Regulatory

 

Strategic alliance offers support from ‘seed to shelf’

In the wake of ever-closer integration of farming and food manufacturing, science-based organisations Campden BRI and CABI have developed a strategic alliance to provide technical support from ‘seed to shelf’. The alliance is designed to benefit small, medium and larger companies, as well as initiatives from government and NGOs aimed at supporting food production. “The […]

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November date for aspartame opinion

EFSA and the European Commission have agreed to extend the timeframe for the full re-evaluation of aspartame, rescheduling it for November this year. The decision will, says the safety authority, allow it sufficient time to consider and address feedback, including new information, resulting from the public consultation on its draft opinion. From the comments received, […]

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Patterson named IFST president

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has elected Professor Margaret Patterson as its new president. Professor Patterson is a food microbiologist at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Belfast, and serves on the scientific advisory committee of Safefood – a body that promotes food safety throughout North and south Ireland. She has […]

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FSA reports back on beef products survey

Following a European Commission call for member states to carry out a survey of beef products, in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, the UK has now submitted its results. The Food Standards Agency reported that none of the UK samples was found to contain horse DNA at or above the one per cent threshold […]

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Authenticity spotlight on fish, oils and rice

Demand for authenticity tests have soared in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, with the spotlight now on fish, speciality oils and basmati rice, according to laboratory RSSL. “Any food ingredient that has a price premium, and similar-looking ingredients that are cheaper, is potentially vulnerable to adulteration,” says Jane Staniforth, of RSSL. “When fish has […]

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Launch of food allergy study welcomed

An international study into food allergy has just been launched in the UK. The project, led by the University of Manchester and funded by the European Commission, will involve leading experts from around the world, including the UK and USA. The university team will work with 38 partners, including the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the […]

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Compact solution to fresh produce palletising

Automated packing and palletising systems firm Brillopak has unveiled a new robotic palletiser specifically designed for fresh fruit and vegetables. The development of the Compact C211 followed research by the firm into the issues surrounding fresh produce packaging. One of the major findings was a pressure on margins, causing firms to seek efficiencies in terms […]

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FSA orders tests on UK beef products

Food retailers are to carry out tests on all processed beef products after some Findus lasagnes were found to contain 100% horsemeat. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) ordered the UK tests, saying it was ‘highly likely’ criminal activity was to blame for the contamination. It said there was no evidence of a health risk, but […]

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FSA publishes 2013 priorities

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2013. The plan outlines priority science and evidence activities for the coming year, including potential areas for research funding and workshops that will help develop the FSA’s evidence base. The proposed activities cover a wide range of areas within the agency’s remit, including […]

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