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USP develops new tool to assess vulnerabilities for food fraud

26 November 2014 | By The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) pre-released today a first-of-its-kind guidance document that offers a framework for the food industry and regulators to develop and implement preventive management systems to deal specifically with economically-motivated fraudulent adulteration of food ingredients...

EU ministers approve of law for banning genetically modified crops

18 November 2014 | By The European Parliament and Council

EU politicians have backed a plan to allow nations to ban genetically modified crops on their soil, even if they are given approval to be grown in the European Union, raising the chance their use will remain limited on the continent...

FSA reiterates advice about dangers of children consuming raw drinking milk

7 November 2014 | By The Food Standards Agency

In the light of three separate incidents involving six cases of E.coli O157, including five cases in children, potentially linked to the consumption of raw drinking milk, the FSA is reiterating its advice that this sort of milk should not be consumed by children and other vulnerable people...

Current advances in food freezing

27 October 2014 | By Christian James and Stephen J. James, Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

Frozen food is one of the largest sectors of the food industry and its value is increasing throughout the world. The frozen food market in seven of the major Western European Economies was valued at €83.51 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow in value by 10.89 per cent by 20161.…

Food fraud prevention – beyond adulterants and to decision-making

27 October 2014 | By John Spink, Assistant Professor and Director of the Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University / Douglas C. Moyer, Assistant Professor, Program in Public Health, Michigan State University

Food Fraud is a very hot topic at the moment and the development of a ‘Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment’ is the next important step. There are several major projects underway that will shape our industry. Fortunately, project teams are collaborative and many of the same thought leaders are working together.…

Listeria and produce: a troublesome liaison

27 October 2014 | By Reha O. Azizoglu, Lisa Gorski and Sophia Kathariou, North Carolina State University

Human illness due to Listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) has been mostly frequently attributed to highly processed, cold-stored, ready-to-eat foods such as deli meats, seafood, soft cheeses and other dairy products. However, the first outbreak of listeriosis to confirm foodborne transmission of L. monocytogenes (Maritime Provinces outbreak, 1977-1981) involved produce (coleslaw). In…