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Export bans hit Brazil's meat industry after scandal

Mar 21, 2017 - 10:02 AM

China says it needs to know more about the allegations that major meatpacking businesses bribed inspectors to get health certificates and masked tainted meat as fit for consumption

UNDER SCRUTINY. View of meat and by-products for sale at a butcher's shop, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2017.  Miguel Schincariol/AFP

China arrests 6 over fake infant formula

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

State media reports say more than 17 000 cans of the counterfeit product were sold

Makati suspends operations of school canteen after ‘food poisoning’

Jan 15, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin also says school administrators must ensure food safety in schools

PROBE ONGOING. Acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña promises a thorough investigation of the "food poisoning" incident in a public elementary school on January 14.

You can thaw and refreeze meat: 5 food safety myths busted

Jan 11, 2016 - 2:36 PM

What are some of those food safety myths we’ve long come to believe that aren’t actually true?

Nestlé says fresh tests show Maggi noodles are safe

Oct 16, 2015 - 8:03 PM

All the 90 samples covering 6 variants tested by these laboratories are clear with lead much below the permissible limits the Swiss food giant s Indian unit says in a statement

SAFE, NEW TESTS SHOW. Nestlé India "always maintained that Maggi noodles were safe." File photo by EPA / Harish Tyagi

Recto: We need food safety response teams

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:15 PM

The team will be composed of scientists and doctors who can be rapidly deployed to places hit by food poisoning outbreaks the senator says

Nestle says India's Maggi ban cost 44.5 million euros

Jun 16, 2015 - 8:23 AM

Nestle which says the noodles are safe to eat says it would keep the product off store shelves despite the court action it has launched challenging the ban

BANNED. Nestle 'Maggi' instant noodles are photographed in a shop in the Indian capital New Delhi on June 3, 2015. Chandan Khanna/AFP

Nestle challenges noodles ban in Indian court

Jun 11, 2015 - 3:53 PM

Nestle says it has approached the high court in the city of Mumbai seeking a judicial review of a June 5 order from the government s food safety regulator banning the product

TAINTED? A packet of Maggi brand noodles in New Delhi, India, June 4, 2015. Harish Tyagi/EPA

India to seek damages from Nestle over 'unsafe noodles'

Jun 08, 2015 - 7:55 PM

The consumer affairs ministry is to seek an undisclosed amount of compensation from the Swiss giant for false advertising

NO MORE MAGGI. Indian slum children hold packets of Maggi brand noodles as they take part in a protest against them in Bhopal, India, June 5, 2015. Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

India capital bans Nestle noodles in growing lead scare

Jun 04, 2015 - 2:46 PM

Stores across the country step up voluntary removal of the product from their shelves after officials said higher than permissible lead levels were found in packets in Delhi and in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh

BANNED. Nestle 'Maggi' instant noodles are photographed in a shop in the Indian capital New Delhi on June 3, 2015. Chandan Khanna/AFP

McDonald's faces 'cockroach burger' claim in New Zealand

Apr 20, 2015 - 2:46 PM

A woman alleges she found a half eaten cockroach in a hamburger bought at one of its South Island restaurants

A file picture dated 18 October 2013 shows a McDonald's fast food restaurant sign in New York City, New York, USA. Justin Lane/EPA

Niger says 2.5 million suffering food insecurity

Apr 19, 2015 - 10:17 AM

A survey conducted since December 2014 indicates that 15 7 of the population or 2 588 128 people are in a situation of food insecurity including 410 297 in severe insecurity

Preventing food contamination: 5 ways to ensure food safety

Apr 16, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Food contamination puts a lot of people at risk but it can be prevented by knowledge about proper food handling

Band-Aids, XNAs, a comet landing: 2014's top science stories

Dec 21, 2014 - 11:55 AM

What are the most interesting and groundbreaking discoveries and stories in science from the past year? We ask the Mind Movers of The Mind Museum

Mind Movers Top Ten Science Stories of 2014

Taiwan tycoon indicted over tainted cooking oil scandal

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:02 AM

More than 1 000 restaurants bakeries and food plants are thought to have used the tainted oil according to Taiwan s Food and Drug Administration

Taiwan tycoon resigns over food safety scandal

Oct 09, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Chairman Wei is deeply saddened and blames himself over the food safety incidents the company statement says

FOOD SAFETY. People line up for refunds on purchased cakes allegedly made with tainted cooking oil from the Leechi cake store in Taipei, Taiwan, on September 8, 2014. Photo by David Chang/ EPA

Asia grapples with food safety as incomes rise

Oct 06, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Changing consumption patterns driven by Asia s expanding middle class the globalization of the food chain and the transfer of new diseases from animals to humans have made it more complicated to combat the risks

YUMMY... AND SAFE? A customer eats lunch at a restaurant in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 8, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Russia closes 12 McDonald's branches, inspects 100

Aug 29, 2014 - 10:16 PM

McDonald s which opened its first restaurant in central Moscow during the late Soviet era has over 400 restaurants in Russia with more than 37 000 employees

CLOSED. A woman sits a table of a closed McDonald's restaurant, the first to be opened in the Soviet Union in 1990, in Moscow on August 21, 2014. Photo by AFP/ Alexander Nemenov

The search for healthier karinderyas

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:23 AM

An NGO is proposing to train karinderyas on nutrition and proper food preparation What do you think of this idea?

