China’s GM corn, soybean obtain safety approval for production

CHINA – Consequent to nearly 10 years of food and environmental safety assessments, genetically modified (GM) corn and soybean involved in a pilot program in China, have obtained safety certificates for production and application. “The application of traits that resist pests and tolerate herbicides and drought has improved the competitiveness of genetically modified crops, such as corn and soybean, in production cost, price and quality,” Qian Qian, Director of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ Institute of Crop Sciences, said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency. Li Xiangju, a…

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Denmark reports Shiga toxin producing E.coli outbreak, source yet to be identified

DENMARK – Officials in Denmark are investigating a deadly outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157 that began in December 2021 affecting more than a dozen people. Since early December, 13 patients have been detected and samples from nine of those sick are closely related after an analysis by whole genome sequencing at the Statens Serum Institut, a Danish sector research institute. This means they were likely infected by a common source. Nine people have been hospitalized and an elderly patient has died. Among those sick are three children…

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Center for Produce Safety funds 12 food safety research projects

U.S – The Center for Produce Safety (CPS), a food safety research institute, has provided funding for 12 new research projects collectively valued at just over US$3.9 million to help answer some of the industry’s most pressing food safety questions. Among the topics included in the 12 projects are risk evaluation and mitigation of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, Cyclospora control, and sanitation for harvesting bins and picking bags. Ranging from commodities such as leafy greens to tree fruit to onions, the research has been vetted by industry experts on the…

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Experts recommend precautionary allergen labelling only under inadvertent circumstances

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) experts committee has affirmed that precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) on pre-packaged foods should only be reserved for those situations where inadvertent allergen presence (UAP) cannot be avoided and should not make up for poor allergen management practices or production errors during food manufacturing. This was the final session of a three-part consultation on risk assessment of food allergens to help guide the future work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The objective of this…

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TeamViewer, NSF International join hands to digitalize food industry

U.S – TeamViewer, a leading global provider of remote connectivity and workplace digitalization solutions, has announced a new commercial agreement with NSF International Food Safety, LLC, a global public health and safety organization to digitalize the food industry. The companies have partnered to fast-track the growth of wearable software EyeSucceed, a powerful augmented reality (AR) application based on TeamViewer’s enterprise AR platform Frontline. EyeSucceed has the ability to digitalize processes and address critical challenges in the food industry. It launched in 2015 as an internal innovation project within NSF, based…

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