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Chicken hygiene row intensifies, as Unite slams DoH

The row over hygiene standards at poultry producers 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda has intensified, after Unite the union slammed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s bid to allay public concern.

FSA defends campylobacter ‘name and shame’ U-turn

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has defended its decision, made at yesterday’s (July 23) board meeting, to reverse its decision to ‘name and shame’ retailers and processors that sell chicken...

Strike row could cause meat supply chain disruption

Serious disruption to the meat supply chain could be caused if Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors vote in favour of a strike over pay next week, according to industry...

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Lizard found in Aldi cucumber

A customer was shocked to find a dead lizard in the 39p vacuum packed cucumber she bought from Aldi’s Cowes store on the Isle of Wight.

Food safety register for industry professionals launched

A new food safety accreditation scheme to register food industry professionals has been launched by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

Norovirus risk from Chinese strawberries warning

Strawberries from China will be subject to stiffer checks for norovirus and hepatitis A at EU borders, following an alert about contaminated produce from the EU's Rapid Alert System for...

Acrylamide is a bigger cancer risk, says EFSA

Acrylamide poses a bigger cancer risk to consumers – particularly children – than previously thought, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has warned.

UK food poisoning cases exceed 1M

There are more than 1M cases of food poisoning in the UK – with campylobacter remaining the most common foodborne pathogen – according to new figures published by the Food...

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Food labelling and supply chain audits are key: legal firm

The recent halal food scandals and reports of the presence of blood serums and offal in meat product tests serve to highlight several challenges for the food and drink industry.

Food safety conference to help protect food firms

Food and drink manufacturers can learn how to guard against hazards and discover the latest science and technology to help them at the Food Manufacture Group’s Food safety conference in...

Moy Park invests over £1M to tackle campylobacter

Brazil 2014 World Cup sponsor Moy Park has invested over £1M in research and practices to help the poultry industry tackle the food poisoning bug campylobacter.

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Food testing firm recovers from fire to seize award

International Laboratory Services (ILS) has recovered from a fire that hit one of its labs last year to nail an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Medilink East Midlands Business Awards.


Change in relationship needed: FSA boss

FSA boss Catherine Brown talks to Rick Pendrous about the need for change in its relationship with industry

Food and drink safety in the spotlight at safety conference

Food and drink manufacturing safety will be under the spotlight at a one-day Food safety conference to take place at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire on Wednesday, October 15 2014.

Baby death linked to contaminated feed

Health authorities are probing the death of a baby linked to the suspected contamination of a food drip.

Hepatitis E in pigmeat is a ticking timebomb

Hepatitis E in pork products will be the next battleground in foodborne diseases, a leading food safety expert has warned.

FSA to launch free MyHACCP tool for small businesses

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is about to launch a free online tool aimed at small food manufacturing businesses in the UK, to help guide them through the process of...

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EFSA appoints new executive director

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has appointed Bernhard Url as its new executive director, effective June 1 2014.

Criminals’ naivety adds to food fraud dangers

Criminals’ ignorance makes food fraud especially dangerous, according to the chair of the Institute of Food Science and Technology’s (IFST) Food Safety Special Interest Group.

Food and drink recalls in 2014 – in pictures

Sainsbury was involved in a third of food safety product recalls so far in 2014, according to food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA).

Food safety ‘bootcamp’ to train BRC auditors

A food safety training ‘bootcamp’ will breed the next generation of British Retail Consortium (BRC) auditors, when it is launched in September 2014.

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Food safety conference to prevent costly product recalls

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference will update delegates on the latest advice on food and drink safety in a one-day event that could prevent multi-million pound product recalls.

‘Room for improvement’ in food safety training

Employee understanding of food safety training is not being checked, which is a big reason why there is “room for improvement” in the field, according to a new survey.

Maggots and old bloodstains – poultry processing case

A Northern Irish man was jailed, fined £8,000 and banned from managing poultry processing firms after officials found nine food safety breaches at his business, Upper Erne Lakes Poultry in Newtownbutler.

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Reformulation can pose a food safety risk

Healthy reformulation of foods by reducing levels of salt, fat and sugar could increase the risk of food poisoning unless companies know how to do it properly, a leading food...