Food Safety

Sanderson: 'The rate of increase in recorded incidences, with the last quarter of 2020 increasing by a staggering 38%, is proof if it were needed that we have an ideal climate for fraud'

Opinion

Challenges of 2020 create an 'ideal climate' for food fraud

By Rick Sanderson

Rick Sanderson (pictured), business development director at Food Forensics, discusses the increased threat of food fraud created by the challenges of 2020 and what food firms can do to mitigate the damage to their businesses.

Severe allergic reactions were thrust into the spotlight following the consultation into Natasha Ednan-Laperouse's death

Calls renewed for register of severe allergic reactions

By Gwen Ridler

The creation of a national register to record severe allergic reactions to food could speed up investigations into similar incidents and help prevent future cases, according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Detection and inspection systems have had to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 and drastically increased workflows

Detection and inspection

Detection and inspection: food safety tech in a COVID world

By Gwen Ridler

The world has changed a lot over the course of a year. From the way we work to how products reach consumers, every part of the food and drink industry has felt some impact from COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns enforced to help contain its spread.

Unlabeled allergens, salmonella contamination and chocking hazards all sparked recalls in December

December food recall roundup

By Gwen Ridler

Christmas crackers, protein balls and jelly cups were just some of the products recalled by food and drink firms over the Christmas period.

Use by dates for meat can be longer than ten days under new FSA guidelines

FSA scraps ten-day meat product shelf life date guidance

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processors have more freedom to set their own shelf life for vacuum- or modified-atmosphere-packed (VP/MAP) fresh beef, lamb and pork products, according to updated Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines.

Miles: 'local authority food teams went into the pandemic already 20% below full strength'

COVID-19 depletes local authority food safety staff

By Rod Addy

The coronavirus pandemic has slashed local authority food safety staff numbers, which were already significantly below where they needed to be, according to Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Emily Miles.

Two thirds of consumers worry about the safety of their food, according to a worldwide survey

Global poll highlights food safety fears

By Gwen Ridler

Three fifths of consumers across the globe are worried about the safety of the food they eat, research from charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation suggests.

The webinar will include an extensive Q&A discussion to allow registrants to pose specific questions

Two days to register for Food Safety Briefing

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture's free-to-access Food Safety Briefing webinar, which covers topics ranging from food fraud and detection and inspection to allergen and pathogen management, goes live in just two days.

Greggs factory has been temporarily closed due to a

Coronavirus cases at Greggs factory halts production

By Michelle Perrett

Greggs has temporarily halted production and sent 300 staff home from its factory near Newcastle after a “small number” of coronavirus cases were confirmed among staff working at the site.

The 90-minute webinar will explore food safety risk management in an unstable world

Food Safety Briefing webinar live on 7 October

By Rod Addy

Risk management in an age of disruption will be the topic of Food Manufacture's annual Food Safety Briefing webinar, which will air on the 7 October, tackling topics such as food fraud.

The new audit scheme will see tailored audit reports.

Food industry shared audit scheme launched

By Michelle Perrett

Intertek, the quality assurance service provider and Roquette, the plant-based ingredients supplier, have launched a shared audit programme for the food industry.

Red meat shelf-life boost could benefit other meats

Red meat shelf-life boost could benefit other meats

By Michelle Perrett

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) claims a move to convince the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to support extending chilled red meat shelf-life beyond ten days could benefit other meats too.

Traceability issues could cost food manufacturers the trust of its consumers

Recalls heighten consumer mistrust in food firms

By Gwen Ridler

More than a third of UK consumers believe food and drink firms are not transparent enough when it comes to product recalls, according to standards and barcode provider GS1 UK.

The FSA has unveiled its research priorities

FSA highlights research priorities

By Michelle Perrett

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will focus research on four key areas: food hypersensitivity and allergy; assuring food safety and standards; innovation in food regulation; and the future of food systems.

Vestey Foods' Thompson uses thermal processing and allergen control as examples

Technical Opinion

Food safety: why validations and 'worst-case scenarios' are vital

By Chris Thompson

Even technical experts sometimes confuse validations with verifications, but both are crucial aspects of food safety processes, as is the 'worst-case scenario' approach, argues Chris Thompson, technical manager at Vestey Foods UK.

2 Sisters Coronarvirus cluster has been contained

2 Sisters coronavirus cases contained

By Michelle Perrett

Health officials have revealed that the 2 Sisters Coronavirus outbreak at the Llangefni factory in Wales has been “contained” and there is no evidence of community transmission.

More than 1m people have signed the NFU's petition calling for the safeguarding of food standards post-Brexit

Food standards petition reaches 1m signatures

By Gwen Ridler

More than 1m people have signed a petition urging the Government to ensure future trade deals do not lead to an increase in imported foods that would be illegal to produce in the UK.

The spread of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 has been facilitated by social media, warned Buttriss

Opinion

COVID-19: beware false immune health promises

By Judy Buttriss

British Nutrition Foundation director general Judy Buttriss warns of the threat of false immune health promises being circulated during the COVID-19 crisis.

Top experts will address key product recall issues in the free one-hour webinar

Product recall webinar programme tackles allergens, labelling

By Rod Addy

Product recall guidance vital for tackling allergen contamination and labelling errors, plus advice on contingency planning and use of technology for cost-effective recall management were presented at an exclusive webinar on 17 March.

Allergens, expiry dates and foreign language issues were the major labelling causes for food recalls across Europe

Top label causes of food recalls

By Michelle Perrett

Allergens, followed by expiry dates and foreign language issues were the major labelling causes for food recalls across Europe over more than five years, according to Steve Spice, regulatory manager at Ashbury.