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Serious hand injury leads to packaging firm fine

Integrated Packaging Ltd has been fined an undisclosed amount after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand at the firm’s Gateshead factory in 2013.

Bernard Matthews set to blast campylobacter

The campylobacter crisis is set to heat up, with warmer spring and summer weather likely to push up poultry contamination levels, Jeremy Hall, technical director of Bernard Matthews, has warned.

Anuga FoodTec trends

Sherlock food analyser boosts product quality

Food firms can now harness the fabled detection skills of Sherlock to boost product quality, thanks to innovation from Insort, which won a 2015 International FoodTec Gold Award at Anuga FoodTec.

Almond presents an unknown allergen risk

Almonds could present a huge allergen threat to people but the full extent of the risk is unknown because of the lack of data on their allergenic properties, according to...


Food safety spotlight: from harvest to the home

Food safety and integrity throughout the whole supply chain will be the focus of the Food Manufacture Group’s 2015 one-day ‘Food safety conference – from the harvest to the home’, which...

‘Safe havens’ are just not safe enough

Fears that Food Standards Agency (FSA) investigators would use intelligence against companies that disclose it is preventing them from sharing information about potential fraud, despite efforts to create so-called ‘safe...


Food firms in search of more security

Food firms need information at their fingertips, says Alyson Magee

Fruitapeel Juice installs new high pressure processing plant

New high pressure processing (HPP) facilities are part of a £2.3M investment that Fruitapeel Juice has made in its South Wales facility.

Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results

Retailers have again failed to reach targets for campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought chickens, with almost three quarters of samples in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest survey results testing...

Feeding peanuts to babies cuts allergy risk

Feeding peanut protein to babies significantly cut the risk of them developing allergy to the nuts, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Almond Contamination

FSA's unlabelled nut probe focuses on paprika

A batch of paprika was the most likely source of undeclared almond protein, which has sparked three allergy alerts, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Almond Contamination

Food Standards Agency probes unlabelled nuts

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.

Local councils’ food safety shame

Which? has named and shamed the local councils with the poorest food safety enforcement records for the foodservice sector, with London not doing so well.

Network analysis reveals food safety ‘transgressors’

Researchers at Kingston University in London have developed an analytical technique which reveals emerging trends, such as particular food categories and countries, associated with high levels of food safety incidents.


Don't play chicken with campylobacter

Retailers are coming under increasing flak to adopt better measures to combat high levels of campylobacter in poultry on sale. Michelle Knott reports

27% of lamb takeaways flout law

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found that 27% of lamb takeaways sampled did not comply with food law because they contained undeclared meat, allergens or additives.

Three tested for bird flu yield negative results

Three people tested for bird flu at a Hampshire farm returned negative results, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed.

FSA to publish nine-month campylobacter survey

Supermarkets will be waiting with bated breath for the results of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) first nine months survey of levels of campylobacter in poultry on sale at retail...

Hygienic transfer of bulk foods

A new sanitary belt conveyor for transporting bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines has been introduced by Key Technology.

Broad spectrum test detects residue antibiotics in milk

Dutch company QLIP, which carries out composition and quality checks on farm milk samples for dairy firms in the Netherlands, is using the Delvotest T equipment from DSM Food Specialties...

Risk assessment call for critical food-contact components

Suppliers of adhesives and other critical components in food-contact packaging should carry out as much risk assessment as possible on potential by-products and decomposition products, rather than leaving this to...

Red Tractor launches initiatives to improve scheme

A “raft of initiatives” has been launched by the Red Tractor quality assurance scheme in a bid to improve its effectiveness and provide increased scrutiny of the supply chain.

Rare burger consumption forces FSA to revise advice

The growing trend for serving rare burgers in restaurants across the country has raised serious concerns by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the increased risk of food poisoning through...

First person to face jail over horsemeat scandal

The boss of Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse is the first person to face jail after admitting criminal charges connected to the horsemeat scandal.

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Fraud webinar helps protect food businesses

Arming food and drink managers with the information they need to guard against fraud is the aim of a new commercial webinar from food safety specialist NSF International.