The European Commission has relaxed checks on melons from Honduras but added controls for vanilla extract from the United States.

Changes were made as part of updated legislation on the rate of official controls and emergency measures for food of non-animal origin imported into Europe. Rules are modified every six

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The European Commission has tightened checks on black pepper from Brazil because of Salmonella and peanuts from India because of aflatoxins.

These and other products entering the European Union from non-EU countries are now subject to a temporary increase of official controls. Revised legislation has also seen some checks become
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The United States has limited controls to manage aflatoxin contamination in peanuts for export to Europe, according to findings from an audit carried out because of regular detection of non-compliances.

Officials from DG Sante, the European Commission’s unit for food safety and health, said there was scope to develop and
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Editor’s note: Before introducing peanuts or peanut products to children with known peanut allergies or infants whose allergy status is unknown parents should consult with pediatricians. Immunotherapy is not effective for everyone and uncontrolled exposure to allergens can cause serious reactions in some people.

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Shirley’s Cookie Company Inc. of Claysburg, PA, is recalling over 600 units of 16-ounce packages of “Chocolate Whoopie Pie” because they may contain peanuts, which were not declared on the label, according to a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

People who have an allergy or
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A peanut production facility in Virginia is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of food safety regulations regarding sanitary conditions during production, storage and transportation, and product labeling.

Officials from the FDA’s Baltimore District Office inspected the Petersburg, VA, location of Coleman Peanut Co. from
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