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U.K. retailers report chicken campylobacter levels for Q1

The top nine retailers across the United Kingdom have now published their latest testing results on campylobacter contamination in UK-produced fresh whole chickens (covering samples tested from January to March), according to the June 15 report by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The latest figures show that on average, across the major retailers, 3.8 percent of… Continue Reading

UK prepares to comply with Europe’s new acrylamide rules

Food businesses in Europe must take “practical steps” to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems beginning in April. New European Union legislation describes “practical measures” food businesses must take to mitigate acrylamide formation in a range of foods. Acrylamide is a chemical that may form in some starchy foods during high-temperature cooking, such as… Continue Reading

FSA warns consumers about those trendy raw chicken dishes

The London-based Food Standards Agency is worried people may believe what they read in the newspaper. A report that ran last weekend in the lifestyle section of The Daily Mirror about a celebrity chef who claims to love eating raw chicken has the FSA “reiterating our advice not to eat raw chicken.” In a splashy… Continue Reading

Dutch egg recall for insecticide contamination spans the globe

Dutch egg producers’ practice of mixing the toxic insecticide Fipronil with a cleaning agent and sanitizer known as “Dega 16” for use around chickens has apparently led to the world’s largest recall of shell eggs since 2010. The first Fipronil-contaminated eggs were reported July 20 by food safety authorities in Belgium. The insecticide-tainted eggs turned… Continue Reading

UK’s food crime fighting unit doing some public outreach

The United Kingdom’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) is doing a bit of outreach this year.   The 2-year old unit for busting food crimes is inviting people to fill out public surveys and then maybe consider filling out an intelligence report about “any suspicions or information about food crime/fraud…” The NFCU is the police… Continue Reading

UK responds to report of ‘hygiene failings’ in slaughterhouses

A report about contaminated meat in the United Kingdom by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London-based nonprofit that says it exists to “expose wrongs and spark change” lacks accuracy, according to the the UK’s Food Standards Agency. “Recent media reports of contaminated meat do not give the complete picture on the condition of meat… Continue Reading

FSA releases food incident details for final quarter of 2016

In the final quarter of 2016, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the United Kingdom issued 34 food notices, including 17 for allergy alerts. Milk, nuts and gluten were the top three undeclared allergens named. In its wrap-up for the October to December quarter, FSA reported food notices include information on investigations the agency supported that… Continue Reading

Ireland reports food safety enforcements for November

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has released the four Enforcement Orders it served on food businesses in November for breaches of food safety laws. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE). Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on: Roma Grill, a take-away, The… Continue Reading