UK’s Flintshire County to okay 2020-21 Food Service Plan to ensure food safety

U.K – Flintshire County Council of the United Kingdom, is looking to approve the new Food Service Plan that sets out the aims and objectives for the service for this financial year and how these are to be achieved, to ensure the quality of food hygiene is maintained. The plan covers food safety, and the enforcement of food safety. It further looks at food hygiene legislation in all food establishments in the county, food standards entailing checking establishments and dealing with complaints and animal feed including visits to feed premises,…

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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 investigate levels of foodborne bacteria in the home. Another will collect data about food handling practices and antimicrobial resistant bacteria associated with home-grown produce and what impact involvement has on…

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Food Standards Agency recalls Oysters due to norovirus concerns

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA), the standards regulator in the United Kingdom, has ordered Dorset Oyster, the shellfish providers of choice for top restaurants and chefs in the Kingdom, to recall their products due to concerns of norovirus. The FSA confirmed it was looking into a “possible outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea” linked to oyster consumption. Norovirus, also called the “winter vomiting bug”, is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days. Close contact with…

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Campden BRI reveals pulsed electric field technology improves food quality, explores new applications

UK – A research by Campden BRI, a food and drink industry research association,  has revealed that Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology could help improve food safety and quality while avoiding detrimental changes in the sensory and physical properties of products. The technology has already shown commercial benefits for a range of product types leading to increased throughput, reduced energy use and increased product yield. The institute has now begun research to identify and assess untapped practical applications of the emerging PEF technology. The non-thermal PEF technology effectively uses short…

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National Farmers Union urges UK government to back British products

U.K – The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the government to introduce more precise labeling on country of origin and “Buy British” filters for online grocery shopping so as to support the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) farming industry. This is in a report where it urges the government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year – the first for more than a decade. The union also sets out how it believes the UK can reduce its reliance on imported food by harnessing the opportunities…

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Win for U.K farmers as Mexico opens doors for British pork import

U.K – British farmers and food producers are set to benefit from access to a valuable new market which boasts high demand for quality pork meat, as Mexico has now officially opened its doors to British pork for the first time This development follows over four years of negotiations and inspections. The Mexican National Department for Health, Safety and Agricultural and Food Quality (SENASICA) inspected numerous premises throughout the UK during a visit which occurred in February 2020, which led to a decision to approve four processing facilities and four…

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