EFSA unveils new campylobacter findings

EFSA has published an evaluation of factors that may contribute to the spread of Campylobacter in live chickens and chicken carcasses in the EU. The scientific report follows the publication of the first EU-wide survey carried out by Member States on the occurrence of this bacterium in chickens and their carcasses. In the report, EFSA […]

Launch of new compact multi-purpose label printer

A new compact label printer, the CG4, designed for food sector barcode label applications, has been launched in the UK by Sato. The firm says the latest machine in its CG series offers top-end performance at affordable prices. Designed for low to mid-range volumes, it can be used to print labels up to four inches […]


Spearmint Treatt from flavour firm

Ingredients firm Treatt has unveiled its latest innovation – a spearmint flavour which it claims offers ‘leafy green flavours and imparts distinct Mojito-like topnotes’. Spearmint Treattarome 9764, says the manufacturer, provides flavourists and manufacturers with a sweeter alternative to conventional spearmint oil. Wholly distilled from Mentha spicata, the ingredients is a 100% natural FTNF (From […]

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New edible oil star

Latest news from Innova Market Insights reveals that, when it comes to edible oils, a new star may be emerging. According to the market research company, in the 12 months to March 2010, nearly 1,000 edible oils were launched, the majority of which were standards such as olive oil, sunflower oil, soy oil and blended […]

Cloned beef enters UK food chain

Following reports that products from the offspring of cloned cows have entered the UK food chain, the Food Standards Agency has moved to reassure worried consumers by saying there is no evidence that consuming products from healthy clones, or their offspring, poses a food safety risk. However, as they are considered novel foods, they need […]

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New simulation technologies from CenFRA

Automation and robotics expert CenFRA has introduced new simulation technologies which it says have been designed to help galvanise the UK’s fresh produce industry. Over the years automation solutions have been designed purposely to meet the needs of the food industry, and one of the most applicable to the fresh produce industry are high speed […]

A thirst for the eccentric

Following the launch of the world’s most expensive beer – The End of History – BrewDog co-founder James Watt has announced that all 12 bottles of the 55%ABV beer, priced at £500-£700 each and served inside stuffed dead animals, were sold within four hours. The blond Belgian ale, brewed in Fraserburgh, Scotland, is infused with […]


BRC doesn’t mince words

 A study claiming that the fat content labels used on minced beef can be inaccurate, has been condemned as misleading by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The study by the Local Government Group revealed that beef mince labelled as ‘lean’ or ‘extra lean’ could contain more fat than standard mince. However, the BRC says that […]

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FSA to focus on food safety

The UK coalition government has put an end to intense speculation about the future of the FSA by revealing that it will be retained – but with a renewed focus on food safety. The Department of Health will become responsible for nutrition policy in England, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will […]

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Bakery benefits of new texture solutions

Bakery manufacturers can now benefit from what manufacturer Cargill is calling an ‘inspired new palette of bakery filling recipes’ that it says capitalises on its application expertise in both pectin and starch. Used at different ratios, the balanced combination of pectin and starch offers enhanced functionality and optimal texture in all types of bakery fillings, […]

SMEs told to gear up for new staff training rights

Owners and managers of small to medium-sized food and drink companies are being urged to get ready for the introduction of new laws which give employees more rights to training. From next April, all employees will have the right to request ‘time to train’. Currently, the right only applies to employees who work for a […]

Positive news on pesticide residues

Fresh data from EFSA on pesticide residues in food suggests that exposure levels are on the decrease. In its Annual Report on Pesticide Residues, the food safety authority says that 96.5% of more than 70,000 samples of different types of food complied with maximum levels permitted by the EU. The remaining 3.5% exceeded legal limits, […]


‘FSA to be abolished’ claim

The UK coalition government is to abolish the Food Standards Agency – the food watchdog set up to protect consumers after the ‘mad cow’ disease crisis – and reassign its duties elsewhere, according to government sources. However, a Department of Health spokesman insists no decision had yet been made on the future of the FSA. […]

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