NUTRITION. Since many families rely on karinderyas for their daily meals, an NGO proposes to educate karinderya owners on nutrition. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

'Food safety critical to PH future'

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Making sure food is safe is critical to our future

McDonald's Hong Kong halts nugget sales over scandal

Jul 25, 2014 - 11:13 AM

McDonald s Hong Kong says it will halt sales of certain foods due to a suspension order of Husi Food Company imports by the Centre for Food Safety

BUYING FOOD. Customers come out while others buy from a take-away counter at a McDonald's branch in Beijing, China 23 July 2014. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

China detains 5 in expired meat scandal – police

Jul 24, 2014 - 8:03 AM

Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant for mixing out of date meat with fresh product re labeling expired goods and other quality problems

QUICK BITE. Customers come out while others buy from a take-away counter at a McDonald's branch in Beijing, China 23 July 2014. Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Why does Europe hate genetically modified food?

Jul 06, 2014 - 3:23 PM

UPDATED With new European Union rules that now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could in theory lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods is Europe about to change its mind?

GMO HATE. People protests against the authorization of genetically modified (GM) maize with signs and banners reading 'Stop GMO Maize 1507 ', 'Only a NO can protect us' and 'No to GMO Maize 1507' in front of the Federal Chancellor's Office in Berlin, Germany, 05 February 2014. Joerg Carstensen/EPA

UK issues dire warning on washing chicken

Jun 17, 2014 - 12:10 AM

Washing raw chicken can spread campylobacter bacteria the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain according to British authorities

WASHING CHICKEN. Washing raw chicken can spread campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain, according to British authorities. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

170 dead pigs found in China river

Apr 17, 2014 - 12:50 PM

The grim discovery follows a series of scandals involving dead pigs in Chinese rivers Last year 16 000 carcasses were found drifting through the main waterway of the commercial hub of Shanghai

Japan food probe widens as 1,400 reportedly fall sick

Jan 09, 2014 - 1:37 PM

The company called Aqlifoods received the first of a series of complaints on November 13 with a customer saying its frozen pizza smelled like machine oil

China trial opens million-dollar cooking oil scam

Sep 03, 2013 - 7:54 PM

The suspects allegedly used waste oil from the fat of chickens ducks pigs cattle and foxes as well as fox fur chicken feathers and leftover pieces of offal and poultry

NZ wants answers on milk 'botulism botch-up'

Aug 29, 2013 - 2:52 PM

With New Zealand reliant on the dairy industry gov t said it was important to prevent such mistakes occurring again

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. A photo taken on August 12, 2013, shows Fonterra's Hautapu dairy factory located near the rural town of Cambridge, some 150 km south of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. AFP/William West

Fonterra milk scare a false alarm, says NZ

Aug 28, 2013 - 2:54 PM

A barrage of tests ordered had confirmed the contaminant was not the potentially fatal Clostridium botulinum but a milder bug called Clostridium sporogenes

DOUBLE CHECK. A woman checks a guarantee announcement on a shelf of Dumex baby formula, which uses the New Zealand dairy Fonterra as its raw material supplier, at a supermarket in Hefei, north China's Anhui province, on August 5, 2013. Photo by AFP

NZ's John Key to apologize to China for milk scare

Aug 13, 2013 - 10:20 AM

John Key says the reputation of Fonterra is inextricably tied with that of New Zealand as a whole

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, July 22, 2013. AFP File / Marty Melville

New Zealand takes charge of Fonterra milk scare response

Aug 06, 2013 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED NZ government says global consumers needed to regain confidence in New Zealand s dairy industry which accounts for a quarter of the country s exports

DOUBLE CHECK. A woman checks a guarantee announcement on a shelf of Dumex baby formula, which uses the New Zealand dairy Fonterra as its raw material supplier, at a supermarket in Hefei, north China's Anhui province, on August 5, 2013. Photo by AFP

Fonterra CEO sorry for milk scare, denies cover-up

Aug 05, 2013 - 2:32 PM

UPDATED New Zealand s dairy industry which accounts for 25 of the country s total exports will be particularly concerned about the damage caused to its reputation in China

Customers visit a Fonterra stall during a Baby Fair in Hong Kong on August 5, 2013. Photo by AFP / Dale de la Rey

New Zealand's Key accuses Fonterra of 'staggering' delay

Aug 05, 2013 - 10:28 AM

UPDATED John Key said it was difficult to understand why Fonterra did not act immediately when tests last year showed there were problems

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, July 22, 2013. AFP File / Marty Melville

New Zealand dairy giant issues global botulism alert

Aug 04, 2013 - 12:55 PM

Dairy giant Fonterra said 8 customers had been advised and were investigating whether any of the affected product was in their supply chains

Courtesy of Fonterra

Fake pig ears latest China food scandal: report

May 16, 2012 - 1:46 PM

Police in China are investigating after the discovery of a batch of fake pigs ears reportedly made from gelatin state media said Wednesday in yet another food safety problem to hit the country

Shellfish ban in select areas due to red tide

Feb 27, 2012 - 5:30 PM

Where it s safe and where it s not safe to buy shellfish as of February 27 2012