Horsing around

Earlier this month I visited Doncaster Racecourse. Whilst I wasn’t there to watch any races, horses were certainly on the agenda – it was Highfield ABC’s Fighting Food Fraud event and, of course, ‘horsegate’ was one of the buzzwords of the day.

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Damage control

In the same week that Nestle announced plans to destroy more than $50 million (£32 million) worth of its Maggi noodles, after India’s food safety regulator found the product contains unsafe levels of lead, the presence of a strain of superbug MRSA in UK supermarket pork was also making headlines.

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Simplification of supply streams

Emma Woods, technical manager at Phoenix Speciality Oils, predicts a step in the right direction following the horsemeat scandal, which left certain sectors of the industry reeling last year.

Spotlight on food traceability

Last September saw the publication of Professor Chris Elliott’s final report into the integrity and assurance of UK food supply networks. The report, which came in light of 2013’s horsemeat incident, identified weaknesses in the network and recommended to government measures that could be taken to address them. The government quickly posted its response, which […]


Food traceability gaining popularity

Organic Monitor believes that growing consumer interest in food provenance and production methods is leading to a spike in traceability schemes, with a growing number of certification schemes and analytical tools helping food companies provide transparency. Traceability schemes were initially introduced to track agricultural commodities from developing countries, such as coffee, cocoa and tea. Consumer […]

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Safe and sound

The September issue of Food & Drink Technology is due to hit desks this week and as we have super-sized the issue this month, I apologise if it makes a dent in your desk when it lands! The first of some major shows coming up throughout autumn are upon us, so we’ve included comprehensive previews […]

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No horsemeat found in latest testing

The latest round of industry and European Union (EU) testing found no horsemeat DNA in meat products at or above the 1% reporting threshold.  Since 2013, the FSA has been working with the European Commission and industry in an extensive programme of testing to detect horsemeat. These tests were carried out to check that beef products […]


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