US FDA approves a GEA technology aseptic rotary blowing machine

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. According to GEA, that is the only system equipped with a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to…

USDA investigates Salmonella contamination of whey ingredients in various food recalls

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with other partners, are investigating possible Salmonella contamination of a whey ingredient that has caused the recall of several popular foods. According to the administration, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn.,…

FDA to enforce regulations against use of cannabidiol in plant-based foods & beverages

USA – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have reported that it plans to enforce regulations against the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in plant-based foods and beverages. According to the administration, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a revised FAQ in which it prohibited the use of CBD derived from industrial hemp in…

US Food and Drug Administration question standards of identity on non-dairy products

USA - The Food and Drug Administration has signalled that it plans to start enforcing a federal standard that defines "milk" as coming from the "milking of one or more healthy cows." According to CNN, buying "milk" made with non-dairy products like almonds or oats will soon be on crackdown as the US Food and…

Dutch cell-grown meat startup Mosa Meat raises US$8.8m in funding

USA - Mosa Meat, a Dutch food technology company, has raised US$8.8 million in funding from German drugmaker Merck KGaA and leading Swiss meat manufacturer Bell Food Group, according to Wall Street Journal. The clean meat company making slaughter-free beef from cattle cells, was founded by Dr. Mark Post (now their Chief Scientific Officer), a professor of…

FDA says sale of recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal still ongoing

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters. Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential…

ISO publishes new standards for testing infant formula: ISO 20636:2018

SWITZERLAND - The international standard-setting body, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed and published new standards for testing infant formulas and adult nutritionals. The standards adjudged ISO 20635; Infant formula and adult nutritionals involves determination of vitamin C by (ultra) high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection ((U)HPLC-UV), while ISO 20636; Infant formula and…

Golden rice completes the third food safety evaluation by USDA

USA - GR2E Golden Rice, a provitamin-A biofortified rice variety, has completed its third positive food safety evaluation by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). In an official statement by Crop Biotech, the US FDA announced that it concurred with the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) assessment regarding the safety and nutrition of…

Trump proposes consolidation of federal food safety into single agency under USDA

USA - Trump’s administration on June 21, 2018 proposed consolidation of federal food safety into a single agency, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This seeks to bring together the functions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) into a single…

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal in US potentially contaminated with Salmonella

USA - Kellogg company has voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential of having been contaminated with Salmonella. According to a statement on their website, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Kellogg has launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey…