Thank god it’s Friday! Quick news from the world (Week 34)

This is a new weekly appointment from, which I hope you will appreciate. Please let me have your feedback. It’s a summary of interesting and/or particular news I read during the week and that I am glad to share with all our readers.

Good reading…and happy weekend!


– Canada Now Requiring Labels for Mechanically Tenderized Beef on Canada’s requirement that all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) be labeled as such and include instructions for safe cooking came into effect on Aug. 21.


– China Inspection and Quarantine: Importation of Dutch Potatoes to China Approved: legal basis and import requirements of the Chinese legislation, examined by Rachel Shen, Chemlinked, Reach24 Consulting Group;

 Chinese retailer introduces infant formula recall insurance, by Mark Astley+ on, 25-Aug-2014: Chinese retailer Suning Redbaby has reportedly begun offering an infant formula insurance policy that compensates customers in the event of a recall.


– Evidence links salmonella outbreak to imported eggs, by Rod Addy+ on, 26-Aug-2014: Health and food safety authorities have confirmed the salmonella outbreak in Europe publicised earlier this week has been linked to eggs.

EU and Cape Verde agree on new 4 year Protocol to Fisheries Partnership Agreementby European Commission, DG Mare website: the European Union and Cape Verde have agreed on a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Cape Verde. The four-year Protocol will replace the current Protocol which expires on 31 August 2014.It will allow 71 EU vessels to fish for tuna and other highly migratory species in Cape Verdean waters. In return, the Union has increased its financial contribution and will pay Cape Verde €550 000 per year for the first two years of application and €500 000 per year for the final two years of application.


– Lindt has had enough of Indian regulations, by Nandini Kumar, Bangalore Mirror Bureau: Lindt & Sprungli has decided to fold its operations in the country after more than two of its consignments brought into India (in August 2013 and January 2014) were sent back due to a new set of import rules.


Ghirardelli Settles “White Chocolate” Labeling Suit for $5.25 Million, by David Ter Molen, FoodIdentity Blog: Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. has agreed to pay approximately $5.25 million to resolve a putative class action that accused the company of improperly advertising certain products as containing “white chocolate” when they failed to contain cocoa butter, which is required for “white chocolate” or “white chocolate flavor” under FDA regulations.


Information Note: Ebola and Food Safety: if food products are properly prepared and cooked, humans cannot become infected by consuming them: the Ebola virus is inactivated through cooking. Basic hygiene measures can prevent infection in people in direct contact with infected animals or with raw meat and by-products. Basic hygiene measures include regular hand washing and changing of clothes and boots before and after touching these animals and their products. However, sick and diseased animal should never be consumed.


One thought on “Thank god it’s Friday! Quick news from the world (Week 34)

  1. As a food lawyer what do you think of this statement: “Estimates of Food-borne Illness in Canada
    The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that each year roughly one in eight Canadians (or four million people) get sick due to domestically acquired food-borne diseases. This estimate provides the most accurate picture yet of which food-borne bacteria, viruses, and parasites (“pathogens”) are causing the most illnesses in Canada, as well as estimating the number of food-borne illnesses without a known cause.

    In general, Canada has a very safe food supply;”

    I have at least one article that could be interpreted as indicating that in the US and UK such a statement could result in liability if an audience believed this and following this advise and damage resulted from following this advice (especially if they changed to follow this advice). Any opinion is appreciated. In my humble opinion this publication should be recalled or disclaimer added.


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