Thermo Fisher responds to E.coli crisis

Thermo Fisher Scientific says it has responded to the E.coli O104 crisis in Europe by increasing production and distribution of its Brilliance ESBL Agar plate, a chromogenic screening plate for the detection of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-producing (ESBL) organisms, such as the outbreak strain, within 24 hours. “With worldwide concern over E.coli O104, food microbiologists need […]

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Spotlight on food labelling plans

Food labels should include mandatory nutritional information, including on artificial trans fats and the country of provenance, Environment Committee MEPs said this week. The committee amended draft EU legislation to ensure that labels are ‘legible, do not mislead, and provide the information that consumers need to make choices’. The draft legislation, voted at the second […]

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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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Fish and shellfish employees can now net new skills

The first dedicated training qualification for fish and shellfish processing to be launched for more than 20 years is now available to employers. The Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills qualification has been developed by Improve, the UK-based food and drink skills council, and can now be accessed through the National Skills Academy for […]


Spotlight on CFP

EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki met with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Seafood group recently as part of an industry alliance pressing for radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The alliance, which includes FDF, WWF and retailers, has put together a common position calling for more sustainable fisheries management policies and the elimination […]

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Merger for Findus firms

THE Findus Group is to merge its Young’s Seafood, The Seafood Company and Findus UK operations. The consolidated company, Young’s Seafood Limited, will be the largest supplier of fish and seafood with a turnover of around £600 million (€70m). Leedert den Hollander, managing director of the Findus Group UK and Ireland, will be the chief […]

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Premier Foods sell canning business

PREMIER Foods has sold its canned business to tinned fish giant Princes for £182 million (€214m). The deal comes just weeks after the UK food and drinks group sealed the £205m (€242m) disposal of its Quorn meat-free business. Premier has been restructuring to reduce a £1.37 billion (€1.61bn) debt pile as of June last year, […]

Frutarom snaps up UK ingredients firm

Frutarom has revealed that it’s bought UK-based ingredients firm British East Anglian Food Ingredients (EAFI) for £3 million (€3.5m). Founded in 1979, EAFI develops, manufactures and markets flavours, seasoning compounds and functional ingredients for the food industry, specialising in convenience food, snacks, and processed meat and fish. Among the assets being acquired by the Israeli […]

Vegetarian omega-3 from LycoRed

LycoRed has launched what it’s calling ‘a new and innovative vegetarian omega-3’ for the bakery and confectionery industries. Lyc-O-Mega 10 AL is, it says, free from fish odour and produced only from the highest quality DHA algae oil, making it especially suitable for vegetarians. “Following the latest publication by EFSA on Article 13.1, which included […]


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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Scientists create ‘monster’ salmon

Scientists have created a genetically modified ‘monster’ salmon which could soon be on dinner tables around the world. US company Aqua Bounty claims it has been given initial approval by American safety authorities to produce the GM fish, which grow two to three times faster than normal varieties. However, critics of GM food fear the […]

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Scotland and Norway unite over mackerel dispute

Scotland and Norway have joined forces to call for an end to the so-called ‘mackerel dispute’ which they say is threatening to punish the responsible actions of Scottish and Norwegian fleets. First minister Alex Salmond met with Norway’s foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre this week to discuss a range of issues, including the decision by […]

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Search is on for UK’s greenest business

The search is on to find the UK’s greenest businesses, as a long- running environmental award scheme urges food and drink companies taking action on sustainability to make themselves known. Now in its 35th year, the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards scheme is calling on companies to apply for its 2011 […]

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