Taiwan reports high illiteracy on food temperature requirements among online delivery personnel, consumers

TAIWAN – In light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan, research by World Universities Network researchers has identified the need to strengthen literacy on meal received and food registration temperature in a study that examined the food safety risk of online food delivery platforms. Online food delivery businesses for everything from groceries to prepared meals have seen a sharp rise…

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EU modifies controls on imported food products

EUROPE – In accordance with revised legislation on the frequency of official controls and emergency measures for food of non-animal origin imported into Europe, modified every six months, the European Commission has relaxed checks on certain commodities and increased controls on others. Decisions are taken in the first half of 2022 based on notifications posted to the Rapid Alert System…

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WHO calls for food system changes to advance food safety

GLOBAL – The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for urgent changes in the food systems in order to enhance food safety and health. According to the WHO, several issues, are negatively affecting health including zoonotic pathogens that spread between animals and humans. WHO notes that the current system is “failing” due to the prevalence of foodborne infections, unhealthy diets,…

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FDA to restructure Human Foods Program to establish proactive approach in tackling crisis 

U.S – To better assist the organization as a whole, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a new, transformative vision for the Human Foods Program and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). The concept calls for the establishment of a consolidated Human Foods Program with a single Director reporting directly to the FDA Commissioner, eliminating duplications, and…

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Markem-Imaje receives BRC Certification for its Continuous Inkjet inks

SWITZERLAND – Markem-Imaje, a product identification & traceability solutions provider, has received the BRC Global Standard (BRCGS) certification for Packaging Materials, a globally recognized benchmark that validates that products are safe, legally compliant, and high quality. The company received the certification at its Bourg-Lès-Valence, France, manufacturing facility for Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) inks following a thorough evaluation by a third-party certification…

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Daniele International LLC recalls Listeria-contaminated sausages

U.S – Daniele International LLC, an American maker of Italian-style foods, has issued a recall for more than 50,000 pounds of sausage that is often used to make charcuterie boards due to probable listeria contamination. The meat was sold under the brand names Del EL Duca’s Sopressata, Coppa & Genoa Salami; Calabrese, Prosciutto & Coppa; and Salami, Uncured Pepperoni &…

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FSSAI endeavors to close Basmati rice adulteration loop by specifying standards

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has for the first time specified the identity standards for basmati rice varieties, including brown, milled, parboiled, and milled parboiled, to ensure the supply of standardized genuine rice in domestic and export markets. Since “basmati rice is prone to many sorts of adulteration for economic benefits, which may involve,…

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FSSAI calls for action against misleading vegan labels

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has instructed all of its Regional Directors and Commissioners of Food Security to make sure that food business operators (FBOs) and e-commerce platforms don’t deceive customers when selling ghee and butter. This is after the FSSAI has discovered that some FBOs are utilizing dairy words to market their non-dairy…

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Norway to ramp up formal controls following audit

NORWAY – Norway has been advised to reinforce controls following audits conducted in 2022 that looked at the poultry meat products and imports of food and feed of non-animal origin sectors. The audit team comprised two auditors from the EFTA Surveillance Authority and an observer from the Health and Food Audits and Analysis Directorate (Directorate F) of the Directorate General…

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Research deems paperboard packaging ineffective in preserving milk freshness

U.S – North Carolina State University researchers have found that paperboard milk cartons, used in practically every American school, may not maintain milk freshness as well as other packaging options. According to a study by Elsevier that was published in the Journal of Dairy Science, packaging has an impact on flavor. Lead investigator MaryAnne Drake, Ph.D., of the North Carolina…

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