Food Standards Agency warns consumers to lookout for fake Wonka bars

UK – The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned shoppers to be on the lookout for fake candy bars, as they’ve discovered some counterfeit Wonka chocolate bars in both brick-and-mortar and online retailers across the country. In a warning published to its website, the FSA warns that the counterfeit Wonka bars could be unsafe because they’re being made…

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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 Agency dispels EFSA’s findings on titanium dioxide’s toxicity

UK -The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has dispelled the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA),  research findings which flag titanium dioxide’s toxicity as a whitening food colorant – declining to ban the artificial additive. Producers in mainland Europe are currently required to reformulate their food and beverage products over a four-month window of phasing out titanium dioxide, which is labeled…

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UK’s Food Standards Agency publishes new strategy for enhancing food safety over a five-year period

UK – The Food Standards Agency has published its strategy for improving food over the next five years and recommitted to its mission of ‘food you can trust’. The five-year strategy reflects the FSA’s greater responsibilities now that the UK is outside of the EU and takes into account growing public concern about health and climate change. The Food Standards…

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Morrisons moots for sniff test over ‘use by’ date to determine milk safety

ENGLAND – Morrisons, the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, is to get rid of the ‘use-by’ dates on most of its milk range to help cut down on food waste. The food label will be replaced by ‘best-before’ dates on 90 per cent of its own-brand milk, including own-brand British and Scottish milks, Morrisons For Farmers…

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Food Standards Agency, UK Research and Innovation fund citizen-led projects on food safety

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI),  a non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom that directs research and innovation funding, has awarded £200,000 ($269,000) to six projects that connect researchers with the public on issues about food safety. One project will focus on underrepresented communities in the West Midlands to…

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FSA puts out revised Food Law Code of Practice, introduces Competency Framework in Wales

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA), a UK-based regulatory body, has published the revised Food Law Code of Practice and Food Law Practice Guidance and introduced a Competency Framework in Wales, following consultation in December 2020. The Code provides statutory guidance to local authorities (LAs) and port health authorities (PHAs) on the approach they should take to regulate food…

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Professor Susan Jebb appointed as chairperson of UK food safety regulatory body FSA

UK-The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Professor Susan Jebb, the Oxford BRC’s Theme Lead for Obesity, Diet and Lifestyle in 2007 as their new chairperson. FSA is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The appointment was rubber-stamped…

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