Food Safety

Allergens require specialised cleaning techniques to prevent cross contamination in the food factory

Cleaning to prevent allergen cross contamination

By Gwen Ridler

Cleaning is an essential part of allergen control in the food factory, but special care must be taken to choose the appropriate method to avoid cross contamination, warned Christeyns Food Hygiene Technical Director Peter Littleton.

Alfa Laval's PlusClean system reduces water consumption by 80% compared to other disinfection systems

Alfa Laval debuts new clean-in-place system

By Gwen Ridler

A new clean-in-place (CIP) system that guarantees total coverage during the sterilisation process and an 80% reduction in water consumption has been developed by Alfa Laval.

The Government has pushed back restrictions on HFSS promotions in stores

Government delays restrictions on HFSS promotions

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s delay in the implementation of restrictions on advertising and volume promotions for high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods has been criticised for contradicting its levelling up ambitions and escalating the cost of treating obesity.

The number of adults skipping meals grew in the past three months, according to The Food Foundation

Calls for Government action over food security

By Michelle Perrett

There has been a rapid rise (57%) in the proportion of households cutting back on food or missing meals altogether in just three months, new data from The Food Foundation has revealed.

Acrylamide can be found in products such as crisps, chips and cakes. iStock credit piotr_malczyk

Be aware of EU acrylamide changes

By Mark Hughes

The EU recently added many more products to its acrylamide monitoring system, broadening the list of baked goods and including pita and specialty breads, pancakes, tortillas, churros, doughnuts and croissants.

You have until 26 May to get your CBD products on the FSA's CBD product list

Last chance to register CBD products

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a final call for food and drink products containing cannabidiol (CBD) to be added to the public list.

The ECDC will investigate any links between raw materials and the ongoing salmonella outbreak

Salmonella outbreak: potential link to raw materials

By Gwen Ridler

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is to investigate a potential link between contaminated raw material and the multi-country outbreak of salmonella connected to Ferrero’s Belgian chocolate factory.

An outbreak of listeria has been linked to smoked fish

Ongoing listeria outbreak linked to smoked fish

By Gwen Ridler

An ongoing outbreak of listeria in the UK has been linked to smoked fish, according to an investigation led by the UK Health Security Agency, Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland.

The BMPA, FSS and Neat Burger have announced senior appointments

Food and drink industry senior appointments: Round-up

By Gwen Ridler

The British Meat Processors Association, Food Standards Scotland and Neat Burger have all announced senior appointments, covered in this round-up of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

The FSA's list of credible CBD products could create confidence for investors and brings clarity to manufacturers

FSA CBD product list brings clarity to the sector

By Gwen Ridler

Producers of food and drink products containing cannabidiol (CBD) have been provided with clarity over the future legality of their products on the UK market, as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published its list of credible Novel Foods applications.

Counterfeit Wonka chocolate bars have been spotted on store shelves in the UK

FSA issues fake Wonka chocolate warning

By Gwen Ridler

UK and Ireland food safety authorities have warned members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit Wonka chocolate bars being sold in shops and online across the country.

Johnson: 'Ukraine accounts for 17% of the globally exported corn'

Food Safety opinion

Food fraud and the Ukraine war

By Alison Johnson

The impact of the conflict in Ukraine has been well covered in the media, but what is the likely impact of this global supply disruption on food fraud and food authenticity?

Intakes of added and free sugar should stay as low as possible, according to EFSA

Sugar intake levels in line with current recommendations

By Gwen Ridler

Intakes of added and free sugar should be as low as possible – in line with current recommendations – for a nutritionally adequate diet, according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Salmonella contamination sparked a number of food recalls this month

Salmonella sparks food recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Salmonella contamination has sparked recalls of infant formula, pork snack products and frozen raw dog foods over the past month, according to reports by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The Supreme Court's dismissal of the CMC vs FSA case does not affect the ability to appeal official vet decisions, claimed AIMS

Supreme Court dismisses Cleveland Meat Company case against FSA

By Gwen Ridler

The Supreme Court’s move to dismiss Cleveland Meat Company’s (CMC’s) case against the Food Standards Agency (FSA) does not quash meat processors’ right to appeal against an Official Veterinarian's decision on the fitness of a carcase for human consumption,...

Mike Pipe at Mettler Toledo explained five benefiots of adopting x-ray systems in the food factory

Five reasons to onboard X-ray detection

By Gwen Ridler

Mike Pipe, head of global sales at Mettler-Toledo outlines his top five reasons food and drink manufacturers should start looking to invest in x-ray inspection.

Miles outlined five active food fraud investigations

Food Crime Unit closes in on fraudsters

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) is making progress on food fraud investigations, with sentencing following its first successful conviction due to take place this month.

The Food Standards Agency said the regulatory system needed to adapt to a digital world

FSA: recovery dominated by COVID-19

By Michelle Perrett

The immediate future is dominated by recovery from COVID-19, but food inspections cannot be delayed 'indefinitely', Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Emily Miles has said.

The consultation opens on 6 December and runs until 14 March 2022

FSA launches consultation on 'may contain' packaging

By Michelle Perrett

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation to gather views from businesses and consumers on the use of precautionary allergen information and labels, often written as 'may contain' on food packaging.

All herbs and spices are not of the same quality, McCormick's Chris Jinks has warned. iStock credit: AlexRaths

McCormick warns of herbs and spices adulteration

By Michelle Perrett

McCormick & Company, the US-based ingredients supplier, has called on manufacturers in the herb and spice industry to check their businesses for fraudulent practices following the publication of an EU report.

The FSA and UKRI have funded six projects bringing togetherresearchers and the public to investigate food standards and safety

FSA helps fund citizen science research projects

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have awarded £200,000 to fund six projects uniting the public and researchers to investigate food standards and safety challenges.

The GFSI has launched a new benchmark for food safety auditors

GFSI launches new benchmark for food safety auditors

By Gwen Ridler

The ‘first-ever’ set of Benchmarking Requirements for food safety auditor Professional Recognition Bodies has been launched by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in a bid to raise the profile of the profession and attract and retain talent.

DSM promised a one-hour tunraropund on its new phage testing kit

DSM debuts one-hour phage testing kit

By Gwen Ridler

A new testing kit that can detect Bacteriophage contamination in dairy products within an hour has been debuted by nutrition, health and bioscience firm Royal DSM.

Irradiation could be used to tackle bacteria that cause food poisoning

Opinion

Irradiation to tackle foodborne bacteria

By Gwen Ridler

Alison Johnson, managing director at Food Forensics, discusses the use of irradiation in the fight against salmonella, campylobacter and E.coli.