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Global Food Safety News

Food safety news from around the world.

Kerala food safety body orders to destroy 850 tonnes pepper

The Commissioner of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Thiruvananthapuram, has ordered destruction of 93 lots i.e., an estimated 850 tonnes of black pepper, which were found to be adulterated with mineral oil, immediately following statutory proceedings in consultation with the Spices Board.

Food safety must come ahead of profit

THIS summer our newspapers have been full of stories about healthy bread, sausages and the risk of sugary drinks, to name but a few. While healthy eating is important, we ought to take a closer look at what's happening earlier in the food chain.

Gambia: Food Safety Authority Inaugurate Stakeholder Forum

As part of its ongoing institution building process, the newly established Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) of The Gambia, on Wednesday,14 August 2013, inaugurated one of its key operational structures, the Stakeholders Consultative Forum, at a ceremony held at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) conference hall.

Brazil food safety agents start open-ended strike at ports

SAO PAULO Aug 16 (Reuters) - Food safety inspectors responsible for clearing agricultural goods at Brazilian ports went on an open-ended strike Friday morning, saying there was political mismanagement and businesses were meddling in their agency.

Food safety concerns in updated 'Whys' books for kids

BEIJING - What toxicity melamine and clenbuterol could cause will appear in the sixth edition of most popular Chinese science book "One Hundred Thousand Whys", indicating the country's food safety concerns also spook children.

DALLAS, July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The report 'European Food Safety Testing Market By Contaminant (Pathogen, GMO, Toxin, Pesticide), Technology (Traditional & Rapid), Food Type (Meat & Poultry Product, Dairy Product, Fruit & Vegetable, Processed Food) & Country - Trends & Forecast to 2018', defines and segments the European Food Safety Testing Market with analysis & forecasting of revenue & ...

EU and US to cooperate on food, nutrition and nanotech standards

The European Union and the United States have agreed to harmonise standards for food safety and nutrition and nanotechnology among the first collaborative research priorities to come out of trade and investment talks. The TTIP - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - talks took place in Washington, D.C. last week.

New UN Food Safety, Nutrition Standards will Benefit Consumers

News GLOBAL - The UN food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed.

Sweden's food safety watchdog finds arsenic in Chinese herbal remedy

By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 16, 2013 15:45 EDT Sweden's food safety watchdog said on Tuesday it had found "extremely high" levels of arsenic in a Chinese herbal remedy, posing a "very serious health hazard."

Food safety status of poultry meat and eggs in Iran

ABSTRACT: Food borne illness is one of the most widespread health problems in the world and an important cause of reduced economic productivity especially in developing and under developed countries. In addition, food safety of poultry products remains a serious problem in many countries in the world.

Monsanto Steps Out of Europe's GMO Line

St. Louis-based Monsanto has permanently stepped out of Europe's application line for growing new crops using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Instead, the world's largest seed company is going to work on increasing its sales of non-GMO seed and other farm products in Europe.

Raft of food safety scandals has shaken Chinese consumers

Recent food scandals in China: March 2005 KFC outlets in China were forced to stop selling some chicken wings and chicken burger products after the banned food colouring, Sudan I or "Sudan Red" was found in sauces. The colouring was banned from use in food due to concerns it could lead to an increased risk of cancer.

Bad Eggs: Another Fake-Food Scandal Rocks China

From tainted baby formula to exploding watermelons, China has seen its share of food-safety problems. But food forgery in the world's most populous country may have recently hit another high - or, rather, another low: fake chicken eggs. On Sunday, a woman who gave her name as Ms.

Tanzania: Fortification Will Increase Food Safety

THE Micronutrient Initiative (MI) which has been funding some programmes at Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre and some programmes with East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA) in Arusha, just released its report, 'Fortifying Africa's future,' which casts a grim picture of how much of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lost annually due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Punjab CM terms Food Safety Ordinance as "cover up exercise"

Ludhiana: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday alleged that the "hasty move" of bringing the Food Safety Ordinance by the Congress-led UPA Government was aimed at "distracting" the attention of the people from the various scams and scandals unearthed during the regime.

New UN food safety and nutrition standards will benefit consumers

Codex Alimentarius Commission adopts new limits on fruit, vegetables and fish, salt and fat labelling, hygiene and carcinogenic contaminants The UN food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed.

Public food safety top priority for Danish pig farmers

Denmark, a small country with a population of only 5.5 million people, yet exports approximate 30 million pigs annually. The production of pigs and pork has been a major income source for Denmark in the international trade for over 100 years. The Danish pork is well known for high safety and good quality in the global market.

Beijing steps up food safety efforts

By Katy Askew | 25 June 2013 The Chinese government has called for joint efforts to improve food safety standards in the country, including increased government supervision, industry "self-discipline" and public scrutiny.

Food safety lab lying idle | Dhaka Tribune

A modern and high-tech National Food Safety Laboratory was built last year at a cost of Tk220m to ensure safe food is now lying idle due to manpower shortage. The laboratory, situated in the Institute of Public Health building at Mohakhali, was inaugurated by the Health and Family Welfare Min

Revisions to food safety laws 'urgently' needed

China is considering revisions to its Food Safety Law, according to its top food and drug regulator. An official from China Food and Drug Administration, who preferred to remain anonymous, told China Daily on Friday that the administration has gathered opinions from experts on revising the Food Safety Law.

Food & Beverage News: Top News - Food safety in China at crossroads following cadmium-tainted rice scandal

China has been rocked by a number of food safety scandals and agriculture product-related health hazards in recent years - from contaminated milk powder to the selling of rat meat as lamb. But the most recent food safety scandal hits at the core of China's food system: rice.

FAO expresses concern over food safety and pollution in China

(UN's Food and Agricultural...) BEIJING: Amid reports of contamination of food products in China, UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has expressed concerns over pollution and food safety issues in the world's second largest economy. "We're concerned about pollution in general," Graziano da Silva, director-general of the FAO said.

UAE keeps a firm eye on food safety

ABU DHABI // Monitoring imports and locally produced food is not the job of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, its chief said yesterday. Dr Rashid bin Fahad told the FNC that several bodies were charged with monitoring food, but his authority worked on legislation and regulations to govern it.

EU group stresses food safety focus

A group of European research organisations have stressed the importance of food safety by identifying knowledge gaps and areas which require more focus in response to concerns that the issue is slipping down the agenda.

New Zealand Food Company Charged Over Listeria Deaths

Bay Cuisine, a New Zealand food company, will face charges in the Napier District Court for a Listeria outbreak last year that killed one woman and contributed to the death of another, the Dominion Post reports. Bay Cuisine was the sole supplier of ready-to-eat meats to Hawke's Bay Hospital, where the two victims were patients.