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UK Foodborne Virus Reports Identify Areas Needing More Research

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There were two reports published Wednesday on the status of viruses in the UK food chain. The first, a report by Food Standards Agency (FSA) Chief Scientific Advisor Guy Poppy, explores what viruses in food are, how they cause disease, how FSA is working with others to use science to understand them, and some of… Continue Reading

Defendants Sentenced in UK Horse Meat Scandal

Judge notes suspicion of complicity

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The first prosecutions brought in England following Europe’s 2013 horse meat scandal ended with one defendant getting a fine and another a short and suspended prison sentence, but only for what they’ve admitted doing. A Dutch trial getting underway today could bring a different outcome. Southwark Crown Court Judge Alistair McCreath did provide a lecture along… Continue Reading

High UK Chicken Campylobacter Levels Renew Discussions About Using Chemical Washes

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Last week’s “fame and shame” about the high percentage of Campylobacter-contaminated fresh chickens sold by retail stores in the United Kingdom is being followed by renewed discussions about interventions their poultry industry should try to reduce the U.K.’s most common cause of bacterial gastrointestinal disease. Those discussions, say experts, could see the UK at least… Continue Reading

UK Stores Pressured to Reduce Campylobacter on Fresh Whole Chicken

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The Consumers’ Association in the United Kingdom, which goes by the brand name Which?, is following up on the recent release of fresh whole chicken Campylobacter contamination rates by supermarket chain by asking chief executives what they are going to do about it. As promised, at the end of a year-long study, the UK’s Food… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland to Launch on April 1

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Food Standards Scotland is set to start on April 1. The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up the stand-alone body passed the Scottish Parliament in early December and received Royal Assent — meaning that the queen formally agrees to make the bill into law — on Jan. 13. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will take over… Continue Reading

Three Deaths Reported Among 156 Cases in UK Salmonella Outbreak

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Public Health England (PHE) is looking into a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis after cases were reported in Hampshire, London, the West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside. What were being called “isolated clusters” of cases over the past few months are now considered potentially linked, officials said. There were 25 cases reported in London and 55… Continue Reading

UK Survey Finds Campylobacter on 59 Percent of Chicken

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. has published its first-quarter results from a survey of Campylobacter on fresh whole store-bought chickens and the associated packaging. The agency found that 59 percent of the birds and 4 percent of the outside of the packaging tested positive. Campylobacter is the most common form of food… Continue Reading

UK Study: Campylobacter Remains the Most Common Foodborne Pathogen

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An updated study commissioned by the UK’s Food Standards Agency reports that Campylobacter remains the top foodborne pathogen there and that poultry is the most common food item associated with foodborne illness. Researchers at the University of Liverpool estimated that, in 2009, there were more than 500,000 cases of foodborne illness in the UK due… Continue Reading

UK Launches Campylobacter Education Campaign

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To kick off Food Safety Week on Monday, Britain’s Food Standards Agency launched a campaign to educate consumers about Campylobacter and particularly to get consumers to stop washing raw chicken in order to reduce the risk of infection. The call comes as new figures show that 44 percent of people always wash chicken before cooking… Continue Reading

UK Pig Inspection Rule Changes Open For Public Comment

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In June of this year, the European Union will introduce new rules for pig meat inspections designed to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination on pork. The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency announced last week that it is requesting comments on the practical application of changes required by the rules. These comments are being solicited… Continue Reading