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We are looking for improvement oriented managers to share their crisis experience with us

Worldwide, no week passes without a product recall in the food industry, due to pathogen contamination. It causes illness and in some worst cases even death. At SwissDeCode, we don't surrender to events. We have been hit by contaminations and life taught us how to transform threats into opportunities. Like you, we have a strong relationship with food and we firmly believe that during a crisis, a combination of accuracy and rapid intervention is critical. That’s why for the past two years, we…

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CEN Food Authenticity Group - FEEDBACK ON PRIORITIES - Your views are needed!

European standardization in the field of food and feed contributes to improving levels of food safety and protecting the health of consumers. CEN (European Committee for Standardization) provides validated test methods that are used by the food industry and by the competent public authorities for official control purposes and by food- and feed-producing companies for internal checks. Many of the standards adopted by CEN are developed in response to formal requests from the European Commission,…

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Use of modified starch added to meat

A colleague of mine in Turkey reported interest from the Turkish authorities to "deal with" the addition of modified starch to meat to increase apparent weight.  It was not specified whether this is processed products such a sausage (I thought that this was common and legal if declared) or other.  It was also not clear whether the product, also called "pregelatinized" flour or starch, was being used in combination with added water.  One example of the product apparently in use is marketed as…

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1 Reply · Reply by Mark Woolfe Jan 3

Detecting fake spirits with handheld SORS

Large-scale international food safety scandals are known to be episodic. This year alone, these have included the export of expired or spoiled meat from 21 producers in Brazil to 61 countries, the pesticide fipronil in eggs affecting 65 countries to date, and the trial of those who conspired to pass off 30 tonnes of horsemeat as beef in Europe in 2013. Food fraud and counterfeiting can involve all types of food, feed, beverages and packaging, and has the very real potential for serious health,…

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1 Reply · Reply by Savvas Xystouris Oct 12, 2017

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