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Mars and IBM to use genetic data for food safety understanding

Mars and IBM Research have created a consortium which will use advances in genomics to boost food safety.

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Labeling the origin of 0.9% meat flavoring is ‘ridiculous’, says European Snack Association

The European Snack Association (ESA) has criticized a European committee decision in favor of mandatory meat origin labeling, saying it's meaningless for low-level flavor use.

Tyrrells crisp maker fined for partial finger loss

Crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has been ordered to pay £13,000 for safety failings after an employee lost part of a finger in an accident involving an industrial fryer.

News in brief

Napasol pasteurization line for hazelnut cooperative

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is starting up its Napasol pasteurization line this week to eliminate potential foodborne pathogens.

Police investigate Cali bakery over drug-laced bread

Police have launched an investigation into a Californian bakery that was shut down after bread containing drugs sickened more than 30 consumers.

EFSA health claim opinion

Prebiotic inulin wins EFSA bowel health claim

European prebiotic giant Beneo is celebrating today after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) backed inulin to better bowel function.

Tesco sweet-free checkouts: Can 'healthy snacks' fill the void?

Tesco UK has rolled-out its sweet-free checkout policy across convenience stores leaving space for snack makers to gobble up share, but some listing rules have been touted ‘deplorable’ by industry.

Infected salesperson contaminated products in Hepatitis A outbreak

An outbreak of Hepatitis A (HA) in Germany was caused by a bakery worker who contaminated products while packing and selling them, according to a report.

Premier Foods’s skull-crush worker wins payout

A Premier Foods engineer has received a significant amount in compensation after he was left with life-changing injuries following a devastating accident at its Moreton cake factory.

Honey Monster cereal slammed for ‘goodness’ claim

Halo Foods has breached advertising codes with ‘goodness’ claims on the honey content of Honey Monster cereal, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

FIC regulation was a big fish to fry, says European Snacks Association

The EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation has been the biggest challenge for snack makers during 2014 and difficulties aren’t over yet, says the European Snacks Association (ESA).

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Nairns Oatcakes installs second Loma system

Nairns Oatcakes has installed a second combined checkweigher and metal detector from Loma Systems.

EU labelling law adds impetus to the sustainable palm drive

Changes to European labelling laws meaning the specific source of vegetable oil must be declared on pack could drive more food manufacturers to certified sustainable palm oil, according to one...

Warburtons fined for maintenance worker’s injury

Warburtons has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings after a worker seriously injured his hand in a conveyor.

Baker to pay £16.8k after serious cut injury

A bakery firm has been ordered to pay nearly £17,000 after an employee suffered serious cuts to his fingers in a workplace accident.

General Mills settles ‘100% natural’ Nature Valley lawsuit; does not admit liability

General Mills has agreed that it will not use the term ‘100% natural’ to describe Nature Valley bars that contain certain ‘artificially produced’ ingredients in order to settle a long-running...

Nutritionist spurns ASA verdict on ad challenging white bread

A leading nutritionist has slammed the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA’s) decision not to ban a toothpaste ad for suggesting white bread contained sugar and could harm teeth.

Game changer? Folic acid wins EFSA health claim for neural tube defect risk reduction

A newly approved EU health claim to say folic acid supplements reduce the risk of infant neural tube defects will bring home the nutrient’s importance to women, say a team...

Dispatches questions child safety of arsenic levels in rice crackers and Rice Krispies

A Channel 4 investigation into inorganic arsenic levels in rice has questioned the safety of products aimed at children like rice cakes and Kellogg's Rice Krispies - although all companies...

Bakery fined $42k after worker death

Alpha Baking Co. has been fined $42,000 after an employee was killed at the Chicago plant.

EFSA reassesses European curcumin exposure levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reassessed exposure to curcumin and found consumption is lower than previously thought – although some children consume close to the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

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Hydrocyanic acid forces recall of Tapioca chips

Resmi International has recalled Manjilas Tapioca Chips Spicy in Australia due to high levels of hydrocyanic acid.

Australasia

Regulator to review request to delay transition to new fibre claims

Australasia’s food regulator has released a consultation paper on the back of calls by an Australian food industry body for the start date for new dietary fibre content claims to...

EFSA backs non-digestible carbs for sugar reduction

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has delivered positive opinions for two non-digestible carbohydrate ingredients based on their ability to improve blood glucose response.

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