The system for monitoring chemical contamination of food in France works well most of the time but has some gaps, according to ANSES.

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) assessed the surveillance and control scheme in place between 2010 and 2014 for inorganic and
Continue Reading ANSES finds system to monitor chemicals in food largely effective

European authorities have uncovered an operation allegedly making products out of decomposed apples, contaminated with mycotoxins and other toxic chemicals, unsuitable for human consumption and dangerous for public health.

Italian and Serbian authorities said they cracked the fraud ring that engaged in production and trade of allegedly organic food and
Continue Reading Officials bust gang in organic fraud case involving rotten apples

Scientists have developed a method to detect two types of mycotoxins in wheat products.

Researchers from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and CNR-National Council of Italy developed the method based on infrared spectroscopy to find Deoxynivalenol (DON) in wheat bran and Ochratoxin A (OTA) in durum wheat. Research
Continue Reading Researchers develop screening method to find mycotoxins in raw wheat

Climate change is likely to have considerable impact on food safety, placing public health at risk, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In its first publication on the topic, WHO officials said changing rainfall patterns and increases in extreme weather events and the annual average temperature are impacts of
Continue Reading WHO says climate change could have ‘considerable’ food safety impact

Fipronil in eggs and Salmonella in poultry meat from Brazil dominated information exchanges between European countries in 2017, according to the annual Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) report.

A total of 3,832 original notifications were reported to the European Commission last year. Of these, 942 were classed
Continue Reading Fipronil and Salmonella lead notifications in RASFF report

A three-year project to tackle mycotoxin-related food safety issues in Africa is scheduled to start next month. MycoSafe-South is a European-African partnership for use of mycotoxin-mitigation strategies in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on children and a budget of almost €800,000 ($915,000).

It aims to identify safe options for aflatoxin
Continue Reading Project to combat mycotoxins in Africa set to start next month