Thank god it’s Friday! Quick news from the world (Week 36)

Here is my selection of articles of the week:

EU

– EFSA stymies progress on ‘may contain’, by Rick Pendrous+ on www.foodmanufacture.co.uk, 11-Sep-2014: Alpro’s decision to reverse plans to combine its soya and nut production lines has shone the spotlight on the need for usable ‘action levels’ for adventitious allergen contamination of foods.

RUSSIA

– Russia bans Ukraine confectionery imports, by Oliver Nieburg+ on confectionerynews.com, 05-Sep-2014: Russian authorities have imposed an import ban on confectionery produced in Ukraine.

TAIWAN

– Taiwan Firm Recalls 12 Products Possibly Made With Recycled Waste Oilon foodsafetynews.com, 08-Set-2014;

– Supplier fined heavily in midst of Taiwan’s 780t recycled oil scandal, by RJ Whitehead on foodnavigator-asia.com, 11-Sep-2014: a Taiwanese food company has been handed a severe fine for selling lard made from cooking oil that had been recycled from kitchen waste and grease from leather processing plants.

UK

– Food safety powers must have teeth, The Guardian, 05-Sep-2014: a series of interesting opinions about food frauds in the supply chain and the Elliot review;

– Food groups welcome Elliott’s final report – mostly, by Mike Stones+ on foodmanufacture.co.uk, 05-Sep-2014: food industry groups have broadly welcomed Professor Elliott’s final report into the integrity of food supply chains and his eight-point plan to tackle fraud. Another round of comments on the Elliot Review;

New Food Police Unit Coming Soon to the UKby Dan Flinn on foodsafetynews.com, 10-Sep-2014; interesting article, with references to the Danish Food Crime Unit and the Dutch Food Crime Unit;

– Kellogg UK ‘30% less fat’ Special K porridge ad banned, by Kacey Culliney+ on foodnavigator.com, 10-Sep-2014: Kellogg’s Special K Multigrain porridge ad claiming fat level supremacy in the market has been banned after 15 complaints, including one from PepsiCo.

US – FOODBORNE ILLNESSES

– Encourage Reporting of Suspected Foodborne Illness, by Harlan Stueven, M.D., an emergency physician, poisoning specialist and founder of DiningGrades.comon foodsafetymagazine.com, 02-Sep-2014: the article examines the consequences of foodborne outbreak for restaurants and the lack of a universal and quick reporting system.

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