UK health authorities warn over Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in smoked fish

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) are reinforcing their advice to vulnerable groups of consumers in relation to the risks of Listeria monocytogenes infection linked to ready to eat smoked fish. The health authorities have counselled those over 65 years, pregnant or have weakened immune systems to ensure…

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Food Standards Agency report shows decline in food business inspections

UK – An in-depth review of the UK standards has shown a decline in the number of inspections of food businesses and the delay in full import controls for high-risk food and feed. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) report comes after the food system has faced two years of major upheaval following the UK’s departure…

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Listeria contaminated fish leaves three dead in UK

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) together with the UK Health Security Agency, Public Health Scotland and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are looking into a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to fish, that has led to the death of three people in the United Kingdom. The outbreak was first made public in April and so far, twelve patients across the…

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Food Standards Scotland appoints Heather Kelman as new Chair

SCOTLAND – Heather Kelman has succeeded Ross Finnie as the new Chair of the Food Standards Scotland (FSS), bringing along her over 40 years of experience in the public sector, including 10 years as a dietitian, and most recently as a strategic planner and senior manager within the NHS. NHS Scotland, is the publicly funded healthcare system in Scotland, and…

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Survey finds allergic reactions to rapeseed oil in UK to be minimal

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA)  and the Food Standards Agency Scotland (FSS)  have based on the lack of reports of adverse reactions to refined rapeseed oil in the UK population, and lack of evidence of severe illness or deaths, hinted the frequency of allergic reactions to refined rapeseed oil to be very low. This is after it received…

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Food Standards Scotland develops new online guide to encourage healthier eating

SCOTLAND – To help tackle Scotland’s poor diet and support those making changes, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has partnered with other organizations, to develop a new online guide called Eat Well, Your Way. According to FSS, making small changes to the diet is the key to a healthier lifestyle. The average daily intake of fruits and vegetables in Scotland is…

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