Food safety


Tetra Pak CPS defies recession with £1 million factory investment

Capital equipment and turnkey systems supplier Tetra Pak CPS has defied the recession by investing over £1 million in improvements at its UK factory in Sherborne. The company has upgraded its facilities to increase capability and cost effectiveness following a decision by parent firm Tetra Pak to allocate the Dorset-based supplier manufacturing orders from other […]


Southampton six safety review

A verdict on the safety of the so-called ‘Southampton six’ food colours is imminent after EFSA confirmed that its food additives panel is scheduled to discuss the review findings later this month. A spokesman says that should the panel adopt any opinions from the review process, the views will be published in mid-October following the […]


Eco labelling for Tesco milk

Tesco is now displaying carbon footprint labels on milk bottles as part of a series of measures designed to reduce the environmental impact of milk production. The supermarket giant hopes that the labels will encourage people to make greener choices by informing them about the environmental impact of different products. It plans to extend the […]

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Super-strength beer slammed

Health campaigners have reacted furiously to the launch of a new beer containing 18.2 per cent alcohol. Tokyo, launched by Scottish brewery BrewDog, has been declared Britain’s strongest beer, with a single pint containing 12 units. The brewery defended its latest offering, saying that it is ‘priced in a way that encourages responsible consumption and […]

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Organic food not healthier, says FSA

Eating organic food does not provide any significant nutritional or health benefits, according to a study published this week. An independent review commissioned by the Food Standards Agency found there were no important differences between organic and conventionally produced food. The conclusion was reached after a team of researchers at the London School of Hygiene […]


Chemical fears lead to cartoned water launch

Safety fears over controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and environmental concerns have prompted one US beverage company to start selling water in cartons. O.N.E World Enterprises has announced the launch of O.N.E Water in a BPA-free Tetra Pak carton as a ‘sustainable alternative to plastic bottled water’. “With concern growing about the health risks of […]

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Meat processors welcome FSA U-turn

The British Meat Processors Association has welcomed a Food Standards Agency (FSA) decision to scrap plans for a four per cent hike in annual inspection charges in a bid to cut government subsidies to the industry. However, the FSA has said that a new system to calculate charges based on the length of time inspectors […]

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Ethical concerns’ over varying salt levels in global brands

New research shows that people in some countries are being fed over twice as much salt in popular global brands as their counterparts elsewhere in the world. World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) has surveyed over 260 food products available around the world from food manufacturers such as KFC, McDonalds, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Burger King […]


The junk food divide

Despite generations of overweight people blaming their size on their genes, new research reveals that the North-South obesity divide may have more to do with food shopping habits than family history. A new nutrition map of Britain unveiled by looked at 250,000 orders with the UK’s biggest supermarkets through its price comparison website. It […]


Batter than the rest

Clean label ingredients manufacturer Ulrick & Short has unveiled a new wheat-based flour for ‘enhancing the textural qualities’ of tempura batters. The clean label flour, Solartex, has been designed to provide food producers with a chemical and additive free coating system, which produces a beautiful light golden batter at no additional cost, says the company. […]

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Wonky fruit and veg ban lifted

Crooked cucumbers and knobbly potatoes are to return to shop shelves following an EU decision to scrap its 20-year ban on misshapen fruit and vegetables. Under the new rules, which became effective on 1 July, 26 types of fruit and vegetables will no longer have specific marketing standards relating to classification, size, shape, development, variety […]

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US company acquires UK oven manufacturer

US industrial food processing supplier JBT FoodTech has acquired Double D Food Engineering – a UK designer and manufacturer of custom-built ovens and cookers – for an undisclosed sum. “Double D provides cooking technologies that complement and extend our product portfolio of ovens, says Torbjorn Arvidsson, of JBT FoodTech’s Food Solutions and Services Division.“We are […]

Three die in processing plant explosion

Three workers died and at least 40 were injured in an explosion at a ConAgra food processing plant in the United States. The blast ripped through the facility in Garner, Northern Carolina, earlier this week. The 500,000sq m plant, which processes Slim Jim meat products, employs 900 workers, although only 280 were on site at […]


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