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Local officials say Brexit could undermine food safety in U.K.

The Local Government Association of the United Kingdom is warning that food safety will be undermined when Brexit begins next year, and continuing forward, if federal authorities don’t take action to ensure uninterrupted access to multinational databases. The Local Government Association (LGA) represents 415 government entities, including 370 local councils in England and Wales. It is a cross-party organization… Continue Reading

Food source suspected in Hep A outbreak in six EU countries

More than 40 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in six European Union countries, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC). The 42 cases across Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are infected with one of two distinct Hepatitis A virus genotype IA strains. The cases… 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

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