Food Safety

This year's Food Safety Briefing will feature tips on allergens, audits, HACCP planning and horizon scanning

Food Safety Briefing airs tomorrow

By Rod Addy

Food Safety Briefing: Weak Links in The Chain, Food Manufacture's annual free food safety webinar, airs tomorrow at 3pm UK time on 6 October.

Food safety systems at factory level have been tested like never before

Food Manufacture Webinar

Food Safety: Weak Links in The Chain

By Rod Addy

Allergen management, effective management of food industry audits, horizon scanning tools and robust hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) systems will all be addressed in a free Food Manufacture webinar held on 6 October.

What are the FSA plans for meat inspections?

FSA reveals strong support for meat inspector changes

By Michelle Perrett

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that there is strong support for its proposed changes to the way that it plans to modernise the way inspectors carry out ‘official controls’ in meat plants.

The webinar will cover areas including managing audits efficiently and HACCP planning

Food Manufacture webinar

Food Safety Briefing: Weak Links in The Chain 6 October

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture is running its usual free annual Food Safety Briefing on 6 October online from 3pm to 4.30pm, featuring experts tackling topics ranging from allergens to ensuring robust HACCP plans and audits.

Recalls can be prevented by safeguarding against 'never events' in the factory

Preventing recalls by avoiding ‘never events’

By Gwen Ridler

Up to half of all food and drink recalls could be prevented by avoiding ‘never events’, easily preventable packaging and labelling mistakes that trigger an allergen related recall, management consultancy RQA has claimed.

Food and beverage manufacturers will soon be able to access PureCircle’s stevia ingredients from bioconversion

Stevia range from PureCircle wins EFSA approval

By Rod Addy

PureCircle has secured a positive safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its Reb M, Reb D and Reb AM stevia ingredients produced through bioconversion of stevia leaf extracts.

The project aims to track how pathogens and AMR spread by analysing food, environment and health factors

£19.2m food safety project to track foodborne pathogens

By Rod Addy

Food safety across the food chain just got a boost as the Government announced £19.2m funding for a three-year surveillance project tracking UK foodborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistant (AMR) microbes.

A total of 36% of consumers surveyed said they checked food labelling for allergens or ingredients exacerbating intolerances

Allergen information needs more work, says GS1 UK

By Rod Addy

Food allergy-stricken Brits need more transparent information about allergens in foods, with one in six unable to identify any in common food groups and 62% too embarrassed to ask about ingredients when eating out.

Kendall: 'Since 2006, a limit of 500 parts per billion has been applied to illegal dyes in food ingredients'

Food safety opinion

Illegal dyes in the food industry: colouring our judgment

By Kendall Baker

Use of illegal dyes in foodstuffs persists despite the danger to health they pose, driven by their cheaper cost. Kendall Baker, scientific lead at food testing company Food Forensics takes a close look.

The systems' Human Machine Interfaces are able to withstand the harshest washdown treatment

Mettler Toledo launches detection and weighing combos

By Rod Addy

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has launched a series of smart-design, washdown-resistant product inspection systems, integrating sophisticated checkweighing and metal detection technologies for manufacturers of packaged food, including dairy and meat...

The average shelf life of Welsh lamb has been increased by 10%

Welsh processors boost lamb shelf life

By Gwen Ridler

The shelf life of Welsh lamb has increased by 10%, driving competitiveness of Welsh meat produce in the UK and overseas, according to Meat Promotion Wales.

Food safety never sleeps

Food safety never sleeps

By Jerome Smail

In a world where COVID-19 has forced a readjustment of priorities in so many areas, food safety has rightly remained at the very top of the agenda for producers.

Campden BRI continuous flow study aims to boost efficiency

Campden BRI study aims to cut over-processing costs

By Jerome Smail

An investigation into minimising over-processing could boost efficiency and profitability for food manufacturers, according to the project’s researchers at science and technology hub Campden BRI.

Sanderson: 'Remote risk management has opened our eyes to new possibilities'

Has remote compliance become business as usual?

By Rick Sanderson

Operating a laboratory relying on the steady flow of samples from across the world for various methods of integrity testing, life looked as uncertain for us as it did for the rest of the industry a year ago.

Air Products UK and Ireland has experimented with combining MAP with freezing

Opinion

Modified atmosphere and cryogenic freezing

By Neil Hansford

Neil Hansford, Air Products UK and Ireland Freshline Applications product line manager, discusses the potential of combining cryogenic freezing with existing modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) tech to ensure good standards and quality for food products....

Smith: 'The global food industry is collectively recognising the importance of hygienic design'

Ask The Expert, In Collaboration with the Institute of Food Science & Technology

Ask the Expert: Vikan global specialist on hygienic design

By Debra Smith

Debra Smith, a fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology and global hygiene specialist at Vikan describes her background and analyses the hygienic design of food processing equipment.

Precautionary allergen labelling can act more as a disclaimer to cover manufacturers, rather than a help for consumers

Precautionary allergen label regulation 'desperately needed'

By Rod Addy

Regulation of precautionary allergen labelling (PAL), such as 'may contain ...' is 'desperately needed', according to Apetito's group technical manager Iain Mortimer, making the Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) review...

Research into C.botulinum in bread hopes to find what makes these products resistant to the pathogen

Food Safety Briefing: Campden BRI’s bread project

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Campden BRI microbiology department section manager Phil Voysey explained the organisation’s research into C.botulinum and its relationship with modified atmosphere packaged (MAP) bread products.

Johnson: 'The clear message is act now to ensure you are not a victim'

Food safety opinion

Fraudsters v criminals: do you know what you're dealing with?

By Alison Johnson

Authenticity issues reported in Food Forensics's knowledge base platform over the past 12 months demonstrate an increase of 12% on the previous year, so with fraud on the rise, how do we define a fraudster?

Uncertainty still surrounds COVID-19's affect on food safety, according to RQA

COVID-19 creates food safety challenges

By Gwen Ridler

The COVID-19 pandemic has failed to impact food safety, but uncertainty still surrounds its effect on food safety culture and fraud, according to management consultancy RQA Group.

Concerns over toxic metal in baby's milk have sparked the creation of a new report on detection systems

New report offers toxic metal detection advice

By Gwen Ridler

A new report detailing strategies for quickly detecting and reducing levels of toxic metals in food and beverages has been published by research support services provider PreScouter.