Updated database intended to limit food fraud; help with FSMA

Costing the food industry an estimated $10-$15 billion annually and affecting as much as 10% of the global food supply, food fraud is an ongoing issue that officials believe cannot be ignored. That is why the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched the next generation of its Food Fraud Database (FFD 2.0).

The goal of […]

Horse DNA found in beef products at Dutch facility

Horse meat has once again been found in beef products, this time in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has preventatively blocked beef shipments from an unnamed slaughterhouse after testing found horse DNA in four batches of beef products. Officials found the DNA during an investigation by the Intelligence and […]

2013 wrap up: The biggest stories of the year

‘Twas the year of acronyms on Neogen blog, from FSMA to COOL to PEDV. This year also saw new technological advances, big shakeups in the regulatory scene and fresh discoveries. Here’s a look at the most popular news items of 2013.

Food safety

The horse meat scandal

Early in 2013, routine testing found horse and […]

Scotland to tighten food safety rules

Almost a year after the horse meat incident in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, Scotland is moving to create tougher food safety rules.

The new laws will require non-compliance with food regulations, such as food fraud, to be reported and will grant more authority to enforcement officials to confiscate products that don’t meet […]

The Monday links are here!

E. coli

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Corporate

Keeper of the brick forest – City Pulse

Neogen CEO James Herbert is to be honored for his work preserving Lansing’s history.

 

Food safety

FSA publishes […]

Recover from the long weekend with the Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Corporate

Neogen acquires SyrVet Incorporated – Neogen

Neogen’s animal safety offerings continue to grow.

 

Food safety

EFSA reports on Listeria levels in certain ready-to-eat foods – European Food Safety Authority […]

EU report: Food, feed safety alerts drop

Last year, notifications as part of Europe’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) dropped almost 4 percent from the previous year.

In 2012, there were 8,797 RASFF notifications – a 3.9 percent decrease from 2011. Of those notifications, 40 percent (or 3,516) were original notifications and 60 percent (or 5,281) were follow-ups. This […]

FSA reviews horse meat response

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency (FSA) hopes to learn from the horse meat scandal that hit the nation earlier this year, according to a statement.

In January, officials found horse and swine DNA in beef products in the U.K. during routine monitoring. Of the 27 beef burgers tested, 10 contained horse DNA and […]

Europe looks to overhaul food safety system

The European Commission (EC) this week adopted a group of measures to simplify and improve the food chain in member countries.

The package also cuts down the amount of legislation surrounding the food chain from the current 70 pieces of legislation to only five, as represented in the package. The new approach also aims to […]

EU report: Less than 5 percent of samples contain horse meat

Less than 5 percent of food samples tested in a European Union (EU)-wide program contained traces of horse meat, the EU reported today.

About 0.5 percent of the horse samples tested contained phenylbutazone, or bute, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain. Its use is not permitted in animals destined for human consumption because of […]