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UK’s Food Standards Agency reports first-quarter food incidents

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The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released details on food incidents the agency handled during the first quarter of 2016. The summary is for all food incidents which occurred between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016, that led to an alert being issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw food products from sale…. Continue Reading

UK suspends retail-level poultry tests after industry’s sidestep

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The British poultry industry has found one way to put a stop to all that testing for campylobacter at the retail level in the United Kingdom. They’ve yanked the necks off the birds before they make it to retail counters. That’s a problem for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom, which has been doing… Continue Reading

UK’s Food Standards Agency Monitoring Tweets to Detect Outbreaks Sooner

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The U.K.’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reportedly been systematically checking for Twitter hashtags such as #sick and #barf in order to identify potential foodborne illness outbreaks. According to the agency’s chief scientific adviser, FSA is working with the National Health Service to monitor certain tweets via special software as a way of getting on to problems… Continue Reading

UK Businesses With Food Safety Violations Now Getting Mapped

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The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has come up with a response to all those who say that publishing restaurant inspections is just a “moment in time” report — it is mapping the entire rap sheet for businesses successfully prosecuted for any food standard, food hygiene or food safety-related violations. The entire database for… Continue Reading

BBC Report Raises Questions About the Safety of Breast Milk Sold Online

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The safety of breast milk purchased online throughout the United Kingdom from websites such as “Only The Breast” has been called into question by the BBC’s Inside Out investigative program. “Only the Breast” is a web-based system of classified ads that connects people buying and selling breast milk. The BBC reported Monday that some of the breast milk… Continue Reading

Could the UK Chicken Price War be Adding to the Campylobacter Problem?

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Some critics say that the health of British families is being put at risk because an ongoing retail “price war” on chicken is keeping investments from being made to help reduce Campylobacter contamination. Professor Chris Elliott, who conducted the British government’s inquiry into the 2013 horse meat scandal, says that U.K. chicken farms could limit the Campylobacter incidence by not “thinning”… Continue Reading

UK Woman Sickened by Norovirus From Oysters Despite Not Eating Them

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A British woman was recently sickened with norovirus from oysters, although she hadn’t eaten any. It turns out that she got the infection from a friend who got it from eating the oysters. Natalie Dye, 49, of Esher, Surrey, reportedly dined at a restaurant with friends after a seaside holiday and consciously avoided eating any oysters,… Continue Reading

UK’s Food Standards Agency Publishes Revised Meat Industry Guidance

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A newly revised 20-chapter version of Meat Industry Guidance has been published across the pond by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). The product is the work of a panel of government and industry representatives and was written to clarify legal requirements, provide useful tips, and teach good practice principles. FSA says its new Meat Industry… Continue Reading

Current UK Controls on Raw Milk Found Sufficient

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the United Kingdom has decided to keep current restrictions on the sale of raw milk in place. It is legal in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to supply raw or unpasteurized milk directly to consumers, but it may not be sold at retail or through supermarkets. FSA decided against… Continue Reading

UK Food Standards Agency: Nestlé’s Maggi Noodles Do Not Contain Excess Lead

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The United Kingdom’s food safety regulatory agency has stated that Nestlé’s Maggi noodles do not contain excess lead and are safe to consume. “The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product [are] well within EU permissible levels and would… Continue Reading