Regulatory

 

Meat processors welcome FSA U-turn

The British Meat Processors Association has welcomed a Food Standards Agency (FSA) decision to scrap plans for a four per cent hike in annual inspection charges in a bid to cut government subsidies to the industry. However, the FSA has said that a new system to calculate charges based on the length of time inspectors […]

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Chemical fears lead to cartoned water launch

Safety fears over controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and environmental concerns have prompted one US beverage company to start selling water in cartons. O.N.E World Enterprises has announced the launch of O.N.E Water in a BPA-free Tetra Pak carton as a ‘sustainable alternative to plastic bottled water’. “With concern growing about the health risks of […]

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Brewing breakthrough

A sensor that measures dissolved oxygen in beer products has been unveiled by the Process Analytics arm of Mettler Toledo. Dissolved or residual oxygen can affect the quality and shelf life of beer – problems which the company has addressed with its chemo-optical technology. The sensor, called the InPro 6970i, is also said to reduce […]

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New UK salt reduction targets

The Food Standards Agency has unveiled revised salt reduction targets for the food industry, affecting 80 food categories. By 2012, the FSA is hoping to have reduced salt intake to 6g a day for adults (2.4g sodium), from around 9.5g in 2000/1. The current consumption estimate is at 8.6g, indicating that progress has been made […]

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Thumbs-up for new salmonella detection kit

A new, rapid detection kit to identify salmonella species in food has received approval from international accreditation body the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC). The Salmonella Rapid Culture Method, developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific, is said to deliver highly accurate results in less than 48 hours compared with up to four days for other methods. […]

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EFSA re-confirms aspartame safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said there is no indication that aspartame causes cancer, following its assessment of a study that linked regular intake of the sweetener with an increased risk of certain cancers. EFSA’s panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was asked by the European Commission for […]

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New food fraud squad

A new food fraud division will support local authorities in taking swift action to stop illegal activity, as well as helping them uncover cases where consumers have been misled, says the UK’s Food Standards Agency. The Food Fraud Advisory Unit (FFAU) is a group of 16 officials with extensive skills and experience in carrying out […]

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Major brewery rides with the red tractor

Wells and Young’s has become the first major brewery to be certified with the Red Tractor logo. The Bedford-based company will now carry the Red Tractor logo on all its bottles of Young’s Bitter in a move to assure consumers that the ale is made using only British raw ingredients. Jonathan Tipples, vice chairman of […]

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Concerns over health and safety merger

A proposal to merge the Health & Safety Commission and Health & Safety Executive must aim to improve the governance and scrutiny of legislation and regulators, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned. The merger has been proposed in order to create a single and more efficient regulatory body and should be through by […]

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