Food safety

 

BACPOP to ‘protect and promote’ cold pressed oil

The British Association of Cold Pressed Oil Producers (BACPOP) is a newly launched organisation that aims to ‘protect and promote the quality of the home grown premium product’ while also representing British farmers producing cold pressed oils including rapeseed, hemp, flax, strawberry seed and borage. The 12 members of BACPOP represent over 80% of the […]

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Marel sells Stork subsidiary

Marel has announced that it is to sell subsidiary Stork Food and Dairy Systems to Dutch investor Nimbus as part of a strategy to focus on its core processing segments. The Icelandic company says it has reached an agreement to off-load Stork’s food and dairy unit – excluding its operations in Spain – after deciding […]

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Merger for French Food Safety agency

The French Food Safety agency (AFSSA) is to be merged with the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (AFSSET). The combined agency, which the French Government says will be ‘a clearly identifiable player on the international scene’, will be operational by 1 July, 2010. The new body, which is yet to be given […]

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Kellogg’s bows to FSA pressure

Kellogg’s has announced that it will cut the salt content of its Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and other brands by up to a third following pressure from health watchdogs. The company has previously delayed the reduction of salt levels, claiming customers enjoy the taste it offers. However, it has now bowed to pressure from the […]

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JBT FoodTech consolidates UK operations

Food technology solutions JBT FoodTech, which acquired ovens and cookers’ manufacturer Double D Food Engineering last year, has revealed plans to consolidate its UK operations by combining its Bedford and Broxburn sites. The 40,000sq ft manufacturing site in Broxburn, Scotland, will become the headquarters for JBT FoodTech in the UK, housing manufacturing, sales and servicing […]

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Bold move for Martek

Global omega-3 DHA leader Martek Biosciences Corporation has moved into product manufacture with the £123 million (£141m) acquisition of Amerifit Brands, a company that specialises in women’s and digestive health products. The all-cash deal means Martek is now the owner of brands such as the probiotic supplement Culturelle, AZO for urinary tract infections and Estroven […]

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Meat processing units to close

A continuing decline in cattle and sheep numbers in Scotland has claimed another victim, with farmer-owned agri-businesses ANM announcing the closure of two meat processing units, with the loss of around 50 jobs. ANM, which owns Aberdeen & Northern Marts, is closing Scotch Premier Meat’s lamb slaughter plant at Dornoch and Highland Country Foods’ meat […]

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2010 will be a landmark year for food and drink sector management of green issues, predicts Campden BRI

The coming 12 months will be pivotal in setting the stage for food and drink industry environmental sustainability through the next decade and beyond, according to Campden BRI. A significant shift in the measurement and management of environmental impact is predicted by the research organisation. It suggests that as the sector continues to navigate this […]

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New food chain rules reminder

The Food Standards Agency is reminding slaughterhouse operators and livestock keepers that they will soon have to ensure that Food Chain Information (FCI) is provided for all cattle, sheep and goats sent for slaughter. The new requirement under European Union legislation comes into force from 1 January 2010, and will apply to all slaughter animals, […]

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Consumers want clearer GM labelling, says report

Consumers think that current labelling regulation for genetically modified (GM) foods is inadequate, according to a new report from the UK’s Food Standards Agency. The report used a combination of surveys, workshops and interviews to explore consumer attitudes to GM foods, as well as how those attitudes are formed. The general consensus was that consumers […]

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FSA seeks meat research contractors

The Food Standards Agency is seeking a contractor, or contractors, to carry out research into future meat controls in the UK. The deadline for applications is Monday, 4 January, 2010. The Agency has carried out a range of work to identify food safety hazards in connection with the production of meat and to establish effective […]

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Salt targets not likely to be met before 2024′

Millions of deaths could be prevented each year if individuals consumed 5g less salt per day. That’s the finding of a new review of research studies, which also calls for top-down regulations in addition to self-regulation by industry. Eating less salt reduces the risk of stroke by almost a quarter and the chances of heart […]

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ADI action on ‘Southampton Six’

The European Food Safety Authority has lowered the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for three of the so-called Southampton Six food colours, but none of the scientific reasons given is associated with hyperactivity. A study published in 2007 concluded that cocktails of six artificial food colours – Allura Red (E128), Ponceau 4R (E124), Quinoline Yellow (E104), […]

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