Minerva Scientific establishes matrine, oxymatrine residue testing in Chinese honey

UK – Minerva, a specialist analytical laboratory, has come up with a Liquid Chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) procedure for trace-level detection of the pesticides oxymatrine and matrine in Chinese honey. Matrines and oxymatrines are herbal alkaloids, which can be found in plants from the family Sophora flavescens, a shrub-like tree growing extensively in some regions of China. They…

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Cranswick Country Foods recalls Salmonella infested chicken products

UK – Meat and poultry giant Cranswick Country Foods, has recalled more than 100 products containing its ready-to-eat chicken after a routine internal inspection identified the presence of salmonella on a limited number of such products at its poultry processing plant in Hull. The affected products go into sandwiches and meals sold at retailers across the country. Sam Bacon, Food,…

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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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Crop Science Centre to conduct field trials on genetically modified, gene edited barley

UK – Crop Science Centre, a coalition between the University of Cambridge and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), is set to conduct a field trial of genetically modified and gene edited barley to check on ways of minimizing the use of synthetic fertilizers. Reduced use of synthetic fertilizers could have significant benefits for improving soil health while contributing…

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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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NSF International unveils factors threatening food safety in restaurants

UK – National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF International), a leading global public health and safety organization, has in a study on the state of quick service restaurant (QSR) operations around the world, revealed Covid-19 regulatory requirements, the rise of delivery services and equipment malfunctions as some of the areas of concern. The study identified the challenges directly impacting food safety…

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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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Ocado to scrap ‘best before’ labels on fresh produce to reduce food waste

UK – Ocado, an online grocer headquartered in the UK,  is to scrap ‘best before’ labels on some fruit and vegetables as a way of eradicating food waste. Ocado will launch the initiative on Tuesday for items in its fresh produce range, including apples, pears and citrus fruits. The move is expected to save thousands of tons of edible food…

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Prof. Consulting Group reinforces UK team, adds new member

UK – Prof. Consulting Group, a highly brand-driven food and grocery fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) consultancy, has reinforced its team in the UK with Mark Bristow, an expert in food safety and quality assurance. Founded in Australia in 2019, Prof. Consulting Group has quickly expanded beyond its native market, and now has a growing team in Europe, which consists of…

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