FoodChain ID acquires Lexagri International

FRANCE – FoodChain ID, a top supplier of technologically enhanced solutions for food quality, safety, and sustainability, has acquired Lexagri International, a pioneer in the agricultural technology sector that specializes in validating, coordinating, organizing, and disseminating worldwide agricultural data. Lexagri’s services improve the performance, quality, safety, and traceability of agricultural produce. With more than 33 million entries, including information on…

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bioMérieux, Jackson Family Wines unveil revolutionary innovation for wine quality

FRANCE – French multinational biotechnology company bioMérieux, and Jackson Family Wines, a family-owned wine company based in California, have come up with BOTTLESAFETM, the latest innovation for the wine industry that provides a faster and more convenient onsite solution to verify final filtration with results in less than four hours.  Since acquiring Invisible Sentinel, a company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,…

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France reports more than 60 wild mushrooms intoxication cases

FRANCE – Poison control centers in France have received more than 60 intoxication reports since early September due to recent favorable weather conditions that have encouraged the growth of wild mushrooms. Only a few cases were reported in July and August, perhaps as a result of the extreme heat and dryness, say researchers. There are many other reasons why people…

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Mérieux NutriSciences devotes its research center to Founder Dr. John H. Silliker

FRANCE – In recognition of the company’s Founder, Mérieux NutriSciences, a global leader in food safety, quality, and sustainability, has changed the name of one of its food research facilities to Silliker Food Science Center. Mérieux NutriSciences, which is commemorating its 55th anniversary, is looking back at the heritage and founders in order to motivate, learn from, and innovate for…

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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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