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First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Food manufacturers welcome BPA advice

UK food and drink manufacturers have welcomed a recommendation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) poses no risk to human health.

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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.

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US food safety experts to audit Scottish beef

US food safety inspectors will audit Scottish beef production following the lifting of a BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) related ban, according to Scottish food secretary Richard Lochhead.

Time is running out for setting effective MRLs

If the food industry does not act on the EU’s potential imposition of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for disinfectants soon, it will be too late, Chilled Food Association (CFA) director...

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German source for Aldi salmonella chocs

The chocolates contaminated by salmonella, which Aldi recalled at the end of last week, came from a German manufacturer, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Consumer care is a new priority for food science

The food industry must engage more with consumers if it is to reassure them about what it does and get their buy-in for new advances in science and technology, according...

FSA’s campylobacter policy slammed

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) policy of naming and shaming supermarkets by ranking their fresh chicken according to its contamination with campylobacter was ill-conceived and counterproductive, Clive Black, head of...

MDMA drugs seized in frozen chicken

Border Force officers have foiled a plan to import 90kg of the class A drug MDMA in out-of-date frozen chicken.

Manufacturers face tough new laws to cut acrylamide levels in food

Manufacturers face tougher legal restrictions on the levels of the carcinogen acrylamide permitted in food, after the failure of many parts of the industry to cut them by voluntary measures.

EU bans Mexican horsemeat imports on safety fears

The EU has banned horsemeat imports from Mexico, including meat from horses of US origin, after fears they may threaten food safety, according the Humane Society International (HSI).

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Kellogg launches investigation after live maggot found

Kellogg has said it is “extremely unlikely” that a live maggot found by a customer in one of its Nutri-Grain bars entered the product in its factory.

Retailers ‘cold on new campylobacter control’

British retailers are continuing to delay the introduction of a new, highly effective technique to prevent campylobacter infections on poultry, despite mounting consumer concern about Britain’s number one source of...

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The FSA ponders the concept of risky foods

We are becoming a more risk-averse society. But when it comes to food and drink, some consumers – influenced by their personal beliefs and experiences – see things quite differently.

Moy Park chicken grower raises its biosecurity game

Moy Park chicken grower Graham McIlroy has invested in a viewing gallery to improve the biosecurity at his farm at Aghadowey in what is a first for the Northern Ireland...

Wine fraud in the UK is ‘massive’, says expert

Fraud in the UK’s wine industry is rampant because the sector has failed to implement the controls necessary to stamp it out, a food safety expert has claimed.

Campylobacter death toll ‘demands action’: industry insider

The death toll from campylobacter food poisoning demands urgent industry action, a key industry insider has told this website, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed a big increase in contamination...

FSA campylobacter results make grim reading

Tests show campylobacter contamination increased substantially over the summer in shop-bought raw chicken and the food industry must do more to tackle the problem, according to the Food Standards Agency...

Campylobacter: ‘Supermarket bosses should hang heads in shame’

Consumer pressure group Which? claims supermarket bosses should “hang their heads in shame”, after the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest testing results revealed a big rise in the levels of...

Morrisons’ shopper finds tongue-eating parasite in fish

A Morrisons’ shopper got more than he bargained for when he discovered a tongue-eating parasite in his portion of sea bass.

Campylobacter contamination worse than thought

Supermarkets face a fresh blow to consumers’ trust in them as chicken tested for the food poisoning bug campylobacter looks set to yield even worse results than previous samples.

Which? targets industry in campylobacter row

Consumer group Which? has increased pressure on food firms to cut the threat of food poisoning from high levels of campylobacter in poultry meat, launching a campaign targeting the issue.

Elliott calls for food analysts to unite to fight fraud

Discussions are underway to boost the power of local authority public analysts in a bid to fight food fraud, according to professor Chris Elliott, author of the prominent review into...

Southall firm pays the price for hazardous sweets

LB Enterprises faced legal costs of £604 after Ealing District Council’s food safety team seized 16.2kg of hazardous sweets at the premises of its supermarket Quality Foods.

Bird flu identified as H5N8 but Xmas turkey threat unclear

The outbreak of bird flu confirmed on the Yorkshire duck farm this week has been identified as the highly contagious stain H5N8, but it’s too early to gauge the threat...

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