Viridor is celebrating a significant achievement at the company’s new Avonmouth Polymers Reprocessing Facility (PRF), near Bristol, after the plant’s food-grade PET received a positive safety assessment from the European Food Safety Authority.

Commissioning of the new plant – which puts polymers recycling and reprocessing under one roof – has begun. Once fully operational, Avonmouth will become the UK’s largest multi-polymer facility. It will produce 18,000 tonnes of food-grade PET annually. In total, Avonmouth will put 60,000 tonnes of recycled plastic from bottles, pots, tubs and trays (PET, HDPE and PP) back in the economy every year as a viable

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As families throughout the U.S. face power outages in the wake of Hurricane Ida, many might wonder what they should do with the food that’s in their fridge and freezer.

The USDA, FDA and CDC all agree that certain items need to be discarded after a few hours.

All three of these government agencies partnered with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to come up with a power outage food guide on FoodSafety.gov.

According to the guide, refrigerators can mainly keep food safe for up to four hours. Beyond that time, experts generally advise people to

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Almost half of the new trade issues discussed in a WTO committee in 2020 mentioned food safety, according to a report on the meeting.

Of the 36 new specific trade concerns (STCs) raised in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee, 16 referred to food safety measures.

More than a third were due to other areas, such as certification, inspection and approval procedures. Those remaining referred to plant and animal health. The 36 STCs is the most since 2003. An additional 17 previously raised STCs were also debated.

New STCs on food safety included modified European Union

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The Dietary Exposure (DietEx) tool is a user-friendly tool for estimating chronic dietary exposure to substances present in food (e.g. intentionally added or naturally present chemicals, contaminants, proteins, novel food ingredients). Individual consumption data from the EFSA Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database are used to estimate dietary exposure for different countries, age groups (from infants to adults aged 75 years or older) and, for a limited number of countries, special population groups (e.g. pregnant women, lactating women and vegetarians).  The DietEx tool can be used by applicants, risk assessors as well as risk managers. 

Dietary exposure is estimated by multiplying, 

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PureCircle – now operating as PureCircle by Ingredion – has received a positive safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for the use of its Reb M, Reb D and Reb AM stevia ingredients which are produced through bioconversion of stevia leaf extracts. This opinion also recognises that there are up to 60 molecules from the stevia leaf which are safe for consumption, the company revealed.

Upon final approval from the European Commission, which is expected to be published later in the year, the range will be commercially available to European food and beverage manufacturers.

PureCircle said its

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03 Aug 2021 — The European Food Safety Authority’s (ESFA) new #EUChooseSafeFood campaign aims to raise awareness of the science behind EU food safety, and to help consumers make informed decisions about everyday food choices. 

The objective of the EU-wide campaign is to encourage Europeans to make confident food choices by explaining the critical role played by science and scientists in food safety.

From helping to decipher labels and understand additives, to providing advice on why raw potatoes should not be stored in the fridge, the campaign will offer practical information to consumers.

“The EU food safety

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