Annual Food Standards Agency statistics reveal increase in food incidents, recalls 

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed in its annual report that the number of food incidents, recalls and cases of four pathogens went up over a 12-month period. The report and accounts cover performance and activities in 2021/22 across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland at a cost of £130.5 million (US$160.2 million). Campylobacter and Listeria cases reported…

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UKHospitality launches new guide on good hygiene practices for catering industry

U.K – The Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), and UKHospitality have collaborated to update the caterers’ hygiene standards guide, which is widely used in the industry. UKHospitality is a hospitality industry group representing over 740 companies across 100,000 venues within England, Scotland, and Wales. According to UKHospitality, the guide is the only accepted manual on hygiene standards…

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Food Standards Agency finds minimal safety risk for edible insects in UK market

UK – An evaluation conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that insects sold in the UK market pose minimal risk to the general public. The agency subjected seven edible insects that are currently available on the UK market to a risk evaluation that looked at allergens, microbial, and heavy metal contamination. These products include the black soldier…

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Food Standards Agency commences consultation on proposed Food Law Code amendments

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started a 12-week consultation to get opinions on the proposed amendments to the Food Law Code of Practice in England from local governments, food business owners, unions, and interested organisations. The proposals include adjustments to the Code of Practice’s delivery methodology for food standards and related materials. These revisions include the introduction…

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FSA’s report depicts no significant increases in resistance to antimicrobials examined

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the UK, showing that resistance to quinolones (ciprofloxacin and nalidixic acid) and tetracycline is common in the most prevalent types of Campylobacter from chicken. The study, which delved into the last 20 years of data surrounding AMR in Campylobacter from chicken in the UK,…

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Food Standards Agency seeks ways of supporting food banks, charities

UK – With food donations becoming ever more common, the Food Standards Agency  (FSA) recently set out to investigate how best to support such organizations to ensure food safety. To accomplish this, FSA contracted Ipsos, a multinational market research and consulting firm, to research the route that food follows in the community food provision industry from suppliers to final customers.…

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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 sheds light on UK’s edible insect industry

UK – Following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), there has been a lot of uncertainty around the edible insects market regulations in the UK. In 2015 the EU established that insects are a novel food, and each species and food product category require approval following the Novel Food EU law. In 2018, the Novel Food regulation was…

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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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