Food safety

 

Rapid response safety centre opens its doors

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a facility dedicated to the rapid development of analytical methods to help contain costly and potentially dangerous food contamination. The Food Safety Response Centre (FSRC) in Dreieich, Germany, is a fully equipped laboratory for food sample preparation combined with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, says the firm. “When a crisis occurs, analytical […]

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Call for UK trans fat ban

Banning artificial trans fats in the UK could prevent 11,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths a year, according to two senior doctors. Writing in the British Medical Journal, the authors, from the Harvard School of Public Health, said that bans introduced in Denmark and New York City have shown that legislation can work to significantly […]

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EFSA approval for stevia-based sweeteners

Stevia suppliers have welcomed the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) positive opinion on the safety of steviol glycosides – the sweet components of the stevia leaf – as food additives after the European Stevia Association (Eustas), Cargill and Japanese firm Morita all filed petitions seeking regulatory approval. EFSA said that stevia-based sweeteners were ‘not genotoxic, […]

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UK conference to help beat food bug

The Food Standards Agency is this week hosting an international conference to identify new ways of reducing the levels of the food bug campylobacter in UK chicken. Campylobacter is the most common bacterial cause of food poisoning, causing an estimated 300,000 cases of illness every year in England and Wales alone. A recent survey carried […]

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New saturated fat guidelines from FSA

Chocolate makers selling products in the UK will have to cut the saturated fat in their filled bars by 10% by the end of 2012, as a result of new recommendations from food watchdog the Food Standards Agency. The voluntary guidelines, unveiled after a public consultation with industry and health professionals last summer, also recommend […]

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Country of origin labelling a step closer

Clear country of origin food labelling has moved a step closer after the European Parliament Environment and Consumer Protection Committee voted in favour of requiring country of origin to be labelled on meat, poultry, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables and other single-ingredient products. ‚ÄúThis is a significant victory and I would like to thank […]

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Name change for JohnsonDiversey

Hygiene solutions firms JohnsonDiversey Inc and JohnsonDiversey Holdings Inc have changed their names. JohnsonDiversey Inc has become Diversey Inc and JohnsonDiversey Holdings Inc is now Diversey Holdings Inc. The corporation’s operating companies are also changing their legal names to reference Diversey. Concurrent with the name change, Diversey Inc says it’s adopting a new corporate identity, […]

FSA’s ‘traffic light label’ rethink

The Food Standards Agency has unveiled plans for new front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labelling which it says will ‘help consumers make healthier choices when they buy food’. In March 2006 the FSA recommended a set of principles for FOP labelling that would help consumers understand the levels of fat, saturated fat, salt and sugars in food […]

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Saturated fat message starts to sink in

The latest dietary survey by Food Standards Agency reveal that the UK is eating less saturated fat, trans fat and added sugar than it was 10 years ago. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) is the first comprehensive survey of people’s eating patterns since 2001. Saturated fat intakes in adults have dropped slightly to […]

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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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