Food Safety

Barnes: ‘Current regulatory delivery model is not fit for purpose’

Business Leaders’ Forum

2 Sisters Food Group exposé underlines need for FSA reform

By Rick Pendrous

The urgent need to reform the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) regulatory approach was brought into sharp focus by the alleged food hygiene incidents uncovered by the press investigation at the 2 Sisters Food Group West Bromwich chicken cutting plant last...

The GFSI aims to drive continuous improvement in food safety management

Food safety culture leads sector challenges: GFSI

By Michelle Perrett

Safety culture, new technology and consumer trends are three key challenges facing the food sector today, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) manager Anne Gerardi has told Food Manufacture.

Incidents of campylobacter found in chicken have reduced again

FSA praises campylobacter reduction

By Aidan Fortune

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has praised retailers for their efforts in further reducing incidents of campylobacter.

Understanding the role of gut microbes in diet-related health conditions is a key concern

Research body lays out food safety challenges

By Noli Dinkovski

Anti-microbial resistance and the role of gut microbes in diet have been identified as two of the leading challenges faced by the food industry following a consultation by Campden BRI.

Ikea recalls Godis Paskkyckling marshmallow candy

Ikea recalls candy due to mice infestation

By Michelle Perrett

Ikea, the furniture retailer, is recalling its Godis Paskkyckling marshmallow candy due to the discovery of a possible mice infestation at a production unit.

Russell Hume has entered administration following a FSA investigation

Russell Hume turns on FSA as it enters administration

By Aidan Fortune

Meat supplier Russell Hume has turned on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as it emerged it had entered administration, with directors claiming “impossible trading conditions” following an FSA investigation.

The audit is intended to help consumers understand how the EU food safety model works

EU auditors to examine food safety policy

By Michelle Perrett

An EU-wide audit of food safety policy, with particular focus on chemical hazards, has been announced by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

Sushi Daily recalls a batch of its Sushigari

News in brief

Sushi firm recall: products may contain glass

By Michelle Perrett

Sushi Daily, the international sushi supplier, is recalling a batch of its Sushigari (ginger) sold in jars at its kiosks in selected supermarkets because the product may contain small pieces of glass.

Food manufacturers identified the challenges they faced in providing effective food safety training

Manufacturers reveal food safety training challenges

By Gwen Ridler

Up to three-quarters (74%) of food and drink firms are planning to improve food safety in their businesses, as they reveal the challenges of providing effective training for their staff, according to a survey by Campden BRI.

The FSA believes third-party hygiene audits need to be more robust

Food Standards Agency reforms are not a ‘secret mission’

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) reforms under its Regulating Our Future (ROF) programme are about making the Agency “fit for purpose” and not a “back door” way of shifting the full cost burden of inspecting food businesses onto the industry while...

Salmonella cases have risen by 3% across the EU since 2014

Salmonella cases across the EU are increasing

By Michelle Perrett

Salmonella cases have increased by 3% across the EU since 2014, according to a new report compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Naked Bacon will be available in UK supermarkets from January 10

Nitrite-free bacon set for UK launch

By Noli Dinkovski

A bacon product free of cancer-causing nitrites is to launch in the UK following a £14M investment by Northern Irish meat processor Finnebrogue.

Food and drink manufacturers have the opportunity to measure changes in their products

New Suffolk lab aims to improve shelf-life

By Noli Dinkovski

A new laboratory dedicated to improving the shelf-life of products through the use of natural herb, spice, vegetable and hop ingredients has opened in Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Food industry must notify the FSA when serious food safety risks are identified

Food industry must share more data with the FSA

By Rick Pendrous

Food safety experts have welcomed recommendations from a select committee of MPs that there should be a far more systematic process for sharing data and intelligence obtained from private sector audits of food businesses with the Food Standards Agency...

Bosses at Axgro Foods insist health and safety is their ‘number one priority’ following the incident

Factory chemical incident puts 11 in hospital

By Noli Dinkovski

Bosses at a Lincolnshire food factory have insisted health and safety is their “number one priority” after a chemical incident hospitalised 11 staff.

David Edwards has criticised the FSA’s plans for certified regulatory auditors

Auditing expert hits out at FSA’s reforms

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) flagship Regulating Our Future (ROF) programme has been criticised for being “on a wobble”, by a leading food hygiene auditing expert.

2 Sisters boss Ranjit Boparan disclosed measures to improve food safety at the firm’s West Bromwich plant

2 Sisters boss sought to reassure MPs on factory safety

By Michelle Perrett

The boss of 2 Sisters Food Group Ranjit Boparan has said he would personally visit all retailers to reassure them of the safety of its West Bromwich plant, which was the subject of an undercover press investigation and Commons select committee inquiry.

Food Manufacture editor Rick Pendrous: cutting food safety corners is common


Cutting food safety corners is common

By Rick Pendrous

This issue of Food Manufacture goes to press the day after 2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Boparan gave evidence to the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee.

Boparan agrees to fund FSA inspectors at all 2SFG cutting plants

2 Sisters’ Boparan to fund FSA inspections at all cutting plants

By Michelle Perrett

Ranjit Boparan, the boss of 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG), has agreed to fund Food Standards Agency (FSA) inspectors across all of its plants as well as implement CCTV in all areas and improve staff training to restore confidence in its poultry production....

EFRA chairman Neil Parish MP: ‘This should not have happened. All of you are culpable’

2 Sisters safety breaches: meat assurance schemes ‘culpable’

By Michelle Perrett

Chairman of the House of Commons’ Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee Neil Parish MP has accused the UK’s main meat assurance schemes of being “culpable” for the alleged breaches of food safety identified in an undercover press...

2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Boparan will appear before a parliamentary committee today

2 Sisters boss Boparan faces parliamentary committee today

By Michelle Perrett

2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Boparan will appear before a parliamentary committee today (October 25), after allegations were made about food safety, hygiene and welfare breaches at the company’s West Bromwich plant.

Ranjit Singh Boparan has been called to give evidence at a parliamentary committee hearing this month

2 Sisters’ boss called to parliamentary hearing

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Boparan has been called to appear before a parliamentary inquiry, after allegations of food safety, hygiene and welfare breaches at its West Bromwich plant.

Food Manufacture editor Rick Pendrous: the FSA needs more resources to cope with a hard Brexit

Supply chains opinion

More FSA resources to meet hard Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Given Boris Johnson’s continued hotly contested assertion that repatriation of the UK’s £350M weekly contribution to the EU could provide a huge additional spending boost to the NHS, that won’t leave much left for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Food safety culture ‘failure’ at chicken plant

Culture of food safety missing at 2 Sisters chicken plant

By Rick Pendrous

2 Sisters Food Group’s (2SFG’s) West Bromwich chicken processing site needs to set up a far more effective hygiene culture and whistleblowing procedures to prevent a reoccurrence of the unacceptable practises identified by the recent undercover investigation...

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