Regulatory

 

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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New commissioner nominees outline reforms

Irish environment minister Phil Hogan has been nominated as the new agriculture commissioner for the European Union (EU) with responsibility for ensuring a smooth production of food ingredients across Europe. Assuming he is confirmed by the European Parliament, he should start his new job on 1 November. Meanwhile, Vytenis Andriukaitis of Lithuania will become the […]

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Ingredients database goes mobile

In order to improve its reachability, the online database Prospector is now also accessible via iPhone and iPad app. Available from the iTunes store, the app can be installed free of charge. Prospector from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) contains technical information on more than 70,000 ingredients across 80 product categories. Just like the website, the app […]

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Safe and sound

The September issue of Food & Drink Technology is due to hit desks this week and as we have super-sized the issue this month, I apologise if it makes a dent in your desk when it lands! The first of some major shows coming up throughout autumn are upon us, so we’ve included comprehensive previews […]

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Lengthy global supply chains detrimental to food safety

The continued expansion of global supply chains is damaging food safety levels and causing ‘recall sprawl’ in the food industry, according to the latest Stericycle European Recall and Notification Index. As countries including Brazil and Vietnam become integral to the European food economy, the challenges of distance are evident in the form of more safety […]

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New whey protein factory

Arla Foods Ingredients is investing €38 million in a new factory in Denmark to meet booming demand for whey protein hydrolysates. The investment will further strengthen the company’s position as a global leader in natural whey ingredients. The manufacturing plant is to be located next to Arla Foods Ingredients’ existing whey protein facility in Videbæk, […]

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Robot palletising system

Barry Callebaut, manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate products, has installed a robotic palletising system at its Banbury plant as part of a three-phase investment in the palletising area. CKF Systems of Gloucester was commissioned to design, build and install the system. “We were impressed by work CKF had recently undertaken for a major confectionery brand,” […]

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