MEPs Wants EFSA to Publish Safety Studies Before a Product Is Authorised to Go...

12 December 2018 - A proposal to allow the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) to work more efficiently and transparently was adopted by Parliament on Tuesday by 427 votes in favour, 172 against and 67 abstentions.

Dairy UK and The PTF Launch New Codes of Practice to Safeguard Cheese and...

10 December 2018 – Dairy UK and the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) have today launched two new industry Codes of Practice on compositional standards for cheeses and creams.

Member States Support EC’s Proposal to Cut Down Presence of Trans Fatty Acids

7 December 2018 - Today, in the context of a Standing Committee, Member States endorsed Commission's proposal to set a maximum limit on the use ofindustrially produced trans-fat in foods in the EU.

AFP Reports Salmonella in Lactalis’s Tower 2 at Craon, 1 Year After Contamination Crisis...

30 November 2018- Roughly a year after dozens of cases of salmonella in infants were traced back to formula made in Tower 1 of Lactalis's site in Craon, questions are being raised about the extent to which tests in 2017 also revealed salmonella contamination in Tower 2.

Dioxins and Related PCBs: Tolerable Intake Level Updated by EFSA

21 November 2018 - EFSA has confirmed the conclusion of previous assessments that dietary exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs – environmental pollutants present at low levels in food and feed – is a health concern. Data from European countries indicate an exceedance of EFSA's new tolerable intake level across all age groups.

Conagra Brands Recalling Specific Varieties of Duncan Hines Cake Mix

06 November 2018- Conagra Brands has voluntarily recalled Duncan Hines Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow Cake mixes due to a potential presence of salmonella.

US: Ruiz Food Recalls 2.5 mln Pounds of Taquitos

23 October 2018- American food production and service company Ruis Foods is recalling approximately 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos due to possible salmonella and listeria contamination.

Hilton to buy 50% Share in Vegetarian Manufacturer Dalco Food

18 October 2018- Hilton Food Group plc (“Hilton”), the leading specialist international food packing business supplying major food retailers in Europe and Australia, is pleased to announce that, subject to clearance from the Dutch competition authority, it has agreed to purchase a 50% shareholding in Dalco Food B.V. (“Dalco”), a leading vegetarian product manufacturer based in Oss, the Netherlands.

EU: Further Steps Taken to Cutting Down Presence of Fatty Acids

5 October 2018 - The Commission launched a feedback mechanism to seek stakeholders' views on setting a maximum limit of trans fats of 2 grams per 100 grams of fat in the food intended for the final consumer.

Cargill Recalls About 132,000 Lbs of Beef Products Over Possible Contamination

20 Sep - Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling about 132,000 pounds of ground beef products that may have been contaminated with E.Coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.

CDC Adds 30 Illnesses to Outbreak Connected with Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

05 September 2018- The CDC believes that an additional 30 illnesses can be traced back to an outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka believed to be connected with Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, according to its latest update on the investigation, released yesterday.

Nestle Jordan Withdraws 33 CL Water Bottles After Health Ministry Suspects Bacterial Contamination

04 September 2018- Nestle Jordan has withdrawn 0.33 liter bottles of Nestle Pure Life water from the market at the request of the country's Ministry of Health, which has alleged that the products may be in non-compliance with standards concerning the presence of Pseudomonas bacteria.

US: Mondelez Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz...

23 July - Mondelez Global LLC announced today a voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands, of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits product. These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

France: Nestle Recalls Cans of Infant Formula Not Destined For Consumption, Suspicions of Enterobacter

16 July 2018- Nestle has recalled 38 cans of Guigoz infant formula distributed via pharmacies in France. The recall is described as a measure of precaution following suspicions of Enterobacter contamination.

Lactalis to Restart Infant Formula Production at Mayenne Plant Closed Over Salmonella Contamination

05 July 2018- Lactalis has received the assent of the local prefecture, along with the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, to restart production of infant milk powder at its site in Mayenne which was the source of a salmonella outbreak beginning late last year.

Pizza Hut Pledges to Drop Some Chicken Antibiotics by 2022

19 June - Yum Brand Inc's Pizza Hut chain will fully phase out chickens raised with certain antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants by 2022, in the latest push by a major restaurant chain to follow healthier food practices.

Wendy’s Under Fire After Employee Films Mouse Amid Buns

18 June - A Wendy's restaurant in Oklahoma is under fire after an employee video showing a mouse inside a bag of hamburger buns was widely shared online.

Kellogg Issues Honey Smacks Cereal Recall Over Salmonella Risk

14 June - Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg's® Honey Smacks® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.

Grilled by French MPs, Lactalis Defends Handling of Baby Milk Crisis

7 June - The contamination of baby milk with salmonella at a Lactalis factory in France last year was an accident and the dairy group took the necessary steps to prevent more babies falling ill, the company's CEO told lawmakers in a rare public appearance.

WHO Diseases Panel Split on Soft Drink Sugar Tax to Cut Obesity

1 June - An independent panel advising the World Health Organization (WHO) stopped short of recommending taxing sugary drinks to reduce obesity on Friday after failing to reach a consensus.

94% of US Consumers Trust Their Food is Safe for Grilling Season -Cargill

16 May - About three-quarters of Americans plan to don an apron and grab a spatula to grill their favorite steaks, burgers or chicken this year. But can consumers trust their food is safe as grilling season kicks into high gear? Ninety-four percent of American say yes, and that's good news as Americans enter the heavy summer grilling months.

WHO Calls for Trans Fats to Be Eliminated Within Five Years

14 May - The world could eliminate industrially-produced trans fats by 2023, the World Health Organization said on Monday, unveiling a plan that it said would prevent 500,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular disease.

INSIGHT: Should Food Industry, Consumers Worry About Research Associating ‘Ultra-Processed’ Foods With Cancer?

14 May 2018- Earlier this year, researchers from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and Paris 13 University - Sorbonne Paris Cité, published a paper attesting to a link between “ultra-processed” food and incidence of cancer. The findings have raised debate around the legitimacy of considering “ultra-processed” foods as a category as well as worrying possibilities that additives or contaminants in these products may be riskier than had been previously understood.

U.S. Recalls More Than 200 Million Eggs Over Salmonella Fears

15 April - It is the largest recall of eggs in the United States since 2010, the Food Safety News website reported.

Zambia Ends Ban on S.African Food Imports, Except Those Linked to Listeria

3 April - Zambia on Tuesday lifted a ban on imported food from South Africa except "risky food" from units of Tiger Brands and RCL Foods that have been linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since early 2017.

Starbucks Coffee in California Must Have Cancer Warning, Judge Says

March 29 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp and other coffee sellers must put a cancer warning on coffee sold in California, a Los Angeles judge has ruled, possibly exposing the companies to millions of dollars in fines.

