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ANZFA recalls more soy sauce

The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) on Monday initiated a recall of twelve imported soy sauce products after tests showed that they contained unsafe...

Novartis confirms GMO soy presence in baby food

Swiss healthcare group Novartis AG confirmed on Thursday allegations from environmental group Greenpeace that some samples of baby food it sold in the Philippines contained...

GMO labelling urged for the Philippines

Environmental group Greenpeace urged the Philippines on Wednesday to impose mandatory labelling on food products containing genetically modified organisms, saying recent tests showed massive levels...

FDA awards food safety grants

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that it is to support 13 new programs that address the risks of foodborne disease...

Commission clears Degussa acquisition

The European Commission this week gave the go-ahead for German-based chemical company Degussa AG to acquire sole control of the British company Laporte PLC.    Both...

Commission fines firms over sodium gluconate price fixing

The European Commission on Tuesday fined six firms 57.53 million euros for fixing the price and allocating the market for sodium gluconate.    The Commission said...

New food additives proposed for Codex

The European Community has proposed two new food additives, zinc acetate and hydrogen, to be included in the Codex International Numbering System for Food Additives.   ...

Britain could face 40m sheep slaughter

Britain might face the destruction of its entire flock of 40 million sheep if "mad cow'' disease was found to be capable of jumping species...

Food Safety president installed

In the United States, James Dickson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology at Iowa State University, has been named president of the...

Undeclared dairy ingredient leads to product recall

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued the first public notice of a Class 1 recall stating that ConAgra Dairy Foods is to...

Total ban on MBM in Japan

The Japanese government is to temporarily place a total ban on the distribution of imported and domestically produced meat and bone meal (MBM), an animal...

Olive-pomace products withdrawn

The UK Food Standards Agency has acted to ensure that certain Greek olive-pomace oil products with unacceptably high levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals have been...

Coca-Cola welcomes EC's approval

The European Commission (EC) has cleared the proposed restructuring of Coca-Cola Nestlé Refreshment Company (CCNR), an existing beverages joint venture in the field of iced...

Consumers ask for stricter GM labelling rules

On September 26, Greenpeace delivered more than 10,000 postcards to the Thai government urging tougher labelling requirements for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, the...

Food supplements - EU harmonisation draws closer

Diverging legislation in Europe relating to food supplements made one step towards harmonisation on Thursday when the European Council agreed the proposed Directive on Food...

Symposium on GMOs risks and benefits

AFSSA, the French Agency of medical security of food organises a symposium entitled "GMO & food: can health benefits be evaluated?"    Debates on GMOs deal...

Legislation to cut child obesity

American states are considering legislation to cut the use of vending machines in schools, in a bid to reduce childhood obesity. According to a report...

Japan eases US trade relations

Japan informed a dispute-settlement meeting at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) this week that it had reached a final agreement with the United States over...

Geographical protection for rice and tea

India has joined hands with Switzerland to seek a special dispensation for items other than wines and spirits which are accorded protection under geographical indications...

EU wants to stop the pirating of food names

At the third Special Session meeting of the WTO Committee on Agriculture, held in Geneva this week, the European Union (EU) tabled two proposals, one...

FSA releases report of local food law

On September 25, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) published an in-depth audit report on the food law enforcement service provided by Telford & Wrekin...

USDA launches LEARN

The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has launched a new notification system that will provide electronic status reports on...

USDA revises citrus standards

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised the United States Standards for Grades of Oranges (Texas and States other than Florida, California and Arizona)...

Australia bans all Japanese beef products

On September 24, Australia confirmed the suspension of importation of Japanese beef and beef products following the formal confirmation of a case of BSE in...

Mexico is pro GM crops and foods

According to Victor Manuel Villalobos Arambula, Under Secretary for Agriculture at the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Mexican government will promote the...