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  • Food Enzymes – EFSA Launches DIY Exposure Tool EFSA has published the Food Enzyme Intake Model (FEIM), a tool for estimating chronic dietary exposure to food enzymes used in different food processes. FEIM follows the methodology recommended in 2016 by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF). It has been developed on the basis of actual food consumption data collected [...]...
  • Going Beyond Food Industry Flooring Standards The scale of today’s food industry combined with the strict standards that it has to comply with means that food and beverage businesses have never faced so many challenges and concerns in order to successfully grow, process and sell products. This is exemplified by the requirements placed on each building component, piece of equipment and production [...]...
  • UK Campylobacter Levels Remain Steady The top nine retailers across the UK have now published their latest testing results on campylobacter contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens (covering samples tested from January to March 2018). The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.8% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination; these are the chickens [...]...
  • DeutscheBack Reduces Acrylamide in Bakery Products With Innovase ASP DP, DeutscheBack now offers manufacturers of bakery products an enzyme system that prevents the formation of acrylamide in baked goods such as biscuits, wafers, bread and rolls. A simple dosing makes the new solution easier for bakers to use than enzyme concentrates and enables adherence to the statutory tolerances for acrylamide without [...]...
  • Blockchain – The Future of Food Traceability? “The Blockchain, can change…well everything.” That was the prediction of Goldman Sachs in 2015. There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about Blockchain, particularly around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but just as the investment bank giant predicted, the technology is starting to have more wide-reaching impacts on other sectors. Here, Shan [...]...

Food Enzymes – EFSA Launches DIY Exposure Tool

    Food Enzymes – EFSA Launches DIY Exposure Tool

EFSA has published the Food Enzyme Intake Model (FEIM), a tool for estimating chronic dietary exposure to food enzymes used in different food processes. FEIM follows the methodology recommended in 2016 by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF). It has been developed on the basis of actual food consumption data collected […]

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Going Beyond Food Industry Flooring Standards

    Going Beyond Food Industry Flooring Standards

The scale of today’s food industry combined with the strict standards that it has to comply with means that food and beverage businesses have never faced so many challenges and concerns in order to successfully grow, process and sell products. This is exemplified by the requirements placed on each building component, piece of equipment and production […]

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UK Campylobacter Levels Remain Steady

    UK Campylobacter Levels Remain Steady

The top nine retailers across the UK have now published their latest testing results on campylobacter contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens (covering samples tested from January to March 2018). The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.8% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination; these are the chickens […]

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DeutscheBack Reduces Acrylamide in Bakery Products

    DeutscheBack Reduces Acrylamide in Bakery Products

With Innovase ASP DP, DeutscheBack now offers manufacturers of bakery products an enzyme system that prevents the formation of acrylamide in baked goods such as biscuits, wafers, bread and rolls. A simple dosing makes the new solution easier for bakers to use than enzyme concentrates and enables adherence to the statutory tolerances for acrylamide without […]

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Blockchain – The Future of Food Traceability?

“The Blockchain, can change…well everything.” That was the prediction of Goldman Sachs in 2015. There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about Blockchain, particularly around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but just as the investment bank giant predicted, the technology is starting to have more wide-reaching impacts on other sectors. Here, Shan […]

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WHO Plans to Eliminate Industrially-produced Trans-fatty Acids From Global Food Supply

    WHO Plans to Eliminate Industrially-produced Trans-fatty Acids From Global Food Supply

WHO (World Health Organisation) has released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives – WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to  more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.
Industrially-produced trans fats are […]

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Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

    Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

The global dairy sector must continue its efforts to harmonise methods of analysis and sampling for milk and milk products if trade in dairy products is to continue to thrive, delegates at the recent International Dairy Federation (IDF)/Organisation for International Standardisation (ISO) Analytical Week in Dublin, Ireland, were told.
Speaking at the Analytical Symposium during the week-long event, […]

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“Radical Transparency Will Shape Future Food Agenda,” Says Cranswick Report

    “Radical Transparency Will Shape Future Food Agenda,” Says Cranswick Report

Growing consumer demand for new levels of transparency are set to disrupt the food industry in the wake of continued food scares, according to a Cranswick report, published in association with sustainability consultants Veris Strategies. Earlier this year, UK food regulators launched a nationwide review of the meat industry following a series of high profile food safety breaches […]

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EFSA Announces Major Step Forward on Food Consumption Data