Food Safety: FoodLogiQ Secures $19.5M in Oversubscribed Financing Round

30 March - FoodLogiQ, the leading SaaS provider of traceability, food safety and supply chain transparency solutions, today announced it has raised $19.5 million in growth financing to accelerate its rapid expansion across the food industry.

Deadly Listeria Could Herald Tighter Food Safety Rules in South Africa

16 March - A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday.

South Africa’s Tiger Brands, RCL Foods Shares Fall Over Listeria Scare

5 March - Shares in South Africa's biggest consumer foods producer Tiger Brands and RCL Foods fell on Monday after the government linked a deadly listeria outbreak to cold meat products known as "polony" made by Tiger unit Enterprise Food.

EC Announces Dual Quality of Food Testing Campaign

2 February 2018 - The question of dual quality of food products is one that the Commission takes very seriously. President Jean-Claude Juncker said on the occasion of the State of the Union speech: "I will not accept that in some parts of Europe, people are sold food of lower quality than in other countries, despite the packaging and branding being identical. We must now equip national authorities with stronger powers to cut out any illegal practices wherever they exist".

Nestle to Respond to Baby Milk Criticism in Coming Days

2 Feb - Nestle will respond in the coming days to a research report into its baby formula that accused the world's largest packaged food company of putting profit before science.

Salmonella Outbreak to Cost French Dairy Group Lactalis Hundreds of Millions – CEO

1 Feb - A salmonella contamination of baby milk produced by Lactalis could cost the French dairy group several hundred million euros, its CEO said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday.

French Police Search Lactalis Sites After Baby Milk Scare

17 Jan - French police searched five sites belonging to dairy producer Lactalis on Wednesday following a salmonella contamination scare that prompted a global recall of baby food products, a source at the Paris prosecutor's office said.

French Families Plan to Sue Retailers Over Baby Milk Recall -Group

15 Jan - Some French families are planning to take legal action against supermarket chains after potentially tainted products found their way onto shop shelves despite a recall, the spokesman of a victims' group said on Monday.

Lactalis Offers Salmonella Compensation, French Govt Says Probe Continues

14 Jan - France welcomed dairy group Lactalis' pledge to compensate victims of a Salmonella contamination in its baby milk on Sunday, but said a judicial investigation to determine who was responsible would continue.

Salmonella: Lactalis Recalling All Infant Formula Produced at Craon as Distribution Slip-Ups Anguish France

12 January 2018- Lactalis will be withdrawing from the market all infant nutrition products manufactured at its site in Craon regardless of the date of production, the French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire revealed in a press conference today. “The objective of this radical decision is simple: to avoid delays and difficulties in sorting different production batches and to avoid human error.

New Zealand to Test Dairy Farms Nationally for Cattle Disease

12 Jan - New Zealand will roll out a nationwide program to test dairy farms for the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis as the number of affected properties steadily grows, the Ministry for Primary Industries said on Friday.

Death Toll in South Africa Listeria Outbreak Jumps to 61

08 January 2018- The death toll from an outbreak of listeria in South Africa has jumped beyond 60 in the past month, health authorities said on Monday, adding they had closed a poultry abattoir where the bug that causes the disease had been detected.

Office of Inspector General Finds Deficiencies in Speed of FDA’s Food Recall System

FDA did not always have an efficient and effective food-recall process that ensured the safety of the Nation's food supply. We identified deficiencies in FDA's oversight of recall initiation, monitoring of recalls, and the recall information captured and maintained in FDA's electronic recall data system, the Recall Enterprise System (RES). Specifically, we found that FDA could not always ensure that firms initiated recalls promptly and that FDA did not always (1) evaluate health hazards in a timely manner, (2) issue audit check assignments at the appropriate level, (3) complete audit checks in accordance with its procedures, (4) collect timely and complete status reports from firms that have issued recalls, (5) track key recall data in the RES, and (6) maintain accurate recall data in the RES.

CDC Investigating Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections

28 December 2017- CDC, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections (STEC O157:H7) in 13 states. Seventeen illnesses have been reported from California (3), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), Vermont (1) and Washington (1). Illnesses started on dates from November 15 through December 8, 2017. The Public Health Agency of Canada also is investigating an outbreak of STEC O157:H7 infections in several provinces.

Lactalis Extends Baby Product Recall After Finding Contamination Source

21 Dec - Dairy giant Lactalis announced on Thursday a further recall of baby food products after establishing a source of contamination at a French factory which has been linked to cases of salmonella bacteria.

2 Sisters Shares Info About Plant Audits as Media Report Alleges ‘Major’ Compliance Issues...

20 December 2017- Poultry plants plants of the 2 Sisters Food Group are now alleged to have been cited in customer audits for noncompliant traceability processes, according to a new report by the Guardian and ITV. The two news sources claim to have received leaked documents demonstrating that audits conducted by British supermarket Tesco gave a “red” warning to the company's Coupar Angus facility “after uncovering 'major' issues of non-compliance in five different areas,” and claim they have reasons to believe other 2 Sisters plants may have received a similar grade.

Soda Contaminated with Methamphetamine Sends Girl to Hospital in Mexico

14 December 2017- A second instance in three months of soda contaminated with methamphetamine has been identified in the Mexican state of Baja California, according to local media.

Doner Kebabs Survive EU Lawmaker Vote on Additives

13 Dec - Doner kebab vendors across Europe won a victory in the European Parliament on Wednesday when European Union lawmakers failed to outlaw additives regularly used to preserve taste and moisture.

EU Health and Food Safety Experts Warn of Stubborn Salmonella

12 Dec - The number of salmonella food poisoning cases in the European Union has risen by 3 percent since 2014 in a "worrying" reversal of a decade-long declining trend, EU health and food safety officials said on Tuesday.

China to Phase Out More Pesticides in Push to Improve Food Safety

5 Dec - China plans to eliminate another 12 highly toxic pesticides from use within five years, state media reported late on Monday, as the government looks to improve the safety of its farm produce.

Thirty-Six People Die in Food Related Disease Outbreak in South Africa

5 Dec - Thirty-six people have died in South Africa from an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeriosis, the country's Department of Health said on Tuesday.

Lactalis Recalls French-Made Formula After 20 Infants Fall Ill with Salmonella

04 December 2017- After 20 cases of salmonella in infants across 8 regions of France were signaled to the health authorities, a recall has been issued for 3 types of infant milk formula suspected to be contaminated.

Fonterra to Pay Danone Lower Than Expected $125 Mln Over Contamination Scare

1 Dec - New Zealand dairy firm Fonterra has been ordered to pay French company Danone SA 105 million euros ($125 million) over a contamination scare, a smaller than expected sum, though it prompted Fonterra to cut its earnings forecast.

