ABC News 19 August 2014
US food manufacturer Heinz has recalled some infant food products in China after a local watchdog said they contained excessive levels of lead.
Auckland New Zealand 12-13 November 2014
2014 2nd International Conference on Food and Agricultural Sciences (ICFAS 2014) will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 12-13 November, 2014. ICFAS 2014 is sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES). It is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Food and Agricultural Sciences related techniques.
BBC News 12 August 2014
Danish officials say they suspect that sausage contaminated with listeria bacteria has killed at least 12 people. The outbreak began last September.
The infection is thought to have come from pork sausages called Rullepoelse, made by a firm in Hedehusene, near the capital Copenhagen. The product has now been withdrawn from sale.
ScienceAlert 12 August 2014
New research has found that 59% of tested French wines contain at least one form of phthalate, most likely as a result of plastics used in wineries.
Phthalates are toxic compounds that are prevalent in plastics and household products, and research has suggested that certain types are capable of disrupting human hormones, as well as being linked to conditions such as obesity and allergies. There are limits to how much is allowed to be present in human food, and some phthalates, such as Di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), are banned by many regulatory agencies from any contact with food.
ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 12 August 2014
The pork industry says it will closely monitor the public perception of pig meat products in response to a significant rise in swine flu cases this year.
There have been more than 18,000 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, and that figure is expected to grow.
(American Chemical Society 11 August 2014) Coffee drinkers beware: Surprise ingredients may be hiding in your coffee, and growing shortages may well increase the chance of having more fillers in the future. A new test that will be reported today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, may quickly find them before the beverage reaches stores and restaurants.
BBC News James Morgan 11 August 2014
Fine wines have unique chemical “fingerprints” that could authenticate their origin and quality, scientists have found.
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