EFSA and FDA signs scientific co-operation agreement
ITALY, Parma The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have yesterday signed the first U.S./European agreement in the area of assessing food safety risk.
Notifications on risks to food safety fell
BRUSSELS About 45% of notifications to the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) in 2006 concerned products from third countries which were blocked at the border by EU control authorities when the risks were identified.
Push to Australia-Korea trade deal
AUSTRALIA The Australian beef industry is pushing for free trade negotiations with Korea to be fast-tracked.
South Korea lifts suspension of six U.S. meat plants
USA The suspension of six U.S. meat plants that resulted from third-parties independently purchasing and shipping unauthorised beef products has been lifted.
Smoke flavourings evaluated as weakly genotoxic
BRUSSELS FF-B, a smoke flavouring, can damage the genetic material in cells, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) warned.
Avian influenza H5N1 confirmed in wild swans in Germany
BRUSSELS The German authorities have informed the European Commission that two swans have been tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1.
Tyson and Syntroleum launch renewable fuels venture
ARKANSAS, Springdale Tyson Foods, Inc. is taking another strategic step in terms of favouring its business with renewable energy.
Czech Republic confirmed H5N1 virus in turkey farm
BRUSSELS The European Commission was informed by the Czech authorities of a suspected outbreak of avian influenza in the Pardubicky Region, district Ústí nad Orlicí, in the centre of the country.
China may no longer use corn for ethanol
AUSTRALIA China may no longer approve projects designed to produce ethanol fuel from food (corn).