Sobeval partially reopens after covert video investigation

French authorities have partially lifted suspension on a veal abattoir after an investigation into an undercover video from an animal welfare charity. Sobeval, part of the Van Drie group, had slaughtering activities halted on Feb. 28 by officials in the Dordogne region of France after an inspection report by the Directorate General for Food (DGAL)…. […]

Discussions on building consumer trust probably should involve consumers

Opinion In his welcoming remarks at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference last week, Peter Freedman, managing director of the Consumer Goods Forum, which convenes the annual conference, asserted that building consumer trust is at the very foundation of GFSI. Curiously, a perusal of the conference agenda would reveal that none of the plenary… […]

Microbial recalls up but overall alerts down in Australia

Undeclared allergens and microbial contamination were responsible for the majority of recalls in Australia this past year. Undeclared allergens caused 32 of the 87 recalls in 2019 while 30 were due to microbial contamination. In 2018, 46 recalls were because of allergens and 20 due to microbial contamination out of 100. Food Standards Australia New… […]

French outbreaks linked to shellfish closed 30 harvest sites

More than 30 harvest sites were closed over a two month period in France as part of outbreaks linked to eating oysters, according to recently released data. Because of confirmed norovirus contamination, 31 harvest sites were closed between Dec. 21, 2019, and Jan. 10, 2020, affecting more than 400 companies. This compares to 11 in… […]