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Poultry processor closed over ‘filthy conditions’

A Yorkshire food processor – specialising in poultry and game – has been closed for the second time in six months, after inspectors found “filthy" conditions in its production facilities.

Food recalls rose by 78% last year

The number of food recalls by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2015 grew by 78% compared with the previous year, according to insurance firm Lockton.

Plastic and glass contamination force recalls

Food and drink products contaminated with plastic and glass accounted for two of eight recalls last week.


FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

New data reveals botulism food risk

Predictions about the risk of food poisoning from products contaminated with the spore-forming bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C.botulinum) will be more accurate, following research from the Norwich-based Institute of Food Research...

RSSL gains food authenticity testing recognition

Reading Scientific Services (RSSL) has been recognised as a centre of expertise in food authenticity testing by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

HE Stringer in AA+ grading factory audit success

HE Stringer Flavours has become the first UK manufacturer to be given an AA+ grade certification on an unannounced factory audit under the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Food Safety...

FSA board calls for more ‘pace’ on rare burger advice

The rising popularity of rare burgers in the UK continues to worry food safety experts who fear that, unless proper controls are introduced on their sale in UK restaurants and...

FSA says industry must carry campylobacter costs

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking to transfer the high cost burden of surveying supermarket fresh chicken for contamination with the food poisoning bacterium campylobacter onto the industry itself,...

Sainsbury recalls chicken after packaging blunder

Sainsbury has recalled a chicken product on fears a packaging blunder may result in it containing undeclared milk and wheat, three days after recalling bread, which may contain metal pieces.

Local authorities ‘struggle’ to fulfil food safety duties

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has voiced “growing concern” over the ability of cash-strapped local authorities to tackle food crimes and keep consumers safe.

Sainsbury recalls bread over metal fears

Sainsbury recalled bread that may contain metal pieces and Iceland recalled frozen ribs with incorrect storage instructions this week. 

Listeria fears force French cheese recall

French cheese has been recalled due to contamination with potentially deadly food poisoning bug Listeria monocytogenes (Lm).

Meat processors act on antibiotic resistance risk

UK meat producers have issued a robust response to last month's government-commissioned report that the use of antibiotics in agriculture posed a direct threat to human health.

Histamine poisoning link to cheddar

Cheddar cheese, consumed by five-year olds at school, in products such as lasagne and macaroni cheese, has been identified as a potential source of food poisoning incidents associated with a...

Black pudding recall over wrong use by date

The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company has recalled black pudding slices because the wrong use by date was printed on the labels.

Eurofins offers same day food safety and spoilage testing

Eurofins Food Testing UK has invested in a new method for micro-organism identification, which will provide its clients with same-day confirmation of results for organisms associated with food safety and...

Bacteria resistant to ‘last resort’ antibiotic found on UK pig farms

Antibiotics usage in livestock has again come under scrutiny after a gene that makes bacteria resistant to colistin, the antibiotic used when all others fail, was found in E. coli...

Warning issued after spate of food safety recalls

Food and drink manufacturers have been warned to beware recalls after a spate of high-profile cases involving Asda and other leading supermarkets.

Unannounced food safety audits to 'become norm'

All major supermarkets are likely to follow The Co-operative Group’s decision to impose unannounced audits on own-label food producers, the head of a food safety certification body has warned.

Asda recall after curry and cheese sauce mix-up

Asda has been forced to recall more sauce granule pots after another mix-up between curry and cheese flavours.

2 Sisters boss highlights campylobacter priority

2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Singh has highlighted the priority the firm attaches to combating campylobacter – the nation’s top cause of food poisoning.

Trade bodies give guidance on use of 'free-from' claims

Guidance on making free-from claims has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), with the support of Anaphylaxis Campaign and Coeliac UK.

Waitrose recalls mint sauce that may contain glass

Waitrose has been forced to recall jars of mint sauce that may contain shards of glass, as a number of supermarkets were hit by recalls this week.

Asda, Co-op and M&S all forced into allergen recalls

Asda, the Co-operative and Marks & Spencer (M&S) were all forced to recall products last week over mislabelled allergen advice that could cause health risks to allergen sufferers.