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Cancer scare prawns recalled

Prawns possibly containing potential cancer-causing drugs are being taken off supermarket shelves in the UK, reports Ananova.com. Lyons Seafoods, one of the main suppliers of...

Proposals to protect quality European foods

The European Commission has presented a proposal to improve protection for geographical indications and designations of origin for a variety of agricultural products and foodstuffs,...

Ireland: dioxin levels in fish OK, fish capsules less impressive

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) this week released details of a study on the potential dioxin contamination of fish and fish oil capsules....

US to host series of food safety forums

The US Agriculture Department, which is seeking a record US$ 905 million (€1,024m) for food safety spending next year, will hold a series of public...

New legislation for European food supplement industry

In what must be considered to be a significant step towards greater harmonisation in Europe, the European Parliament voted on Wednesday for new safety controls...

Food firm fined over incorrect 'GM free' labelling

In what must be seen as warning to other food manufacturers, a UK company was fined this week for incorrectly labelling a product containing GM...

ANZFA calls for comment on nutrition claims

The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) this week called for public comment on a number of proposed changes to the Food Standards Code, including...

EU food supplement directive courts controversy

Today will see the second reading of the European Union's draft proposals for a directive on food supplements, sparking a new round of condemnation from...

Calls for clearer labelling for the consumer

A new independent report published by the UK Food Standards Agency indicates how food labels could be made clearer, more informative and more user-friendly. The...

Scientist criticises Codex position on biotechnology

The new biotechnology, or gene-splicing, applied to agriculture and food, has a difficult road to hoe, and the international organisation Codex Alimentarius Commission is not...

Europe: future of fish processing industry

Since the hearing of November 2001 on the challenges facing the fish processing industry, a wide-ranging debate has taken place in this sector, an area...

UK to discuss folic acid fortification

It seems that on an almost daily basis new evidence arises to reveal the benefits of folic acid to our health. Discussions about the implications...

US-China deal over GMO foods

The US government said it has reached a deal with China over Beijing's rules for the import of genetically modified foods, but offered few details...

Food Safety summit to tackle bioterrorism

US food manufacturers and restaurant industry professionals are to gather at The Food Safety Summit in Washington, DC from 13 -15 March to discuss how...

Dividing EFSA not possible, say Parma and Helsinki

Parma has ruled out hosting the new EU food safety agency jointly with another city, its provincial government chief said this week, dismissing ideas it...

China promises stricter regulation of antibiotics in food after latest scare in Germany

China is to tighten use of a potent antibiotic in food after Germany joined other nations in complaining about the safety of Chinese products, the...

Baby food fortification: Norway gives in to Brussels

The Norwegian government has reportedly given up its long-running fight against the EU regulations permitting the addition of minerals, vitamins and amino acids to baby...

Beef "tangos" to Europe

Following a meeting with Argentina's agriculture minister Miguel Angel Paulón in Barcelona, Franz Fischler, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, announced that he...

Calorie counting on food labels number one consumer pursuit

Consumers may check the calorie and fat content on the food labels but despite ongoing efforts in the food industry the consumer is still confused...

Call for unbiased information on alternative medicines

The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (WHCCAM), a body set up to advise the US administration on how better to regulate the...

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...