Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world (Week 39)

Here’s my selection of article for the week:

– WHO Study Measures Global Burden of Listeriaby James Andrews on in 2010, Listeria monocytogenes was estimated to infect 23,150 people worldwide. It killed 5,463 of them, or 23.6 percent, according to a new study by European researchers in the World Health Organization (WHO) published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.


– Incoming EU food safety commissioner wants deal over meat labelling, by Carmen Paun, in Brussels, on the European Commission should review the issue of country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for meat in processed food and assess who would pay for such a measure, the health and food safety commissioner-designate Vytenis Andriukaitis said today.

– Current rules on GM crops ‘create conflict’, says European Commissioner-designate, by Caroline Scott-Thomas+; the European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on animal cloning, among other top-priority topics.


– Hong Kong to toughen cooking oil Regulation, by Li Jing: the proposed changes to the laws would include provisions that substandard or recycled cooking oil must not be used as an ingredient for oil manufactured in Hong Kong. Importers of edible oils will also need to get certificates issued by the place of origin to prove their  products are up to standard. At the same time, food manufacturers and restaurants will be required to pass on their used cooking oil to a designated recycler.


– Papaya liar? Italy issues €250,000 fine over ‘distorted’ health claimsby Shane Starling+, on an Italian botanical supplements manufacturer has been given 30 days to pay a €250,000 fine after local authorities busted it for grossly exaggerated and unsubstantiated web-based health claims around immunity, diabetes, HIV, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.


– Commission opens infraction proceedings against UK’s ‘traffic light’ label, by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , on the European Commission has formally opened infraction proceedings against the UK for its ‘traffic light’ food labelling system, giving the state two months to defend itself against business complaints.


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

Here is my selection of articles of the week:


– EFSA stymies progress on ‘may contain’, by Rick Pendrous+ on, 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 bans Ukraine confectionery imports, by Oliver Nieburg+ on, 05-Sep-2014: Russian authorities have imposed an import ban on confectionery produced in Ukraine.


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

– Supplier fined heavily in midst of Taiwan’s 780t recycled oil scandal, by RJ Whitehead on, 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.


– 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, 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, 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, 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.


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