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Halal meat firm to pay £7,500 after mouse infestation

The owner of a halal butchery business has been ordered to pay more than £7,500 for nine food safety breaches, after mouse droppings were found in a meat display and...

Maggot found ‘alive’ inside wrapping of Cadbury biscuit

Mondelēz International has launched an investigation, after a live maggot was found in one of its Christmas biscuit selection boxes.

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The Big Interview with fraud fighter Andy Morling

National Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling says there’s more work to be done to protect the nation against food and drink fraud.

Pioneer Foods fined £275k after listeria food offences

Food supplier Pioneer Foods was fined £275,000 after pleading guilty to 11 food safety offences, including selling listeria-contaminated meat.

Food hygiene inspection charges move closer

Food manufacturers will be expected to meet the costs of food safety inspections, enforcement input and a registration scheme, under new plans from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

CIEH stops awarding food safety qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), which represents local authority environmental health officers that carry out food safety inspections, is to stop being an awarding body for existing training...

Reduce burden of hygiene audits

The burden of excessive retailer hygiene audits of their food and drink suppliers needs to be reduced, argues the head of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF).

Bird flu found in 5,000 birds poses ‘no safety risk’

Bird flu poses no food safety risk for consumers, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) insists, after avian flu (H5N8) was found in 5,000 turkeys at a farm near Louth, Lincolnshire...

Recalls sparked by milk and food poisoning fears

Food manufacturers Boost and Boom, Source Foods, Monolith UK and Alivini recalled a number of food products last week, sparked by fears of lactose intolerance, poor food hygiene and food...

Bird flu threat won’t affect busy Christmas supply

Poultry producers have insisted that supplies for the busy Christmas period won’t be affected by the government warning of a potential UK bird flu outbreak.

Poultry industry on ‘devastating’ bird flu alert

Poultry producers have been ordered to keep their birds indoors for 30 days, in a bid to protect the industry from a “devastating” outbreak of avian flu.

Food recalls sparked by nuts and milk

Food manufacturer Dr Oetker and Asda recalled a number of food products last week, after it was discovered they contained undeclared allergens.

Food Crime Unit launches confidential hotline

A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.

Listeria contamination forces chicken withdrawal

Cooked chicken has been withdrawn from schools in south Wales, after potentially harmful levels of listeria were discovered in the product.

Bakery fined £60k for mice infestation

A bakery in Birmingham has been fined £60,000 for a mouse infestation, after droppings were discovered throughout the building.

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Food safety: precaution must continue post-Brexit

It is “absolutely crucial” that the UK continues to adopt a precautionary approach to food safety post-Brexit, the head of a consumer watchdog has claimed.

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Food recalls, supplier audits and fraud feature at conference

Product recalls cost money and hit reputations. The Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference found out how to limit the damage, as Rick Pendrous reports.

Food test kits raise consumer awareness

Consumers will in future be far better informed about potential food fraud and food safety incidents because of rapid advances in analytical techniques that are now available to them as...

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Genomics takes on the food safety assessment mantle

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is revolutionising the public health detection of pathogens, by rapidly accelerating the speed and precision of locating the sources of food poisoning outbreaks, Dr Roy Betts,...

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Biocide-based cleaning chemical use may continue

Proposals from the European Commission (EC) to restrict the use of some widely used chlorine-based food factory cleaning chemicals have been delayed, thanks in part to a campaign by UK...

Errington Cheese and FSS E.coli row rolls on

The row between Errington Cheese and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) continued this week, after FSS rejected claims it offered to pay the cheesemaker’s legal fees in full, in return for...

Poultry processor fined £22k for food safety offences

A poultry processing business has been fined £22,000, after being found guilty of major food safety related offences.

Potato firm fined £3,000 for pest control failures

Potato processing firm Glenview Foods was fined £3,000 on November 9, after pleading guilty to six food safety offences last week, including failing to properly clean its facility and conduct pest control.

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Campylobacter tests need to be consistent

Future attempts at measuring campylobacter levels in poultry need to be consistent if both consumers and retailers are going to trust the published figures, a food policy advisor has suggested.

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FSA calls on industry to be more open about sharing data

An industry-wide approach to data sharing could bring enormous food safety and traceability benefits, a data expert at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has claimed.