Regulatory

 

Food recalls drop in Q1

Product recall specialist Stericycle ExpertSolutions has reported that recalls and notifications have decreased in the first quarter of 2015, due to heightened recall awareness and significant efforts to improve product safety. The findings come as the company publishes its quarterly European Recall and Notification Index, which is based on data from the EU’s Rapex and Rasff […]

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Revised ISO 22000 expected in 2017

Since the first publication of ISO 22000 on food safety management in 2005, players in the food chain – including manufacturers, consumers and governments – have been facing new food safety requirements, spurring a need for the standard to be revised.

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Complex food chain increases risks

WHO/Europe has estimated that levels of foodborne disease are much higher than currently reported, underlining the need for improved collaboration among sectors to lower the health risks associated with unsafe food. “The fact that we significantly underestimate how many people become ill from chemicals in the food chain and from common microorganisms such as salmonella […]

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Hear, hear!

International Noise Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of noise on the welfare and health of people, took place last week on April 29th – which means my recent day out with safety company Arco was well timed. The company was holding a Meet the Experts open day for its customers and members of […]

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BRC publishes annual safety report

BRC Global Standards has published the second edition of its annual report Food Safety – A Global View. Each year, BRC Global Standards collects vast amounts of data and information during food safety audits. In 2014, it conducted audits in 120 countries covering over 17,000 food sites. This year, the company has adopted a slightly […]

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ROUND-UP: Ingredients

Here is your weekly round-up of Ingredients news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at [email protected] Arla Foods Ingredients has launched Nutrilac Ageless, a new whey protein plus calcium ingredient that will enable dairy companies to create yogurts and desserts for active […]

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Call for better alcohol labelling

The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The resolution also emphasises the importance of better labelling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information. A coalition of public health […]

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Review of viruses in the food chain published

The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has published its review of viruses in the food chain. The ACMSF set up a group to revisit the issue of foodborne viruses in light of developments in this area. The final report considered the most important viruses associated with foodborne infections – norovirus, hepatitis […]

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Aspartame study findings published

The UK Food Standards Agency has published the findings of a study carried out by Hull York Medical School, determining reactions to aspartame in people who have reported symptoms in the past compared to people with no reported symptoms. The study concluded that the participants who were self-diagnosed as sensitive to aspartame showed no difference […]

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