UK: Brexit Squeeze on Manufacturer Margins Could Increase Food Fraud

2 November 2017 - A combination of price pressures brought about by Brexit could push manufacturers to commit food crime, according to an experienced fraud investigator.

Contaminated Eggs Found in 40 Countries as EU Ministers Meet -DPA

5 Sept 2017 - Eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil have been discovered in 40 countries, including 24 of the European Union's 28 member states, German news agency DPA reported on Tuesday, without citing its sources.

Contamination of Eggs Clearly Caused by Criminals – German Agri Minister

8 Aug 2017 - Germany's agriculture minister said on Tuesday that the contamination of millions of eggs with a potentially harmful insecticide was caused by criminal activity.

Aldi Stores in Germany Stop Selling Eggs Amid Dutch Food Safety Scare

4 August 2017 - Discount supermarket chain Aldi, which has more than 4,000 stores in Germany, said on Friday it was pulling all eggs from store shelves in the country as a precaution after a scare over the possible contamination of eggs from the Netherlands.

Chipotle Links Sick Worker to Latest Norovirus Outbreak

25 July 2017 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc is retraining kitchen crews on food safety and enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for employees refusing to abide by new rules, after identifying a sick employee as the cause of a Norovirus outbreak that forced it to briefly close a restaurant in Virginia last week.

U.S. CDC Says Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas Sickens 47

21 July 2017 - July 21 (Reuters) - An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning linked to a type of papaya has sickened 47 people from 12 states, including one person in New York City who died and 12 who were hospitalized, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

China Steps Up Inspections of Brazilian Meat After U.S. Ban

04 July 2017- China's quality watchdog has intensified inspections of Brazilian meat imports following a recent U.S. ban on some beef products from the South American country and mislabeling in some meat shipments to China.

Target Pulls Hampton Creek Products After Food Safety Allegations

26 June 2017- US retailer Target removed Hampton Creek products from its physical stores and from Target.com on Friday “pending a full review” of the products' safety. A company spokesperson confirmed to FLEXNEWS that it had received allegations of food safety issues regarding the products, including the potential for salmonella and listeria, mislabeling and other concerns.

EFSA Confirms Safe Levels for Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food

15 June 2017 - Existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates intentionally added to meat and other foods are sufficiently protective for consumers, EFSA has concluded after re-evaluating their safety. Consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as food additives is within safe levels for all population groups, except for a slight exceedance in children whose diet is high in foods containing these additives. However, if all dietary sources of nitrites and nitrates are considered, the safe levels (ADIs) may be exceeded for all age groups.

Death of Teen Linked to Rapid Consumption of Latte, Soda, and Energy Drink

16 May 2017- Excess caffeine intake has been identified as the cause of the death of a 16 year old teenager in South Carolina. The student collapsed in class on April 27th, and the initial autopsy was inconclusive. The Richland County Coroner Gary Watt's final conclusions that the teen had died of a caffeine-induced cardiac event were announced in a press conference on May 15th.

Pinnacle Foods Recalls Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast Foods After Test Finds Listeria in Plant

05 May 2017- Pinnacle Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling all “Best By” dates of Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Frozen Waffles & Frozen French Toast Slices distributed nationally in the United States and one product into Mexico because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported. The products are being recalled as a precautionary measure given the health and safety of our consumers is our top priority. Pinnacle Foods initiated the recall after testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the plant environment. We are working in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this recall.

China to Ramp Up Crack-Down on ‘Gutter Oil’

24 April 2017- China will intensify a crack down on the use of recycled "gutter oil", strengthening controls on oil origins and monitoring processing, according to a document released by the State Council on Monday.

Brazil Meat Scandal: JBS Not a Target of Latest Federal Police Operation

18 April 2017 - JBS S.A. informs its shareholders and the market in general that, in connection with the operation conducted today by the Brazilian Federal Police, no judicial measures have been taken against the Company's executives. In addition, the company's headquarters were not a target of the operation.

Facility Producing Soy Nut Butter Closed After E. Coli Sickens Dozens

07 April 2017- The FDA has closed down a Dixie Dew food production plant in Erlanger, Kentucky because of unsanitary production conditions after products issuing from the facility were tied to a recent outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria which had caused 29 illnesses in twelve states, including 12 hospitalizations and 9 cases of haemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Fonterra Introduces Traceability Technology to Fake-proof its Infant Formula Brand

5 April 2017 - Consumers now have their first touch point with Fonterra's traceability in New Zealand through QR codes on Fonterra's paediatric range, Anmum.

Flour Recalled in Canada on Suspected E.coli O121 Contamination

29 March 2017- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for Robin Hood branded all-purpose flour on fears that it may be contaminated with E.coli O121, following an investigation into an outbreak of foodborne illness.

Wal-Mart Supplier Recalls U.S. Frozen Pizzas Over Possible Listeria

16 March 2017 - A Wal-Mart Stores Inc supplier has recalled frozen pizzas available in 11 U.S. states due to concerns about possible listeria contamination, according to the retailer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

EU: Tougher Food Inspections from Farm to Fork

15 March 2017 - Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, were adopted by Parliament on Wednesday. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.

Whole Foods Market Expands Vulto Creamery Recall Because of Public Health Risk

13 March 2017- In response to Vulto Creamery's expanded recall of raw milk cheeses, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily expanding its recall to include Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber cheeses sold in eight stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

CDC Probes Multistate Listeria Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Cheese

9 March 2017 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to the consumption of soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery that has led to two deaths.

EU Egg Producers Seek Relief for Free Range Eggs Impacted by AI

10 Feb 2017 - Farmers union COPA-COGECA joined forces with EU egg packers and retailers to ask the European Commission to take measures for free range egg producers. EU producers of free range eggs are facing considerable financial loss as ongoing veterinary measures against Avian Influenza (AI) will force them to label their production as “barn” eggs instead of “free range”, which engenders forgoing a 15-20 percent price premium. While this doesn't affect the total market supply of eggs, retail shelves may run out of free range eggs, as up to 80 percent of EU free range production in 12 member states may be affected in coming weeks if the AI measures continue. Free range egg production is about 14 percent of total EU egg production

Cookie Dough Supplier Aspen Hills Closes Months After Listeria Scare

08 February 2017- Cookie dough supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., has reportedly decided to shut down following the discovery of listeria in its facility, a discovery which triggered a recall among its customers, most notably in the ice cream industry.

Solutions to 2017’s Key Food Safety Challenges According to PURE Bioscience

9 January 2017 - PURE Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: PURE), creator of the patented silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial, discusses the Company's positioning to address the major food safety challenges faced by food manufacturers and processors and restaurant chains this year.

