and glutamate additives, urging new maximum levels

Europe’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set a safe level for glutamate food additives, but given many Europeans are over this level, it is urging the Commission to revise the current maximum levels permitted in food.

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Germany donates €150,000 to boost food safety in developing countries

Germany has donated €150,000 to support food safety, animal/plant health standards and trade.

High cadmium levels in cocoa from Peru may impact chocolate quality

Cocoa beans from many plantations in Peru contain cadmium levels far higher than the EU’s incoming thresholds for chocolate and cocoa products, finds research backed by the USDA.

Cryptosporidium and Salmonella increase in UK zoonoses report

Salmonella infections increased by 17% reversing a trend of year-to-year decreases since 2006, according to the latest UK figures.

EFSA wants input into approach for BPA re-evaluation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called for feedback on its approach to evaluate the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA).

New cases in EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs

More than 60 further cases have been reported in an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Polish eggs after EU agencies said it looked to be over earlier this year.

One in 10 allergenic ingredients not correctly labelled – study

Undeclared milk in chocolate and bakery products was the most frequently found allergen during a control in the Nordic countries.

Consumers willing to pay premium for safety - TÜV SÜD

Consumers want safer products and are willing to pay more for them, according to a TÜV SÜD survey.

Instrument maintenance and downtime top challenge for lab managers

Sample preparation challenges and unplanned and unexpected instrument downtime remain a major problem for lab employees, according to an Agilent survey.

Supply chain performance not profitability at heart of food firms’ voluntary sign-up

Motivations for voluntarily implementing food traceability schemes stem not from the need to maximise profits but enhance information, safety and quality management within the supply chain.

FDE: ‘Products may be different but there’s no East-West divide’

No evidence of lower quality foods in Eastern Europe, says Commission

For the moment, there is no evidence to suggest manufacturers are using lower quality or less nutritious ingredients in food and drink products in Eastern Europe, the Commission has said, after meeting with manufacturers and consumer groups on dual quality products.

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