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FSANZ toughens stance on cyanide harm from apricot kernels

Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the industry regulator in the Antipodes, has strengthened its cautionary stance on raw apricot kernels following findings showing that eating the seeds could pose a...

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Puerto Rico bakery shut after labeling violations and ‘unacceptable’ sanitary conditions

A court has ruled Puerto Rico bakery Los Genuinos must halt production after the US FDA found it had failed to address unsanitary conditions and labeling violations.

EU whole grain label laws could take over a year to define, says expert

Industry will meet with scientists next week in Vienna to start discussions on the future of pan-European whole grain labeling, but it’s likely to take more than one year to...

Greece ordered to recover aid granted to cereal producers

Greece must recover aid given to cereal producers and agricultural cooperatives in 2008, the European Union’s General Court has ruled.

Dead insect findings prompt Nestlé recall

Nestlé said it was 'very concerned' to learn of a consumer complaint about a batch of its cereal in Greece containing dead insects.

Call for UK-wide folic acid fortification

The government at Westminster is being urged to press ahead with mandatory fortification of bread and flour with folic acid across the UK in a bid to reduce neural tube...

French parliamentary report pushes 'fast-food' tax

A French senatorial report has proposed a 'junk-food' tax on products that are linked to heart disease - with the report taking particular aim at soft drinks, which currently benefit...

EFSA report outlines recommendations for improved food additives model

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) plans to revise the tool used to estimate food additive intakes on the back of stakeholder feedback and updates of food consumption in its...

Guest article

Folic acid: The double-edge sword of the golden micronutrient

Folic acid is backed to deliver important health benefits in the scientific literature and by regulators – but is over-consumption a real problem? asks Robert Verkerk, PhD, the founder, executive...

EFSA Board backs Bernhard Url to be new chief

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is backing Dr Bernhard Url to be its next executive director after its management board selected the acting chief from a shortlist.

OSHA: Schwan’s could redeem itself after violations

An OSHA leader says Schwan’s has the chance to make amends, rather than pay the full $185,700 in penalties, if it fixes the safety and training gaffes it was cited...

ConAgra faces $117k fine for safety violations

ConAgra Foods is facing a $117,000 fine after being hit with multiple safety violations at its Columbus-based flour mill.

US FDA upholds approval of Lallemand vitamin D2 baker’s yeast

The US Food and Drug Administration has upheld its authorization of Lallemand’s enriched yeast after investigating objections from AB Mauri.

Bakers blast 'flawed' FDA trans-fat crackdown: 'It's unlawful, unnecessary and will have unintended consequences'

Revoking the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to crack down on artificial trans fats is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, says the...

EFSA finds inorganic arsenic intake lower than previously thought

Estimates of dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic in food have been lowered after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looked again at data.

PITTCON 2014

Microtrace: Food contaminants can be murder

A food sleuth from Microtrace says proper analysis of contaminants found in food and beverage products is crucial to preventing an incident from becoming a full-blown crisis.

Allergens survey highlights risks in industry practice

Nearly a third of food businesses have no corporate allergen management systems in place, an SGS survey has found.

GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE 2014

AIB: Food companies require a strong safety culture

A representative of AIB International says that building a strong safety program requires a cultural connection among food operation personnel.

PopChips agrees $2.4m ‘all-natural’ lawsuit settlement; settlements also likely in Kashi and Bear Naked cases

Snack maker PopChips looks set to become the latest firm to stop using the term ‘all-natural’ to describe its products after agreeing to settle a lawsuit alleging it misled consumers...

DISPATCHES FROM BAKERY INNOVATION EUROPE IN MUNICH

Communication and science crucial for bakery health claims, says Vaasan

Health claims in bakery need science but communicating them remains challenging when the benefits cannot be directly perceived by consumers, says the research head at Vaasan Group.

Bakery fined after worker loses finger tips in accident

A Lancashire bakery has been ordered to pay £6,000, after a pasty-making machine chopped off two finger tips of one of its workers.

Unilever Pro.activ set for sterol expansion into home cooking

Plant sterol leader Unilever will soon be able to expand its plant sterol-fortified, cholesterol-lowering Pro.activ range into home cooking and baking oils, if a positive opinion is mandated across the...

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Milk allergen concern prompts Kettle US chips recall

Kettle has issued a voluntary recall in the US on a limited run of potato chips due to potential milk allergen exposure during processing.

Greens threaten Commission over GM crop approval

The European Parliament’s Greens Group has threatened to bring a motion of censure against the Commission if it goes ahead with authorisation of GM maize variety 1507 for cultivation, after...

Kind Snacks sues Clif Bar over alleged copycatting

Kind Snacks has filed a lawsuit against Clif Bar for allegedly infringing its packaging trademarks.

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