Regulation

Report on salt replacement welcomed by lobby group

Potassium report welcomed by salt lobby group

By Noli Dinkovski

A report that concluded using potassium-based salt replacers instead of sodium in food would have a positive impact on public health has been welcomed by lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

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...

Brexit has focused the need for more NFCU powers, says food crime boss Andy Morling

Food Crime Unit needs up to £5M more to investigate fraud

By Rick Pendrous

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) would only take on investigatory powers on top of its intelligence gathering activities if it received ministerial support and between £4M and £5M a year of extra government funding, it emerged at the Food Standards...

Food and drink recalls in the UK more than doubled in 2015/16

Food and drink recalls more than double in 2015/16

By Michelle Perrett

The number of food and drink product recalls in the UK grew by 62% in 2015/16 driven by the impact of new EU labelling legislation, the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) report has revealed.

Brexit trade talks: a bumpy road or war?

Opinion

Brexit trade talks: a bumpy road or war?

By Rick Pendrous

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, as our French neighbours might say. It’s a quote that could have been made to reflect my comments here: given all the arguments and posturing that have occurred over the past year, what has really changed?

The Farmer’s Son has recalled packs of haggis over food poisoning fears

News in brief

Haggis recalled over food poisoning fears

By James Ridler

Scottish meat processor The Farmer’s Son has recalled packs of haggis and black pudding, due to concerns over the company’s procedures to prevent food poisoning.

Cost-cutting has led to a rise in food and drink recalls, claimed Lockton

Cost-cutting sparks rise in food and drink recalls

By James Ridler

Cost-cutting by food and drink manufacturers has sparked a rise in product recalls over the past six years, as the number of foods recalled for being contaminated with foreign bodies has more than tripled, claimed insurance broker Lockton.

Minimum unit price for alcohol: ‘unlikely’ in England

England ‘unlikely to get minimum booze price’

By Noli Dinkovski

The adoption of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland is unlikely to be replicated in England under the current government – but Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to follow suit – a leading academic behind the research into its effectiveness...

UK wants a Brexit transition deal that protects fishermen and fish processors

Brexit

Michael Gove bullish on transition deal for UK fisheries

By Rick Pendrous

The UK is seeking a reduced post-Brexit transition period of nine to 10 months for fisheries ending in January 2020 when it hopes to adopt the status of Independent Coastal State in law to protect the UK fishing industry.

Metal contamination sparked a recall of Greencore wraps

Metal contamination sparks Greencore recall

By James Ridler

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been forced to recall wraps from three supermarkets, after they were contaminated with small pieces of metal.