Food safety and labelling

Britvic's drinks recall could cost up to £25M

Britvic drinks recall could cost up to £25M

By Mike Stones

Britvic has raised the estimated cost of recalling its Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot Hydro drinks to £15–£25M from its earlier estimate of up to £5M.

Clear labelling is helping to keep a lid on food waste

Food firms help to cut £12bn food waste bill

By Mike Stones

Food manufacturers are helping consumers to make significant cuts in the £12bn worth of food they waste each year, according to new research from the government-funded Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

MEPs voted down the European Commission’s proposed amendment to allow food manufacturers to use the ‘X% less’ and ‘no added salt’ claims on their products

Food firms slam MEPs' negative nutrition vote

By Mike Stones

UK and European food and drink representatives have slammed a vote by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) today which rejected the revised nutrition claims list intended to make food reformulation easier.

Food and drink manufacturers reject accusations that they are

Food manufacturers deny targeting children online

By Mike Stones

UK food manufacturers have rejected claims made by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) that the industry is “preying on children and targeting them with [online] fun and games.”

Egg replacement products could help manufacturers cope with the ban on battery farmed eggs

Fresh opportunities as egg rules change

By Rod Addy

Ingredients suppliers are seizing the opportunity offered by EU regulations banning the use of battery farmed hens’ eggs to back food manufacturers struggling to source legitimate supplies.

Dropping salt targets would be dangerous, warned  shadow public health minister Diane Abbott

Department of Health to ditch tougher salt targets

By Rick Pendrous

Further evidence has emerged that the Department of Health (DoH) will not implement tougher salt reduction targets after 2012, despite denials that it planned to “ditch” them entirely.

Eggasperating: the government is powerless to prevent egg imports which do not comply with new welfare rules

Premier signs egg pledge as Whitehall ‘chickens out’

By Mike Stones

The UK’s biggest food firm Premier Foods has pledged to source only eggs and egg products which comply with new EU welfare rules, which come into force next month, as the government was accused of ‘chickening out’ on its promise to protect UK producers.

Go home Sid the Slug. Is the government about to ditch salt targets? (Sid the Slug took centre stage in the campaign to persuade consumers to eat less salt.)

Responsibility deal salt targets may be ditched

By Rick Pendrous

The government looks set to abandon targets for reducing salt next year under a revised Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) focusing on calorie reduction of foods sold and increasing people’s physical activity.

Eggsasperated by unfair competition, the government is considering banning imported eggs that do not meet new welfare standards

Government threatens EU egg ban

By Graham Holter

The government says it has not ruled out a ban on imported eggs that do not comply with new welfare standards.

Scientists help food manufacturers meet salt targets

Scientists help food manufacturers meet salt targets

By Mike Stones

Several UK research organisations have answered a call made only three days ago for scientific support to help food manufacturers meet their commitments on salt reduction under the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

Expert slams 'politicised' nutrition and salt science

Expert slams 'politicised' nutrition and salt science

By Rod Addy

Nutrition is being politicised, with food authorities bowing to pressure from minority interests and lobbyists in areas such as salt reduction at significant risk to consumer health, according to one expert.

Bee venom honey maker stung by FSA ruling

Bee venom honey maker stung by FSA ruling

By Ben Bouckley

A producer of honey with added bee venom has described the Food Standards Agency (FSA’s) rejection of UK - and by extension EU - licensing for his product under the novel foods regulation as “hard to rationalise”.

Wash the wheels on the wheelie bin


Wash the wheels on the wheelie bin


The design of the new EC20-30 single-stage cabinet-type bin washer from Industrial Washing Machines (IWM) ensures that the whole of the bin – including the wheels – is thoroughly washed.

Now the rapid way to detect melamine


Now the rapid way to detect melamine


Food testing laboratory Eurofins UK has developed a new rapid approach for the testing of melamine contamination in chocolate, with same day results available by special request.