EFSA to make food safety data available

Over the coming years, EFSA aims to make available as much as possible of the data collected by EFSA, its network in EU Member States and submitted by other data providers. Publication of the data warehouse’s access rules – which have been agreed with the data providers – is an important milestone in EFSA’s transformation […]


Food recalls up 16% in last quarter of 2014

Stericycle ExpertSolutions, the specialist in product recalls, retrievals, returns and audits, has revealed that there was a significant rise in food recall and notification occurrences across Europe during the final three months of 2014. Compared to the previous quarter, there was a 16% jump in food recalls and notifications in Q4. Events were also up in […]

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The demise of the can?

Last week I travelled to Lund, Sweden to visit Tetra Pak and hear all about its Tetra Recart package for the retorted food industry. The Tetra Pak team proposed that metal cans are on their way out, with consumers, retailers and food producers soon to be opting for the more convenient packing solutions promised by […]

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IFST appoints new president

Maureen Edmondson OBE is the new president of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). Edmondson was invested as president during IFST’s annual general meeting on 12 March 2015. Of her appointment, Edmondson says, “I am truly honoured to be appointed president of IFST. A highly successful jubilee year has brought the institute into fresher focus. I […]

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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 […]


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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