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National Food Crime Unit unveils whistleblowing line

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) has launched a whistleblowing facility called ‘Food Crime Confidential’, allowing those working in the food industry to report any suspicions over crime or safety....

Hygiene offences cost kebab manufacturer over £9,000

A kebab manufacturer was ordered to pay more than £9,000 for illegally manufacturing cooked doner meat last week.

Barbecue campaign launched to highlight campylobacter

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a summer barbecue food safety campaign to highlight the ongoing problem of campylobacter infection in meat.

Asda recalls burgers after plastic contamination

Burgers contaminated with plastic, salmon products infected with listeria and mislabelled soup sparked three food recalls last week by Asda, OT (Smoked Salmon) and Waitrose.

Listeria and salmonella force product recalls

A listeria-infected cheese and coriander potentially infected with salmonella are two of the latest food recalls reported by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Fraud prevention guide unveiled for herbs and spices

A guide to protect manufacturers from buying adulterated or substituted herbs and spices has been launched in a landmark joint industry initiative.

Food packaging plant accident severs fingers

A London-based food packaging company has been fined £7,000 for safety failings, after an employee lost two fingers in an accident.

Cured meat firms fear EC nitrite cuts

Processed meat producers worry that the European Commission (EC) could reduce the maximum level of nitrites that are allowed to be used as a preservative in cured meat products such...

Philosopher ‘naive’ over Daily Mail processed food comment: FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has accused a philosopher of being “naive” after he stated that modern food processing was a danger to health. 

Undeclared allergens cause food recalls

Salmon skewers, cheese snacks and breakfast snacks were some of the products recalled last month over reports of undeclared allergens, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Food Crime Unit review could see radical change

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is about to commission an independent review of its National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), set up in December 2014 in the wake of the 2013...

Food fraud remains a threat to UK firms

There is “no obvious evidence” of organised crime in the UK food industry, but food fraud remained an ongoing threat, a leading figure at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has...

Chemicals in plastic food containers could damage children’s teeth

Chemicals commonly found in plastic food containers may be weakening children’s teeth, new research has claimed.

Extreme weather making crops more ‘toxic’

Food crops are protecting themselves from more extreme weather by generating toxins that are potentially harmful to humans and animals, a new United Nations report has claimed.

Campylobacter rates in chickens continue to fall

Campylobacter rates in fresh chickens are continuing to fall due to the number of retailers removing neck skin.

News in brief

Food safety culture is the top priority for global processors

Improving food safety culture was the top training goal for almost 80% of respondents to a new global survey of food safety training.

Safeline wins Innovation Award

Mettler-Toledo Safeline, supplier of metal detection systems, has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category, for developing its family of Profile metal detection...

Nut packer installs new metal detectors

An unnamed UK nut and dried fruit processing and packing company has seen a 40% improvement in sensitivity and eliminated false rejects by replacing its old metal detectors with five...

Thermo Scientific offers Apex upgrades for its metal detector range

A cost-effective way to extend life and improve functionality for select Thermo Scientific metal detector equipment is now available via the company’s Apex upgrade.

Food firms warned after allergy death conviction

Food manufacturers have been warned to ensure comprehensive risk management over allergens, after an Indian restaurant owner was sentenced to six years in prison this week following the death of...

Food Standards Agency in row with scientists

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) board last week decided to go ahead with plans to replace its General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS) with a new Science Council in the...

Health officials in Liverpool name sugary soft drinks

Public health officials in Liverpool are to be the first to name leading soft drink brands – such as Lucozade, Coca-Cola, Tropicana, Capri-Sun and Ribena – warning how many sugar cubes are...

Chicken vaccinations: ‘more work needed’

The problem of campylobacter contamination in poultry will not be resolved until the “underpinning science” behind the bacteria is fully understood, a leading food technologist has warned.

Country of origin labelling for meat and milk ‘should be mandatory’

Country of origin labelling (COOL) should be made mandatory for meat and milk, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have again highlighted.

Food firms challenged by musculoskeletal disorders

Occupational health is becoming an increasing focus for the food and drink manufacturing sector with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and respiratory and skin conditions of particular concern. Taking health and safety...

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