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Federal court upholds Seafood Traceability Rule; targets fraud

Big business, lobbyists say it's too costly to make sure the fish they sell is what the labels say it is

A new federal plan to combat seafood fraud by requiring the fishing industry to trace their catches from boat or farm to the U.S. border has survived a court challenge. The Seafood Traceability Rule surfaced during President Barack Obama’s final days in office and is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. For the… Continue Reading

Two British food executives imprisoned for horse meat scheme

Two British food company executives are behind bars for the the role they played in Europe’s 2012 scandal that saw horse meat passed off as beef. Andronicos Sideras, owner of Dinos and Sons Ltd., and Ulrich Nielsen of Flexi Foods were sentenced to four years and six months and three years and six months imprisonment,… Continue Reading

Ontario court fines Creation Foods Co. for kosher food violation

In the first provincial court case prosecuted in Canada for misrepresentation of a kosher food product, Creation Foods Co. of Woodbridge, has been fined $25,000. The corporate entity recently pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening Section 31(1) of the Food and Drugs Act in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket. A manufacturer of frozen… Continue Reading

The intersection of science and safety: NY testing pays off

The work of 43 people in New York led to more than 300 recalls and the removal of contaminated food from countless store shelves across the country in 2016, preventing illnesses and protecting the public. Those 43 people — microbiologists, chemists and support staff at the New York State Food Laboratory — were crucial to the… Continue Reading

FFD 2.0: USP updates its Food Fraud Database

Food fraud has become an international problem, and the cost to the industry is estimated at $10-15 billion each year, according to the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). In an effort to enhance its Food Fraud Database to better track the problem, USP recently launched an updated version known as FFD 2.0. The FFD 2.0 version can identify… Continue Reading

Food Traceability Tool Developed in New Zealand Uses QR Codes

A traceability system developed in New Zealand uses Quick Response (QR) codes so consumers with smartphones can have an easily accessible history of the source and status of an item, whether it happens to be a dairy product, a car, or any other merchandise. IDlocate is a relatively new product developed by a company based in Auckland, NZ. Companies implementing the… Continue Reading

China’s FDA is Busy Proposing, Finalizing Food Safety Regulatory Rules

Working at lightning speed compared to their U.S. counterparts, officials with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have reportedly issued several proposed rules and finalized three, and it’s only been about four months since revisions to the country’s Food Safety Law were adopted. These revisions become effective Oct. 1, 2015. The responsibility for regulating food safety… Continue Reading

NC Seafood Firm Sentenced for Mislabeling Imported Shrimp as ‘Wild-Caught’

Alphin Brothers Inc., a Dunn, North Carolina-based seafood processor and wholesale distributor, was recently sentenced in federal court for falsely labeling imported shrimp as wild-caught, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Alphin Brothers Inc., pleaded guilty to one felony count of making or submitting false records in violation of the Lacey Act in a plea… Continue Reading

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say

Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg. “Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Interview with Mitchell Weinberg, CEO of Food Fraud Firm INSCATECH

Food Safety News recently sat down with Mitchell Weinberg at IAFP 2015 in Portland, OR, to discuss the extent of global food fraud and how we can combat it. Weinberg is the founder, president and CEO of INSCATECH, a food fraud investigation firm. Watch the video interview here or find highlights below: On the scope of… Continue Reading