    EFSA Announces  Major Step Forward on Food Consumption Data

EFSA has published a new release of its Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, which for the first time includes data collected under EFSA’s EU Menu project. The updated database consists of the most recent data collected in Member States covering more population groups and new food categories, such as energy drinks.
The EU Menu project aims […]

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What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

    What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

By Shan Zhan, Global Business Manager for Food & Beverage within the ABB Control Technologies business unit
In summer 2017, 15 EU states, Switzerland and Hong Kong were affected by the Fipronil contamination scandal. The scandal originated in the Netherlands but had global effects. Around ten million tainted eggs were imported into Germany, with not only eggs […]

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Major International Summit in Belfast to Tackle Escalating Problem of Food Integrity

    Major International Summit in Belfast to Tackle Escalating Problem of Food Integrity

Food-security experts from all over the world will converge on Belfast from 28-31 May 2018 for a major Summit on how to feed a growing global population – amid massive challenges such as climate change, Brexit, labyrinthine food-supply chains and food fraud on a global scale.
The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity will be chaired by Professor Chris Elliott […]

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European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

    European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

Responding to consumer concerns about food quality and fraudulent practices concerning food, the European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality, operated by the Joint Research Centre. The Knowledge Centre, a network made up of experts in and outside the Commission, will support EU policymakers and national authorities by providing access […]

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Key Technology Presents Specialized Iso-Flo® Vibratory Conveyor Designed For Integration With Metal Detector

    Key Technology Presents Specialized Iso-Flo® Vibratory Conveyor Designed For Integration With Metal Detector

Key Technology has launched a specialized Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyor designed specifically for integration with a metal detector to inspect bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines. Compared to traditional plastic or fabric belt conveyor systems integrated with metal detectors, Key’s vibratory solutions reduce maintenance and minimize product spillage while dramatically improving sanitation to maximize food […]

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Packing and Food Safety – Modern Packing Methods and Test Methods are the Guarantee For Safe Food

    Packing and Food Safety – Modern Packing Methods and Test Methods are the Guarantee For Safe Food

The demands in food are high. Only companies that master and check the packing process get safe products. Whether deficiencies in the packing material, filling material residuals in the heat-sealed seam or foreign bodies – leaks and contaminations present a threat to the product safety. This is why from 20 to 23 March 2018, Anuga FoodTec […]

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Steps to Reduce 20% of Calories in Popular Foods in the UK by 2024 Announced

    Steps to Reduce 20% of Calories in Popular Foods in the UK by 2024 Announced

Major steps to cut people’s excessive calorie intake have been unveiled by Public Health England (PHE), as part of the UK government’s strategy to cut childhood and adult obesity.
The package includes:

new evidence highlighting overweight or obese boys and girls consume up to 500 and 290 calories too many each day respectively
a challenge to the food […]

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Seizing the Opportunities – How FMCG Companies Can Ensure Food Safety

    Seizing the Opportunities – How FMCG Companies Can Ensure Food Safety

By Véronique Discours-Buhot, GFSI Director
January’s headlines were dominated by a food hygiene scandal at one of the UK’s most prominent meat suppliers. The revelations have driven food safety to the top of the agenda for European FMCG companies, fuelling debate as to the best practices for ensuring full compliance, guaranteeing product authenticity and eliminating any […]

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Industry-wide Review Launched into Meat Processing Plants Across the UK

    Industry-wide Review Launched into Meat Processing Plants Across the UK

The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland have published details of a major review into the sites where meat products are processed and stored in the UK. The two organisations have launched a comprehensive review of hygiene controls with the review including unannounced inspections and audit regimes.
The Food Standards Agency has announced that it […]

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CSP Technologies Introduces TruDrawR Aseptic Sampling System For Liquid Dairy Products

    CSP Technologies Introduces TruDrawR Aseptic Sampling System For Liquid Dairy Products

CSP Technologies – a leader in packaging solutions that ensure product protection, enhance brand recognition and improve consumer experiences – has partnered with aseptic sampling specialist QualiTru Sampling Systems to develop TruDraw®, a single-use aseptic sampling system for sampling of liquid dairy products. Particularly relevant to milk producers, the product virtually eliminates the risk of external exposure, ensuring an unprecedented level […]

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Review of UK Cutting Plants and Cold Stores

    Review of UK Cutting Plants and Cold Stores

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have announcing that they will be undertaking a review of meat cutting premises and cold stores. The review comes in the wake of serious non-compliance issues identified at cutting plants operated by 2 Sisters Food Group and Russell Hume and will be industry wide.

