Regulatory

 

ROUND-UP: Processing

Here is your weekly round-up of processing news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at mailto:[email protected] FOODesign, a tna company, has launched the cryo-jet 5 ambient and chilled air cooling system. A modular pod system for conveying free flowing powders or granular […]

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Primary production and processing

A new department at Campden BRI is benefitting members and clients by bringing together expertise in the areas of primary production, raw materials and ingredients, and primary processing operations. Reflecting the closer integration within the supply chain, the Department of Primary Production and Processing is providing a consolidated focus for areas from cereals and animal […]

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Safety first

I was delighted to have been invited by Arco to celebrate its signing of an agreement with AEG Europe to become the official safety equipment partner of The O2 and Up at The O2, the iconic London, UK venue that attracts nine million visitors each year from around the globe. UK safety company Arco distributes […]

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Food survey results

The results of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) biannual Public Attitudes Tracker for November 2014 have been published. The top three food safety issues of total (ie spontaneous plus prompted) concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (39%), food poisoning (32%), the use of additives in food products (29%) and date labels (29%). The […]

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Fake alcohol crack down

Figures released this week reveal that nearly 2,500 litres of fake wine and spirits were seized in the UK as part of a pre-Christmas enforcement campaign. UK Trading Standards, working with international enforcement agencies, also closed down an illegal distillery that would have posed a real threat to public safety. The crackdown on fake alcohol […]

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EFSA plans year ahead

EFSA has mapped out its priorities for 2015 and beyond. Key milestones this year will be the adoption of around 400 scientific outputs, the renewal of membership of eight of the authority’s Scientific Panels and its Scientific Committee, and the hosting of the second EFSA scientific conference in Milan. EFSA will also be advancing a […]

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Technology reduces campylobacter by 90%

Rapid surface chilling (RSC), a new cryogenic technology developed by Bernard Matthews and BOC, could enable the poultry industry and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK to meet their 2015 joint campylobacter reduction target. Campylobacter bacterium is found on the surface of almost all raw chicken and is the most common cause of […]

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Scotch beef set to return to US

Preparations for a formal audit visit by US inspectors as part of a bid to get Scottish red meat back into the US market are well underway. Food Secretary Richard Lochhead is keen to see Scotch beef make its way back across the pond during Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. He says, “Scotch beef […]

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EFSA publishes fish consumption advice

Limiting consumption of fish species with a high methylmercury content is the most effective way to achieve the health benefits of fish whilst minimising the risks posed by excessive exposure to methylmercury, according to a statement published by EFSA on the risks and benefits of seafood. EFSA recommends that individual member states consider their national […]

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Food traceability gaining popularity

Organic Monitor believes that growing consumer interest in food provenance and production methods is leading to a spike in traceability schemes, with a growing number of certification schemes and analytical tools helping food companies provide transparency. Traceability schemes were initially introduced to track agricultural commodities from developing countries, such as coffee, cocoa and tea. Consumer […]

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Revised food safety standard published

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has published the seventh issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, and audits against Issue 7 will begin in July 2015. The BRC Global Standards set the benchmark for good manufacturing practices in food, packaging, storage and distribution, agents and brokers and consumer products. Certification enables […]

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Industry’s innovation needs

A new statement of what industry needs from science and technology has been published by Campden BRI. The document was compiled following an extensive consultation of Campden BRI’s industrial members – some 2,400 companies across 75 countries. The ‘needs’ document will be used to actively encourage providers of research and other scientific, technical and knowledge […]

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