Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world (Week 46)

Here’s my article’s selection for the week:

CHINA

– Experts respond to food safety amendment, by Ted Chen on The China Post.

EU

– ECDC publishes 2013 surveillance data on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial consumption in EU, by K. Weist and L. Diaz Hogberg, on Eurosurveillance: on the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EEAD) on 18 November 2014, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has released 2013 data on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial consumption in Europe.

– M&S rolling out action plan to combat campylobacterby Vince Bamford on The Grocer: Marks&Spencer is putting in place a five point action plan to reduce campylobacter in poultry.

– UK bird flu strain confirmed as H5N8, by Georgi Gyton+, on Globalmeatnews: the recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the UK has been confirmed as the H5N8 strain of the disease – the same as the outbreaks in the Netherlands and Germany this month.

USA

– CSPI asks FDA to add sesame to list of allergens, mandate labeling, by Elizabeth Crawford, on Foodnavigator-USA: FDA should protect the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Americans who are dangerously allergic to sesame by mandating the ingredient be labeled clearly when in foods and when products are made on the same machinery as foods with the ingredient, the Center for Science in the Public Interest argues.

– General Mills settles ‘100% natural’ Nature Valley lawsuit; does not admit liability, by Elaine Watson+, on Bakeryandsnacks: General Mills has agreed that it will not use the term ‘100% natural’ to describe Nature Valley bars that contain certain ‘artificially produced’ ingredients in order to settle a long-running false advertising lawsuit.

Thank god it’s Friday – News from the food world – Week 38

Here’s my article’s selection of the week:

BIRD FLU

– New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia, by RJ Whitehead on foodnavigator-asia.com: a recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus (H5N6) in poultry in Southeast Asia represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned;

– FAO issues warning over new strain of avian ‘flu, by Georgi Gyton+ on globalmeatnews.com: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said a new strain of avian influenza, H5N6, needs to be closely monitored in order to avoid a major threat to animal health.

DATE MARKING

– “Expiry date” between Codex Alimentarius and European Commission, by Corrado Finardi: Codex Alimentarius General Standard for the labeling of Prepackaged Foods is currently debating the Date Marking.

GMOs vs. ORGANIC

– Organic farmer viewpoint: Has the “Food Movement” become a religious cult?, by Rob Wallbridge on geneticliteracyproject.org: an interesting article about the necessity to go beyond the dicotomy GMOs/Organic.

US

– Tomato Growers Lose ‘Takings’ Lawsuit Against FDA, by Dan Flinn on foodsafetynews.com: tomato “growers, packers, and shippers” in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have lost the claim they made for federal reimbursement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mistakenly named certain tomatoes as the likely cause of a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that later turned out to be caused by Mexican-grown jalapeño and serrano peppers. It is really an interesting topic because reflects a situation which is very well known also to EU producers;

– Regulatory roadblocks to AquaBounty’s GE salmon ‘seriously damage the global credibility of FDA and its objective, science-based approval process’, warn scientists, by Elaine Watson+, on nutraingredients-usa.com: 90 scientists have written to President Obama urging him to press the FDA into making a decision, one way or another, on whether AquaBounty Technologies should be allowed to introduce the first genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply.

– FDA Seeks to Make FSMA Proposals More Flexible, TargetedU.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA): Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.