NCCO partners with web-to-print specialist Infigo to improve labeling services

EUROPE – National Checking Company (NCCO), a food safety and food service specialist has partnered with web-to-print specialist Infigo to improve the quality of food safety labels it offers to its clients. By partnering with Infigo, NCCO will be able to reduce production time on print jobs from weeks to minutes, enabling clients to easily create, modify and order food…

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European Union bans Cameroon from exporting agricultural products to EU

CAMEROON – The European Union (EU) has banned Cameroon from exporting certain agricultural products to the EU due to their questionable quality and the loopholes in the Cameroonian sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) control system. In a letter dated 18 April 2022, addressed to the heads of the phytosanitary police stations at the ports of Douala and Kribi, Yaoundé International Airport…

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European Union approves genetically modified oilseed rape, soybeans

EUROPE – The European Union has approved herbicide tolerant genetically modified oilseed rape, and soybeans as safe having gone through a comprehensive and stringent procedure, including a favorable risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorization for the two crops, oilseed rape 73496 and soybeans GMB151 is valid for 10 years and does not include cultivation. In…

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Study shows antibiotic resistance in Salmonella, Campylobacter still on rise

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have in a report indicated that antibiotic resistance in Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria is still on the rise. According to the report, Campylobacteriosis was the most reported zoonosis in the EU in 2020 and the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness.…

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EU’s Joint Research Centre releases new Certified Reference Material for pesticide residues in wheat

EUROPE – The European Commission’s  Joint Research Centre (JRC), a leading provider of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs)  worldwide, has just released a new CRM for pesticide residues in wheat, ERM-BC706, certified for the content of 20 of the most commonly used pesticides. This CRM will allow laboratories to validate their measurement methods according to a guideline provided by the European…

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EFSA backs high-pressure processing for destroying harmful microorganisms in food

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has in a scientific opinion concluded that high-pressure processing (HPP) of food is effective at destroying harmful microorganisms and poses no more food safety concerns than other treatments. EFSA experts assessed the safety and efficacy of HPP of food and, more specifically, whether it can be used to control Listeria monocytogenes in…

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EU grants Novel Food authorizations to house cricket, yellow mealworms

EUROPE – The European Union has granted Novel Food authorizations to house crickets (Acheta domesticus) and yellow mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) following a three-year evaluation process that deemed them safe for human consumption. The two insect species have been approved as high protein food ingredients across a broad range of European Food and Beverage (F&B) platforms, including multigrain bread rolls, dried…

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EU,US to resume bilateral trade in molluscan shellfish ending 10-year hiatus

EU/U.S – The United States (U.S) and the European Union (EU) producers will be able to resume bilateral trade in molluscan shellfish after the two regions concluded negotiations to permit the resumption of the trade. For the first time since 2011, U.S. producers, beginning in the states of Massachusetts and Washington, will be eligible to export live, raw and processed…

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EU’s ban on titanium dioxide over safety concerns comes into effect

EUROPE – The ban on titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive has finally come into force across the European Union (EU), after it was deemed as “not safe” by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Also known as E171, TiO2 is used as a color in the nutrition industry, including as an opacifier in capsules. It is used in…

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Study shows high rates of adulteration in Europe’s culinary herbs and spices

EUROPE – The European Union’s (EU’s) Joint Research Centre (JRC) has during a study on the authenticity of culinary spices and herbs sold in the EU, revealed that 17% of all the products are adulterated. The study was commissioned by the European Commission amid concerns over the scale of “food fraud” arising from adulterated herbs and spices being on sale…

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