Day: December 14, 2015

TW: Protests in Taipei urge food safety

Taipei Times: People yesterday took to the streets in Taipei to demand better food safety and protesting against Ting Hsin International Group, which was involved in an adulterated cooking oil scandal.

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Day: December 14, 2015

AU: Recall – Gourmet Organic Herbs Ground Coriander

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Gourmet Organic Herbs has recalled their Ground Coriander from fruit and vegetable shops, health food stores and independent retailers, including IGA supermarkets in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, WA and Tasmania due to Salmonella contamination. The product can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed, any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

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Day: December 14, 2015

MY: HACCP certification adds global value to Malaysian food manufacturers

matrade.gov.my: In effort to encourage more Malaysian food manufacturers obtain the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is collaborating with SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd and SME Bank to introduce the HACCP Certification Assistance Programme.

The joint-collaboration will see MATRADE providing financial assistance to companies in the application of the HACCP, SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd as the certifying body and SME Bank as the body to offer financing facilities for companies to upgrade or renovate their factories – a key requirement in HACCP. The pilot project is targeting at least 30 companies to be HACCP-certified within a 6-month period.

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Day: December 14, 2015

NZ: Are tainted food cases on the rise?

Radio New Zealand: Statistics on the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand website show 23 product recalls so far this year compared to 27 last year and only 13 in 2013, which does suggest a jump. But public health officials are cautious about suggesting any significant increase.

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Day: December 14, 2015

US: Walmart applies behavioral science techniques to food safety

Food Safety Tech: Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety at Walmart, reviews behavioral science techniques that can be applied to a food safety management system. In part I of this video series from the 2015 Food Safety Consortium, Yiannas reviews the principles of consistency and commitment [in promoting a culture of food safety].

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