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UK helps food, beverage businesses defend against attacks

Businesses involved in the food and beverage industries need to understand what motivates people to sabotage their products, according to the latest version of a 58-page guidance document issued by the government of the United Kingdom. Published earlier this week by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the British Standards Institute, the revised guidance for industry… Continue Reading

British retailers to self-report chicken Campylobacter results

England’s top nine retail grocers are going to begin publishing results of the Campylobacter retail survey of fresh shop-bought chickens produced in the United Kingdom on their store websites. The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the change follows discussions involving the industry and the agency. The retailers will sample and analyze fresh chicken for… 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

Two British food executives imprisoned for horse meat scheme

Two British food company executives are behind bars for the the role they played in Europe’s 2012 scandal that saw horse meat passed off as beef. Andronicos Sideras, owner of Dinos and Sons Ltd., and Ulrich Nielsen of Flexi Foods were sentenced to four years and six months and three years and six months imprisonment,… Continue Reading

Survey shows decrease of campylobacter in UK fresh chicken

The British Food Standards Agency on Wednesday published the latest results from its survey of campylobacter on fresh, shop-bought, United Kingdom-produced chickens, reporting a drop of almost 10 percent compared to 2016. Across the market, 6.5 percent of chickens tested were positive for the highest level of contamination, carrying more than 1,000 colony-forming units per gram (cfu/g)…. 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

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

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

‘Food Crime Confidential’ is up and running in the UK

‘Food Crime Confidential’ – a reporting facility where food crime can be reported safely and in confidence, over the phone and through email has been launched in the United Kingdom. “Food Crime Confidential” is a project of UK’s Food Safety Agency’s (FSA’s) National Food Crime Unit  It is a  reporting facility where anyone with suspicions about… Continue Reading

Frozen turkey pet food distributed in Norway and UK recalled

Pet owners in Norway and the United Kingdom are being warned about salmonella in the recall of Natures Menu product Country Hunter 80% Farm Reared Turkey with Wholesome Fruit and Veg (frozen pet food). Nature’s Menu says the recalls involves the 1 Kg. package size with a batch code of 13122017 and a “use by”… Continue Reading