Heather Hancock, […]

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EFSA Confirms Health Concerns For Hydroxyanthracene Derivatives in Food

    EFSA Confirms Health Concerns For Hydroxyanthracene Derivatives in Food

Some substances belonging to a group of plant ingredients known as hydroxyanthracene derivatives can damage DNA and may cause cancer, says EFSA after assessing their safety when added to food. This group of substances naturally occurs in plants such as aloe or senna species. Extracts containing them are used in food supplements for their laxative […]

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Partnership that Mitigates Cross Contamination Fits Like a Glove

    Partnership that Mitigates Cross Contamination Fits Like a Glove

Two world leaders in their respective fields have combined their expertise to create Europe’s first bona fide antimicrobial nitrile gloves. Unigloves new Fortified single use gloves incorporate silver ion technology from BioCote®, which has been scientifically proven to destroy 90% of bacteria within just 15 minutes and 99.5% in only two hours – BioCote is also proven effective […]

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Ishida X-ray Flexibility Ensures Premium Product Quality

    Ishida X-ray Flexibility Ensures Premium Product Quality

Ishida X-ray inspection technology is helping to maintain the premium quality reputation of one of Russia’s most popular traditional snack brands.
The ‘ROSTRAGROEXPORT’ company was founded by Mr Boris Aleksandrov in 1995, who spotted a niche in the Russian food market for a good quality traditional curd snack.  Its ‘B.Y. Aleksandrov’ brand, named after the company’s […]

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Revised Safe Intake For 3-MCPD in Vegetable Oils and Food

  Revised Safe Intake For 3-MCPD in Vegetable Oils and Food

EFSA’s experts have used an updated scientific approach to reassess the possible long-term adverse effects of the food processing contaminant 3-MCPD on the kidney and male fertility.
Consumption levels of 3-MCPD in food are considered safe for most consumers but there is a potential health concern among high consumers in younger age groups. In the worst […]

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Public Consultation – Sugars in Food

  Public Consultation – Sugars in Food

EFSA is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a cut-off value for intake of “free” sugars that is not associated with adverse health effects.
EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has drafted a protocol to […]

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Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

  Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

The declining trend of salmonellosis cases in the EU has levelled off according to the annual report on zoonotic diseases published recently.
Cases of Salmonella Enteritidis acquired in the EU have increased in humans by 3% since 2014 says the report, which is compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food […]

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Aseptic Filling – A Component For Safe Food

  Aseptic Filling – A Component For Safe Food

Whether fresh milk, yoghurt or fruit juice, the market for aseptically filled beverages is growing. The flip side of the coin: Food manufacturers have to be even more consistent in ensuring hygienically impeccable production conditions. Physical processes for preservation and aseptically filling systems come to their aid here, like those that will be the centre […]

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New Acrylamide Legislation Announced

  New Acrylamide Legislation Announced

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that new EU legislation would be in force from April 2018 requiring food businesses to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems. Since acrylamide was first identified in food products in 2002, laboratories have developed and validated analytical methods for the quantification of […]

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2 Sisters and Standards in Poultry Processing Report Published

  2 Sisters and Standards in Poultry Processing Report Published

The Environment, Foods and Rural Affairs Committee in the UK has published its report into 2 Sisters Food Group and Standards in Poultry Processing. The Committee launched an inquiry into 2 Sisters and poultry standards following the undercover footage released by The Guardian and ITN.
The evidence sessions looked at the issues raised at the 2 […]

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Hygiena Expands Testing Portfolio to Cover Entire Contamination Detection Spectrum

  Hygiena Expands Testing Portfolio to Cover Entire Contamination Detection Spectrum

With the extension of its testing product range to include polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based systems, Hygiena now covers the entire spectrum of reliable contamination detection, from sample collection to screening of indicator organisms to specific microbial characterisation.
These products are suitable for large and small manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), as well as large corporate laboratories […]

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Furan in Food – EFSA Confirms Health Concerns

  Furan in Food – EFSA Confirms Health Concerns

Consumer exposure to furan and methylfurans in food could lead to possible long-term liver damage. The most exposed group of people are infants, mainly through consumption of ready-to-eat jarred or canned foods. Exposure in other population groups is mainly from consumption of grain-based foods and coffee, depending on age and consumer habits.
Furan and the related […]

