Hospitality companies need to do more to inform consumers about allergens, according to the Dutch food agency.

Many firms in the retail, artisan and catering sector do not properly inform customers about which allergens can be found in food, so are not following the rules, said the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

The 14 allergens listed in European regulation are egg, fish, peanut, nuts, soybeans, milk, crustaceans, mollusks, celery, mustard, cereals containing gluten, sesame seeds, sulfur dioxide and sulfites and lupin.

In 2021, the NVWA inspected more than 5,000 companies to see if they complied with the

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Australian regulators have opened a comment period on proposed new food safety management standards for foodservice operators and retail businesses.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)’s preferred approach is to change the rules to require a food safety supervisor on staff, food handler training and to ensure businesses can provide evidence to substantiate food safety management.

An assessment found food service outlets have caused a large proportion of foodborne illness, and continue to be a significant source. Up to 3.2 million cases are linked to the foodservice and retail sectors and this is estimated to cost the Australian economy AUD
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A study on the presence of Toxoplasma gondii in retail meat in Scotland has highlighted venison as potentially high risk.

Toxoplasma gondii DNA was detected in 48 of 149 venison samples over two sampling periods. Consumption of undercooked meat is a known risk factor for toxoplasmosis infection.

Findings could be used to inform quantitative microbial risk assessments of foodborne toxoplasmosis in Scotland, according to the study published in the journal Food and Waterborne Parasitology.

Sampling results

Of the 300 meat samples purchased for testing in the first sampling period, 39 were positive for Toxoplasma gondii DNA. It was detected
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Australian authorities have opened a comment period on a review of food safety management tools for the foodservice and retail sector.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a discussion paper, which is the first stage in a review of food safety management standards in Chapters 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code.

“In June 2018 the Australia and New Zealand ministerial forum on food regulation noted the increase of foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia and agreed that there is a need to review food safety management for the food service and closely related retail sectors,” said Mark
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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has started a review of food safety standards.

The first proposal covers food safety management tools for the foodservice and retail sector.

It considers additional regulatory measures to address higher risk activities undertaken by these sectors.

Completion of the assessment and preparation of the draft food regulation will be in place by the end of October this year.

Public comment will be open from the end of November to mid-January 2020 and consultation will also be done with the foodservice and retail industry.

If approval happens in March next year and a review is
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More than a quarter of a million confirmed Campylobacter cases were reported in Europe in 2017, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Campylobacteriosis is the most commonly reported gastrointestinal disease in Europe and has been since 2005. Although there was a significant increasing trend from 2008 to 2017 it has been stable during the last five years (2013 to 2017).

For 2017, 29 countries reported 250,826 cases of campylobacteriosis, of which 250,161 were confirmed. In 2016, the same number of countries reported 250,267 cases and 248,752 confirmed.

The poultry reservoir including environmental transmission, direct animal
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Campylobacter isolates with antimicrobial resistance have been found on whole fresh chickens sold at retail in the United Kingdom, according to a survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The survey tested a subset of Campylobacter isolates from the U.K. retail chicken survey. Analysis between August 2016 and July 2017 looked at 585 Campylobacter isolates from samples of whole, U.K.-produced, fresh chicken. A total of 489 were Campylobacter jejuni and 96 were Campylobacter coli isolates.

The proportions of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) Campylobacter isolates detected were similar to levels found in the previous survey year from July 2015 to July 2016.
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raw-milk-case_406x250Lehi Republican Jacob L. Anderegg has a modest request before the Utah House of Representatives. He wants the dozen or so raw milk producers who also have retail stores on their property to also be able to sell pasteurized milk. His House Bill (HB) 194 is on the second reading calendar. If it can get through the entire legislative process, it will end a prohibition on side-by-side sales of both raw and pasteurized milk. Current law requires dairy farmers with retail outlets to choose whether they want to sell one or the other, but they cannot do both. Purpose of
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