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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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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