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Soy sauce safety improves

One year on and the quality of soy sauce used in catering outlets in the UK appears to have improved. The UK Food Standards Agency...

The art of biotechnology

The discovery of biologically engineered corn in fast food tortillas in the US in September 2000 focused media attention and stirred controversy about genetically modified...

Vitamin E to reduce pong in irradiated meat

Adding vitamin E to irradiated meat could help reduce unpleasant odours and colours that put consumers off, according to a study presented at the American...

Fighting pathogens

DuPont Qualicon has appointed UK-based company Oxoid as distributors in Europe and Australia for its BAX system, an automated testing platform for food-borne pathogens. The...

Japanese officials resign

Two top officials with Nippon Meat Packers, the meat company at the centre of a recent Japanese scandal, have expressed their intention to resign in...

Vegetarian message deemed 'alarming'

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered an animal rights pressure group to stop making "alarmist" and "unsubstantiated" claims about the risks of eating...

Food safety workshop

An environmental health exhibition in the UK next month is set to tackle the issue of food hygiene and food safety. Organised by the UK...

GM foods debate at FDA

Concerns in the US about the potential for future genetically engineered foods to cause allergic reactions has spurred the Food and Drug Administration to hold...

Manufacturers respond to Co-op claims

We reported on Monday that the UK supermarket chain the Co-Operative Group has condemned the misleading labelling of foods claiming that foodmanufacturers are "hoodwinking" consumers....

Food agency receives functional food application

Signs that the functional food market is gaining ground were revealed this week when the UK Food Standards Agency announced it is considering a 'novel...

Beating bugs on food surfaces

The words 'food safety' are on the lips of manufacturers, politicians and consumers across the world. In response to a seemingly increasing preoccupation with this...

UK chocolate manufacturers keep traditional recipe

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is this week consulting on draft regulations to implement a new European Directive that defines chocolate. The new directive...

Biotech industry supports GM rule changes

As Europe looks set to tighten regulations on the labelling of GM foods there are signs to suggest that the US, despite being a severe...

Food industry reacts to allergen bill

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reported this week that the Senate Health, Education, Labour and Pensions Committee has postponed its review of a bill...

ISO standard for GM detection technique

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation has accredited ISO-17025 standards to GeneScan USA, a network of biotech companies, for the detection and quantification of bioengineered...

Damage limitation from USDA

The US Agriculture Department, trying to repair its image after the second-largest recall in history, is considering new regulations that would require meat companies to...

French food labels face change

France has agreed to a European Union demand to end the practice of labelling French food products in French only, Les Echos reports. The French...

Swiss approve yeast inhibitor

Switzerland is the latest country to approve the use of natamycin, an inhibitor of moulds and yeasts, in cheese and meat production joining the European...

Where is the food authority?

The absence of news about Europe's yet-to-be-established flagship to food safety, the European Food Safety Authority, is in sharp contrast to the 'fireworks' earlier this...

Consumers vote on new labelling

As environmental ministers from the European Member States decide on the fate of the proposed new rules for the labelling of genetically modified foods, there...

Kava kava importers face jail

The controversial herbal ingredient kava, kava is once again in the news when the UK Food Standards Agency this week announced that it is seeking...

US moves to empower USDA

The US Agriculture Department, now investigating the second-largest meat recall in history, would gain authority to issue civil fines against companies that make unsafe food,...

Illegal pork in Scotland?

The Food Standards Agency Scotland is currently co-ordinating an investigation into the illegal distribution of imported tins of pork products manufactured in China, the FSA...

EU tightens food hygiene rules

The European Commission is in the news again this week with the latest proposal to strengthen food safety in the Member States. According to a...

New EU GM laws to harm Aussie farmers

Tougher legislation on the labelling of genetically modified foods in Europe could have a strong impact on Australian farmers keen to enter European markets unless...

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