Safety first

I was delighted to have been invited by Arco to celebrate its signing of an agreement with AEG Europe to become the official safety equipment partner of The O2 and Up at The O2, the iconic London, UK venue that attracts nine million visitors each year from around the globe. UK safety company Arco distributes […]

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Food survey results

The results of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) biannual Public Attitudes Tracker for November 2014 have been published. The top three food safety issues of total (ie spontaneous plus prompted) concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (39%), food poisoning (32%), the use of additives in food products (29%) and date labels (29%). The […]

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Cold press technology

Dutch companies JFPT/foodlife and Cool Wave Processing have joined forces to develop a new cold press technology – The Cold Press No. 1. Built mainly from stainless steel, it has round pipes instead of pipes with straight angles and all the plastics are blue instead of white, which is said to make it the first […]

Hygienic strapping

Strapping specialist Mosca Direct has introduced the new SoniXs MS-VA and SoniXs TRS-VA machines, which are described as the first side-seal strappers that are corrosion resistant and work with Mosca’s own ultrasonic technology SoniXs. In addition, the machines feature a new, exposed Standard-6 strap path, also made of corrosion-resistant material. The machines have been designed […]


Coconut water consumption analysed

While the UK’s coconut water market is thriving, Datamonitor Consumer’s latest research on the global coconut water market suggests that there are several unexploited countries that could hold even further potential. Findings show that although UK consumption is due to near 25 million litres in 2015, much higher growth is expected from Japan, Canada and […]


Decline in foodborne disease outbreaks in Germany

Foodborne illness outbreaks in Germany decreased in 2013, according to data collated by Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Bundesinstitut fuer Risikobewertung (BfR) – down to 73 outbreaks from 84 in 2012. Despite this reduction, food handling, preparation and cooking remain serious issues for consumer health. German authorities define a foodborne disease outbreak as when […]


Contamination of carrots and bulb and stem veg

Environmental factors (such as the proximity to farms), access of domestic and wild animals to vegetable growing areas, the use of contaminated water for irrigation or contaminated equipment are among the factors that cause contamination of carrots and bulb and stem vegetables – such as onion and garlic – with salmonella, yersinia, shigella and norovirus. […]


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