France to cut use of nitrates, nitrites in food due to cancer risks

FRANCE – Following a risk assessment by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France might soon ban the use of nitrites in food which has been linked to cancer. The move follows a French parliament bill in February aiming to gradually reduce the use of nitrites in cured meats which called on the government…

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Plant proteins pioneer Roquette introduces new protein for health conscious consumers

FRANCE – Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of plant proteins, has launched two rice proteins, that offer consumers a familiar, safe and nutritious alternative protein with premium quality and high standards of production. Rice protein is popular among nutritional applications such as special diet foods, sports nutrition or snacks. According to Innova Market Insights, product…

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Foodwatch France accuses Ferrero, Nestlé of employing ‘avoidance strategy’ in recent recalls

FRANCE – Advocacy group, Foodwatch France has accused popular chocolate maker Ferrero and swiss giant Nestlé of employing an avoidance strategy to minimize their responsibilities over the recent food recalls. Fraîch’Up pizza which was linked to E.coli infections led to the tragic death of two French children as dozens of others fell sick. Pizzas sold since June 2021 were withdrawn…

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French authorities link Nestle’s Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizza to E.coli infections

FRANCE – Following much epidemiological, microbiological and traceability work, French authorities have linked Nestle’s Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizza to recent cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections. Pizzas sold since June 2021 were withdrawn and recalled in mid-March 2022 after Nestlé was told about the presence of E. coli O26 in dough used to make them. Santé publique France,…

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Novolyze raises U.S$ 15 million in Series A financing round

FRANCE – France-based food safety and quality tech-enabled solutions provider Novolyze has raised U.S$ 15 million in a Series A financing round that closed earlier this month to accelerate feature enhancements to its digitized solutions. The Series A funding round was led by WAVE Equity Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm investing in clean energy, food, water, and materials companies…

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Santé publique France looks into increased cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, E.coli

FRANCE – The French national public health agency, Santé publique France, and a lab associated with the National Reference Center for E. coli, Shigella and Salmonella at Institut Pasteur are investigating an increase in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and serious E. coli infections that have been reported since the beginning of February 2022. HUS is a type of kidney failure…

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French agency ANSES publishes guidance on nanomaterials assessments

FRANCE – The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has  published a scientific guide on conducting risk assessments for engineered nanomaterials used as food additives and ingredients with a nutritional function. This move follows the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s latest safety assessment for the food additive titanium dioxide (E171) – also labeled as TiO2 …

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Bureau Veritas 7layers, Ioxt Alliance expand partnership in Asia

FRANCE – Bureau Veritas, world leader in testing, inspection and certification services (TIC) has taken a step to increase its engagement with Ioxt Alliance by opening Service and Competence Centers in Asia, following the successful ioXt Alliance Asia Summer Summit in June 2021, hence expanding its regional coverage. The event marked the launch of the ioXt Asia Alliance which will…

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