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Eat, drink and be safe

Food & Drink Technology HQ is preparing to down tools for the festive period, but before we go, I wanted to leave you with a timely (Christmas) and topical (food safety) blog. This year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched National Defrost Your Turkey Day in the UK, urging people to defrost their turkeys […]

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SOFHT celebrates 35 years

In 1979, the Society of Food Hygiene (SOFHT) was launched. Now, 35 years on, SOFHT has supported its members – gathered from all areas of the food supply chain, from retailers to manufacturers and suppliers – in a whole range of food related milestones. From the introduction of the Food Safety Act in 1990, BSE […]

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Get shelf life savvy

Sophisticated shelf life strategies could help accelerate industry-wide efforts to reduce unnecessary food waste, according to Leatherhead Food Research. A report produced by WRAP suggests that UK households waste around 19% of the food they bring into the home. Some of this wastage could be avoided with more precise shelf life determination. In a bid […]

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Statutory food hygiene scheme extended

From 28 November 2014, trade to trade food businesses in Wales, UK come within the scope of the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act. Under this extension to the scheme, businesses such as food manufacturers and wholesale providers which sell food to other businesses will, for the first time, be given a food hygiene rating following […]

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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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