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Lidl features in week’s food safety recalls

Three food and drink products were recalled this week on safety fears: Lidl’s XXL Tortelloni, Nua Naturals’ Organic Chlorella Powder and The Wine Society’s Prosecco wine.

Faccenda’s steam tool cuts campylobacter by 80%

Faccenda Foods has achieved 80% campylobacter reductions in its whole chickens and plans to launch the first UK continuous production line application of SonoSteam, which enabled that, for Asda in June.

Campylobacter threatens a third of population

Campylobacter could infect a third of the UK population at some stage during their lifetime, according to figures just released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Self-diagnosed intolerance may harm clinical allergy sufferers

The explosive growth in people “self-diagnosed” as suffering from food intolerances and those avoiding certain nutrients, such as gluten and dairy, for lifestyle reasons could be harmful, the head of...

Potato blanching equipment sparked product recall

The failure of a potato blanching machine caused the contamination of one of Swancote Foods’s potato products with small bits of metal, prompting the recall of several retail own-label lines....

Firms pay thousands for food safety failures

Food safety fines for two firms have been welcomed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for upholding laws designed to protect consumers.

Concerns raised about EU listeria rules for ready-to-eat foods

Ready-to-eat (RTE) food providers are worried about the increased risk of food poisoning that could result from confusion over the EU rules on the levels of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes...

Ice cream listeria risk to the ill and elderly

Fears have been raised about the wider possible contamination of frozen food with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Europe, and the potentially deadly threat this poses to vulnerable individuals, following serious...

Supermarket war ‘blunts campylobacter control’

The battle against campylobacter, Britain’s leading cause of food poisoning, has been compromised by the big four supermarkets’ price war against discount stores Aldi and Lidl, warns Bernard Matthews group...

2 Sisters cracks down on antibiotics use

2 Sisters Food Group is scrapping from its poultry production all antibiotics prioritised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as critically important to human health.

Food firm’s boss fined £14,000 for filthy factory

A food factory owner was fined £14,000 after he pleaded guilty to a total of 14 offences under food safety legislation at Bexley Magistrates’ Court.

Big data is future for better food safety

Food giant Nestlé has suggested that the huge amount of data collected by companies such as itself and regulatory authorities like the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should be shared so...

Food science gets transatlantic partnership boost

Sharing the latest information on food science and technology is the aim of a new transatlantic partnership forged between the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and the US...

Cancer-causing dye sparks palm oil recall

The presence of a cancer-causing dye, Sudan IV, in palm oil products sold at a London cash and carry has prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue a recall...

Recalled this week: cheese, chicken and chocolate

Three cheddar, chicken and chocolate products were recalled this week because of fears they may endanger consumers’ safety.

Iceland recalls salmon on undeclared almond fears

Frozen food chain Iceland has recalled its Blackened Salmon Portions, after it disclosed they may have become contaminated with undeclared almonds.

Hotel Chocolat withdraws products on allergen fears

Posh chocolate manufacturer and retailer Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn its ‘Milk Free Milk’ chocolates due to fears they may contain traces of milk, which were not mentioned on the product...

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Fresh produce plasma bug blaster set for next step

A plasma project to kill germs on fresh vegetables is poised to start trials suitable for commercial applications later this month, according to a leading researcher on the programme.

Food factory design can beat safety threat

Serious food safety problems can rear up as a result of overlooked aspects of plant design and factory managers must beware of such issues, industry experts have warned.

Food Standards Scotland launched, as poll reveals concerns

Food Standards Scotland (FSS), the new public sector food body for Scotland, was launched yesterday (April 1), as a new poll identified Scotland’s top food concerns.

Sampling preparation for FSA's campylobacter study

Stomacher paddle blenders and accessories from supplier Seward have been used in the preparation of samples for microbiological analysis as part of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest UK-wide study...

Screening for salmonella in chocolate

While high volume screening for salmonella is normally part of the quality control proccess in chocolate production, the discovery of salmonella in a batch of chocolate, which prompted a recent...

Salmonella contamination of surfaces monitored

The latest addition to the Hygiena line of rapid micro-organism tests is InSite Salmonella, which is a rapid colorimetric salmonella species test for environmental surfaces.

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.