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EC: 'We will now analyse China's decision and consider appropriate steps.'

No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

The European starch industry is “deeply disappointed” by the Chinese government’s decision to extend anti-subsidy duties against EU potato starch while the European Commission says it is considering appropriate steps...

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Pontdexter adds pasteurization capacity to help Produce Safety Rule compliance

Poindexter Nut Company is to start pasteurizing all the walnuts it ships in North America with a high throughput Napasol line.

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Lotus Bakeries takes precautionary measures amid Fipronil scare

Indulgent and natural snack producer Lotus Bakeries has voluntarily recalled products that contain a slightly higher than recommended level of Fipronil from Belgium supermarket shelves, but says UK market is...

Snack companies may label macadamia health benefits following FDA approval

The labeling of macadamia nuts’ health benefits, including reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, may appear on snack packaging having received FDA approval, said Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut. 

Food processors 'deceive consumers', say Norwegians as pressure mounts to introduce ombudsman

Pressure is mounting on Norway’s government to introduce an ombudsman to oversee a food supply chain that is increasingly dominated by a few major players.

Lotus Bakeries recalls products suspected to contain contaminated eggs

Belgian biscuit and snack maker Lotus Bakeries has withdrawn some of its products suspected to contain eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil.

Hindu leader seeks Kellogg's CEO's resignation for beef-containing cereals

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said it was “shocking” for Hindus in the US to learn that some of Kellogg’s cereals they had been eating for years contained beef. 

Recall update: Nuts and seeds still among top three offenders in Q2 2017

Stericycle’s Recall and Notification Index reveals nuts and seeds are still one of the biggest culprits of product recalls, which saw an ‘unprecedented rise’ during the second quarter of 2017.

Canadian grain industry permitted to use private labs

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is to allow exporters the option to have grain shipments tested by authorized laboratories.

Bureau Veritas targets on-site aflatoxin testing

Bureau Veritas and Schutter Group have introduced an aflatoxin pre-shipment inspection and quality control process.

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Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

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Clean label fuelling Kosher certified bakery and snacks growth: OU Kosher

Kosher certification is gaining popularity among non-Jewish consumers due to the high demand for clean labels, says CEO of OU Kosher, Rabbi Menachem Genack. 

Halal certification ‘unnecessary’ down under for Special K and Cornflakes, says Kellogg

Special K and Cornflakes maker Kellogg Company Australia and WeetBix producer Sanitarium have stopped paying for halal certification, stating their products are ‘inherently halal’.

FDE: Act now before Commission considers maximum levels

Mandatory acrylamide action could be in place by spring 2018

An EU vote backing the Commission's proposal to reduce acrylamide in food and drink could see mandatory mitigation action and benchmark levels in place by spring next year, with maximum levels...

Highest ergot alkaloid levels in rye products - EFSA

The highest levels of ergot alkaloids (EAs) were found in rye and rye-containing commodities, according to an updated EFSA exposure assessment.

EFSA sets safe intake level for MSG and glutamate additives, urging new maximum levels

Europe’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set a safe level for glutamate food additives, but given many Europeans are over this level, it is urging the Commission to revise the...

India’s pulse exemption allows Canada to avoid penalties

India has again extended Canada’s exemption on pulse fumigation regulations.

Flour outbreak was first time non-O157 STEC infections identified in Canada

The outbreak of E. coli O121 in flour was the first time non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) infections had been identified nationally in Canada.

Warburtons faces second 2017 fine of more than £1m ($1.29m) for endangering workers’ safety

The UK bakery giant has been fined £1.9m ($2.45m) after admitting a breach of health and safety rules at its Eastwood factory.

Going gluten-free in a bakery is not just a simple case of swapping ingredients

Before reaching for the gluten-free flour, there are a number of elements to consider from a risk and food safety point of view, writes Helen Hood, director of totrain.

One in 10 allergenic ingredients not correctly labelled – study

Undeclared milk in chocolate and bakery products was the most frequently found allergen during a control in the Nordic countries.

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American Bakers Association applauds FDA for delaying nutrition facts label rule

Robb MacKie, president of American Bakers Association (ABA), said a “more reasonable” timeline for the implementation of the FDA’s nutrition facts label will help bakers.

Neogen launches sesame allergen test kit

Neogen Corporation has expanded its line of food allergen kits to include a test for sesame.

ProGnosis Biotech launches test to detect T-2 and HT-2 mycotoxins

ProGnosis Biotech has launched an ELISA test to detect Trichothecene T-2/HT-2 in grains, cereals and animal feed.

Three dead in corn mill explosion

Three people have died and a dozen injured after an explosion at a corn mill in Wisconsin, US.

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