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AU: New food labels should go further than country of origin

The Conversation: Australia’s new country of origin food labelling laws come into effect on July 1, 2016. The new labels will indicate if food is grown or made in Australia and the proportion of Australian ingredients.

The government has justified the new laws on the basis of the consumer’s right to know where their food is grown and processed.

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CH: An Overview of the New Food Safety Law

Food Safety Magazine: On April 24, 2015, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress revised the 2009 Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China (Food Safety Law). The revised law came into effect on October 1, 2015.
The revisions to the Food Safety Law are wide-ranging, imposing stricter controls and supervision on food production and management.

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CH: China’s top legislator urges food safety supervision reform

Xinhua: Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang has called for improvements and reforms to the country’s food safety supervision system. Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), made the remarks Tuesday while presiding over a meeting of inspectors under the NPC Standing Committee to check the enforcement of the Food Safety Law.

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US: FDA issues final food defense regulation

NZ Foreign Affairs: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. While such acts are unlikely to occur, the new rule advances mitigation strategies to further protect the food supply.

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AU: Blanch your bean sprouts or risk Salmonella Saintpaul

foodprocessing.com.au: Mung beans, sourced from Queensland and sprouted in South Australia, are believed to be the source of the latest foodborne disease outbreak that has sickened people across the Northern Territory and South Australia. The recent Northern Territory Department of Health investigation of the increase in Salmonella infections across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area has established that the bacteria involved is Salmonella Saintpaul — the same one as that sickening South Australians.

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FPSC Conference – Save the date

10 August 2016
The FPSC will be holding its third annual conference in Sydney on 10 August 2016. With the theme of Innovation in fresh food safety, the conference will provide vital information and networking opportunities for all those in the fresh produce industry. Put 10 August in your diary now. Subscribe to our newsletter for information on sponsorship opportunities the conference program.

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US: Study looks at lettuce grown near livestock

The Packer: Lettuce grown too close to livestock production areas can be at greater risk of pathogen contamination. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by scientists at New York’s Clarkson University, “Bioaerosol Deposition to Food Crops near Manure Application: Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment.”

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UK: Video: Managing unannounced audits under GFSI standards

International Food Safety and Quality Network: The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) an industry-driven global collaborative platform to advance food safety and their GFSI Standards are something that is respected by those that work in the food industry. But even though they have the respect of many, it does not mean that their unannounced audits come welcomed. This web seminar to help you always be prepared for the surprise auditors and what you can do to have your food business maintain good food safety practices.

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CA: Phage-based bioactive paper a safe Breakthrough for detecting bacterial pathogens in food

Global Food Safety Resource: Bacteriophages (phages) have been deployed as a promising technology to control the growth of various foodborne bacteria since their discovery early in the 20th Century. Lytic phages are viruses—mostly from 20 to 200 nanometres in diameter—that can infect and replicate within bacteria in a strain-specific manner. When a key number of phages accumulate in the cell, they will lyse (dissolve) the bacterial cells. The key to their specificity are the proteins in their tail fibres which recognize receptors on the surfaces of bacterial cell walls.

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US: Western Growers’ $1 million contribution pushes CPS research campaign past halfway mark

Center for Produce Safety (US): Western Growers has committed $1 million to the Center for Produce Safety’s (CPS) Campaign for Produce Safety, officials from both organizations have announced. Western Growers’ contribution brings total campaign commitments to more than $10 million – over halfway toward CPS’s goal.

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