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FSA releases food incident details for final quarter of 2016

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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

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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

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

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‘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

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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

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

Superbug reportedly found in UK supermarket pork products

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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

Tests find E. coli on 24 percent of chicken from seven UK supermarkets

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Cambridge University researchers have found antibiotic-resistant E. coli on 24 percent of chicken samples tested from the seven largest supermarkets in the U.K. That contamination level is four times higher than results from a similar study done last year. The researchers tested 189 U.K.-sourced pork and poultry samples from the grocery chains ASDA, Aldi, Co-op,… 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