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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

Food safety regulation in UK to undergo change during Brexit

What’s going to happen after food safety in the United Kingdom is separated by Brexit from the European Food Safety Authority’s mothership in Parma, Italy? “Along with the EU (European Union) Exit, changing the way food businesses are regulated is one of our two key priorities for the years ahead,” says Heather Hancock, chairman of… 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

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

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

Superbug reportedly found in UK supermarket pork products

A British newspaper has reported that tests on pork products sold at two major UK supermarket chains found three samples contaminated with a livestock strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. According to The Guardian newspaper, the test results raise concerns that the country “is on the brink of another food scandal” similar to recent revelations of Campylobacter, Salmonella… Continue Reading

EU promotes new food safety unity as UK prepares for independence

In the first official reaction involving food safety in Europe since the BREXIT vote has come in the form of a new “Declaration of Commitment” that has member states reaffirming their support for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). BREXIT was the referendum process that culminated in last June’s vote by residents of the United… Continue Reading

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

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 names panel to review future of UK’s food crime unit

The National Food Crime Unit set up two years ago by the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom is about to get its first outside review. Set up in 2014, the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) was established at the behest of professor Chis Elliott’s independent review of the integrity and assurance of food… Continue Reading

UK Panel: Raw or lightly cooked eggs safe for pregnant women

The Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom is just about ready to tell pregnant women and other vulnerable groups like the young and the elderly, that its safe to eat lightly cooked or raw eggs. The new guidance for these consumers groups will likely come after an eight-week consultation period for a report suggesting… Continue Reading

Scotland reports declines in campylobacter contamination rates

Both the number of raw chickens sold at retail showing campylobacter contamination and the number with the highest level of contamination are showing improvement, according to Food Standards Scotland (FSS). Campylobacter remains the most common cause of food borne illness in throughout the United Kingdom, and FSS research has shown that a significant proportion of… Continue Reading