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Food recalls sparked by nuts and milk

Food manufacturer Dr Oetker and Asda recalled a number of food products last week, after it was discovered they contained undeclared allergens.

Food Crime Unit launches confidential hotline

A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.

Listeria contamination forces chicken withdrawal

Cooked chicken has been withdrawn from schools in south Wales, after potentially harmful levels of listeria were discovered in the product.

Bakery fined £60k for mice infestation

A bakery in Birmingham has been fined £60,000 for a mouse infestation, after droppings were discovered throughout the building.

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Food safety: precaution must continue post-Brexit

It is “absolutely crucial” that the UK continues to adopt a precautionary approach to food safety post-Brexit, the head of a consumer watchdog has claimed.

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Food recalls, supplier audits and fraud feature at conference

Product recalls cost money and hit reputations. The Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference found out how to limit the damage, as Rick Pendrous reports.

Food test kits raise consumer awareness

Consumers will in future be far better informed about potential food fraud and food safety incidents because of rapid advances in analytical techniques that are now available to them as...

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Genomics takes on the food safety assessment mantle

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is revolutionising the public health detection of pathogens, by rapidly accelerating the speed and precision of locating the sources of food poisoning outbreaks, Dr Roy Betts,...

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Biocide-based cleaning chemical use may continue

Proposals from the European Commission (EC) to restrict the use of some widely used chlorine-based food factory cleaning chemicals have been delayed, thanks in part to a campaign by UK...

Errington Cheese and FSS E.coli row rolls on

The row between Errington Cheese and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) continued this week, after FSS rejected claims it offered to pay the cheesemaker’s legal fees in full, in return for...

Poultry processor fined £22k for food safety offences

A poultry processing business has been fined £22,000, after being found guilty of major food safety related offences.

Potato firm fined £3,000 for pest control failures

Potato processing firm Glenview Foods was fined £3,000 on November 9, after pleading guilty to six food safety offences last week, including failing to properly clean its facility and conduct pest control.

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Campylobacter tests need to be consistent

Future attempts at measuring campylobacter levels in poultry need to be consistent if both consumers and retailers are going to trust the published figures, a food policy advisor has suggested.

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FSA calls on industry to be more open about sharing data

An industry-wide approach to data sharing could bring enormous food safety and traceability benefits, a data expert at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has claimed.

Salmonella threat from ‘dirty’ van spice mixing

Ingredients firm Catermix has been fined £4,000 for supplying tikka spice containing salmonella, after it mixed the spice in the back of a “dirty” van.

Asda apologises for dirty delivery crates

Asda has apologised for low levels of hygiene in its home delivery vans, after a BBC investigation found bacteria levels on some delivery crates to be “the equivalent to dirt...

E.coli cheese link rejected by French lab

A cheesemaker implicated in an E.coli outbreak that led to the death of three-year-old girl has been given the all-clear by a leading European food safety laboratory.

Food scientists must stand up and be counted

Scientists – including those in food science and nutrition – need to start explaining to politicians and the public generally some potentially uncomfortable truths, or risk being shackled with policies...

Errington Cheese wants judicial review against FSS

Errington Cheese has petitioned for a judicial review to overturn Food Standards Scotland’s (FSS’s) total ban on the sale of its cheeses.

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Food safety policy to be restructured post-Brexit

The UK needs a more joined up food policy after Brexit, to overcome sustainability, obesity and food safety issues, according to Which? chief policy adviser Sue Davies.

Action on Sugar highlights ‘huge’ sugar differences between products

Action on Sugar has urged food manufacturers to get behind Public Health England’s voluntary reformulation programme to tackle obesity and save the NHS from bankruptcy.

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BRC’s four key messages to reduce campylobacter spread

There are four key messages from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to reduce the spread of campylobacter, according to food policy advisor Elizabeth Andoh-Kesson.

Cheese firm keeps £20,000 of stock after E.coli link

The owner of Errington Cheese has won a battle to keep £20,000 of his stock, after Food Standards Scotland (FSS) withdrew its order to destroy all remaining cheese following its...

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Crime boss reports supply chain-wide offences

Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling revealed his team had detected crime throughout the food supply chain over the past year at Food Manufacture’s food safety conference.

Food Manufacture’s safety conference – in tweets

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference – Boosting consumer confidence in times of change – was judged “especially rewarding” by Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling. Here, we capture the best tweets from...

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