Regulatory

 

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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Legal threat over horsemeat burger scandal

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reportedly considering whether legal action should be taken against companies at the centre of the scandal over horsemeat found in beef burgers. The FSA has said it will consult with relevant local authorities before making a decision about possible further action. It also said it would try to […]

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EFSA bid to make things clear

EFSA has announced the launch of an initiative designed to ‘enhance transparency in risk assessment’. The programme, to be developed in cooperation with EFSA’s partners and stakeholders, will consider how best and to what extent technical data used in risk assessments can be made available to the broader scientific community and interested parties. The project […]

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Aspartame ‘poses no toxicity concern’ says EFSA draft scientific opinion

EFSA’s draft scientific opinion following re-evalution of artificial sweetener aspartame reveals that ‘it poses no toxicity concern for consumers at current levels’. To carry out the full risk assessment, EFSA undertook an in-depth review of peer-reviewed scientific and other literature on aspartame and its breakdown products, including new human studies. Regulatory bodies around the world […]

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