UK: Formation of Gluten Free Industry Association Launched

6 January 2017 - In response to the significant growth of the market for gluten free products, the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been formed to support companies involved in the manufacture and trade of gluten free products.

France to Suspend Sales of Vitamin D Supplement After Infant’s Death

Jan 4 - France has started measures to suspend sales of a Vitamin D supplement marketed as Uvesterol D after the death of a baby who had been given a dose of it, a French medical safety watchdog said on Wednesday.

Burger King, Tim Hortons to Curb Antibiotics Used in Chicken

Dec 28 - Restaurant chains Burger King and Tim Hortons plan to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics considered "critically important" to human medicine, their owner said on Wednesday, making it the latest company to ditch the drugs over health concerns.

China Uncovers 500,000 Food Safety Violations in Nine Months

24 December 2016 - China, rocked in recent years by a series of food safety scandals, uncovered as many as half a million illegal food safety violations in the first three quarters of the year, an official said.

How N.Korean Seafood Ends Up in Countries that Ban it

21 December 2016 - The brightly coloured packages advertising "Walleye Pollock" at the West Market in Yanji, a Chinese city near the border with North Korea, say the fish came from China.

Hygiena to Acquire Food Safety Diagnostics Business from DuPont

Dec. 16 - DuPont Nutrition & Health and Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced today that Hygiena will acquire DuPont's global food safety diagnostics business.

ConAgra Pleads Guilty in ’06-07 Salmonella Peanut Butter Case; Will Pay Millions

14 December 2016- ConAgra has pled guilty to shipping adulterated food as part of a settlement over Salmonella-tainted peanut butter that sickened hundreds of people in 2006-7. As a result, ConAgra will pay USD 11.2 million, including a fine of USD 8 million—the largest criminal fine for food safety ever levied in the US—and USD 3.2 million in forfeitures; the company has also “admitted that it had previously been aware of some risk of salmonella contamination in peanut butter.”

TreeHouse Foods Recalls Macaroni and Cheese Cups on Salmonella Fears

11 December 2016 - TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) today announced a voluntary recall of certain macaroni and cheese cup products containing cheddar cheese seasoning which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

USA: Marshals Seize Milk in Virginia over Salmonella Concerns

30 November 2016 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service seized more than 4 million pounds of product produced by Valley Milk Products LLC (Valley Milk) of Strasburg, Virginia.

CDC and FDA Identify Frozen Strawberries as Likely Source of Hep A Outbreak Sickening...

03 November 2016- Several states, CDC, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are continuing to investigate a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A.

Nuts: FDA Issues Warning Letter to The Wonderful Company After Positive Salmonella Tests

12 October 2016- The US Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to The Wonderful Company claiming its pistachio nuts were “prepared, packed, and held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.” According to the FDA's letter, samples collected during an inspection yielded four positive tests for Salmonella Senftenberg and one for Salmonella Liverpool.

Nestle Recalls Drumsticks After Positive Listeria Test from Plant

07 October 2016- Nestlé USA, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of its Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack (with cones marked for easy individual sale) due to a possible health risk. The two pack sizes contain 4.6 fl.oz. cones and were manufactured in Bakersfield, Calif. and distributed nationally. No other production codes, sizes or varieties of Nestlé Drumstick products are affected by this recall.
The company received positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes (LM) from equipment contact surfaces from a location on the production line where these products are made. There have been no positive test results for LM present in the Drumstick cones themselves. The products impacted by the voluntary recall were put into distribution inadvertently. No illnesses have been reported to date; the company is initiating this recall as a precautionary action to avoid any potential for consumer illness.

Health Risks of Materials in Contact with Food: Tighter EU Safety Rules Needed

6 October 2016 - EU-wide safety rules are needed for more materials in contact with food, such as those used in packaging, kitchen utensils and tableware, say MEPs in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. They note that only some of these materials, such as plastics and ceramics, have been fully tested for safety for human health. Others, including varnishes and coatings, inks and adhesives, have yet to be fully tested.

Texas-Based Blue Bell Issues Voluntary Ice Cream Recall

21 September 2016 - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall of select products containing chocolate chip cookie dough pieces due to listeria concerns, it said on Wednesday, adding that no illnesses have been reported.

Kellogg Recalls Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Eggos on Listeria Fears

19 September 2016- Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling approximately 10,000 cases of Kellogg's® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No other Eggo products are impacted by this recall.

Food Alert Issued by Scottish Authorities for Raw Cheese After E.coli Suspected

13 September 2016- Food Standards Scotland has issued a Food Alert for Action recall for a single batch of Errington Cheese Ltd.'s Lanark White cheese alleging the product contains E.coli O157. No illnesses are known to have been caused by the product. The batch in question, G14, was reportedly available for sale between 22 August and 10 September, and distributed primarily through specialist cheese shops, delicatessens, hotels and restaurants.

National Pasteurized Eggs to Be Acquired by Michael Foods

01 September 2016- National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc. (NPE) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Michael Foods, Inc. (MFI), a subsidiary of Post Holdings, Inc.

Snyder’s-Lance Voluntarily Recalls Macadamia Nuts on Possible Salmonella Contamination

30 August 2016 - Snyder's-Lance, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: LNCE) is initiating a voluntary recall of Diamond of California® Macadamia Nuts, distributed in retail stores nationwide, due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Scottish Food Crime Hotline Launches to Help Combat £1.2bn Food Fraud Problem

25 August 2016 - Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and independent charity Crimestoppers have today (25 August 2016) launched the free Scottish Food Crime Hotline to give members of the public and industry a dedicated telephone line to report anonymously any suspicions of food crime.

WTO Backs EU in Row Over Russian Import Ban on Pigs, Pork

19 August 2016- A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel on Friday backed the European Union (EU) in a two-year dispute over Russia's ban on pig and pork imports from the bloc.

Shipping Containers Could Bear Pests Devastating to Agriculture—FAO

17 August 2016 - Oil spills garner much public attention and anguish, but "biological spills" represent a greater long-term threat and do not have the same high public profile.

Nestle to Invest in Quality Assurance Centre in Ohio

11 August 2016 - Nestlé is investing CHF 30 million in the Nestlé Quality Assurance Centre (NQAC) in Dublin, Ohio, improving its capacity to test products and ensuring they meet the highest standards.

