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UK restaurant owner gets 6 years for role in peanut allergy death

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Restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman, 52, has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in the anaphylactic shock death of a customer in the United Kingdom who was allergic to peanuts. In the sentencing, which was also for six food safety offenses, the Teesside Crown Court imposed a six-year jail term on Zaman. The sentence was… Continue Reading

UK’s Food Standards Agency reports first-quarter food incidents

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The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released details on food incidents the agency handled during the first quarter of 2016. The summary is for all food incidents which occurred between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016, that led to an alert being issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw food products from sale…. Continue Reading

Food safety down under looking for chemical residue comments until June 3

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The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) agency is accepting submissions through June 3, 2016 on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said maximum residue limits are currently set for chemicals and specific commodities.   “This has created issues for enforcement… Continue Reading

EFSA warns of cyanide risk from eating raw apricot kernels

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is reminding the public that eating even a small amount of raw apricot kernels can cause cyanide poisoning and can be fatal in extreme cases. EFSA notes that a small amount consumed in one serving means more than three small raw apricot kernels, or less than half of one… Continue Reading

U.S. and Canada agree their food safety systems are comparable

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The United States and Canada have comparable food safety systems, a fact that has now been officially recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The food safety systems for Australia and the European Union are likely coming soon. The U.S. and New Zealand have had an agreement that their systems are comparable since… Continue Reading

Canadian research finds that soy can limit growth of Listeria

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Recent research from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has found that soy can limit the growth of some bacteria, such as Listeria and Pseudomonas, and that it does it better than chemical-based agents. “Current synthetic-based, chemical-based anti-microbial agents kill bacteria indiscriminately, whether they are pathogenic or beneficial,” researcher Suresh Neethirajan, Ph.D, told CBC News…. Continue Reading

Costco, Diamond Pet Food pay dog owners for poison pet food

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The Ottawa-based Consumer Law Group says Diamond Pet Food and Costco are now paying out varying amounts to settle damage claims from Canadians whose pets required screening and/or treatment when some were exposed to Salmonella in 2011 and 2012. A class action law firm first announced the settlement in March. Consumer Law Group led the class action… Continue Reading

UK suspends retail-level poultry tests after industry’s sidestep

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The British poultry industry has found one way to put a stop to all that testing for campylobacter at the retail level in the United Kingdom. They’ve yanked the necks off the birds before they make it to retail counters. That’s a problem for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom, which has been doing… Continue Reading

Barriers go up against shrimp and prawns from Malaysia

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American consumers are scooping up more shrimp than ever at lower prices, but it is not all good news because some aquaculture-grown shrimp and prawns from Malaysia contain residues from unapproved animal drugs and unsafe food additives. The combination of the huge consumer demand in the U.S and the growing potential for unsafe product getting… Continue Reading

Hong Kong experiences routine year for foodborne outbreaks

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s Center for Food Safety reports 2015 was a fairly routine year for outbreaks and illnesses from foodborne diseases. In collaboration with the Department of Health (DH), the Center for Food Safety received 256 referrals from the DH on foodborne disease outbreaks affecting 993 people. During the past decade, the number of… Continue Reading