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Scientific breakthrough in control of deadly pathogen

Scientists believe they may have found a new weapon in the fight to control the deadly foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum, as they have discovered genes that are crucial for its...

Low food risk from Cook’s high-labour model

Handmade ready meal firm Cook claims more human hands in the manufacturing process does not increase the risk to food hygiene standards or decrease overall operational efficiency.

Elliott Review: Food Crime Unit underway

Food Standards Agency budget slashed by £22M

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will have seen £22M cut from its budget from the beginning of the horsemeat scandal to the end of the 2015/16 financial year.


How to keep your food site safe

With reputations at stake, food safety has become more important than ever before, reports Alyson Magee

FSA to name and shame campylobacter stores

Plans to name and shame retailers that sell chicken contaminated with high levels campylobacter have been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), nearly a year after they were first...

Elliott Review

MPs press for food fraud prosecutions

Authorities must be able to trace food fraud cases back to source and prosecute offenders properly, according to MPs commenting on Professor Chris Elliott’s Review into the horsemeat scandal.


SOFHT chairman plans to raise profile

Alan Lacey tells Nicholas Robinson how he hopes to raise SOFHT’s profile

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Seafood traceability concern prompts free global resource

Seafood industry bosses have developed a seafood traceability and financial tool in response to industry concerns about food fraud.

Elliott Review

Speed and cash crucial to food fraud strategy

The Elliott Review may count for little in preventing a similar scandal to ‘horsegate’ unless its proposals are implemented swiftly and funded properly, according to experts.

FSA restructures to ensure food crime unit capability

The Food Standards Agency is undergoing “major restructuring” creating an estimated 50 new jobs as it sets up the food crime unit (FCU) following the publication of Professor Chris Elliott’s report...

Acrylamide cancer risk highlighted by EFSA infographic

Worries about acrylamide posing a bigger cancer risk than previously thought have led the food watchdog the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to issue cooking advice to consumers.

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Food Crime Unit still key to Prof Elliott’s horsemeat report

A new Food Crime Unit remains at the heart of Professor Chris Elliott’s eight-point plan to combat fraud set out in his final report into the integrity of food supply...

Food groups welcome Elliott’s final report – mostly

Food industry groups have broadly welcomed Professor Elliott’s final report into the integrity of food supply chains and his eight-point plan to tackle fraud.

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Shadow minister slams retreat on Elliott Review’s FSA proposals

The government is facing criticism after calls to reunite responsibility for food authenticity and safety under the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were dropped in the final Elliott Review into the...

Food safety conference avoids costly product recalls

Next month’s Food safety conference will provide independent information on food safety that could help manufacturers avoid product recalls potentially costing millions of pounds.

The latest product recalls – in pictures

Concerns over food safety have forced 10 food and drink businesses to recall batches of their products to prevent harm to their customers, since May 2014.

Experts call for global collaboration on food fraud

Global food businesses must work to one security standard for all food types if the threat of fraud and foodborne diseases is to be reduced, according to a major new...

Source of UK food poisoning outbreak still unclear

Food safety authorities have not yet confirmed a common source for the 156 outbreaks of Salmonella enteriditis food poisoning across Europe and the 247 UK cases.

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Police investigate pill found on Nestlé Jelly Tots line

Nestlé’s Fawdon factory is involved in a police investigation after a prescription tablet was discovered on a Rowntree’s Jelly Tots production line.

Meat inspectors strike to go ahead

A strike by workers employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) set down for this week will go ahead, trades union Unison has confirmed.

Evidence links salmonella outbreak to imported eggs

Health and food safety authorities have confirmed the salmonella outbreak in Europe publicised earlier this week has been linked to eggs.

MSPs support changes to Scottish food safety body

Plans to replace the current Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland with a new Food Standards Scotland body have received the backing of Scottish health and sport ministers.

Woman finds dead mouse in Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut

The Kellogg Company has been forced to launch an investigation after a Portsmouth woman found a dead mouse in a box of Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal.

Meat inspection strike could hit barbecue sales

Meat inspectors plan to strike over poor pay in a move that may hit barbecue food sales in supermarkets, trades union Unison has warned.

Heinz baby food recall prompts global standards call

Heinz’s recall of some infant cereal products in China after excessive quantities of lead were detected in ingredient samples has prompted calls for tough global food standards.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014