Food Safety

AI inspection systems have boomed in recent years

AI inspection system boom

By Noli Dinkovski

Next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) inspection systems that include the likes of thermal, 3D, and hyperspectral imaging are playing an ever more critical role in helping manufacturers reduce product recalls, a supplier to the industry has claimed.

African swine fever poses no threat to human health but is fatal for pigs

Pig body warns of African swine fever ‘catastrophe’

By Noli Dinkovski

More resources should be allocated to surveillance at ports and airports to help keep illegally imported meat and African swine fever (ASF) out of the UK and prevent a “potentially massive catastrophe” for the pig industry, the National Pig Association...

Use of behavioural psychology can help bread a better food safety culture

A nudge in the right direction

By James Ridler

The use of nudge theory – positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions – can help influence the behaviour and decision-making of workers to reinforce food safety culture and compliance, according to Shield Safety Group strategic advisor Sterling Crew.

Better technology and reporting techniques have led to a recall rise in the UK

In-depth: food safety

Rise of the recall

By Nick Hughes

While opinions are divided on the reason for the recent surge in food recalls, businesses are advised to have a clear system to mitigate the impact of such incidents.

The Food Standards Agency has appointed Emily Miles as the new chief executive

Food Standards Agency appoints new chief exec

By James Ridler

Emily Miles – current acting director general for the EU exit delivery group at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – has been appointed the next chief executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The Cowhouse Dairy pasteurised raw milk from a nearby farm and then processed it into ice cream

Ice cream boss fined £20k for hygiene offences

By Noli Dinkovski

The director of an ice cream-making business that supplied to schools in Derbyshire faces a bill of more than £20,000 after admitting serious hygiene offences.

Local authorities are struggling to meet their legal responsibilities to ensure business compliance, the report found

Food safety inspection funding drops

By David Challis

Funding for delivering food controls has dropped by £24m over the past six years, calling local authorities’ ability to meet their legal responsibilities into question, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Adopting practices in the health sector can prevent safety-related product recalls

Avoid recall risk through ‘Never Events’

By Noli Dinkovski

Food firms can avoid serious safety-related product recalls by applying the ‘Never Event’ principle used in the health sector, a leading consultant in the field has argued.

 Hancock: ‘I am as ambitious as ever to deliver a modern regulatory system’

New regulatory system will ‘need to be paid for’: FSA

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers will have to bear the “cost of regulation” to ensure they comply with the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) new sustainable funding model, its chair Heather Hancock has reiterated.

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