Food Safety

Professor Susan Jebb will step down in June 2024. Credit: FSA


FSA chair to step down in June

By William Dodds

Food Standards Agency (FSA) chair Professor Susan Jebb will step down from the role at the end of June.

This new biosensor promises to detect the freshness of meat faster and at lower cost than traditional methods. Image: Ngo Thi Hong Le


Biosensor identifies aging byproducts in meat

By Gwen Ridler

A new biosensor that can determine the freshness of meat faster and at a lower cost than traditional methods has been developed by a team of researchers from across Vietnam and Russia.

Bethan Grylls reflects on 2023 and some of Food Manufacture's most read stories. Credit: Getty/Olemedia


A word from the Editor: Year in review

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls reflects on some of Food Manufacture's most read stories for 2023 and notable moments for the year, as we get set to welcome 2024.

The butcher shop was based in Cwmbran in South Wales. Credit: Getty / Thomas Barwick


Welsh butcher prosecuted for food hygiene offences

By William Dodds

A routine food hygiene inspection of Douglas Willis butchers at 2 Llanyravon Square, Cwmbran in August 2022, undertaken by Torfaen Council’s Environmental Health Officers, found vacuum packing machine was being used on the premises to package raw and...

People are the root cause of food safety issues, according to BSI


People at the core of food safety risks

By Gwen Ridler

People rather than failures of machinery or technology are the common factor in food safety incidents, quality failures and recalls, according to BSI.

Alison Johnson serves up three ways to help deter food fraud. Credit: Getty / Marilyn Nieves

Column: Food Forensics

Up your game when it comes to detecting food fraud

By Alison Johnson

Following the news of recent food fraud incidents, such as the event which recently impacted retailer Booths, Alison Johnson, managing director at Food Forensics outlines three ways of preventing food fraud occurring in your supply chain.

The FSA has called for views on its new


FSA launches review into ‘may contain’ labelling

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a review into its new advice for how and when to apply precautionary allergen labelling (PAL), commonly seen as ‘may contain’ warnings on food packaging.

How strong is your supply chain? Credit: Getty / The_Lycan

Long read

Creating safe and secure food supply chains

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls summarises the key takeaways from our series of fireside chats presented earlier this week, sponsored by RSSL, as five food and drink leaders lend their expertise on maintaining and working towards a more secure, safer food and drink system....

Bethan Grylls speaks to Timothy Lang about food insecurity in Britain and what action is needed


Why can't the UK solve food insecurity? Episode seven

By Bethan Grylls

In the final episode of this seven-part series brought to you by Food Manufacture and sponsored by RSSL, our editor Bethan Grylls, meets with Timothy Lang of City University, emeritus professor of food policy.

A review into the FSA and FSS's recall system has found key considerations in how to improve it


FSA withdrawal and recall review findings revealed

By Gwen Ridler

The FSA’s improvements to its withdrawals and recalls system has improved understanding for food businesses and enforcement officers, but further steps need to be taken to boost consumers’ awareness of recall processes, according to a review by RSM UK...

Have you consider food insecurity within your plan? Credit: Getty / Warchi

Long read

How to implement food security into your business strategy

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls hears from a variety of thought-leaders working in food and drink, as they detail the intricacies of food insecurity and how business leaders can start to weave robust supply chain plans into their future.

Cyber breaches can cause chaos - we hear real-life stories... Credit: Getty/da-kuk

Short read

Top tips from Business Leaders Forum #1: Invest in cybersecurity

By Bethan Grylls

Last week at our annual Business Leaders Forum, experts came together to discuss the most pressing topics, including the very real threat of cyberattacks. Here we hear how it can impact a business and some top tips for securing your operations.

NSF's EyeSuceed augmented reality glasses

Long read

Using augmented reality in the food factory

By Bethan Grylls

Will augmented reality (AR) become a reality in food factories? Bethan Grylls investigates, as she speaks to both tech professor Bob Stone and NSF – co-creator of EyeSucceed.

Milk was the number one undecalred allergen causing recalls in the UK between 2016 and 2021


Allergens top cause of food recalls in the UK

By Gwen Ridler

Allergens continue to be the main cause of food and drink recalls in the UK, with products containing milk the most frequent pulled from store shelves, according to a new report published in the scientific journal Food Control.

Pcitured: Alaa Selim, lead author of  'A Synthetic Biosensor for Detecting Putrescine in Beef Samples'

Paper-based biosensors detect rotten meat

By Gwen Ridler

Researchers at the Shih Microfluidics Lab have developed a disposable, paper-based synthetic biosensor that can quickly detect rotten meat.

Jebb: 'We think a new UK Food and Feed Bill would provide the best opportunity for a comprehensive rethink, tailored to the needs of the UK'

Time running out for reform of food safety laws

By Gwen Ridler

The Brexit Freedoms Bill could open the door to a total reform of food standards and safety in the UK, but time is running out to do so, according to Food Standards Agency (FSA) chair Susan Jebb.

Consumers are increasingly eating perishable goods past their use by date due to cost of living crisis (Credit: Getty/Peter Dazeley)

Consumers eating habits leading to safety concerns

By Michelle Perrett

Half of consumers in Scotland have admitted to eating food which has passed its ‘use-by’ date in order to save money, research by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has revealed.

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Food Safety Webinar: Get your questions in now

By Michelle Perrett

With just over a week left until our free webinar, Food Safety Briefing – Old Threats, Fresh Thinking, don’t miss your chance to register and get your questions answered by our panel of experts.

Don't miss your chance to ask our expert panel your pressing food industry questions

Food resilience webinar: Get your questions in now

By Gwen Ridler

With just over a week left till our free webinar, Food Chain Resilience: Paths to Success, don’t miss your chance to get your pressing questions answered by our panel of experts.


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