USP Food Fraud Database Helps Mitigate Risk of Food Adulteration

04 August 2016- The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched today the next generation of its Food Fraud Database (FFD 2.0) to help food manufacturers and retailers make informed decisions about ingredients in their portfolio that may have a greater potential of being adulterated. The goal is to provide brand protection, increase consumer trust and support new food safety regulations recently finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

General Mills Flour Recall Widens After Further Illnesses Reported

26 July 2016- General Mills has expanded its recall of flour produced in Kansas City, Missouri after four more illnesses believed to be linked to E. coli in the flour have been reported. The expanded recall now includes production dates through February 10 2016, whereas the recall had previously been restricted to production between November and December 4, 2015.

Two Flavors of Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recalled

12 July 2016 - Out of an abundance of caution, two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix sold in the U.S. and one flavor sold in Canada have been added to General Mills' previously announced flour recall from July 1, 2016. No illnesses reported to date have been connected to cake mix. No other General Mills or Betty Crocker mixes are included in this recall.

Meat & Poultry Products Recalled on Possibly Contaminated Flour

11 July 2016 - Kabob's Acquisition, Inc., a Lake City, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 44,850 pounds of raw intact and heat treated, not ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products that may be adulterated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

U.S. GMO Food Labeling Bill Passes Senate

7 July 2016 - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would for the first time require food to carry labels listing genetically-modified ingredients, which labeling supporters say could create loopholes for some U.S. crops.

Unlocking Cacao’s Fungal Foe

7 July 2016 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have sequenced the frosty pod rot fungus genome. That advance could speed the development of cacao tree varieties that better withstand this costly blight.

General Mills Expands Flour Recall

1 July 2016 - General Mills of Minneapolis, MN, continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121, and is expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers' pantries.

Nobel Laureates Urge Greenpeace to Stop Opposing GMOs

30 June 2016 - More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society.

Federal Court Orders California Soy Company to Cease Production Due To Food Safety Violations

29 June 2016 - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California entered a consent decree of permanent injunction on Friday, June 24, 2016, between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp. requiring the business to immediately cease manufacturing and distributing food until it comes into compliance with federal food safety laws.

Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Food – An Emerging Issue

23 June 2016 - There is global interest in the impact of plastic waste in seas and waterways on natural habitats and wildlife. EFSA has taken a first step towards a future assessment of the potential risks to consumers from microplastics and nanoplastics in food, especially seafood.

NFFC Recalls Frozen Peas, Mixed Veg for Possible Listeria

17 June 2016– National Frozen Foods Corporation is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Not-Ready-To Eat frozen green peas and frozen mixed vegetables because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Can Coffee Cause Cancer? Only if It’s Very Hot, Say WHO Scientists

15 June 2016 - There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency will say as it downgrades its warning, but it will also say all "very hot" drinks are probably carcinogenic.

China Again Tightens Supervision of Baby Formula After Scandals

10 June 2016- China's food safety watchdog has issued further regulations to tighten supervision of baby formula, requiring producers to register and secure permits to sell their products, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

FDA Too Slow to Order Food Recalls, U.S. Watchdog Finds

09 June 2016- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is too slow to order companies to recall tainted foods, leaving people at risk of illness and death, a government watchdog said in a review of the agency's food safety program.

Hostess Brands Recalls Snacks that May Contain Peanut Residue

6 June 2016 - Hostess Brands, LLC is voluntarily recalling 710,000 cases of select snack cakes and donuts as a direct result of the recent recall by our supplier, Grain Craft, of certain lots of its flour for undeclared peanut residue.

Saputo Recalls Certain Neilson Chocolate Milk Products on Listeria Fears

06 June 2016- Canadian dairy Saputo has recalled Neilson branded partly skimmed chocolate milk on suspicions of Listeria monocytogenes. A production line in Georgetown, Ontario linked to the manufacturing of the recalled product has been shut down, and all products manufactured before 03 June 2016 on the affected line are concerned by the recall.

SunOpta Expanding Sunflower Kernel Recall, Restarting Plant

02 June 2016- SunOpta has announced that it would be further expanding the voluntary recall of sunflower kernels potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Now included in the recall are certain sunflower seed products produced in Crookston, Minnesota from May 31st of last year to January 31st of this year. The company reports that no illnesses related to the consumption of these products has been confirmed.

General Mills Kansas City Flour Plant Likely Behind E. Coli Outbreak -CDC

01 June 2016- Flour produced at a General Mills Inc plant in Kansas City, Missouri, was probably the source of an E.Coli outbreak that has sickened 38 people across 20 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

General Mills Flour Recalled on Possible E. coli O121 Contamination

31 May 2016- General Mills is collaborating with health officials to investigate an ongoing, multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 that may be potentially linked to Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour (sold in Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls, and Acme). Out of an abundance of caution, a voluntary recall is being made. To date, E. coli O121 has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility, and the company has not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting confirmed illnesses related to these products.

Quaker Recalls Quinoa Bars Due to Listeria Worry

16 May 2016 - The Quaker Oats Company, a unit of PepsiCo Inc, on Monday announced a voluntary U.S. recall of a small quantity of its Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars due to the possible risk of Listeria contamination.

SunOpta Recalls Sunflower Kernel Products on Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

03 May 2016- SunOpta is voluntarily recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

CRF Frozen Foods Voluntarily Recalls All Frozen Vegetable, Fruit Products on Listeria Fears

02 May 2016- As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Reser’s Fine Foods Recalls Refrigerated Salads on Listeria Fears in Onion

14 April 2016 - Reser's Fine Foods, Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon is recalling nineteen refrigerated salad items due to notification from one of our ingredient suppliers that Listeria monocytogenes may be present in one lot of onions that was used in the manufacture of these salads. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

India: Latest Tests on Maggi Noodles Clean of Contaminants

12 April 2016- Nestle India has announced that the latest round of court-ordered testing on its Maggi noodles has come back clean. The tests, carried out by the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru, determined that all 29 samples tested showed lead levels within permissible limits, and that the 16 samples that went on to further testing for other contaminants were also compliant, showing no signs of metal, crop contaminants, or toxic substances.

Snyder’s-Lance Voluntarily Recalls Cashews Due to Potential Presence of Glass

01 April 2016- Snyder's-Lance, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall for a limited amount of Emerald® 100 Calorie Pack Roasted & Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces product, distributed nationwide, due to the possible presence of small glass pieces. This voluntary recall covers only specific production codes of the following product:

Chipotle Mulls Stepping Back from Some Food-Safety Changes

March 15 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc is contemplating stepping back from some food-safety changes it had pushed for a month ago after a series of disease outbreaks, the WSJ reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

FDA Investigating Graphic Video Linked to Kellogg Factory

March 14 - Breakfast cereals maker Kellogg Co said federal regulators are conducting a criminal investigation of a video that surfaced on Friday showing a man filming himself urinating on one of its factory assembly lines.

