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Seafood covers the gamut of issues: health - through consumption of poly-unsaturated fatty acids and dangers - through potentially increased consumption of heavy metals; questions about sustainable sourcing; and big issues around new product development to make fish and shellfish (molluscs) more acceptable to consumers. Don’t waste time fishing around for essential information when you can get it from one informed source.

Food fraud uncovered at fish and chip shops

Food fraud is rife in fish and chip shops, with one in six fish samples bought differing from what had been ordered, according to sampling conducted for consumer group Which?

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F Smales boosts jobs with new depot

Hull-based fish merchant F Smales & Son is creating six jobs as it sets up a new 5,574m2 depot to help distribute frozen fish.

Barclays cash offers Unique Seafood room to grow

Unique Seafood aims to boost sales and expand storage capacity with the help of a £2.8M package it negotiated with Barclays bank.

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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.

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.

Seafood processor doubles jobs with investment

Jonas Seafood will treble its turnover this year to more than £2M after £210,000 was pumped into the business last year, md Kevin Jonas has said.

BBC’s Horizon backs ethical production of mussels

Scottish rope-grown mussels were highlighted as one of the most environmentally friendly ways of producing protein in a BBC Horizon programme on August 20.

Russian food ban risks thousands of jobs

Thousands of British food manufacturing jobs and millions of pounds worth of exports are threatened by Russia’s ban on food imports.

Enzymotec’s simple answer to the ‘stagnant’ fish oil market

Enzymotec has launched a new premium fish oil-based omega-3 product.

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Seafood firms wanted for food manufacturing Oscars

Seafood manufacturing heroes are invited to apply for this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Wind power earns smokery thousands a year

A Cornish smokery nets £85,000 extra a year from a single 50kW wind turbine it installed in November 2012, according to its md Jon Short.

Fish waste proteins offer help to famine victims

Salmon waste could help treat famine victims thanks to novel technology – currently being trialled by Loch Duart – that can extract edible proteins from the leftovers.

Agreeing frozen fish dates sparks hot debate

Consumers could be put off eating fish, if new EU rules governing the labelling dates of frozen fish are not better defined, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has warned.


FMEAs open for entries

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to be a star. Enter online at

Young’s Seafood to set up white fish, salmon centres

Young’s Seafood has outlined the next steps in its chilled food strategy, with the firm planning investments in two centres of excellence at its Fraserburgh and Marsden Road sites.

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Retailers to tackle slavery problems after poll

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is to produce guidelines for its members to tackle modern slavery and other human rights abuses, after a Mori poll revealed overwhelming support for ethical...

Natural smoked flavours spark food revolution

Food firms are revisiting smoked flavours, working with different varieties of wood to bring fresh experiences to consumer taste buds, according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions.

Modern Slavery Bill should include food supply chain

The government’s Modern Slavery Bill should include provision to scrutinise the food supply chain, according to the Labour Party and the Association of Labour Providers.

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Cooperation need to curb worker exploitation

The exploitation of foreign workers can be halted only by improving cooperation not boycotting products, warns the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

French packer uses X-rays to monitor scallops

A French seafood packer has installed an Ishida X-ray inspection system to monitor frozen scallops before they enter the packing process.

Paramount 21 invests to expand production

Seafood processor Paramount 21 has invested in a 464.5m2 warehouse adjacent to its Newton Abbot production site in Devon to release production space as it steps up its new product development....

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Lamb prices rise at highest rate among meat products

Lamb and fish prices have increased the most within the meat industry over the last three decades, according to new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Food and drink recalls in 2014 – in pictures

Sainsbury was involved in a third of food safety product recalls so far in 2014, according to food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA).

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Wanted: food and drink manufacturing champions

This month (May) marks the formal launch of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which are now open for entries.

Fish lines monitored in continuous flow

A new fish processing system from Marel called ProCon Flowline uses radio-frequency identification technology to track all products on the line and monitor worker performance.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014