News in Brief
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is seeking participants for a new Technical Working Group (TWG) on Hygienic Design of Facilities and Equipment.
US authorities have taken action to prevent the distribution of ‘adulterated’ seafood products by a Californian company.
Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) has opened a 16,400 square foot lab in Omaha, Nebraska with an investment in excess of $3m.
BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions has released food safety and fraud intelligence and assessment modules to help industry mitigate potential threats that could affect customers, their brand and bottom line.
Revision for ISO 22000 on food safety management systems has reached Draft International Standard (DIS) stage.
New rules simplifying food safety management in small retail businesses, including butcheries, have been proposed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
BakeryAndSnacks will be hosting a panel discusssion on how snacks and candy makers can best deal with product recalls at ProSweets in Cologne.
Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) has revealed its course schedule for food safety training for 2017.
ParTech has released an updated version of its food safety system.
Wegmans is to upgrade its’ existing SureCheck food safety system to SureCheck Advantage for all 95 stores.
Revision of the ISO 22000 standard on food safety management is continuing with the next meeting planned for June.
An EU project is to validate optimum controls for three technologies to boost market uptake.
While the Spanish competent authorities found some non-compliances in traceability of meat they did not detect a number of more serious, systematic deficiencies, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).
Atlas Copco's Oil-free Air Division production facility in Antwerp, Belgium, was awarded ISO 22000 certification for food safety recently.
Certain HACCP concepts are not clearly understood leading to inconsistencies in implementation and controls, according to a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) report.
Progress has been made but controls on the production and storage of food of animal origin remain weak in Romania, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).
The University of Chester’s North West Food Research Development (NoWFOOD) Centre has been recognised for food safety.
Anuga FoodTec 2015 preview
S+S Separation and Sorting Technology will launch a product inspection system suitable for wet washing at ANUGA FoodTec next week.
No inspection, no HACCP or listeria plans
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported three Class I (high health risk) recalls during the weekend.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has published a revised standard on food safety and audits against it will start in July.
Finland’s control system for poultry meat and products is organised and has extensive guidelines but still could improve, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is offering two training courses to prepare food safety professionals for changes as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
There is a lack of communication around contaminant food testing for infants and young children in Romania despite arrangements being in place, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).
Guest Article - Part 2: Mettler-Toledo myths 6-10
The standards governing the food industry are changing all the time as manufacturing processes rapidly evolve, according to Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection.
Hollandia Produce, which specializes in leafy greens and ‘living’ lettuce, has earned a perfect score on a certification audit offered by Azzule Systems.
The annual Food Safety Event brings together brand owners, food processors, and other professionals to tackle top safety problems and concerns.
HACCP was the top non-conformity globally across certified sites, according to a British Retail Consortium (BRC) report.
Dispatches from Pack Expo
Eagle Product Inspection has signed up with six channel partners to provide on-the-ground support for customers across the US.
Minimising risk, maximising control
Food safety and testing.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has agreed to an external review in response to the adulteration of processed beef products with horse and pig meat and DNA.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to two seafood firms for violations found after investigations.
Intertek has acquired a food safety firm to expand into Africa to meet global demands on food quality and auditing.
Stonington Sea Products has been issued with a warning letter after an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection at their seafood facility in Maine.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to a seafood processing facility after an inspection found serious violations of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) protocol.
Ukrainian food safety reforms will increase exports
Ukrainian food safety authorities will reform its food safety control system over the next two years, with the aim of increasing exports.
Study questions food firms on HACCP experiences
A study looking at the views of staff and managers at food plants on HACCP has identified preparation for future regulation as the key motivating factor and staffing the number one challenge.
Thermal label is HACCP aid, claims its manufacturer
A new thermal label can indicate when an optimum temperature has been reached in ovens, dryers, retorts and curing operations, claims a supplier of cold chain and food safety equipment.
New time-saving environmental monitoring software
A new server-client software application targeted at the biotechnology and food manufacturing industries will make the job of input, storage and processing of environmental monitoring results easier and less time consuming, claims its developer.
Wal-Mart adopts GFSI standards
Wal-Mart last week announced that it now requires suppliers of its
private label and other food products to have their factories
certified against one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
Roundtable targets EU allergen policy revamp
A roundtable discussion on allergen legislation to be held next
month in Italy could spell the end of "may contain"
warnings on food labels, according to one of its organisers.
Regulator issues juice food safety guidelines
Processors of refrigerated carrot juice and other low-acid juices
should implement hazard and critical control point (HACCP)
procedures to prevent pathogen contamination, according government
Polyethylene film improves contaminant detection
A new polyethylene film has been developed that can be detected by
metal detectors, reducing the risk of contamination in food
processing, its manufacturer claims.
Hygiene reforms for local Irish poultry proposed
Hygiene laws regulating Ireland's poultry processors will include
smaller operations once consultation on a proposed amendment is
New thermometer scans food surfaces for critical readings
A new food safety thermometer can scan the surface of hot and cold
foods, displaying results instantly, its manufacturer claims.
How to navigate new EU food regulations
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has issued a guide to help food
firms in the UK meet new legislative requirements.
2006: A milestone for food safety in the EU
New Year's Day marked a significant milestone for food safety in
the EU, with the entry of a large updated body of food and feed
Recalled meat issue uncovered
Only about half the meat and poultry recalled in the United States
because of suspected health hazards between 1998 and 2002 was
actually recovered by the manufacturers, according to a new study.
This suggests new federal food safety...
Epochal events in food safety
Under a new partnership and license and supply agreement,
BioControl has received the right to specific probe sequences from
Epoch Biosciences for use in the field of food safety testing.
HACCP, a sharp tool for cutting Listeria
More evidence revealing the efficacy of HACCP systems in the battle
for food safety comes from figures released this week by the US
department of agriculture that show a 25 per cent dive in Listeria
samples in the past year, and a...
HACCP: limiting risk in Ireland
A national campaign in Ireland will tackle food safety standards by
highlighting the value of HACCP absorption, announced the Food
Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) on Monday.