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Cheese maker prosecuted after deadly listeria find

A Somerset dairy producer has been hit by a fine and slammed for running a “shoddy operation”, after her cheese was shown to consistently contain harmful bacteria such as listeria,...

Sainsbury and Müller recall yogurt over plastic scare

Both Sainsbury and Müller UK are recalling yogurt products after it was after it was revealed they may contain pieces of plastic.

EU biocide plans pose ‘food safety threat’

The UK food industry has launched a co-ordinated campaign to seek a change to the European Commission's (EC's) new Biocidal Products Regulation, which, as currently constituted, would limit the availability...

‘Unhygienic’ biscuit firm sorry for double pest infestation

Baketime – the manufacturer branded as operating under “unhygienic conditions” – has admitted double pest infestations at its premises and apologised to Aldi and other customers for sparking a recall of its...

Scientists use new tool to fight food fraud

Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a new technique, based on ‘chemical fingerprints’ to fight food fraud.

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Campden BRI gets UKAS approval for mycotoxins

Campden BRI has received accreditation from the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its ergot mycotoxin testing method. Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins which mainly affect cereals, such as wheat, rye, barley...

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Microbrewery checks cleanliness

Langham Brewery, a microbrewery situated between Midhurst and Petworth in West Sussex, is using products from Hygiena International to test the effectiveness of its cleaning procedures.

First food crime report published by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.

Morrisons apologises for live worm in fish pack

Morrisons has apologised to a Lanarkshire shopper after she found a live worm inside the packaging of a portion of haddock.

Food crime raids jump 10% amid budget cut fears

A crackdown on food and drink crime by local councils has seen raids rise by 10% over the past three years, but fears remain that budget cuts compromise safety and...

War on campy to hot up as EU decision looms

The war on campylobacter is set to ramp up after a leading industry figure warned that the EU was likely to legislate on safe levels in poultry as soon as...

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Detectable paper for process plant operators

To reduce the risk of food being contaminated with paper used during processing, a detectable paper has been developed, which combines paper and film in a detectable and durable laminate.

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Mars Chocolate’s recall ‘could cost millions’

Mars Chocolate’s recall of Mars and Snickers bars in up to 55 countries could cost millions of pounds, warns legal firm Roythornes.

Food industry ‘winning fight against campylobacter’

The food industry is winning the fight against campylobacter – the most common cause of food poisoning – as the presence of campylobacter in supermarket chickens continues to fall, according...

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Now Lidl recalls Mars and Snickers in the UK

Discount store Lidl is recalling Mars and Snickers six pack chocolate bars, on fears they may contain pieces of plastic, following the chocolate manufacturer’s recall in 55 countries.

Mars confirms UK recall of confectionery brands

Chocolate maker Mars has confirmed it is recalling some Mars, Milky Way, Snickers and Celebrations products in the UK – as part of a food safety recall spanning 55 countries...

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Mars ‘confirms UK distribution of recalled chocolate bars’

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the food safety implications of Mars Chocolate's confirmation yesterday (February 23) that batches of Mars and Snickers bars recalled in Germany, on fears...

Change needed to ensure EU has safe food in 2050

The food environment in Europe in 2050 will look very different to what it is today as issues of food security and food safety increasingly overlap and present new challenges...

FSA will use science and evidence to raise consumer trust

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out how it will use science, evidence and information to deliver food consumers can trust in three documents published today (February 23).

Improvements urged to product recall system

Businesses, including food and drink manufacturing firms, have been urged by the government to join a steering group to improve the system of product safety recalls.

Predictive analytics needed to prevent food fraud

Brand owners need to use ‘predictive analysis’ of business data to help prevent them being the victims of food fraud, experts have argued.

Poultry processor closed over ‘filthy conditions’

A Yorkshire food processor – specialising in poultry and game – has been closed for the second time in six months, after inspectors found “filthy" conditions in its production facilities.

Food recalls rose by 78% last year

The number of food recalls by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2015 grew by 78% compared with the previous year, according to insurance firm Lockton.

Plastic and glass contamination force recalls

Food and drink products contaminated with plastic and glass accounted for two of eight recalls last week.

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