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Brazil vows to contest EU’s punitive poultry ban with WTO

The European Union is punishing Brazil for alleged deficiencies in the country’s control system by banning imports from 12 BRF S.A. poultry plants. Brazil is the world’s second-largest poultry producer, and its Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi promises to take the EU to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Dispute Settlement Body. He says the EU is… Continue Reading

European listeriosis outbreak blamed on frozen corn: 6 dead

Week-old speculation about frozen corn being responsible for a three-year listeriosis outbreak in Europe, which has had an 18.75  percent fatality rate, is probably correct. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) jointly published a rapid outbreak assessment today (March 22) that says frozen corn  is the… Continue Reading

FDA finding could reinstate cross-Atlantic shellfish trade

Imported molluscan shellfish from Europe are as safe as if they were harvested off Puget Sound or Massachusetts Bay, according to a Food and Drug Administration finding. FDA’s equivalence determination means two-way raw shellfish trade across the Atlantic is likely to be back on after a lapse of almost eight years. “I plan to announce… Continue Reading

European agency reports on chronic wasting disease, TSE cases

A European Union summary report on the monitoring of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) has been published by the European Food Safety Authority. TSEs are a group of diseases that affect the brain and nervous system of humans and animals. These include scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and chronic wasting disease (CWD). With the exception of… Continue Reading

European Union looks at dietary reference values for sodium

Its own draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for sodium is the European Food Safety Authority’s next subject for public comment. The Parma, Italy-based authority (EFSA) is especially seeking feedback on the way it plants to select and use evidence in its salty assessment. The EFSA is the agency of the European Union that provides… Continue Reading

Food safety regulation in UK to undergo change during Brexit

What’s going to happen after food safety in the United Kingdom is separated by Brexit from the European Food Safety Authority’s mothership in Parma, Italy? “Along with the EU (European Union) Exit, changing the way food businesses are regulated is one of our two key priorities for the years ahead,” says Heather Hancock, chairman of… Continue Reading

EU agency looks at substances in food for newborns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach for assessing substances found in food intended for infants younger than 16 has been updated to take into account for newborns’ unique diets. The change will further support European Union decision-making on the safety of food for this age group, the agency has announced. The guidance will apply from now… Continue Reading

One child dead; Salmonella outbreak ‘may not have peaked yet’

A Salmonella outbreak in Europe that may have been ongoing since 2012 is believed to be responsible for the recent death of a child in Croatia and is suspected to be wider spread than originally thought. The outbreak has been traced by multiple countries to eggs from Poland. Recalls are ongoing across Europe and in… Continue Reading