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Trade fallout likely over meat ban, China warns EU

The Chinese government said the European Union's recent decision to ban certain Chinese meat products on health grounds is "unacceptable" and warned it could seriously...

Science looks to 'Use by' labels

The US Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration are turning to scientific advisers to find out how "use-by" date labels on...

Ban avoids rice food products

Japan said on Monday that food products made from imported rice would not be affected by a temporary sales ban issued because of concerns about...

EU food and drink body welcomes EFSA

The European food and drink industry this week confirmed its support of the new EU Food Law and the European Food Safety Authority which came...

EU finds E.coli controls vary between countries

Yesterday's report by the EU Food and Veterinary Office on the operation of controls over verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC) has revealed inconsistent monitoring between the...

UN urges ban on food-scare antibiotic

The United Nations world food body urged countries to remove the antibiotic chloramphenicol from the food chain after events last week led to a European...

FSA launches cheesemakers' initiative

The Food Standards Agency yesterday launched a food safety management initiative aimed at the producers of specialist British cheeses such as Cheddar, Stilton and Cheshire....

New law will not reduce GM contamination risk

Greenpeace was cited as saying on Wednesday that a draft EU lawto make companies pay for damaging the environment will not reduce the riskthat genetically...

EU launches National Hygiene Partnership website

Efforts to protect Irish food will be eased by a national strategy to train 10,000 food workers each year in safe practices, the Food Safety...

Salmonella grips New Zealand

New Zealand is officially in the grip of a salmonella epidemic, with a record number of cases being reported. Greg Simmons from Auckland District Health...

Food labels confuse the consumer, new study

The vast majority of Britons are confused about food labels and the volume of information displayed, writes the Evening Standard this week. According to the...

Fishmeal cargo no danger to human health

A consignment of fishmeal feed produced in Germany using some ingredients contaminated with an antibiotic presents no danger to public health, the Lower Saxony state...

Britain hopes for FMD free zone

Britain will ask this week to be designated free of foot-and-mouth disease, so ending costly international trade sanctions imposed during last year's epidemic, officials said...

FSA welcomes new European Food Safety Agency

The UK Food Standards Agency this week welcomed the final agreement on Monday by the European Council of Ministers to set up a new high...

Europe clears Cargill purchase of Cerestar

The European Commission this week cleared the proposed acquisition of the French starch business Cerestar by US company Cargill Inc, with one exception. Concerns about...

Long awaited European proposal on herbal harmonisation

The European Commission is to propose a specific registration procedure for herbal medicinal products with a long-standing traditional use. In a recent statement the Commission...

Committee set up to look into FMD

The European Parliament voted last week to set up a temporary committee to look into the causes of the foot-and-mouth outbreak that hit Europe last...

ACCC to monitor GM labels

Consumers should package labelling on foods, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said on Friday. The ACCC, together with other key stakeholders, recently provided...

Konjac jellies recalled from US market

Two US companies have joined numerous others worldwide in recalling their jelly products from the market, following FDA advice that the jellies pose a serious...

Food authority survey reveals misleading food labels

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) recently announced details of a survey that highlights misleading GM free claims on food labels. The Survey of...

Potent antibiotic in food chain

German authorities are searching for a consignment of imported veal contaminated with an antibiotic which can halt production of human blood cells, the federal Ministry...

BSE fears lead to scrapie eradication programme

Britain said on Wednesday it would extend a programme aimed at eradicating scrapie from sheep amid fears that the illness could mask mad cow disease...

Chinese meat producer claims products are disease-free

Chinese meat producer People's Food Holdings Ltd said yesterday it was not involved in the sale of pork from diseased pigs in Shandong, China. The...

Europe lifts ban on Argentine beef

The European Union has agreed to resume beef imports from Argentina on February 1, almost a year after they were banned because of an outbreak...

Calls for mandatory licensing of all Scottish food premises

The opening of the new Consumers' Association(CA) Scottish office in Edinburgh was the occasion for Sheila McKechnie, CA Director, to launch a Consumers' Association campaign...

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