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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.

EU and China collaborate to combat food fraud

More than 30 partners are part of a project to tackle food safety and authenticity across Europe and China.

EU expresses ‘high concern’ for hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, a chemical found in consumer products such as food packaging, may soon be restricted in the EU after authorities expressed “high concern” over its effect on human health.

Mars brand perception takes hit but expected to recover after recall

Mars’ recall of chocolate for potential Salmonella is unlikely to bring long term damage in the eyes of consumers, according to YouGov.

Rice production database better equipped to tackle food security issues

A publicly available database that provides added insights into rice cultivation could address security issues arising from its production, shaping policy in the process.

EFSA confirm current exposure levels of food nitrites and nitrates are safe

Consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as additives used in processed meats is safe for most population groups at existing levels outlined by the European Safety and Food Authority (EFSA). 

Food safety recall round-up 9-15 June 2017

Recalls: Histamine, aflatoxin and perchlorate

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Denmark.

Proposed “benchmark” acrylamide levels set to impose further food firm limits

Measures to reduce acrylamide levels in food took a step forward as new draft proposals outline "benchmark" mandatory levels for the industry.

PulseNet International pushes uptake of whole genome sequencing

A network dedicated to bacterial foodborne disease surveillance will standardise subtyping via WGS using whole genome multilocus sequence typing (wgMLST).

IAEA and FAO go mobile to tackle food fraud

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to look at mobile tools to combat food fraud and contamination.

Nanomaterial’s growth in food use reined in by health risks: Review

The use of organic and inorganic nanomaterials (INMs) in food applications is growing, a review concludes, yet its short history has not completely revealed the associated risks. 

Anton Paar boosts presence in ‘vital’ Middle East market

Anton Paar has opened a Middle East Technical Centre to serve customers in the Middle East and Africa.

Women more prone to food allergies, study suggests

Food allergies are on the rise with the highest rates of intolerance recorded among women and the Asian population, a study concludes. 

API completes holographic and embossing site

API has increased its holographic foil and film manufacturing capabilities after completing a £0.5m ($642k) investment at its Livingston facility in Scotland.

Orkla snaps up distribution deal for acrylamide-reducing yeast

Orkla Food Ingredients has inked a deal with Canada's Renaissance BioScience to exclusively produce and sell its patent-pending, acrylamide-reducing yeast Acrylow in Nordic and Baltic countries.

News in brief

BfR expands coop with ILRI and starts pyrrolizidine alkaloids project

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has expanded its cooperation with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Center enables real-life training conditions - Ecolab

Ecolab has opened its first training center in Europe for its field team and customers.

dispatches from Food Integrity in Parma

Food Integrity: Organised crime and Italian authenticity

Why the food sector attracts organised crime groups, protecting authentic Italian products and an added company to the project were highlights of the Food Integrity conference last week.

News in brief

EFSA to contribute funds for allergen project

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called for projects related to detection and quantification of allergens in foods.

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