Nestle USA Recalls Chicken Pizzas and Lasagnas

March 10, 2016 – Nestle USA Inc. is recalling approximately 267,024 pounds of chicken pizza products, produced at its Little Chute, Wisconsin establishment, and chicken lasagna products, produced at its Springville, Utah establishment that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

California Pistachios Recalled After Salmonella Infects 11 People

March 10 - A California pistachio producer has recalled some of its pistachios after the nuts were linked to a strain of Salmonella that made 11 people ill in nine U.S. states between December and February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Cleanup of Massachusetts Chipotle Complete After Norovirus Scare

Billerica, Mass./Los Angeles, March 9 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc received praise for its handling of potential norovirus infections at a Boston-area restaurant, as sick employees stayed home and the burrito chain quickly cleaned the restaurant.

Chipotle’s Shares Drop After Latest Food Safety Incident

March 9 - Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc fell more than 6 percent in morning trading on Wednesday, a day after the popular burrito chain operator said it would temporarily shut a Massachusetts restaurant after four employees fell sick.

Tesco-Branded Flavored Butters Recalled in UK, Ireland on Listeria Fears

02 March 2016- Tesco-brand flavored butters are subject to a recall in the UK on fears that the products may carry Listeria monocytogenes, it was reported yesterday.

Listeria: NY Firm Recalls Chicken Salad Products Due to Possible Contamination

25 February 216- Sally Sherman Foods, a Mount Vernon, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,004 pounds of various chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Perdue Expands Antibiotics-Free Line into Mainstream Grocery, Foodservice

26 February 2016- Perdue is moving NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER(TM) protein into mainstream grocery categories and foodservice menu items with the rapid transition of its entire frozen, refrigerated and fresh value-added chicken products and all of its foodservice turkey items to NO ANTIBIOTICS EVER(TM) (NAE). Perdue made the announcement during the 2016 Annual Meat Conference in Nashville.

German Beer Purity in Question After Environment Group Finds Weed-Killer Traces

Berlin, Feb 25 - A German environmental group said on Thursday it has found traces of the widely used weed-killer ingredient glyphosate in Germany's 14 most popular beers, a potential blow to the country's reputation for "pure" brewing.

London Man Arrested for Allegedly Supplying Toxic "Weight Loss Supplements"

25 February 2016- A London man has been arrested for allegedly supplying the toxic industrial chemical DNP as a fat burning supplement, according to the UK's Food Standards Agency.

Mars Recalls Candy in 55 Countries After Plastic Found

23 February 2016- Mars Inc has recalled chocolate bars and other products in 55 countries, mainly in Europe, after bits of plastic were found in a Snickers bar in Germany, the U.S. chocolate maker said on Tuesday.

Salmonella: Expansion of Recall of Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Products

16 February 2016- Garden of Life LLC is expanding its January 29th voluntary recall to include additional lots of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai products because an ingredient used in certain lots of the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Virchow. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. If you have symptoms or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

US: FDA Is Taking a New Look at Criteria for Raw Milk Cheese

08 February 2016- Recently, cheesemakers have raised concerns suggesting that the FDA is applying safety criteria that may, in effect, limit the production of raw milk cheese without demonstrably benefitting public health.

Sainsbury Recalls Camembert on Listeria Monocytogenes Fears

03 February 2016- Sainsbury's is recalling a number of its Camembert products with use by dates up to and including 6 March 2016 due to low levels of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness, particularly among vulnerable groups – these are pregnant women, unborn and newborn babies, those over 60 years old and anyone with a weakened immune system.

CDC Believes Chipotle E.Coli Outbreaks Over; Responsible Ingredient Not Identified

02 February 2016- The CDC has claimed that the outbreaks of E.coli linked to Chipotle restaurants "appear to be over", citing the fact that no new illnesses have been reported in connection with the outbreak since early December.

China Court Fines OSI, Jails Employees Over Food Safety Scandal

* OSI faces total fine of 2.4 mln yuan in food safety case

* 10 employees given jail terms; GM Yang gets 3 yrs

* Verdict "lenient" due to cooperation - court

Mondelez Settles with California Over Lead in Nabisco Ginger Snaps

22 January 2016 - Mondelez International Inc has agreed to pay $750,000, improve its product sourcing and testing, and hire a food quality auditor after failing to warn California shoppers that its Nabisco Ginger Snaps contained excessive levels of lead.

Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment Tool Released by Public-Private Partnership

15 January 2016- Fraudsters will find it harder to infiltrate supply chains and profit from food fraud with the release of a new industry tool designed to help fight fraud and protect consumers.

EU Food Safety Watchdog Hits Back at Scientists in Glyphosate Spat

* Scientists urged European Commission to discount EFSA view

* EFSA opinion clashed with IARC view on safety

* Environmental campaigners have called for ban

* Monsanto weed-killer using glyphosate sold as Roundup

Good Earth Egg Co. Recalls Shell Eggs on Salmonella Link in MO

09 January 2016- Good Earth Egg Company, LLC of Bonne Terre, Missouri has announced a voluntary recall of its shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Chipotle Sued for Misleading Investors Over Food Safety

08 Jan 2016- Chipotle Mexican Grill, under scrutiny for months over outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to its restaurants across several U.S. states, was sued on Friday for allegedly misleading investors about its food safety controls.

Chipotle Hit with U.S. Subpoena Over California Norovirus Outbreak

Jan 6 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, under scrutiny for months over outbreaks of foodborne illness across several U.S. states, said on Wednesday it was served with a subpoena in a federal criminal probe linked to norovirus cases in California last year. Shares of the burrito chain fell nearly 5 percent to $426.67, the lowest in more than two years.

Wal-Mart Supplier Recalls 90,000 Lbs of Potentially Contaminated Meat

05 January 2016- A supplier to Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, has recalled about 90,000 pounds of beef products that may be "contaminated with extraneous wood materials", the U.S. Agriculture Department said in a release on its website.

Thomas Produce Recalls Cucumbers because of Possible Health Risk

31 December 2015- Thomas Produce Company of Boca Raton, FL is recalling 174 bulk-packed containers of Cucumbers. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

U.S. Justice Dept Probes Blue Bell Over Listeria Contamination – WSJ

30 December 2015- Blue Bell Creameries is being probed by the U.S. Department of Justice over listeria contamination of its ice cream that was linked to three deaths, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

US FDA Creates the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (OSDP)

21 December 2015- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing today the creation of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP), elevating the program from its previous status as a division under the Office of Nutrition Labeling and Dietary Supplements. The FDA is also in the process of identifying permanent leadership for ODSP. In the meantime, Bob Durkin continues to serve as Acting Office Director.

