All news articles for January 03, 2018

The FSA believes third-party hygiene audits need to be more robust

Food Standards Agency reforms are not a ‘secret mission’

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) reforms under its Regulating Our Future (ROF) programme are about making the Agency “fit for purpose” and not a “back door” way of shifting the full cost burden of inspecting food businesses onto the industry while...

The Ncn’ean distillery plans to use locally-sourced wood in its new boiler

Distillery installs wood chip boiler

By Rick Pendrous

The newly opened Ncn’ean distillery on the Morvern peninsula in Scotland has committed itself to environmentally friendly production by choosing locally-sourced wood as the primary power source for its new 850kW woodchip boiler system.

There has been a ‘redefinition’ of portion sizes, says Mars director Rob Verhagen

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Halt portion-size ‘super-inflation’ to curb obesity

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers need to halt the “super-inflation” of portion sizes if the global obesity epidemic is to be addressed, a senior innovation director at confectionery giant Mars has claimed.

The new biogas plant will produce 200kW of power and 230kW of heat

Balmenach distillery installs £3M anaerobic digestion plant

By Rick Pendrous

Balmenach, one of Speyside’s oldest whisky distilleries and the home of Caorunn Scottish Gin, is set to become one of Scotland’s greenest distilleries with the announcement last month that work had started on a £3M biogas project to significantly reduce...

Brexit has focused the need for more NFCU powers, says food crime boss Andy Morling

Food Crime Unit needs up to £5M more to investigate fraud

By Rick Pendrous

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) would only take on investigatory powers on top of its intelligence gathering activities if it received ministerial support and between £4M and £5M a year of extra government funding, it emerged at the Food Standards...

Food and drink recalls in the UK more than doubled in 2015/16

Food and drink recalls more than double in 2015/16

By Michelle Perrett

The number of food and drink product recalls in the UK grew by 62% in 2015/16 driven by the impact of new EU labelling legislation, the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) report has revealed.

Salmonella cases have risen by 3% across the EU since 2014

Salmonella cases across the EU are increasing

By Michelle Perrett

Salmonella cases have increased by 3% across the EU since 2014, according to a new report compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Environment secretary Michael Gove would support the imposition of tariffs on imports of food and drink post Brexit

Food tariffs if Brexit ends up on WTO terms

By Michelle Perrett

The government would support the imposition of tariffs on imports of food and drink post Brexit to protect UK producers, despite it increasing prices for consumers, environment secretary Michael Gove revealed to MPs last month.

Flowpacker provides shelf-appeal for chocs

Flowpacker provides shelf-appeal for chocs

By Rick Pendrous

A new horizontal flowpacker has been developed by German processing equipment company Hugo Beck to meet the demanding shelf display requirements of the chocolate and confectionery sector.

Coke's Fanta bottle gets a new twist

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Coke's Fanta bottle gets a new twist

By Rick Pendrous

Equipment supplier Sidel has collaborated in the new ‘Spiral’ polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle project from The Coca-Cola Company designed to ‘rejuvenate’ the Fanta brand.