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Third Annual Retail Survey Shows Campylobacter Levels Continue to Fall

  Third Annual Retail Survey Shows Campylobacter Levels Continue to Fall

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the last set of results from its third survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought UK-produced chickens. The full year’s results show that on average, across the entire market, 6.5% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination, (over 1,000 colony forming units per gram – […]

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Avian influenza – New Scientific Advice Boosts EU Preparedness

  Avian influenza – New Scientific Advice Boosts EU Preparedness

Migratory wild birds crossing the north-eastern and eastern border of the European Union is the most likely pathway for avian influenza to enter the territory, says EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). Experts assessed the risk of avian influenza entering the EU and reviewed surveillance approaches – which comprise monitoring by Member States and the actions […]

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It’s a Double-whammy For Verner Wheelock at RSPH Prize-giving and AGM

  It’s a Double-whammy For Verner Wheelock at RSPH Prize-giving and AGM

There were double celebrations for Verner Wheelock at this year’s prestigious Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) AGM in London recently. The top prizes for the Level 4 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing and Level 4 Award in HACCP both went to Verner Wheelock delegates.
Yanis Skerstins (pictured above right), a Global A&A auditor at […]

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Irish Company to Provide DNA Traceability For All Swiss Beef

  Irish Company to Provide DNA Traceability For All Swiss Beef

Irish food safety and traceability company IdentiGEN has secured a major contract in Switzerland which will see it provide DNA based traceability for all Swiss beef. The deal is estimated to be worth in excess of €17 million over a five-year contract period and involves use of IdentiGEN’s DNA-TraceBack system to guarantee the integrity of […]

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Archroma Offers New Food-compliant, Bright Yellow Dye

  Archroma Offers New Food-compliant, Bright Yellow Dye

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, has extended its Cartasol® range by introducing a new, improved bright yellow dye called Cartasol® Yellow 6GFC liq. that has no added diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA, and also called TAN).
New European regulations have come into force that greatly lower the limits for DEA and TEA […]

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X-ray Detection With the Least False Positives

  X-ray Detection With the Least False Positives

When it was launched in 2006, the Marel SensorX set a new standard in bone detection for poultry processors around the world. In the meantime Marel has not rested on its laurels but has continued to improve on a popular concept. The company’s drive to achieve the ultimate in quality, a wholly bone-free product, is […]

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The Science and Software Behind the Food Label

  The Science and Software Behind the Food Label

Nutritics, a global food service software provider, has announced a new partnership with Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS) to further enhance standards in recipe management and food labelling across the UK. The partnership will provide an exciting opportunity for food businesses to improve their labels, and provide consumers with more robust information for healthier food choices […]

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Market-leading Food Contact Conference, Plastics & Paper in Contact with Food – 4-7 December, Berlin

  Market-leading Food Contact Conference, Plastics & Paper in Contact with Food – 4-7 December, Berlin

Over 200 experts from across the food contact industry will come together in Berlin, Germany from 4–7 December 2017 to attend Smithers Pira’s Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs (P&P) –http://www.food-contact.com/plastics-paper.
With the European Commission having recently published EU regulation 752/2017 amending EU Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended for food contact, all […]

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Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

  Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

After abandoning plans to build a new $70 million state-of-the-art plant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in nearby Staten Island, N.Y., world-famous craft brewers, Brooklyn Brewery, sought major re-development work at their long standing home in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, including upgrades to floor coating systems located in the brewery’s main production halls. Bucking the trend […]

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Dietary Reference Values – Advice on Riboflavin

  Dietary Reference Values – Advice on Riboflavin

EFSA has set dietary reference values for riboflavin (vitamin B2) as part of its review of scientific advice on nutrient intakes. Based on new scientific findings, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) decided to update the dietary reference values for riboflavin established by the Scientific Committee for Food in 1993. The panel […]

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Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

  Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

Experts in poultry health have helped one of the UK’s largest food businesses to slash its antibiotic usage in the past two years, by adopting an holistic approach to animal well-being. St David’s Poultry Team have been working with Faccenda Foods to look at innovative ways of maintaining the health of the birds on farm, […]

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Public Consultation – Listeria in Ready-to-eat Foods

  Public Consultation – Listeria in Ready-to-eat Foods

EFSA has opened a public consultation on its scientific opinion looking at Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and related risks for human health in the European Union. This work was triggered by the upward trend of human listeriosis cases in Europe over the period 2009-2013.
Experts of the Panel on Biological Hazards investigated the trend of […]