Bellisio Foods Recalls 142 Tons of Frozen Pork Entree

22 December 2015- Bellisio Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 285,264 pounds of boneless pork rib shaped patty frozen entree products that may be adulterated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

After China Probe, OSI Food-Safety Trial Opens in Shanghai

28 December 2015- The long-awaited China trial of U.S. food supplier OSI Group opened in Shanghai on Monday, kicking off the final act of a scandal that dragged in fast-food giants McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc.

Costco E. Coli Outbreak Appears to Be Over – CDC

22 December 2015- An outbreak of E. coli linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold by warehouse club operator Costco Wholesale Corp appears to be over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Tuesday.

CDC Investigating New E.coli Strain Linked to Chipotle

* New cases are of "different, rare DNA fingerprint" - CDC

* One case each in Kansas and North Dakota, 3 in Oklahoma

* Chipotle shares touch 17-month low in regular trading

Chipotle Shares Jump as CEO Apologizes Over Illnesses, Vows Change

Dec 10 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc shares jumped more than 5 percent on Thursday after its founder promised strict new food-safety practices to prevent illnesses, but hours later one of its Seattle restaurants was shut down for repeated violations.

Norovirus Confirmed in Chipotle-Linked Outbreak Sickening 80 in Boston

10 December 2015- After receiving reports of multiple cases of gastrointestinal illness among patrons who ate at the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Cleveland Circle, the Boston Public Health Commission, the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health launched an investigation to determine the cause and the nature of the illness. Laboratory testing has confirmed the presence of norovirus. ?

FDA Unable to Find E.Coli in Suspect Ingredient In Chicken Salad Illnesses

09 December 2015- The US Food and Drug Administration announced that they were “unable to confirm” the presence of E. Coli in a celery and onion mix suspected of sickening consumers in seven states who consumed Costco Rotisserie chicken salad in November.

Chipotle Shares Take Fresh Hit After Boston College Students Fall Ill

07 Dec 2015 - Thirty Boston College students got sick after eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill over the weekend, a school spokesman said, sending company shares down 6 percent in extended trading on Monday on fears of more food poisoning problems at the burrito chain.

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Likely Linked to JEM Raw Nut Butter

03 December 2015- CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) infections. Eleven people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) have been reported from nine states as of December 2, 2015.No one has been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

WHO Calls for Fighting Foodborne Diseases that Can Be Deadly

* Foodborne diseases strike 600 million people a year

* 420,000 people die annually, including 125,000 children

* Agents cause diarrhoea, vomiting, also cancers, epilepsy

E. Coli from Costco Chicken Salad Traced to Tainted Celery

26 Nov 2015 - A multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people who ate rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's stores has been traced to a celery-and-onion mix used in the salad, prompting its California maker to recall the product.

7 States Record E. Coli Cases Likely Linked to Costco Chicken Salad

25 November 2015- 7 states have recorded cases of E. Coli likely linked to Costco rotisserie chicken salad.

Some U.S. Chipotle Customers Say Undeterred by E. Coli Outbreak

21 Nov 2015 - Diners at Chipotle Mexican Grill locations on Saturday said freshness and convenience outweighed concerns about contamination following the news that food poisoning cases had erupted at the chain's locations in six U.S. states.

FDA Approves AquaBounty’s Genetically Engineered Salmon

19 November 2015- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved AquaBounty Technologies' genetically engineered salmon for consumption.

Supplements: US Gov Sweep Brings Criminal Charges Against USPlabs, Civil Charges Against Others

18 November 2015- Noted workout supplement company USPlabs LLC is among the many companies caught up in a multi-agency sweep of the dietary supplements industry which the FDA claims has “resulted in civil injunctions and criminal actions against 117 various manufacturers and/or distributors of dietary supplements and tainted products falsely marketed as dietary supplements”.

European Scientists Say Weedkiller Glyphosate Unlikely to Cause Cancer

* EFSA opinion will guide EU regulators

* Environment campaigners highly critical, seek ban

* Monsanto says confirms regulatory opinion glyphosate safe

Nigeria Fines Guinness $5 Mln Over Expired Raw Materials

12 November 2015 - Nigeria's Guinness said on Thursday it had been fined 1 billion naira ($5 million) by the local food and drug agency over alleged infractions relating to the destruction and re-validation of expired raw materials without prior approval.

Chipotle Eateries in U.S. Northwest Could Re-Open After Outbreak

09 Nov 2015 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc could reopen locations in Washington state and Oregon as soon as Wednesday after a batch of tests found no E. coli bacteria in food samples, health officials said on Monday.

Nestle: Maggi Noodles Back on Sale in India

9 November 2015 - We are delighted to announce that your beloved MAGGI Noodles is back. The roll out has begun today. It has been a challenging period for the Nestlé Organisation and therefore, there is a feeling of satisfaction at bringing back MAGGI Noodles to the market.

California Warns of Dangerous Toxin in Dungeness, Rock Crabs

04 Nov 2015 - California authorities are moving to suspend the fishing season for Dungeness and rock crabs due to high levels of a toxin found in the crustaceans that could cause illness or even death in people who eat them, officials said on Wednesday.

India: Maggi Noodles Cleared by Court Mandated Tests, May Reappear in Month

04 November 2015- Nestle India has announced today that court-mandated testing of its Maggi noodles by three different accredited laboratories has cleared the product, and that Nestle will “endeavor to commence the sale of MAGGI Noodles Masala within this month”.

WTO and FAO to Collaborate on Trade and Food Safety

3 November 2015 - The leaders of the WTO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations announced on 2 November their agreement to collaborate on the issue of trade and food safety.

Chipotle Shuts Seattle, Portland Stores After E. Coli Outbreak

01 Nov 2015 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Sunday it had closed all its restaurants in two West Coast markets due to a reported outbreak of E. coli bacteria that is being investigated by the company and health authorities.

Hormel Foods Issues Limited U.S. Recall of Skippy Peanut Butter

29 Oct 2015- Hormel Foods Corp said on Thursday that it was voluntarily recalling a limited number of jars of its Skippy peanut butter in seven U.S. states because they might contain small pieces of metal shavings.

Nestle India Resumes Manufacturing of Maggi Noodles at 3 Plants

27 October 2015 - Nestle India Ltd has informed BSE that in response to media queries on resumption of MAGGI noodles manufacture, the Company have responded as below:

S. Martinelli & Co. Recalling Mini Bottles of Sparkling Beverages

15 October 2015- S. Martinelli & Company of Watsonville, California, today announced a voluntary nationwide recall of certain lots of Martinelli's 8.4 oz. mini glass bottles of Gold Medal Sparkling Cider, Sparkling Cider Northwest Blend, Sparkling White Grape, and Sparkling Red Grape, due to the possibility of small glass chips at the top of the bottles occurring when opening the bottle, which could possibly enter the beverage. Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if a chip occurs.

