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Northern Ireland’s FSA opens comment period on novel foods

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Comments, that began on April 4, 2017 and continue to June 27, 2017, are being taken by the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland about enforcement of novel foods by food businesses. The agency says its aim is to ensure effective, consistent and proportionate enforcement of the new novel foods regulations, known as (EU) 2015/2283…. Continue Reading

UK’s raw milk vending machine outbreak expands; 56 sick

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Editor’s note: For details on efforts in New Jersey and Texas to allow in-state sales of unpasteurized raw milk, the interstate sale of which is prohibited by federal law, please see “Raw milk advocates make the most of anti-reg mood in U.S.”  One carry-over from 2016 in United Kingdom is Campylobacter, remaining in 2017 as… Continue Reading

Local food safety staffing in UK down by 6 percent

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The Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom this week published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for 2015-16. Information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country. The figures show an increase in some local authority enforcement… Continue Reading

FSA reports 54 ‘food incidents’ in United Kingdom in Q3

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In case you’ve been wondering about “food incidents” across the pond, the Food Standards Agency for the United Kingdom is out with its report for the July through September 2016 period.  The report includes those incidents where an alert was issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw products from sales. This quarterly summary also… Continue Reading

UK food safety pilot program lets some stores, pubs police themselves

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In announcing plans to shift food safety regulation away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency also announced it has designed a three-month pilot program that will allow certain big retailers and restaurants to oversee their own food safety operations. “For many years we’ve had an inspection model that includes sending local authority inspectors to… Continue Reading

Protecting vulnerable populations goal of new FSA guidance document

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New non-binding guidance for reducing the risk to vulnerable groups from contracting listeriosis was released Tuesday for the United Kingdom by the country’s Food Standards Agency. The guidance applies directly to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and it is also being promoted by the independent Food Standards Scotland through its website. The guidance is for health… Continue Reading

FSA finds Brits not up to the mark on best burger practices

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A survey of about 2,700 British adults has found that while 71 percent of them said they were concerned about food poisoning, 36 percent would still eat a burger that wasn’t completely cooked. According to the survey results, released Aug. 25 by the U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA), more than one in 10 of the respondents… Continue Reading

FSA says research shows UK consumers support chicken clean-up campaign

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Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on Thursday announced research showing that consumers want the food industry to continue action to tackle Campylobacter in chickens — the biggest cause of food poisoning in the United Kingdom. The new findings show that 68 precent of UK consumers think the industry should continue to reduce Campylobacter levels beyond the agreed… Continue Reading

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