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Review of recalls, research, outbreaks and industry

By Joseph James Whitworth

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FQN looks at the headlines so far in 2014
FQN looks at the headlines so far in 2014

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As we enter the final few months of 2014, FoodQualityNews takes a look back at what has hit the headlines this year.

Subjects from recalls, food outbreaks, industry and regulatory news to research have been our must read this year.

Last month we had an outbreak of Salmonella linked to eggs​ and a report from EFSA and ECDC who were busy again in relation to an outbreak suspected to be from meat this month​.

The top ten foodborne parasites were named by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO​) in July – findings which will be discussed next month.

Pork DNA was said to have been found​ in halal chocolate in May, only for fresh tests to reveal that this was not case​.

Nestlé told us about an incident in Greece in March involving a consumer complaint about a batch of cereal containing dead insects​.

A study at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in March found honey could solve the problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics​.

In a separate study, which we wrote about in January researchers said Clostridium perfringens had been found to be a potential trigger for multiple sclerosis​ (MS).

Future developments

As for what will hit the deadlines in the future – who knows? We can predict the issue of food fraud, highlighted by the Elliott Review, will not go away anytime soon.

There will continue to be fallout from the Salmonella outbreaks in Europe and Listeria concerns in Denmark and Sweden.

Research will play a big role in shaping future direction in terms of technology and areas of focus.

And of course, company news such as mergers and acquisitions and product launches will help industry tackle old, current and developing issues as we strive for food safety and quality control.

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