food standards


70% of chickens contaminated

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the cumulative results from the first two quarters of its one-year survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens bought in the UK. Individual results by major retailer have also been published. The results to date show: 18% of chickens tested positive for campylobacter above the highest level of contamination […]


PACKAGING: Weekly round-up

Here is your weekly round-up of Packaging news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at With just one month remaining until the main elements of the Food Information to Consumers EU 1169/2011 Regulation (FIC) are due to come into effect in […]

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Survey on ‘may contain’ labelling

The Food Standards Agency has published a nationwide snapshot survey on a cross-section of pre-packed processed foods both with and without allergen advisory labelling. The survey aimed to provide an improved understanding of the type of allergen advisory labelling used on pre-packed processed foods in the UK and whether the labelling was related to the […]

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Food law enforcement info published

The Food Standards Agency has published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2013/14. The information is compiled by the FSA from returns by local authorities and it gives the FSA a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country. The figures show an increase in a […]


Support for a Scottish food standards body

The creation of a standalone food standards body in Scotland has been supported by MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee. The Food (Scotland) Bill proposes that the current Food Standards Agency in Scotland be replaced with Food Standards Scotland, which, in addition to regulating food safety, would also have a role in diet and […]


Boost food hygiene controls with Loma’s IP69K-rated inspection systems

Loma’s latest line-up of IQ3+ Metal Detection and X⁵ X-ray contaminant inspection systems and are designed to withstand high-pressure hot steam jet cleaning of up to 1,450psi. Constructed using top-quality 304L stainless steel makes the systems food safe and reduces the risk of corrosion. In creating these newly designed systems, Loma engineers have paid particular […]

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FSA welcomes Elliott horsemeat report

The UK’s National Farmers Union has issued a guarded response to the interim Elliott report into the horsemeat scandal that hit the British food industry early in 2013.   “It is right that action is being taken to ensure that meat labelled as British is British and has all the high standards associated with British […]

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Food scares are merely tip of the iceberg

Product recalls and other food safety incidents reported to and by the Food Standards Agency are merely the tip of the iceberg, according to research performed by Trace One. While the general public is only aware of food recalls that affect major retailers or have wide-reaching consequences (such as the 2013 horse meat crisis), the […]

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EU votes to ban ‘burnt, nutty’ flavour substance

The European Commission and European Union member states have this week declared that the flavouring substance 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene should be banned. ‘The flavouring substance 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene is genotoxic (that is, it can damage DNA, the genetic material of cells) and therefore a safety concern for human health. Genotoxic substances should not be intentionally added to the food […]


Peanut allergy study ‘first of its kind’

A clinical study commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) hopes to identify, for the first time, how sensitivity to peanut is altered by external factors including exercise and stress. Peanut allergies affect 200,000 to 400,000 people, and approximately 1 in 50 children in the UK. The three-year TRACE study will be led by Dr […]

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FSA reports back on beef products survey

Following a European Commission call for member states to carry out a survey of beef products, in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, the UK has now submitted its results. The Food Standards Agency reported that none of the UK samples was found to contain horse DNA at or above the one per cent threshold […]

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