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EU milk quota abolition the 'closing of a chapter in the history' of dairy: EC

Today - the final day of the European Union (EU) milk quota system - has been branded the "closing of a chapter in the history" of the global dairy sector....

Milk quota abolition 'both a challenge and an opportunity': EC

The abolition of the European Union (EU) milk quota system next week presents "both a challenge and an opportunity" for Member States.

Belgian court rules against 'misleading' Alpro soy product

Alpro’s use of the term ‘yoghurt variant’ for its soy- and plant-based products is misleading and must be removed, a Belgian court has ruled.

Aptamil infant formula linked to UK Campylobacter case given 'all clear' at plant

Aptamil infant formula linked to a case of Campylobacter illness in a British infant was given the "all clear" before entering the market.

FAO Bangalore Report 'very positive step' towards affirming DIAAS method: Volac

The Bangalore Report, the latest FAO assessment of the DIAAS protein quality measurement method, is a “very positive step” towards replacing PDCAAS, says Volac.

Infant formula tested over tampering fears 'negative for 1080': NZ Police

Samples of infant formula feared to have been tampered with have tested negative for pest control poison, sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), says New Zealand Police.

Police probing 1080 threat test NZ infant formula after tampering reports

Police investigating a threat to contaminate New Zealand infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) are testing tins after a number of consumers complained of pinpricks in packaging lids.

No post-quota 'surge' in EU milk production expected in 2015: EC report

Milk production in the European Union (EU) is not expected to surge in 2015, despite next month's abolition of the milk quota system, says a report.

From the Gut Microbiota for Health congress in Barcelona, Spain

ISAPP: Can we reclaim the word probiotics?

EU-banned marketing terms like ‘probiotics’ need to be reclaimed and recently reworked definitions and criteria can help win ongoing regulatory and research battles, ISAPP told a microbiota congress in Barcelona...

Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

Listeria tainted ice cream ‘contributing factor’ in 3 deaths

Blue Bell ice cream products contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes were a contributing factor to three deaths, according to officials.

China 'unaware' of NZ infant formula shipment stopped at border over 1080 threat: MPI

China is “unaware” of any consignment of New Zealand infant formula being held at its border in response to the 1080 contamination threat, says the New Zealand Ministry for Primary...

French private label dairy price fixing cartel hit with fines totalling €192.7m

Autorité de la Concurrence (the French Competition Authority) has slapped members of a private label dairy cartel with fines totalling €192.7m (US$205m).

FSAI finds Listeria and Campylobacter in raw milk

Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter were detected in 20% and 22% respectively of milk filter samples tested by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

China increases scrutiny of New Zealand infant formula imports over 1080 threat

China has implemented stricter import measures on infant formula from New Zealand in the wake of a threat to contaminate products with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080).

NZ dairies threatened with infant formula 1080 poison contamination

Police in New Zealand are investigating a threat to contaminate infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) in an "apparent protest" over its use as a pest control poison.

Codex adoption of DIAAS protein quality method would be 'advantageous': FAO

Adoption of the DIAAS protein quality measurement method by Codex Alimentarius would be "advantageous" to its development, says a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report....

New Zealand

No risk, say dairy firms after Kiwi poisoning threat is revealed

New Zealand’s dairy industry is reassuring consumers that today’s news of threats to poison infant formula last year does not mean there has been any cause for concern and their...

McDonald's to offer growth hormone-wary US consumers rBST-free milk

McDonald's USA is to begin sourcing milk for some products from cows not treated with growth hormone, recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).

'More than 99%' of US raw milk samples free of drug residues: FDA survey

The Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its confidence in the safety of the US milk supply, after veterinary drug residues were found in just 0.78% of tested samples.

Danone, Nestlé and Lactalis fined for roles in alleged Spanish raw milk cartel

Eleven dairies, including Danone, Nestlé and Lactalis, have been fined nearly €90m for allegedly colluding on the price paid to Spanish farmers for raw milk. 

FDA reveals reasons for not meeting FSMA mandate

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not planning to meet the number of foreign food inspections mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

NZ Commerce Commission backs INC call for power to restrict infant formula marketing

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has given "preliminary" backing to an Infant Nutrition Council (INC) request for power to restrict the infant formula marketing practices of its members. ...

British Specialist Nutrition Association rings leadership changes

The chief of the British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) is passing the baton after 11 years with the infant, elderly, gluten-free and other specialty foods group.

Raw goats’ milk outbreak investigated after 11 sickened

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis from raw milk which sickened 11 people in Idaho highlights an infrequently reported risk, according to a report.

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