Food Safety

Food Standards Scotland has issued a Public Information Statement on the dangers of STEC in food

FSS issues STEC food safety advice

By Aidan Fortune

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has issued a Public Information Statement to make clear its position regarding the presence of a group of harmful E.coli bacteria called STEC in food.

More than 90% of UK eggs are now produced to British Lion standards

Food fraud fine ‘not fit for purpose’: BEIC

By Noli Dinkovski

Food fraud should be subjected to stronger deterrents after a Dutch trader, convicted of fraudulently selling contaminated eggs as fit for human consumption, was fined €30,000 (£26,260), the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has argued.

Fapas has launched new food proficiency tests for E.coli O157 and campylobacter

New Fapas proficiency tests for labs

By Noli Dinkovski

The risks to public health from listeria, E.coli O157 and campylobacter are the focus of a new range of food microbiology proficiency tests from Fapas.

A relaxation of modified atmosphere-packed foods legislation has been urged by the industry

Call for FSA to relax MAP guidance

By Rick Pendrous

Food safety experts have called for a relaxation of guidance governing the controls on vacuum and modified atmosphere-packed (MAP) chilled foods, which has been claimed to place UK manufacturers at a distinct disadvantage compared with overseas competitors.

The FSA’s Brexit preparations are entering a critical phase

FSA boss Feeney to retire in summer

By Noli Dinkovski

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) chief executive Jason Feeney has announced he is to retire from the department this summer.

PASS urged manufacturers to provide correct cooking instructions on their products

Get cooking instructions right: PASS

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers have been urged to ensure they are providing correct cooking instructions on products after a testing services company revealed many were falling short of food safety guidelines.

Concerns over food allergens have reached a new high following two Pret-linked fatalities

In depth: clean-label

The Pret effect takes hold

By Lynda Searby

With allergens increasingly in the spotlight, the Government is to review allergen labelling policy, leaving manufacturers under pressure to comply with more stringent legislation and meet the demands of an increasingly cautious public.

Mislabelling accounted for 1,741 (19%) of the 9,148 failed food standards tests in Scotland since 2013

Better food labelling urged by Scots MSP

By Noli Dinkovski

A Scottish MSP has called for tougher labelling legislation after a freedom of information request found almost one-in-five failed food standards tests in the country were down to mislabelling.

Of the 568 samples of lettuce examined, 30 were shown to be norovirus-positive

Deadly norovirus found in one-in-20 lettuces

By Noli Dinkovski

More than one-in-20 lettuces sold in the UK are contaminated with the potentially deadly bug norovirus, a major study funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found.

The new global standard put responsibility on senior management to identify risk

Mondelēz welcomes global safety revamp

By Rick Pendrous

A new global standard in food safety management, which puts responsibility on senior management to identify the level of risk they are prepared to take, has been welcomed by Mondelēz International’s head of food safety.

Premium Halal Meat & Poultry has recalled some of its produce due to approval issues

NEWS IN BRIEF

Premium Halal Meat & Poultry issues recall

By Aidan Fortune

Birmingham-based Premium Halal Meat & Poultry has recalled some of its Direct Poultry Products because they have been produced without approval.

MPs have urged the government to preserve standards on imports after Brexit

EFRA committee calls for food standards reassurance

By James Ridler

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has called on the Government to “put its money where its mouth is” and ensure imported food products are held to current British standards as part of any post-Brexit trade deal.

A subtype of E. coli could be the reason why human infection rates are three times higher in Scotland

Potential cause of Scottish E.coli problem identified

By James Ridler

A subtype of E.coli found in Scottish cows could be behind rates of human infection by the bacteria being three times higher in Scotland than in England or Wales, a cross-organisation investigation has claimed.

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