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Undeclared allergens spark food recalls – gallery

A number of food recalls have been sparked by undeclared allergens this month, covered in this photogallery.

Duo guilty of selling 116t of turkey as halal lamb

Two men have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, after supplying 116t of turkey to butchers and restaurants, claiming it was halal lamb.

Grain silo death results in £50k fine

A fatal accident in a grain storage facility resulted in a £50,000 fine for farming firm Maurice Mason Ltd last week (Friday March 10).

News in brief

EU food safety body issues new health claim advice

An update on how to prepare a health claim application has been issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Advertising watchdog bans vodka adverts

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned three advertisements from vodka producer Pure Milk Vodka, for promoting excessive drinking and linking alcohol to sex.

Supermarket forecasting errors and ‘pay to stay’ hurt suppliers

Supermarkets charging for forecasting errors, consumer complaints, margin maintenance, payments to remain listed – or being delisted without sufficient notice – or for better positioning instore and delayed payments, are...

Warburtons’ £2M fine shows the ‘new norm’

A £2M fine imposed on Warburtons after one of its workers sustained life-changing injuries is the “new normal” for cases of this kind, following the imposition of tougher sentencing guidelines,...

The Big Interview

Food nutrition reporting needs more science

It is time for more responsible food nutrition reporting, says Professor Christine Williams.

Manufacturing pay starts to rise, as inflation increases

Average pay settlements have gone up, while pay freezes have gone down, according to the latest data from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Beef sector seeks tariff-free EU trade

ABP Beef (UK)’s md Tom Kirwan has called for tariff-free access to the EU’s market of 510M consumers after Brexit at quota levels for beef and lamb that currently exist....

Budget 2017

Budget requests: Boost export and R&D funding

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to increase funding for food and drink exports and research and development (R&D), ahead of his first Budget today....

Manufacturers face shaming over sugar targets

Food and drink manufacturers that do not meet the government’s 20% sugar reduction target in products by 2020 could be named and shamed, a leading figure at the Department of...

Sugar content of Irn-Bru slashed by 50%

Sugar in the soft drink Irn-Bru is to be cut by more than 50% before the end of the year, its Scottish producer has announced.

Antibiotic overuse is target for action

Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have called on the food supply chain to reduce, replace and re-think the use of antimicrobials...

FSA denies food hygiene failings in abattoirs

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has denied claims that more than a quarter of abattoirs fail to take basic food hygiene precautions in preventing contaminated meat entering the supply chain.

City Food Lecture

US trade deal ‘may lead to unwanted food imports’

A US trade deal may result in Britain importing a range of food products that most consumers find unacceptable, warns Professor Chris Elliott in his City Food Lecture 2017.  

Food polythene firm fined after agency worker injury

A polythene film manufacturer, which supplies the food and agricultural industries, has been fined £6,000 after an agency worker’s hand was trapped in machinery.

Greencore Grocery and 13 other food firms underpay staff by total of £36k

Greencore Grocery and 13 other food and drink firms failed to pay 64 employees their full wages, totalling more than £36,000, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Wyke Farms rethinks deal with pig farm after video emerges

Wyke Farms is reviewing its partnership with JMW Farms Ltd’s Lambrook Pig Farm, after video footage obtained by animal welfare and vegan lobbyist Viva! claimed to show the farm’s pigs...

‘Bad bosses should face jail’ over unpaid staff wages

Employers “should face jail” for failing to pay staff the minimum wage, the Unite union has claimed, after the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) named and shamed 360 companies...

Tesco could be prosecuted for out-of-date labels

Tesco’s failure to remove out-of-date promotional labels from its shelves is a criminal regulatory offence, which could lead to fines – and even imprisonment of individuals found guilty, a law...

Salmonella sparks Sainsbury stir-fry recall

Sainsbury recalled a number of its stir-fry products last week, after testing found the possible presence of salmonella in them.

Hand lacerations cost butchery firm £18k

A butchery firm has been fined £18,000 for safety failings, after a worker suffered deep lacerations to his hand.


Food safety recalls: planning prevents crises

It's crucial to prevent food and drink safety recall incidents becoming crises, as Michelle Knott discovers.

Food sector’s UK workers need Brexit assurances

The GMB union has urged the government for assurances that the food sector’s UK workers won’t be caught in the crossfire of Brexit, while food manufacturers and farmers compete harder...