Regulatory

 

Mixed results in acrylamide survey

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) says results from a recent study reveal an increase in acrylamide levels in certain baby foods. The study, which looked at levels of process contaminants acrylamide and furan in a range of UK foods, showed an upward trend in acrylamide levels in processed cereal-based baby foods (excluding rusks), but […]

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Research call on norovirus in foods

The UK Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to carry out a systematic review on the survival of norovirus in foods and on food contact surfaces. Human enteric viruses are a major cause of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in the UK, and foodborne transmission is thought to be an important route of infection, says the […]

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Anuga FoodTec ‘best ever’ say organisers

The sixth Anuga FoodTec 2012, which closed its doors after four intensive days in Cologne’s Koelnmesse, posted its best event result to date, according to organisers. Visitor numbers grew by around 25 per cent, totalling more than 42,000 trade visitors from 131 countries. “Anuga FoodTec was a complete success for the participating sectors,” says Katharina […]

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‘Positive outlook’ for global packaged food market

The global packaged food market proved admirably resilient in 2011, despite persistent economic uncertainty, according to a new report. And while it remains to be seen how the market will fare in 2012, the outlook remains broadly positive, says Euromonitor report Opportunities and Challenges for Global Packaged Food in 2012. “From the supply side, food […]

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Linpac hopes for split pack hit

Multi-material packaging manufacturer Linpac Packaging has developed a range of split packs for both fresh and cooked meats in a bid, it says, to help consumers reduce the food waste they generate at home. The packs, which allow contents to be divided into separate portion-size compartments in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), mean consumers can store […]

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Mycotoxin survey results published

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the results of a survey looking at levels of mycotoxins in food. The majority of the samples tested contained levels of mycotoxins below the legal limits, and only one sample had mycotoxin above the legal EU limit. Overall, the results of the survey are reassuring and do not […]

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Summit Foods in peak shape

UK foodservice, retail and food manufacturing supplier Summit Foods is celebrating 30 years in business with a major expansion programme. The Lancashire-based supplier of cooked meat based products was founded in 1981 and is now a family-run business owned and managed by husband and wife team Dean and Vanessa Lewis. To coincide with its 30th […]

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Neogen expands seafood safety test range

Neogen Europe says it has added to its range of tests for the seafood industry with the introduction of a rapid test to detect the okadaic acid group of toxins – which can occur naturally in shellfish but have been shown to cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) in humans. Neogen’s new Reveal for DSP is […]

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EFSA publishes EColi report

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this week published its report into the possible source of the recent EColi O104 outbreaks in Germany and France. It concludes that a batch of fenugreek seeds, originally supplied from a company in Egypt to a German company, is the most likely link between the two outbreaks. However, evidence […]

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