According to the Danish food agency, there is still uncertainty among chefs and kitchen workers about the management of norovirus.

A Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) control and guidance campaign targeted restaurants, kitchens, and shops that supply ready-to-eat (RTE) food. Work involved 829 visits from June to November 2023.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has published guidance to help national authorities design and implement risk-based food inspection systems.

Risk-based inspection aims to use resources more efficiently and modernize systems through a scientific and risk-based approach focused on food products and businesses that pose the highest risk to consumer health.

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Advice around Listeria in sliced fermented sausages and vegetarian sandwich toppings for vulnerable people in Sweden has been changed.

The Swedish Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) has updated advice for individuals belonging to one of the risk groups for listeriosis. This includes pregnant women, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

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Most hospitals and social care sites are aware of Listeria guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) but an analysis has found several challenges around implementation.

In a 2019 outbreak associated with pre-packed sandwiches supplied to hospitals in England, seven patients died of listeriosis.

Following this incident, the FSA said

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Food agencies in the United Kingdom have advised that slush ice drinks should not be sold to children younger than age 5. 

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued voluntary industry guidance on glycerol in slush ice drinks after two children fell sick in Scotland in

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In announcing a draft compliance guide for FDA staff on enforcement about major food allergen labeling the agency has missed the mark with a comment about sesame activities, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

An aside in the announcement about the guidance about allergen labeling, the

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The FDA has issued final guidance for those producing and using seeds for sprouting, partly because of a string of foodborne illness outbreaks stretching back more than two decades.

“Contamination can occur at any point in the supply chain, but the seeds themselves are the most likely source of contamination
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