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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Lisa Robinson unanimously elected to Stop Foodborne Illness board

U.S – Lisa R. Robinson has been chosen as the newest board member of Stop Foodborne Illness (STOP), a national nonprofit organization that promotes the adoption of effective food safety regulations and a shift in industry culture. Robinson, who currently serves as Vice President of Global Food Safety and Public Health for Ecolab’s Research, Development & Engineering division, will start…

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International software giant Ideagen acquires food supply chain expert Qadex

UK – UK-headquartered, global technology company Ideagen has acquired The Leicestershire-based supply chain mapping business Qadex, strengthening Ideagen’s food quality and safety product line. The deal will lead to the launching of Ideagen Qadex, a new software that covers everything from quality control to supply chain tracking and approval. Ideagen CEO Ben Dorks – TheBusinessDesk.com’s East Midlands Ambassador of the…

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Applied Microbiology International names winners of 2022 awards

UK – Applied Microbiology International, the oldest microbiology society in the UK, has announced the winners of the Applied Microbiology International Awards for the year 2022 in a magnificent ceremony held at London’s Science Museum. The awards honor the top minds in the industry and raise awareness of the people, organizations, initiatives, and products that are reshaping the area of…

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E. coli O157 outbreak sickens more than 250 people in UK

UK – The Food Standards Scotland (FSS), the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are looking into a possible salad-related E. coli O157 outbreak in the United Kingdom that has sickened more than 250 people. Although most persons fell ill in August and early September, there have been 259 confirmed cases in the UK with…

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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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Ghana kicks off pilot phase of UK-funded standard cooperation program

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the British Standard Institute (BSI) have initiated the pilot phase of a standard cooperation program to increase trade opportunities between the two nations. The project, which is now being piloted in Ghana and Rwanda, will emphasize bolstering the country’s quality organizations and systems infrastructure in accordance with best practices that are internationally…

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EHL Ingredients receives highest grade in BRCGS unannounced audit

UK – British Retail Consortium Global Standard (BRCGS) has awarded Stockport’s EHL Ingredients an AA+ Grade in global standards for food safety, a guarantee that the food ingredients provided by the company meet the food safety and hygiene standards. The leading supplier of herbs, spices, and blends to the UK food industry was assessed following an unannounced, in-depth audit and…

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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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