Regulatory

 

EFSA updates food irradiation advice

EFSA’s scientific experts have this week updated advice on the safety of irradiation of food – a process which can be used to destroy bacteria that cause food poisoning. Having looked at the efficacy and microbiological safety of the process, and possible risks arising from the formation of several chemical substances as a result of […]

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Fish and shellfish safety research plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland is commissioning five pieces of research that it says will help gather evidence to improve the hygiene standards of fish and shellfish consumed in Scotland. The areas of research are to include a review of the processes in place throughout the processing chain that are designed to control […]

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EFSA revises guidance on caramel colours

The European Food Safety Authority’s scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food has assessed the safety of a group of caramel colours authorised for use in food in the EU, and revised the previously established Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI). The Panel also looked at the safety of some by-products resulting from […]

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Nutrition for Life funding up for grabs

The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced a planned investment of up to £6.25 million (€7.24m) to stimulate innovation in the food and drink sector. The investment is intended to encourage the […]

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New look for RSSL

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has unveiled the results of a rebranding exercise – complete with new logo – designed to unify the company’s services. “For many of our clients, RSSL is the technical and scientific hub for everything they do,” says general manager Tracey Gale. “They know they can trust RSSL for help and […]

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Coca-Cola Hellenic in fleet awards hat-trick

Coca-Cola Hellenic is celebrating after scooping the International Fleet Safety of the Year award – as well as being placed second and third in two other categories. The company, which operates its fleet of over 20,000 vehicles across 28 countries, received the accolade at the Fleet Europe Awards 2010, which took place at the end […]

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EU victory for organic sector

News that the European Commission will not move to ban the use of nitrates and nitrites in the processing of organic cured meats has been welcomed by UK organic control body Organic Farmers & Growers. The issue had been under discussion for more than two years, with the aim of taking sodium nitrite and potassium […]

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New target to tackle food bug

The Food Standards Agency, the UK poultry industry and major retailers have agreed a new target that will measure efforts to reduce levels of the food bug campylobacter in chickens. Almost two-thirds of raw chickens sold in the UK are contaminated with campylobacter, which is estimated to cause around 80 deaths every year. There are […]

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Faerch Plast cuts CPET tray weight

Danish food packaging manufacturer Faerch Plast has reduced the weight of its CPET (crystalline polyethylene) containers by an average of 11% since 2008, putting it on track to meet its environmental objective of ‘achieving a general weight reduction of produced items of 30%’ by 2013. “Clever design together with improved production processes has helped us […]

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Industry accolade for Law

Years of service to the food industry by Mike Law, chief certification officer at independent certification company Cert ID, have been rewarded with a Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Award for the Most Significant Contribution. Presented at the recent annual SOFHT luncheon at the Savoy in London, the awards recognise excellence within the food […]

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EU approves natural antioxidant

Recent EU approval of rosemary extracts as safe, effective food preservatives will encourage many more food manufacturers to include the natural antioxidant in their products, predicts Danisco. “Although research has long since documented the antioxidant properties of our Guardian Rosemary Extract, the European Commission’s recent publication of new directives marks the first legal recognition of […]

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