Regulatory

 

Butcher opts for wireless safety monitoring

Catering and retail butcher Bay Provisions has installed a Checkit wireless food safety monitoring system from Elektron Technology to replace manual temperature measurements. Checkit fixed sensors monitor the temperature of walk-in chillers, display freezers and other cold storage units, while a handheld unit is used to check the temperature of goods-in and log daily cleaning […]

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Can alternative offers extended shelf life

RPC Containers Corby has launched a modern plastic alternative to the traditional tin can.  The new 380ml Apollo container combines extended ambient shelf life with all the established lightweight, easy handling and safety benefits of plastics and also offers the convenience of re-closing. The high barrier Apollo features a PP/EVOH/PP multilayer structure for the effective […]

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Hygienic zoning app for food production environments

Vikan, a provider of cleaning tools, has introduced a Hygienic Zone Planner, a visual self-auditing tool and checklist for managing HACCP-compliant segregated food production environments. Populating this new app with specific constraints and requirements during a site visit by Vikan’s team produces a visual picture of the factory divided into distinct zones and promptly provides […]

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New optical sorter for challenging food processing applications

The Bühler Group, a provider of optical sorting solutions, has introduced the Sortex A MultiVision, an advanced high-capacity optical sorter designed for challenging food processing applications. Equipped with custom-designed Multivision camera technology, it is designed to deliver exceptional yield through superior defect and foreign material detection. It functions in the most difficult of dry commodity […]

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EU votes to ban ‘burnt, nutty’ flavour substance

The European Commission and European Union member states have this week declared that the flavouring substance 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene should be banned. ‘The flavouring substance 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene is genotoxic (that is, it can damage DNA, the genetic material of cells) and therefore a safety concern for human health. Genotoxic substances should not be intentionally added to the food […]

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Peanut allergy study ‘first of its kind’

A clinical study commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) hopes to identify, for the first time, how sensitivity to peanut is altered by external factors including exercise and stress. Peanut allergies affect 200,000 to 400,000 people, and approximately 1 in 50 children in the UK. The three-year TRACE study will be led by Dr […]

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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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