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Europe’s Three Hepatitis A Outbreaks in 2013: What Can We Learn?


In the first half of 2013, Europe dealt with three simultaneous outbreaks from the hepatitis A virus. Knowing that at least two of those outbreaks were connected to frozen berries, Europe’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control set out to describe what could be learned from those outbreaks in an article published in Eurosurveillance. Those… Continue Reading

Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Fails to Shed Much Light on Food Safety Concerns


Last week, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy leaked a draft chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. The chapter proposed by the European Commission in June concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues with food safety and animal and plant health. “This leaked… Continue Reading

Spokane Council Votes to Quit Using Neonicotinoids on City Property


The city council of Spokane, WA, voted Monday to discontinue government use of neonicotinoids, a controversial class of insecticides that have taken the brunt of the blame for colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon causing significant declines in honeybee populations. The vote comes on the heels of last week’s Presidential Memorandum establishing a federal task force… Continue Reading

Critics Say Food Safety Standards Could Be Threatened by U.S./EU Trade Agreement


Some call it the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement. Others call it the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Either way, it’s the trade deal currently under negotiation between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) for which the fifth round of talks start next week in Arlington, VA. While proponents of the agreement… Continue Reading

EPA Asked to Halt Pesticide Use on Apples Until New Safety Studies are Done


The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt use of a pesticide commonly applied to conventionally grown apples to limit storage damage until EPA has done further safety studies. EWG’s president, Ken Cook, wrote EPA on Thursday asking that the agency launch a new investigation to determine… Continue Reading

UK Pig Inspection Rule Changes Open For Public Comment


In June of this year, the European Union will introduce new rules for pig meat inspections designed to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination on pork. The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency announced last week that it is requesting comments on the practical application of changes required by the rules. These comments are being solicited… Continue Reading

The View From Kiev: Ukraine’s Food Safety Improvements Will Eventually Align With the EU


Food is a big part of the current political upheaval in Ukraine. As the world’s third-largest wheat exporter, the news from Kiev has already roiled the Chicago Board of Trade, and Russian threats to block imports from Ukraine are ratcheting up tensions. Much more in the background, but every bit as important to Ukraine’s future,… Continue Reading

Campylobacter, Salmonella Down; Listeria Up in EU


In 2012, the European Union saw infections from Campylobacter and Salmonella fall, while those from Listeria rose, according to a yearly report on foodborne illness outbreaks published Wednesday by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Campylobacter is still the most commonly reported foodborne disease in the E.U., though rates of infection fell slightly in 2012… Continue Reading

EU to Expand Meat Origin Labeling in 2015


The European Union plans to introduce origin labeling for pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat that will include information on where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The European Commission said that the rule will allow EU consumers “to know where the meat they buy comes from – a demand they have clearly expressed.” According… Continue Reading

Scientist with Chemical Industry Ties Quits EU Advisory Panel


This report was originally published Oct. 15 by Environmental Health News. It is a follow-up to a Sept. 23 article entitled, “Scientists Critical of EU’s Draft Chemical Regulation Policy Have Industry Ties”. A German scientist who is critical of the European Union’s plan to regulate chemicals and has extensive financial ties to regulated companies has resigned from… Continue Reading