Researchers advise industry to explore alternatives for organophosphate esters

UK – University of Birmingham researchers have called on manufacturers to check their use of organophosphate esters (OPEs), which are considered a threat to human health, and start exploring alternatives. The researchers conducted a study, published in Science of the Total Environment, on common synthetic chemicals found in UK foods where nearly 400 food samples were tested for evidence of…

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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 to revise 20-year-long Bread and Flour Regulations

UK – The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a 12-week public consultation on revising the 1998 Bread and Flour Regulations and called on consumers, millers and bakers, retailers, and regulators from all four of the UK’s nations to contribute. Defra launched the consultation on September 1 together with the Department for Health and Social Care…

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Christopher Downs takes charge as Institute of Food Technology’s President

U.S – The Institute of Food Technology (IFT) has named Christopher “Chris” Downs, Ph.D., as the new President of the Institute. IFT is a nonprofit scientific institute committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system. Downs is the organization’s 83rd president and takes over from 2021-2022 President Vickie Kloeris, MS, CFS. Based in…

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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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Oli-Tec develops smart label to reduce food waste

UK/U.S – Oli-Tec has developed a smart label technology it claims will help industry and consumers manage waste better, a process which began in 2015. Oli-Tec Technology has been developed by a team of experienced, and highly creative people who joined forces to develop a technology to solve the problem of monitoring the shelf-life of products. Almost one-third of all…

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Waitrose joins food waste reduction efforts, axes best-before dates

UK – Supermarket Waitrose has joined its UK counterparts to scrap off best-before dates from nearly 500 fresh food products in a bid to reduce food waste. From September, the staff-owned supermarket chain will do away with the dates on packaged fruit and vegetables, including lettuce, cucumber and peppers, to encourage consumers to use their own judgment about when food…

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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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UK supermarkets reveal Campylobacter results for 2022 2nd quarter

UK – UK supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Morrisons have recorded an increased level of Campylobacter contamination in their chicken compared to the first quarter of the year. This is according to data collected from January to March 2022 for nine retailers on high levels of Campylobacter in fresh, shop-bought, UK-produced chickens. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set…

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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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