Salmonella detection kit receives AFNOR validation

Neogen’s ANSR for Salmonella – a procedure for the detection of Salmonella in meat, poultry, dairy, seafood and vegetables – has been validated and approved in accordance with the current and stringent criteria of a NF Validation study carried out according to the EN ISO 16140 standard. The new validation follows the kit’s initial approval […]

Food security label breakthrough

Shrink management solutions firm Checkpoint Systems has unveiled a new anti-theft EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) food label for supermarkets that is certified microwave-safe. The 4010 EP Food Label was designed specifically to protect fresh and frozen supermarket food, says the manufacturer, and has been certified as microwave safe and non-flammable. “Protecting supermarket food items from […]

Seacatch nets a new freezing system

A flexible in-line freezing system from Starfrost has boosted business at a major UK seafood production facility. Seacatch provides various production services to the seafood industry, including product freezing, poaching, grading, glazing, bandsawing, packing and labelling, and handles around 100 metric tonnes of seafood products per week for suppliers and blue chip clients. Seacatch recently […]

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UK food and drink exports soar

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew to £5.8 billion (€6.7bn) in the first half of 2011 – a rise of over 13 per cent on the same period in 2010, according to new figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). Exports to the EU increased by 12.6% to £4.4 billion (€5.1bn) with the […]

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M&J reports growth in gurnard sales

The volume of sales of alternative fish gurnard are on the rise, according to new figures from foodservice supplier M&J Seafood. The fish and seafood company says its sales of gurnard have risen by 62% year on year, amid increasing awareness of alternative species among chefs and restaurateurs. “We’ve been promoting the use of under-utilised […]

Neogen expands seafood safety test range

Neogen Europe says it has added to its range of tests for the seafood industry with the introduction of a rapid test to detect the okadaic acid group of toxins – which can occur naturally in shellfish but have been shown to cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) in humans. Neogen’s new Reveal for DSP is […]

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Seafood firm nets prawn processor

Scotland’s Associated Seafoods has acquired prawn processor Moray Seafoods in a move that it says will secure the future of the company and ‘herald the beginning of a new strategy to develop the domestic and export markets for quality langoustine and scampi’. This is the second seafood processing acquisition made by Associated Seafoods recently – […]


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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