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Speakers at the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s 2018 spring conference spoke of the potential of remote audits

Could remote technology help audits?

By Rod Addy

Remote audits, using drones for filming and even Google Glass, will offer solutions to consumer demands for robust food supply chain standards, but can only supplement face-to-face methods.

Food firms need to be ahead of new standards for occupational accidents and work safety

News in brief

Food firms urged to take safety initiative

By MIchelle Perrett

Food businesses are being urged to ensure they are ahead of a new international standard that tackles occupational accidents and improves work safety.

People have been asked to submit their views on the government's role in promoting British food and drink

Call for evidence on UK food’s overseas image

By Gwen Ridler

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has called for written evidence on how effective the UK Government is at promoting and marketing British food and drink overseas.

A new testing system could prevent coffee bean fraud

New coffee testing method to deter fraudsters

By Gwen Ridler

A new method of detecting Arabica coffee that has been tainted by lower-quality Robusta beans has been developed by food science training centre The Quadram Institute.

Confusion still exists over date regulations for vacuum-packed meat products

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Not so perfect ten on new rules

By Aidan Fortune

Confusion over date labelling and storage of meat products is still causing friction between producers and enforcement agencies. Can this be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction?

Melchett criticised the UK government for not considering the health of consumers in its food and farming reforms

Soil Association rails at Government consultation

By Gwen Ridler

The Soil Association has criticised a Government consultation on the future of food, farming and the environment for failing to account for the health of British consumers.

Rubber and plastic contamination sparked recalls in the past week

Rubber and plastic contamination cause food recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Rubber and plastic contamination forced the recall of yogurt and chicken products over the past week, as a number of products were returned to stores for containing undeclared allergens.

A parliamentary committee will look at the sustainability of our oceans

Parliament launches review of marine sustainability

By Gwen Ridler

The UK Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched an inquiry into the sustainability of our seas and the reliability of the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC’s) certification schemes for ensuring fisheries are sustainable.

Choking hazards and undeclared allergens sparked recalls this week

Choking hazard fears triggers food recall

By Gwen Ridler

AKM Foods has recalled some Zaiqa International Mini Fruit Jelly products, after certain batches of the confectionery proved to be a choking hazard.

The impact of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy may have far reaching consequences

sugar tax

Sugar tax fallout: is the industry ready?

By Aidan Fortune

With the Soft Drinks Industry Levy coming into effect today, manufacturers have been forced to either reformulate their products or face paying tax on drinks with a higher sugar content.

The health claims process and the deadlock on botanicals has come under particular scrutiny

Current EU regulation ‘unhelpful’, say one-in-three

By Noli Dinkovski

Dissatisfaction over the EU regulatory framework has risen sharply over the past year – with the health claims process and the deadlock on botanicals under particular scrutiny, research has found.

Cod fillets, curry powder and dried mango were all recalled due to labelling errors

Labelling errors spark food recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Labelling errors sparked a number of food recalls over the past week, including products that contained undeclared allergens.

The Government has announced plans for the deposit scheme

FDF welcomes Government recycling move

By Michelle Perrett

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed news that the Government intends to focus on recycling, but has called for any deposit return scheme for drinks bottles and cans to be cost-effective.

The UK has agreed to leave the EU on 31 December 2018

Brexit transition deal: food industry reacts

By Aidan Fortune and Michelle Perrett

Today's agreement for the UK to fully withdraw from the EU after a 21-month transition period has been met with a mixed reaction by the food industry.

Teenagers are twice as likely to be obese if they remember junk food ads

FDF responds to junk food ad critics

By Michelle Perrett

Food companies are facing increased pressure over unhealthy adverts, following new research from Cancer Research UK.

Transition period has been proposed for withdrawal

Brexit transition deal agreed

By Michelle Perrett

The UK and the EU have provisionally agreed an “ordered withdrawal” that will mean transition ends on 31 December 2020.

The ASA has ruled the Go Ahead Goodness bar ad was misleading

Healthy biscuit bar ad slammed by watchdog

By Gwen Ridler

An advert for Go Ahead Goodness bars, produced by United Biscuits, has been banned after it was deemed misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

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

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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 Co-op acknowledges it has fallen short in relation to the code

Co-operative Group takes action as supply probe starts

By Rod Addy

The Co-op Group admitted it had “fallen short” of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), following news Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon had launched a probe into the society’s dealings with suppliers.

Food in focus: burgers and potato products are listed among the target categories

Food firms urged to act as calorie reduction target set

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers are being urged to start reformulating “everyday” products without delay after Public Health England (PHE) set a 20% calorie reduction target in food consumed across 13 product categories by 2024.

Scotland is still facing an obesity crisis

Scotland still facing obesity challenge

By Michelle Perrett

Two out of three adults and almost a third of children living in Scotland remain overweight or obese, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has claimed.

Novel foods: applications will now be submitted to the European Commission

EU novel foods overhaul gets cautious welcome

By Noli Dinkovski

The EU’s new centralised process for the approval of novel foods has been welcomed by the food industry – but there are fears over the implications on intellectual property.

Michael Gove: ‘Historic opportunity’

Government launches post-Brexit farming consultation

By Michelle Perrett

Environment secretary Michael Gove has said there is a “historic opportunity” to deliver a farming policy which works for the whole industry, as he launched a new consultation today.

DEFRA is to launch a review of farm inspections

DEFRA to launch review of farm inspections

By Gwen Ridler

A comprehensive review of farm inspection is to be launched by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as it aimed to scrap the red tape preventing farmers from focusing on issues such as animal welfare.

A food firm was forced to close last week after a rat infestation. Pictured provided by Wikipedia user Earth'sbuddy under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License

Rat infestation forces food factory closure

By Gwen Ridler

An infestation of rats forced sandwich manufacturer CK Foods in Bedale, North Yorkshire – trading as Country Kitchens – to close part of its factory for three days last week.

EFRA chair Neil Parish calls for funding

Trade groups: Brexit report underlines our fears

By Michelle Perrett

Trade groups have backed a report on Brexit from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee that warns of a potentially “significant impact” on UK agriculture and the knock-on impact on consumers.