ECOLA Recalling Canned Salmon, Tuna on Botulism Scare

15 October 2015- ECOLA Seafoods Inc. of Cannon Beach, Oregon is voluntarily recalling ALL canned salmon and tuna with any code starting with “OC” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Maggi Noodles Cleared by IN Court-Mandated Lab Tests; Manufacturing Restarts

16 October 2015- Maggi noodles have been cleared by all three laboratories mandated by the Hon'ble Bombay High Court to test the samples after the FSSAI, India's food safety regulator, raised questions about the noodles' safety earlier this year. The tests included 90 samples covering 6 varieties of the snack.


Expo 2015: EC to Find Ways to Bolster Food and Nutrition Security

15 October 2015 - As a result of its Scientific Programme at EXPO 2015, the EU is today making available a set of expert recommendations on the role of science and research in improving food and nutrition security, which has been the topic of this year's Universal Exhibition.

Dole Recalling Bagged Spinach on Salmonella Scare

13 October 2015– Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled is Dole Spinach coded A27409B & A27409A, with an Enjoy By date of October 15 and UPC 7143000976 due to a possible health risk from Salmonella. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

Whole Foods Market Recalls Organic Roquefort on Listeria Scare

07 October 2015- Whole Foods Market is recalling cheese sold in all stores nationwide that came from its supplier because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.

Cargill Alginates Implicated in Recall of Gastric Reflux Medicine

5 October 2015 - An algae-based gastric reflux medication called Topaal will be recalled today as a precautionary measure.

Dairy: Huishan Dairy Resumes Trading, Contamination Alert Retracted

30 September 2015- China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company has resumed trading after the Hebei Food and Drug Administration retracted their product safety report issued on 24 September 2015, which warned of "excessive sodium thiocyanate" found in Huishan's milk.

Phytosanitary Export Controls in Ghana Insufficient, Says EU

24 September 2015 - In April 2015, the FVO carried out an audit in Ghana concerning export controls for peppers and chilies (Capsicum sp.), eggplants and eggplant-type aubergines (Solanum sp.) and certain types of gourds (Momordica sp., Lagenaria sp. and Luffa sp.). The EU imports some 2,500 tonnes of these commodities per annum with a value of around 5 million euro.

Peanut Company CEO Sentenced to 28 Years for Salmonella Outbreak

21 Sept 2015- The former owner of Peanut Corporation of America was sentenced in federal court on Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a salmonella outbreak that was linked to nine deaths.

Chipotle Salmonella Outbreak in Minnesota Linked to Tomatoes

16 September 2015- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have identified tomatoes as the source of the Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened dozens of people who ate at Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota since late August. Investigators are working with state and federal partners to trace the tomatoes back to the farm of origin.

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Poona Linked to Imported Cucumbers

09 September 2015- On September 4, 2015, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand label during the period from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Nestle Sets Out Plans for Noodle Comeback in India

09 September 2015- Nestle SA could start making Maggi noodles again in India as early as October, it said on Wednesday, paving the way for the snack to go back on sale by the end of the year.

Kraft-Heinz Expands Recall of Singles Slices Posing Potential Choking Hazard

03 September 2015- The Kraft Heinz Company is expanding the voluntary recall of select code dates and manufacturing codes of individually-wrapped American slices due to the possibility that a thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.

Russia Bans Some Food Imports from Bulgaria

03 Sept 2015 - Russia has banned some food imports from Bulgaria from September 1 after Sofia told Moscow about an unspecified number of cases of false phytosanitary certificates, the state food safety watchdog said in a statement on Thursday.

FDA Takes Action on Bulk Pure Powdered Caffeine Products

1 September 2015 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking action today to help prevent additional deaths from the use of pure powdered caffeine, potentially dangerous products that have already resulted in the known deaths of two teenagers.

Neogen Acquires U.K.-based Lab M Holdings

28 August 2015 - Neogen Corporation announced today that it has acquired the stock of United Kingdom-based Lab M Holdings, a developer, manufacturer and supplier of microbiological culture media and diagnostic systems.

Bimbo Bakeries Recalls 14 Kinds of Bread Fearing Broken Glass

26 August 2015- Bimbo Bakeries USA has initiated a voluntary regional recall of certain bread products under the Sara Lee®, Kroger®, Bimbo®, Nature's Harvest®, Great Value and L'Oven Fresh® brands due to the possible presence of fragments of glass caused by a broken light bulb at one of its bakeries.

FDA Wants Food Companies to Hand Over Their Pathogens

27 Aug 2015- Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases.

General Mills in Voluntary Recall of Frozen Green Beans

27 August 2015- General Mills today announced a voluntary Class I recall of a limited quantity of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans produced over two days in March 2014. The recall is being issued as a precaution after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. No related illnesses have been reported in connection with this product.

Kraft Heinz Recalls 2 Mln. Lbs. of Turkey Bacon on Spoilage Concerns

25 August 2015 – Kraft Heinz Foods Company, a Newberry, S.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be adulterated because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Blue Bell Creameries Restarting Distribution at Month’s End

17 August 2015 – Blue Bell Creameries announced today it will begin distributing ice cream to select markets on Monday, August 31.

India Hits Nestle with $99 Mln Lawsuit After Noodle Scare

12 August 2015 - The Indian government has filed a lawsuit against Swiss food firm Nestle's Indian unit, seeking 6.4 billion rupees ($99 million) in damages on behalf of consumers after the country's worst packaged food scare in a decade.

Food Scares Strip McDonald’s, KFC of Treat Status in China

Aug 6 - On birthdays and for special treats, Lu Yuanli would take her son to their local KFC for his favorite meal, fried chicken wings, but the Chinese mother hasn't been back since a safety scare battered KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc and rival McDonald's Corp last year.

China’s Top Court Demands Heavy Penalties for Food Safety Violations

Aug 6 - China's top court has demanded heavy penalties for companies and individuals who violate the country's food safety laws, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday.

Nestle’s Maggi Noodles Deemed Safe by One Indian State in First Ruling Since Recall

Aug 5 - Nestle SA's Maggi noodles comply with food safety standards, authorities in India's Goa state said, in the first such ruling since the popular instant snack was pulled from stores after another state lab reported high lead content.

Nestle Replaces India Boss After Noodle Scare

July 24 - Swiss food group Nestle has replaced the head of its Indian operations as the company battles its worst ever public relations crisis in the country, following a food scare that forced it to withdraw its popular instant noodles.

Blue Bell to Begin Test Production in Alabama

09 July 2015- Blue Bell Creameries has notified the U.S. FDA and state health officials in Alabama that it hopes to begin test production of ice cream at its Sylacauga, AL, facility in the next several weeks.