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Transcontinental bat — California shellfish harvest ban — Food irradiation review in Europe

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. EU urged to update irradiation regs Ionizing radiation can be used to sanitize food, killing bacteria like Salmonella, Camplyobacter and E. coli, but… Continue Reading

EU to set acrylamide benchmarks in 2018: Don’t burn the toast

The European Union and the United States are taking different approaches to a fairly recently discovered chemical that’s been in food as long as men and women have been cooking with fire. By 2018, Europe will likely be enforcing mandatory limits on acrylamide in food. In 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration came out with non-binding… Continue Reading

An EU break for the butcher, baker, fishmonger, ice cream shop and grocer

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is proposing  a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. It  includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that make… Continue Reading

EFSA tells European Commission to go long to kill Bluetongue

Mass vaccination programs lasting at least five years in combination with improved, continuous surveillance systems would be the only effective measures for eradicating bluetongue in Europe,  according to recent conclusions reached by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Bluetongue is not a threat to humans but it has a high mortality rate among animals. It is… 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

EU food safety commissioner says science must prevail

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Editor’s note: These are the prepared remarks delivered by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 2014-2019, this past week. Many of the challenges and actions he describes mirror situations in the U.S. with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other initiatives regarding food additives and labeling. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a… Continue Reading

EU members say Salmonella outbreak linked to Polish eggs

It’s unclear how many members of the European Union received eggs from Poland that have been implicated in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak that began in July 2015 and has sickened almost 150 people. Belgium, France and Germany received some of the eggs, according to information filed with the European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food… Continue Reading

EFSA Finds Glyphosate ‘Unlikely to Cause Cancer in Humans’

Europe’s gardeners and farmers probably won’t have their Monsanto Roundup weed killer or other similar herbicides taken away from them now that the influential European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that the ingredient glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. Glyphosate, which has been around since the 1970s, is used in herbicides around the… Continue Reading

New Zealand Group Seeks Zero Tolerance for Pesticide Residues in Baby Food

A petition seeking zero tolerance for pesticide residues in baby food was discussed Friday by a committee of the New Zealand parliament, but members of the Primary Production Committee reportedly took no action on it. The Safe Food Campaign (SFC), which is sponsoring the petition, noted that the European Commission has mandated no detectable pesticide levels for… Continue Reading

Belgium Takes a Serious Look at the Food Safety of Insects

Neither Belgium nor the European Union has any specific regulations regarding breeding and marketing insects for human consumption, but the trade is tolerated. And why not? Insects, according to the Scientific Committee of the (Belgium) Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, “offer great potential” as alternative sources of dietary protein. But what… Continue Reading