Most food companies feel leaving the European Union has affected operations while many said COVID-19 didn’t impact their ability to meet regulatory requirements, according to a survey.

The poll, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), included 400 businesses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus interviews with 60 companies.

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are looking for experts to contribute to work related to viruses in foods.

They are also asking governments, industry, academia, consumer groups, laboratories, and other interested organizations and individuals to submit relevant data and information.

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A company in Austria that was linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak earlier this year is in financial trouble.

AKV, an association to protect creditor rights recognized by Austrian authorities, deals with insolvency cases in courts.

It reported that Käserei Gloggnitz can no longer meet its payment obligations. Insolvency proceedings

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Researchers have assessed the role of certain food types in causing illness from different pathogens in three African countries.

They presented attribution estimates for Campylobacter, enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Brucella, and Mycobacterium bovis for beef, dairy, poultry and vegetable products in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

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An ongoing project is identifying the bacteria present in dairy processing environments to evaluate the impact on Listeria monocytogenes.

Teagasc in Ireland and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria are collecting samples from dairy processing plants and characterizing the microorganisms, with the aim being to prevent the presence

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A company in the Republic of Ireland has been punished for breaches of food law including forging and altering documents.

Arrabawn Co-Operative Society Limited was convicted in a recent district court ruling and fined €40,000 ($46,400). Arrabawn employs 400 people and collects milk from more than 1,000 shareholder farmers. It
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Researchers have evaluated a handheld DNA sequencing device for use in environmental monitoring at food factories.

The study, by researchers from the Teagasc food research program and APC Microbiome Ireland’s Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre, tested portable DNA sequencers as a routine microbial monitoring tool in food production facilities. It
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A multi-year Listeria outbreak in Switzerland that killed 10 people was linked to pasteurized cheese products, according to a study.

The incident highlights the risk for recontamination of cheese during manufacturing and emphasizes the need for routine sampling of products, manufacturing equipment, and the production environment, said researchers in the
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