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Manufacturers warned over foreign body contamination

Food and drink manufacturers have been warned to be more vigilant in guarding against foreign body contamination in production processes, while fears of glass in food products forced recalls from...

Brewer to improve ‘rigorous procedures’ after death

Carlsberg UK has claimed the safety of its employees is of the “utmost importance” after being served an improvement notice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a gas...

About 700,000 contaminated eggs imported into UK

The number of imported eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil is now estimated at 700,000, leading the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to reveal recalls for a wide range of food...

Contaminated egg scandal ‘likely to intensify’

The contaminated egg scandal, which resulted in at least 700,000 eggs tainted with the insecticide fipronil being imported into the UK, is likely to intensify, claims Professor Chris Elliott.

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EU food safety body: adopt safe glutamate intake levels

Europe’s scientific food safety body is urging the EU to adopt its newly established safe intake levels for glutamate food additives after raising fears about consumption rates.

Poultry recalls hit a 15-year high across Europe

Recalls of chicken and poultry meat products across Europe are at a 15-year high, according to a report from business consultancy Stericycle Expert Solutions, with bacterial contamination accounting for more...

FSA investigates eggs contaminated with insecticide

The origin of imported eggs, contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, is being investigated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

FSA will carry on work with EU safety body

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is confident that its plans for risk-based regulatory change under the Regulating our Future initiative will not be “knocked off course” by the outcome of...

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Latest food safety tech ‘keeps food fresher’

The latest technology in food manufacturing will help to keep food as fresh as possible, while not compromising on safety, says Campden BRI technology director Richard Akkermans.

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Food firms need to show honesty: research boss

Food manufacturers need to show “transparency, honesty and clarity” if they are to overcome public misconceptions about the food industry, the boss of a leading research organisation has claimed.

Faccenda cuts antibiotics as EU ‘proves’ AMR risk

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods has cut its antibiotic use by 70% over the past two years, as evidence mounts that its use increases the risk of antibiotic resistance (AMR) in...

FSA ‘should gain power to assess chlorinated chicken after Brexit’

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) should be given new powers after Brexit to review scientific evidence on alternative food safety practices, including chlorinated-chicken, hormone-treated beef and genetically modified (GM) foods,...

BPC rejects chlorine-washed chicken trade deal

A bilateral trade deal between the US and UK, allowing the import of chlorine-washed chickens after Brexit, has been opposed by the British Poultry Council (BPC).

FSA lays out plans for regulatory change

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out plans for a fundamental transformation in the way the UK food and drink industry is policed in a document released this week...

Mess with food safety laws at our peril

The government risks jeopardising food safety in the UK if it rushes through new legislation in the wake of Brexit, a food law, risk management and compliance specialist has claimed.

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Factory microbiome helps target hygiene

A new predictive software toolbox, being developed by a research consortium, which aims to help food manufacturers improve factory food safety, was described at Food Manufacture’s 2017 food safety conference...

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Food allergen labelling ‘is still not fit for purpose’

The number of allergen recalls in pre-packaged food notified within the EU is likely to be “the tip of the iceberg”, food allergen expert Dr Rachel Ward told delegates at...

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Food hygiene corners sometimes cut to meet production targets

Food hygiene corners are sometimes being cut to meet production targets, Food Manufacture’s food safety survey discovers.

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Trust was ‘key issue’ at Food safety conference

Developing trust with food safety regulators was the key issue of this year’s Food Manufacture Food safety conference, says the conference chair and Campden BRI director general Professor Steven Walker....

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Food safety culture ‘important for product delivery’

Food safety culture plays an important role in delivering a high quality product, says Kolak Snack Foods head of technical Sterling Crew.


Call to arms for more industry engagement

Get the food safety culture right and performance will follow. That was the parting remark from Sterling Crew, head of technical at Kolak Snack Foods and vice president of the...

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Earned recognition is ‘massive opportunity’ for firms

Food manufacturers should prepare for an overhaul of the food safety inspection system or face the risk of stiffer penalties, a leading consultant in the field has claimed.

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Norovirus thrives on poor hand hygiene

Poor personal hygiene, and specifically the failure of food handlers to wash their hands properly, has been identified as one of the main sources for spreading norovirus – winter vomiting...

EU plans action on antibiotic resistance threat

The EU is to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans and animals with a three-pillared action-plan focusing on best practice, research and innovation, and promoting better...

Men targeted in Scots campylobacter campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged men not to eat pink chicken, in a summer campaign to raise awareness of the risks of campylobacter during the barbecue season.

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