Food Safety

How might the EU change regulation over Listeria? Credit: Getty/ericsphotography

Long read

EU Listeria law: Potential changes and pitfalls

By Bethan Grylls

With the EU on the precipice of new Listeria regulations, Bethan Grylls reports on Chilled Food Association’s most recent webinar examining the potential avenues this could take and the repercussions.

How can you be sure you are getting the blend you have approved? Credit: Getty/Giovanni Magdalinos

Food Forensics

Do you know if your wine is real?

By Alison Johnson

Wine fraud has been reported as far back as Ancient Rome and continues to be a major obstacle in the industry today. So how can you ensure yours is genuine?

A new method for identifying and measuring wheat flour contamination has been developed by US researchers. Credit: Getty/Stephen Barnes

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Breakthrough discovery in gluten-free detection

By Bethan Grylls

Researchers have developed a new “highly effective” method for identifying and measuring wheat flour contamination, which could be a game-changer in gluten-free food safety.

There's been a big Salmonella outbreak in Turkey affecting British travellers. Credit: Getty/byakkaya

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Hundreds of Brits hit with Salmonella

By Bethan Grylls

More than 200 cases of Salmonella have been identified by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in travellers returning from Turkey.

FSA and FSS call for views on Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Credit: Getty/We Are

News

Call for evidence on Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

By Bethan Grylls

The two agencies that govern food standards in the UK are calling for businesses and consumers to offer their views on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Levels of food insecurity have reached 25% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Credit: Getty/imaginima

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Food insecurity reaches new highs

By Bethan Grylls

Food insecurity has increased from 16% to 25% across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the last three years.

Undeclared allergens, pieces of plastic and raw product sparked recalls this past month

Recalls

Allergen threat and manufacturing errors spark recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Undeclared allergens including milk, soya and gluten continue to spark recalls of food and drink, as manufacturers pull products from the shelf in response to potential choking hazards and labelling errors.

Jamie George was sentence to more than three years in prison for selling potentially fatal diet pills. Image: Getty/ Moussa81

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Deadly diet pill jail sentence welcomed by FSS

By Gwen Ridler

Jamie George (32) of Denny, Scotland has been sentenced to jail for supplying potentially fatal ‘diet pills’ to members of the public, a landmark case for Food Standards Scotland’s (FFS’s) crime unit.

Choosing new suppliers when existing supply chains are disrupted brings risk of food fraud

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Supply shortages increase risk of food fraud

By Gwen Ridler

Supply chain shortages could increase the risk of food fraud as manufacturers hurriedly search for new suppliers to help meet customer demand, according to compliance and assurance consultancy LRQA.

An investigation linking an outbreak of salmonella to chicken supplied to UK supermarkets raised concerns surrounding food safety regulations

News

Stronger regulations needed in light of poultry salmonella outbreaks

By Gwen Ridler

Reports that a meat supplier to UK supermarkets was sourcing chickens dosed with antibiotics linked to deadly superbugs highlights that current guidance and regulation does not go far enough to ensure food safety, according to the Farm Animal Investment...

Are current meat inspections fair on smaller abattoirs? Credit: Getty/Portra

Short read

Does meat inspection at small abattoirs need to change?

By Bethan Grylls

With many smaller abattoirs forced to close, is it time for the meat inspection process in the UK to change in support of independents – and what is the government already doing to help?

Are you sure you can claim vegan? Credit: Getty/The_Believer_art

Food Forensics

Vegan lab testing – what to expect

By Alison Johnson

In this month’s Food Forensics column, Alison Johnson looks at the different testing options to confirm your vegan product claims and some interesting outliers you may encounter.

Read NSF's Alison's Friel's six ways to protect against and handle food recalls. Credit: Getty/bymuratdeniz

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6 steps to safeguard your brand against recalls

By Alison Friel

With food recalls making headlines more often than not, Alison Friel, director of food consulting and training at NSF, takes a look at how you can safeguard against this growing threat.

Food adn drink M&A activity is starting to bounce back, but the value of deals has yet to hit the historic average

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Food and drink M&A activity on the rise

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is on the rise, but the value of deals has dropped in the face of persistent macroeconomic headwinds and the absence of larger players in the market.

Have you ever considered testing for microbial contamination with genomics? Credit: Getty/CIPhotos

Feature

Leveraging genomics in microbial risk management

By Alan Littlechild, Celina To and Eric Brown

Food Manufacture hears from a roundtable of three experts from Mars, the FDA and Oxford Nanopore Technologies, as they discuss how one can use the power of genomics in contamination incident management.

How can food and beverage manufacturers cut costs responsibly? Credit: Getty/Wasan Tita

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Where can I cut costs without impacting food integrity?

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture recently aired a webinar that explored how food manufacturers could reduce costs without negatively influencing food integrity. Here are the highlights from our expert guest speakers.

Barbara Bray chaired this year's IFST spring conference

Long read

Transforming the food system and where to start

By Bethan Grylls

At this year’s IFST spring conference, the discussion centred on ‘taming the perfect storm’ of food security, health and nutrition, and the environment – but where do we even begin in the face of such a ferocious gale? Bethan Grylls covers the highlights...

ChatGPT has thrown artificial intelligence into the spotlight but how far can this technology go? Credit: Getty/Userba011d64_201

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How far can AI go?

By Marcel Koks

Marcel Koks, Infor’s food industry strategy leader, asks what AI can achieve for the food and beverage industry.

Bethan Grylls visiting the Felix Project and Bruce Grove Youth Centre which relies on the distributions of the charity to help feed its vulnerable families and individuals within its community

Feature

The benefits of working with a redistribution charity

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls interviews The Felix Project and FareShare to find out more about how they redistribute food, the food safety measures in place, and why they’re in dire need of help from manufacturers.

People are the root cause of food safety issues, according to BSI

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People at the core of food safety risks

By Gwen Ridler

People rather than failures of machinery or technology are the common factor in food safety incidents, quality failures and recalls, according to BSI.

Alison Johnson serves up three ways to help deter food fraud. Credit: Getty / Marilyn Nieves

Column: Food Forensics

Up your game when it comes to detecting food fraud

By Alison Johnson

Following the news of recent food fraud incidents, such as the event which recently impacted retailer Booths, Alison Johnson, managing director at Food Forensics outlines three ways of preventing food fraud occurring in your supply chain.

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