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Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results

Retailers have again failed to reach targets for campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought chickens, with almost three quarters of samples in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest survey results testing...

Feeding peanuts to babies cuts allergy risk

Feeding peanut protein to babies significantly cut the risk of them developing allergy to the nuts, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Almond Contamination

FSA's unlabelled nut probe focuses on paprika

A batch of paprika was the most likely source of undeclared almond protein, which has sparked three allergy alerts, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Almond Contamination

Food Standards Agency probes unlabelled nuts

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.

Local councils’ food safety shame

Which? has named and shamed the local councils with the poorest food safety enforcement records for the foodservice sector, with London not doing so well.

Network analysis reveals food safety ‘transgressors’

Researchers at Kingston University in London have developed an analytical technique which reveals emerging trends, such as particular food categories and countries, associated with high levels of food safety incidents.


Don't play chicken with campylobacter

Retailers are coming under increasing flak to adopt better measures to combat high levels of campylobacter in poultry on sale. Michelle Knott reports

27% of lamb takeaways flout law

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found that 27% of lamb takeaways sampled did not comply with food law because they contained undeclared meat, allergens or additives.

Three tested for bird flu yield negative results

Three people tested for bird flu at a Hampshire farm returned negative results, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed.

FSA to publish nine-month campylobacter survey

Supermarkets will be waiting with bated breath for the results of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) first nine months survey of levels of campylobacter in poultry on sale at retail...

Hygienic transfer of bulk foods

A new sanitary belt conveyor for transporting bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines has been introduced by Key Technology.

Broad spectrum test detects residue antibiotics in milk

Dutch company QLIP, which carries out composition and quality checks on farm milk samples for dairy firms in the Netherlands, is using the Delvotest T equipment from DSM Food Specialties...

Risk assessment call for critical food-contact components

Suppliers of adhesives and other critical components in food-contact packaging should carry out as much risk assessment as possible on potential by-products and decomposition products, rather than leaving this to...

Red Tractor launches initiatives to improve scheme

A “raft of initiatives” has been launched by the Red Tractor quality assurance scheme in a bid to improve its effectiveness and provide increased scrutiny of the supply chain.

Rare burger consumption forces FSA to revise advice

The growing trend for serving rare burgers in restaurants across the country has raised serious concerns by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the increased risk of food poisoning through...

First person to face jail over horsemeat scandal

The boss of Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse is the first person to face jail after admitting criminal charges connected to the horsemeat scandal.

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Fraud webinar helps protect food businesses

Arming food and drink managers with the information they need to guard against fraud is the aim of a new commercial webinar from food safety specialist NSF International.

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Food manufacturers welcome BPA advice

UK food and drink manufacturers have welcomed a recommendation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) poses no risk to human health.

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US food safety experts to audit Scottish beef

US food safety inspectors will audit Scottish beef production following the lifting of a BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) related ban, according to Scottish food secretary Richard Lochhead.

Time is running out for setting effective MRLs

If the food industry does not act on the EU’s potential imposition of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for disinfectants soon, it will be too late, Chilled Food Association (CFA) director...

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German source for Aldi salmonella chocs

The chocolates contaminated by salmonella, which Aldi recalled at the end of last week, came from a German manufacturer, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Consumer care is a new priority for food science

The food industry must engage more with consumers if it is to reassure them about what it does and get their buy-in for new advances in science and technology, according...

FSA’s campylobacter policy slammed

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) policy of naming and shaming supermarkets by ranking their fresh chicken according to its contamination with campylobacter was ill-conceived and counterproductive, Clive Black, head of...

MDMA drugs seized in frozen chicken

Border Force officers have foiled a plan to import 90kg of the class A drug MDMA in out-of-date frozen chicken.