Regulatory

 

Fish freezing requirements relaxed

The Food Standards Agency has announced that certain farmed fish destined to be eaten raw in dishes like sushi no longer need to be frozen before use to protect consumers against parasites. Fish parasites are mainly a problem in certain species of wild fish and can cause illness in humans if eaten. All fishery products […]

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Call for new EFSA management board member

The European Commission has launched a call for a new member of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Management Board. The Commission is organising a selection procedure for one position of the 15-member board whose term will expire on 30 June 2014. A member of the authority’s management board has resigned and is to be […]

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New FSA chief executive revealed

The new chief executive of the Food Standards Agency has been named as Catherine Brown. Catherine, who is currently the chief executive of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), will take up the post in October. She succeeds Tim Smith, who has been chief executive since March 2008. “The Board and I are […]

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RSSL to carry out FSA allergen survey

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has been chosen by the Food Standards Agency to carry out a survey of allergen advisory labelling in the UK. The survey aims to provide a better understanding of whether this type of labelling relates to the actual level of allergen present in foods sold on the UK market. It […]

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FSA welcomes EFSA poultry inspection opinion

The European Food Safety Authority’s recent scientific opinion on poultry meat inspection, which suggested that traditional inspection may not be enough to fully address the most relevant biological hazards to public health, has been welcomed by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). In 2010, the European Commission asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to […]

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Report reveals increase in number of food ‘incidents’

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says it saw an increase in the number of food incidents it investigated last year, including reports of contaminated or illegal food entering the food chain, with some potentially harmful to the public. According to the Annual Report of Incidents 2011 published this week, 1,714 food incidents were investigated by […]

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FSA launches FoP labelling consultation

The Food Standards Agency in both Northern Ireland and Scotland has launched a consultation on front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling in a bid, it says, to help consumers keep track of what they eat and choose healthier foods. The consultation opens discussions with FSA’s key partners over how it can achieve this through FoP nutrition labelling. […]

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EFSA announces BPA re-evaluation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has started work on its new risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) used in food contact materials, focusing in particular, it says, on exposure of vulnerable groups. The new opinion will complement earlier scientific advice provided at the request of the European Commission. EFSA will review all the available […]

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Co-op Sweden in push for private label expansion

Retailer Co-op Sweden has gone live with a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) portal in a bid, it says, to help increase private label product development and become more competitive within that market. Trace One, the company that supplied the online portal, says it will also help the retailer meet strict government requirements around product ingredients, […]

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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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