A study has found an association between violations of food safety legislation and a company’s weak financial situation.

The work investigated the link between the financial situation of Finnish businesses and the inspection grades their food production establishments received. 

According to the study published in the journal Food Control

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According to a study, food allergen information given online can be lacking or provided in different formats.

Researchers evaluated the accuracy and compliance of information and labeling of substances or products causing allergies or intolerances in food and drink imported from Asia and purchased online in the United Kingdom.

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Two studies have been published looking at Toxoplasma in Spanish dry-cured meat products and in meat of adult sheep.

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by Toxoplasma gondii. Transmission has been attributed to eating undercooked or raw meat.

In the first study, published in the journal Food Control, 552 samples of commercial dry-cured hams

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Researchers have highlighted cases of tropane alkaloid contamination in Italy and called for increased monitoring and regulation.

The study detailed recent cases of tropane alkaloid intoxication after the consumption of spinach and spinach-based foods in Italy during October 2022. Symptoms can include a dry mouth, difficulty speaking and swallowing, tachycardia, drowsiness

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Approaches to food safety inspections are similar between five countries but personal preferences could be responsible for some of the differences, according to a study.

Research identified how environmental health practitioners (EHPs) from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ireland perform food safety inspections. Data was

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Two examples showing the benefits and challenges of agencies moving from paper-based to digital systems have been published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The first covers how the country of Georgia developed a digital system for food control data.

The National Food Agency used to receive control

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Researchers in Denmark have shared lessons learned as part of work on national burden of disease estimates.

The Danish burden of foodborne disease study ranks pathogens and chemicals. Results from 2019 showed the top hazards were Campylobacter, lead, peanut allergy, methylmercury, and Salmonella.

National studies are helpful for risk ranking and

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