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Comment now on country of origin labeling requirements Down Under

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is accepting comments and suggestions that it calls “submissions” until March 4 at 6 p.m. Canberra time on planned changes for country of origin labeling rules. The changes are unlikely to generate the sort of controversy that was experienced in the United States when Congress erased country of origin labeling… Continue Reading

Supplier to Yum, McDonald’s in China calls food safety convictions ‘injustices’

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Before the trial of two of its Shanghai facilities and 10 employees, officials with OSI Group expressed “confidence in China’s legal system,” and said they believed the local court would “come to a fair and reasonable judgement with full respect to the facts and laws.” But Monday, after a Shanghai court convicted the two Husi Food… Continue Reading

Cumulative Risks From Pesticides Getting Look from EFSA

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Cumulative risks from pesticides that may affect the thyroid and nervous systems are the subject a new pilot study underway at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). With its European Union partners, EFSA has developed a software tool for carrying out exposure assessments on multiple pesticides. The results of these assessments will be published by… Continue Reading

There is No Mistaking Butter Says Irish Food Safety Authority

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Butter is now defined in Ireland as a churned-cream dairy product consisting primarily of milk fat, water, non-fat milk material and if necessary, salt, according to Dr. Pat O’Mahon, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s chief specialist in food technology. The new official definition comes from a recently published guidance note on “The Use of… Continue Reading

Ireland’s Food Safety Authority Reports Fewer Enforcement Actions

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reports a 6 percent decline in enforcement orders served on Irish businesses in 2015 when compared to the previous year. FSAI said it welcomes the reduction in numbers of Enforcement Orders needing to be served, but re-emphasized that the legal onus is on food businesses to act responsibly… Continue Reading

Most Feared Salmon Virus Has Arrived in BC Waters

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The European variant of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) was said to have arrived in British Columbia almost five years ago, but then the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it was not so after testing two suspect salmon. That was in 2011. But if British Columbia was ISAV-free then, it almost certainly is not now,… Continue Reading

Deaths of in the Solomon Islands Associated With Rotavirus Epidemic

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Update:  The government of the Solomon Island provided Food Safety News with more information on the health emergency they are facing.   Here is that statement: “The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) would like to clarify that while six deaths have been reported during the diarrhea outbreak, the cause of death of each individual… Continue Reading

The Year’s Top Ten Food Safety Stories

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Here are the Top Ten  food safety stories  for 2015 as compiled by Food Safety News.   No. 1—The massacre on Dec. 2, 2015  of 14 people in San Bernardino County, CA mostly involved those responsible for local food safety and related county health inspections and the homicides were  carried out by Islamic extremists, including… Continue Reading

OSI Chinese Units and Ten Employees Go On Trial in Shanghai Over Expired Meat

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Two China units and ten employees of the Aurora, IL-based OSI Group have gone on trial in Shanghai over food safety violations that could result in fines, jail sentences or both. Chinese prosecutors brought charges of producing and selling sub-standard food products against the two units and ten employees in September. They stem from a… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

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It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading