Food safety

Supply chain performance not profitability at heart of food firms’ voluntary sign-up

The BSE scandal, the avian flu, and the recent horsemeat scandal has emphasised the importance of full traceability of the meat supply chain. ©iStock/

Motivations for voluntarily implementing food traceability schemes stem not from the need to maximise profits but enhance information, safety and quality management within the supply chain.

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No evidence of lower quality foods in Eastern Europe, says Commission

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EU and China collaborate to combat food fraud

Residues of BPA are present in resins used to make protective coatings and linings for food and beverage cans.©iStock

EU expresses ‘high concern’ for hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A

Examples of the recalled products

Mars brand perception takes hit but expected to recover after recall

It is grown in diverse cropping systems and environments—from single crop systems in temperate and tropical regions in both rainfed and irrigated conditions, to intensive monoculture in irrigated areas in the tropics where rice is grown two or three times per year.©iStock

Rice production database better equipped to tackle food security issues

Nitrite and nitrate are authorised used in meat, fish and cheese products to hinder microbial growth, in particular to protect against botulism. ©iStock/Kuvona

EFSA confirm current exposure levels of food nitrites and nitrates are safe

Food safety recall round-up

Recalls: Histamine, aflatoxin and perchlorate

Deep fried potato products, biscuits and crackers as well as bread and some baby foods are dietary sources of acrylamide.©iStock/Zerbor

Proposed “benchmark” acrylamide levels set to impose further food firm limits

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PulseNet International pushes uptake of whole genome sequencing

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