Food safety

 

Heinz spills the beans on emissions success

Energy use and carbon emissions have been slashed at factories producing Heinz Beanz, soups and pasta, according to a joint announcement from Heinz and the Carbon Trust. Carbon dioxide emissions at Heinz’s UK factories in Kendal, Cumbria and Kitt Green, near Wigan, have been cut by over 17,000 tonnes over the last four years. That’s […]

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Global recognition for Cargill food safety advances

Its global food safety activities have won Cargill the prestigious President’s Award in the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUoFST) Global Food Industry Awards. The President’s Award is a new category that recognises efforts to advance food science and technology for the benefit of all. “We recognise the application of modern science and […]

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Coco Pops’ sugar content cut

Kellogg’s has revealed that it is to reduce the amount of sugar in its Coco Pops breakfast cereal, saying it has ‘listened to mums’. “We have listened to mums and they want a balance – lower sugar cereals which children will still eat,” explains Greg Peterson, managing director of Kellogg’s UK. “We have invested millions […]

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Northern Foods sells Dalepak

Northern Foods has sold its Dalepak grills and burgers division in order to concentrate on other brands such as Fox’s biscuits and Goodfella’s pizza. Irish Food Processors is paying £6.4m (€7.7m) for Dalepak, which is based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Dalepak products include Chinese Style Ribsteaks, Vegetable Fajita Fingers and Ross Beef Tender Grillsteaks. Northern […]

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Launch of new compact multi-purpose label printer

A new compact label printer, the CG4, designed for food sector barcode label applications, has been launched in the UK by Sato. The firm says the latest machine in its CG series offers top-end performance at affordable prices. Designed for low to mid-range volumes, it can be used to print labels up to four inches […]

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Cloned beef enters UK food chain

Following reports that products from the offspring of cloned cows have entered the UK food chain, the Food Standards Agency has moved to reassure worried consumers by saying there is no evidence that consuming products from healthy clones, or their offspring, poses a food safety risk. However, as they are considered novel foods, they need […]

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BRC doesn’t mince words

 A study claiming that the fat content labels used on minced beef can be inaccurate, has been condemned as misleading by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The study by the Local Government Group revealed that beef mince labelled as ‘lean’ or ‘extra lean’ could contain more fat than standard mince. However, the BRC says that […]

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FSA to focus on food safety

The UK coalition government has put an end to intense speculation about the future of the FSA by revealing that it will be retained – but with a renewed focus on food safety. The Department of Health will become responsible for nutrition policy in England, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will […]

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Positive news on pesticide residues

Fresh data from EFSA on pesticide residues in food suggests that exposure levels are on the decrease. In its Annual Report on Pesticide Residues, the food safety authority says that 96.5% of more than 70,000 samples of different types of food complied with maximum levels permitted by the EU. The remaining 3.5% exceeded legal limits, […]

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‘FSA to be abolished’ claim

The UK coalition government is to abolish the Food Standards Agency – the food watchdog set up to protect consumers after the ‘mad cow’ disease crisis – and reassign its duties elsewhere, according to government sources. However, a Department of Health spokesman insists no decision had yet been made on the future of the FSA. […]

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Public ‘don’t want to be badgered’ says healthy eating research

YouGov SixthSense research has shed light on the recent spat between UK health minister Andrew Lansley and Jamie Oliver. Comments made by Lansley at a conference in Brighton were critical of the ‘Jamie Oliver’ approach to increasing public awareness of health and fitness. Instead, the minister advocated an ‘evidence-based’ solution to the nation’s health problems. […]

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Baby food sugar content slammed

Just over half the foods specifically targeted at babies and toddlers have a high sugar content and are far too sweet, according to a Canadian study. Researchers analysed a wide range of ‘toddler’ foods from puréed dinners and desserts to cereals, biscuits and yogurts to find out how healthy they were for youngsters. But the […]

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