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Rapid BSE tests on trial

The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) which advises the European Commission on BSE related issues published an opinion on Thursday outlining a set-up for field trials...

FSA: bureaucracy thickens

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) this week announced the names of 12 scientists, academics and consumer experts who will guide its £30.8 million research...

Food safety officials call for better system

European food safety officials this week called for information on any food scares to be communicated rapidly to the relevant authorities and the general public....

Global standardised tests to combat FMD slaughter

Diagnostic tests to differentiate between animals infected with the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease and animals vaccinated against the disease might be close to a reality...

NZ firm backs plans for fruit irradiation plant in Australia

New Zealand's largest fruit and vegetables importer,Turners and Growers, has entered a joint venture with the US-based SureBeam Corporation, to set up a new irradiation...

Drama continues in Japanese meat industry

The Japanese consumer, still reeling from the Snow Brand scandal surrounding the mislabelling of beef, suffered a further shock this week when Japan's number-three meat...

Hunt for European food agency chief

The European Commission moved one step closer this week to establishing the food safety edifice for the European consumer with the launch of the hunt...

EU authorises anti-caking agents

The European Commission this week authorised the introduction of a new additive into feedstuffs. Following the examination of dossiers relating to the use of sodium...

Tough controls needed to prevent salmonella

Salmonellosis is on the rise in Europe and tougher controls are needed to prevent the spread of the foodborne disease, a senior World Health Organisation...

Stricter labelling for high caffeine drinks

High-caffeine drinks must be more clearly labelled as part of a package of changes to EU labelling regulations, the UK Food Standards Agency reports this...

ANZFA warns pregnant women of listeria risk

The Australia New Zealand Food Authority has taken the step of issuing advice to pregnant women about the risk of contracting the food poisoning bacteria...

UN urges rapid alert system to combat rise of food-borne diseases

Food-borne diseases are increasing in Europe and a rapid alert system needs to be extended across the continent and beyond to protect consumers, delegates at...

Snow Brand Milk scandal spirals downwards

The latest food scandal involving Snow Brand Milk Products hit this weekend after Japan's biggest dairy company said it had altered expiry dates on butter....

Food safety report tackles emerging problems in a complex food chain

The evolving characteristics of food, technology, pathogens and consumers make it unlikely that the consumer marketplace will ever be entirely free of dangerous organisms, according...

EU amends controls on US hormone-free beef

The European Union has made recommendations to end the strict controls on hormone-free beef products imported from the US, having found no traces of hormones...

EU gains new powers in food safety legislation

The European Commission has unveiled a sweeping reform of food safety legislation, giving itself more powers to take emergency steps in crises such as the...

Concerns that modern food packaging could favour food poisoning

Growing consumer appetite for ready-to-eat meals with a minimal preparation time and few preservatives has led to increased production and sales of chilled ready meals,...

US milk supply gets good grades from FDA

The latest accounting for 2001 milk sampling has been released by the Food and Drug Administration's National Milk Drug Residue programme. The FDA tests found...

German fast food reacts to 'mad cow' scare

The latest "mad cow disease" scare in Germany got a boost over the weekend after reports that the McDonald's fast food restaurant chain in Germany...

Food industry information centre tackles terrorism

In the US, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) signed an agreement this week to establish a public/private sector...

Independent UK group approves new health claim

The UK Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI) this week adopted and published advice from leading scientists promoting the role of fruit and vegetables in helping...

DEFRA increases efforts to stop illegal meats

Efforts to stop illegal meats being brought into Britain are being stepped up with a new publicity drive at ports and airports, the UK Department...

Signs that GM anxiety easing in UK

Public anxiety over GM foods may be waning, according to the latest survey into attitudes towards food commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency. A...

Vegetable nitrates may be linked to cancer, new research

New research claims that the use of nitrate fertilisers in growing vegetables could be the cause of the fastest growing cancer in the UK, reports...

Parma ham v Asda stores in European court

The European Court of Justice will this week hear a case brought by the Parma ham consortium against UK supermarket chain ASDA over mislabelling Parma...