Regulatory

 

70% of chickens contaminated

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the cumulative results from the first two quarters of its one-year survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens bought in the UK. Individual results by major retailer have also been published. The results to date show: 18% of chickens tested positive for campylobacter above the highest level of contamination […]

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UK consumer demand for antibacterial packaging

Antibacterial packaging that is designed to delay the development of germs and bacteria in canned products is set to become a hit with consumers, a new survey from Canadean reveals. The research finds that over half of Britons are worried about bacteria on the outside of a can, more than the presence of dirt and […]

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Beverage stabilisation

Porvair Filtration Group has developed Stabifil, a polyphenol removal product that optimises beverage processes, lowers capital costs and offers fast flow rates. It also benefits from no loss of loose polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVPP) powder with its potential to create long-term maintenance and health and safety issues. The product uses Porvair’s patented technology of co-sintering PVPP powder […]

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Food can checkweigher

Food processors running high rate can lines will now benefit from a new certified-accurate checkweighing system that features the latest controller and weigh table technology. The new Thermo Scientific Versa Teorema checkweigher features a combination of Versa checkweigher controller technology and Teorema ‘no moving parts’ weigh table. This combination allows accurate operation at line rates […]

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Survey on ‘may contain’ labelling

The Food Standards Agency has published a nationwide snapshot survey on a cross-section of pre-packed processed foods both with and without allergen advisory labelling. The survey aimed to provide an improved understanding of the type of allergen advisory labelling used on pre-packed processed foods in the UK and whether the labelling was related to the […]

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Raw drinking milk warning

In light of three separate incidents involving six cases of E.coli O157 – including five cases in children – potentially linked to the consumption of raw drinking milk, the FSA is reiterating its advice that this sort of milk should not be consumed by children and other vulnerable people. Andrew Rhodes, chief operating officer at […]

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BRC announces new Global Standard

BRC Global Standards has announced a publication date of January 2015 for the seventh issue of its internationally recognised Global Standard Food Safety. Issue 7 will focus on: Ensuring consistency of the audit process Providing a standard that is flexible enough to allow voluntary modules to reduce the audit burden Encouraging systems to reduce exposure […]

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IFST accepting applications for safety register

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) is now accepting applications for the Manager and Principal levels of its new Register of Food Safety Professionals. IFST, the qualifying body for food professionals in Europe, created the Register of Food Safety Professionals to recognise those working at all levels within food safety throughout the sector. […]

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Food law enforcement info published

The Food Standards Agency has published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2013/14. The information is compiled by the FSA from returns by local authorities and it gives the FSA a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country. The figures show an increase in a […]

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Active and Intelligent packaging

Research and Markets has released a new report, dubbed ‘Europe Active and Intelligent Packaging Market – by Type, Applications, Geography and Vendors – Forecasts, Trends and Shares (2014-2019)’. Over the past few years the European Active and Intelligent packaging market has seen significant growth, mainly due to changing lifestyles and increased demand for longer shelf […]

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Food and You survey results

The latest FSA Food and You survey, which is published once every two years and provides information on reported behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food issues, has been published. This year it found that 51% of adults surveyed stored meat in line with FSA guidelines suggesting that up to half may store raw meat […]

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X-ray security for bottled baby milk

In 2013 Candia – part of Sodiaal, France’s leading milk products cooperative – decided to set up a new production line to fill baby milks into 70ml polypropylene bottles, foil-sealed but with a threaded top able to take a standard screw-on teat, for the export market. As part of its rigorous approach to safety, the company sought an x-ray inspection system designed for monitoring liquids in plastic bottles, cartons and upright pouches.

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Software tool for GM data analysis

New software from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides stakeholders with a tool for carrying out complex data analysis as part of the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. The user friendly program, which can be downloaded free of charge from EFSA’s website, allows stakeholders such as Member States and industry applicants to […]

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