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Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

  Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

The European response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the crisis of the 1980s has significantly reduced prevalence of the disease in cattle. However, isolated cases are still being reported in the EU and for this reason the European Commission has asked EFSA to investigate their origin. The key measure for controlling BSE in the EU is […]

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EFSA Reviews Safety of Glutamates Added to Food

  EFSA Reviews Safety of Glutamates Added to Food

EFSA has established a safe intake level for glutamic acid and glutamates used as food additives after re-evaluating their safety. The Authority also concluded that estimated dietary exposure to glutamic acid and glutamates may exceed not only the safe level but also doses associated with adverse effects in humans for some population groups. On this […]

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Lab Innovations – Back For 2017!

  Lab Innovations – Back For 2017!

Lab Innovations – the UK’s only dedicated showcase for laboratory technology, analytical and biotech equipment – returns for its sixth consecutive year on 1 & 2 November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. With the largest gathering of laboratory suppliers in the UK, this free-to-attend show has lots on offer for professionals across a wide range […]

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EFSA Confirms Safe Levels For Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food

  EFSA Confirms Safe Levels For Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food

Existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates intentionally added to meat and other foods are sufficiently protective for consumers, EFSA has concluded after re-evaluating their safety. Consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as food additives is within safe levels for all population groups, except for a slight exceedance in children whose diet is high in […]

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The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

  The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

Revision is ongoing for ISO 22000 on food safety management systems, which has just reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. The revised standard will incorporate a new core structure as well as recognized key elements to ensure food safety at every step of the food chain.
The ISO 22000 revision aims to consolidate the most recent issues surrounding food […]

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SGS Explores the Use of DNA and NGS for Food Authenticity, Traceability and Safety

  SGS Explores the Use of DNA and NGS for Food Authenticity, Traceability and Safety

SGS, the inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has developed a range of techniques and technologies to ensure its clients know exactly what is in complex food samples, achieving a long-pursued aim. DNA-based methodologies have become a powerful tool for food analysis, the detection of potential adulteration, and as a deterrent to economically motivated adulteration.
Traditionally, […]

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New Food Enzyme Exposure Tool Paves Way For Evaluations

  New Food Enzyme Exposure Tool Paves Way For Evaluations

EFSA scientists have devised a way to more accurately estimate consumer exposure to enzymes used in food production, improving their safety evaluation as required by EU law. Use of the new approach in four newly published scientific opinions paves the way for the evaluation of the remaining 300 applications.
Dr Christina Tlustos, an exposure expert who […]

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New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

  New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up by Arla Foods Ingredients. Arla Foods Ingredients is a global leader in value-added whey solutions.
The new Whey & Protein Blog – www.thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest […]

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New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

  New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

High production temperatures in the food industry, for example in ovens, proofing cabinets, conveyors or motors, put considerable strain on the bearings. Klüber Lubrication has now succeeded in developing a new high-temperature grease for a wide range of applications in the food industry, which is able to realise its full potential at permanent temperatures of […]

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Loma Systems Launches Final Generation IQ4 Metal Detection Series

  Loma Systems Launches Final Generation IQ4 Metal Detection Series

Further underlining its position at the forefront of high performance inspection equipment for the global food and pharmaceutical markets, LOMA SYSTEMS® (www.loma.com) has launched its revolutionary new IQ4 series of next generation metal detection systems. The cutting-edge technology offers improved sensitivity compared to previous models and a plethora of exciting ‘industry first’ features purpose designed […]

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Mondi Shares Insights into Food Packaging Conformity

  Mondi Shares Insights into Food Packaging Conformity

Organised by the Non-profit Food Initiative for Austria (GLi) and the Hygienicum institute, the 3rd Symposium for Food Safety took place in Graz, Austria, from 6th to 7th April 2017. The international packaging and paper company Mondi supported the event as a sponsor and expert with a workshop themed: ‘Conformity in food packaging’. Dr. Johannes […]

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New Report Shows Over 180,000 Consumer Goods Products Reformulated

  New Report Shows Over 180,000 Consumer Goods Products Reformulated

New data from The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) shows more than 180,000 consumer goods products were reformulated in 2016, while over 30,000 communities worldwide have been involved in industry-led programmes that promote healthier diets and lifestyles. The data is part of the latest CGF Health & Wellness Progress Report, developed in conjunction with Deloitte, which […]

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