EFSA approves vitamin D2-rich yeast

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive scientific opinion on vitamin D2-rich baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). This will allow manufacturers to use Lallemand Vita D yeast as a natural and vegetarian alternative source of vitamin D. Summer sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, but the food we eat plays an […]


Product contamination insurance for the food and beverage industry

Willis Group Holdings, a global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, is launching a new product contamination insurance proposition in partnership with XL Group, Willis Limited’s Food and Drink and Faber Global teams, and in association with BRC Global Standards. Recall Shield has been designed with the BRC Global Standards team to encourage and reward […]

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Sorting machines for dry ingredients

The Bühler Group, a provider of optical sorting solutions, has fortified its optical sorting portfolio for dry commodities, including nuts, seeds, pulses and grain. The Sortex A and Sortex B ranges aim to offer processors greater levels of yield. The sorting machines feature a range of customisable product options to enable processors to tailor the […]

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Voluntary recalls and notifications on the rise

The Stericycle 2013 European Recall and Notification Index shows a sharp 29% rise in voluntary product safety notifications. In a bid to strengthen ties with customers and comply with regulations, more companies than ever before are voluntarily taking their products off the market. The marked increase of voluntary notifications, which now account for over 21% […]


SGS serves up new food standard

The first global standard for auditing and certificating agents and brokers in the food supply chain is about to be awarded by SGS to a UK based company after more than 18 months of development work with the British Retail Consortium (BRC). David Brackston, technical director BRC Global Standards, says, “The new BRC Agents and […]

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New modular hotfill machine

Sidel, the international supplier of liquid packaging solutions to the drinks industry, has produced a new modular hotfill machine that offers customers an extensive range of possible configurations. Part of the Sidel Matrix range, it provides high standards of hygiene to meet the production demands of more natural and fresher beverages, even those including pulps […]

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High temperature certification of ovenable films

New printed ovenable films from TCL Packaging are the first in the UK to have been successfully tested to 220°C, 450°F Gas 7 with Smithers Pira. Managing director Mike Golding explains, “We decided to extend the test boundaries after we became concerned that not all printed ovenable films on the market are verified. It’s vital […]

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Minimum-quantity lubrication is key to efficient production

New high-quality lubricating oil for plastic conveyors in the beverage and dairy industries helps to make production more reliable and safer. Plastic conveyor lubrication in the food industry is subject to challenging requirements: to reduce wear and friction, minimise operating costs and, most importantly, ensure consumer protection through food safety measures. With the new product […]

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UK wins EU research fund to lead the fight against food fraud

A new €12 million, EU-funded project against food fraud has been launched. The five-year project, led by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), will address these issues at a European level. The FoodIntegrity project will bring together major stakeholders and scientific expertise from across the world. Defra Minister for Food, George Eustice states, “The UK […]

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