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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...

Foodex 2016

Campylobacter control needs unified approach

Combating campylobacter infection requires a broad industry approach of co-ordinated action, according to Food Manufacture's Big Video Debate on the subject at Foodex last month.


E-learning now a ‘mainstream’ training approach

E-learning courses have now gone “mainstream” as they offer a low-cost and flexible alternative to traditional training methods, a leading provider has claimed.

Safety conference aims to lift consumer confidence

Boosting consumer confidence in food and drink is the theme of this year’s food safety conference to take place at etc. venues, Prospero House, Southward, London on Thursday October 13.

Foodex 2016

Campylobacter ‘needs multiple interventions’: expert panel

No silver bullet exists to stem high levels of the food poisoning bug campylobacter in contaminated fresh chicken in the food supply chain and “multiple interventions” will be required to...

Food safety product recalls focus industry attention

A product recall of rum and chicken and sweetcorn salad from Asda was announced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) over the past month.

Food factories to become safer thanks to DNA testing

A major food safety initiative aimed at revolutionising food safety in manufacturing plants has been launched in Ireland with the involvement of six food companies.

Foodex 2016

Campylobacter: rapid chilling is ‘nearest to silver bullet’

Campylobacter control using rapid surface chilling (RSC) is “the nearest thing we have to a silver bullet”, and should be adopted widely to cut infection levels, according to Bernard Matthews group...

Cheese maker prosecuted after deadly listeria find

A Somerset dairy producer has been hit by a fine and slammed for running a “shoddy operation”, after her cheese was shown to consistently contain harmful bacteria such as listeria,...

Sainsbury and Müller recall yogurt over plastic scare

Both Sainsbury and Müller UK are recalling yogurt products after it was after it was revealed they may contain pieces of plastic.

EU biocide plans pose ‘food safety threat’

The UK food industry has launched a co-ordinated campaign to seek a change to the European Commission's (EC's) new Biocidal Products Regulation, which, as currently constituted, would limit the availability...

‘Unhygienic’ biscuit firm sorry for double pest infestation

Baketime – the manufacturer branded as operating under “unhygienic conditions” – has admitted double pest infestations at its premises and apologised to Aldi and other customers for sparking a recall of its...

Scientists use new tool to fight food fraud

Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a new technique, based on ‘chemical fingerprints’ to fight food fraud.

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Campden BRI gets UKAS approval for mycotoxins

Campden BRI has received accreditation from the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its ergot mycotoxin testing method. Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins which mainly affect cereals, such as wheat, rye, barley...

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Microbrewery checks cleanliness

Langham Brewery, a microbrewery situated between Midhurst and Petworth in West Sussex, is using products from Hygiena International to test the effectiveness of its cleaning procedures.

First food crime report published by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.

Morrisons apologises for live worm in fish pack

Morrisons has apologised to a Lanarkshire shopper after she found a live worm inside the packaging of a portion of haddock.

Food crime raids jump 10% amid budget cut fears

A crackdown on food and drink crime by local councils has seen raids rise by 10% over the past three years, but fears remain that budget cuts compromise safety and...

War on campy to hot up as EU decision looms

The war on campylobacter is set to ramp up after a leading industry figure warned that the EU was likely to legislate on safe levels in poultry as soon as...

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Detectable paper for process plant operators

To reduce the risk of food being contaminated with paper used during processing, a detectable paper has been developed, which combines paper and film in a detectable and durable laminate.

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