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  • New Report Shows Over 180,000 Consumer Goods Products Reformulated New data from The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) shows more than 180,000 consumer goods products were reformulated in 2016, while over 30,000 communities worldwide have been involved in industry-led programmes that promote healthier diets and lifestyles. The data is part of the latest CGF Health & Wellness Progress Report, developed in conjunction with Deloitte, which [...]...
  • Unilever Food Solutions Launches Ireland’s First Foodservice Gluten-Free Guide Gluten-free is a growing challenge for the Irish foodservice industry, both as a dietary lifestyle choice but more significantly as an essential concern when catering for those who live with coeliac disease. A strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease, even a small amount of gluten can make someone with the disease [...]...
  • Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation All Yorkshire Crisps and Yorkshire Popcorn produced by the Sheffield-based Yorkshire Crisp Company now have accreditation from SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval). SALSA is a food safety standard for small and micro businesses based in the UK and Channel Islands and demonstrates that The Yorkshire Crisp Company is able to produce safe and legal food [...]...
  • Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society? In an article in the latest issue of TResearch (Teagasc’s research and innovation magazine), Dr Áine Regan, a researcher at Teagasc, highlights how there is an increasing need for the scientific community to have a more prominent role on social media, particularly when it comes to challenging false information spread online. “While ‘fake news’ may [...]...
  • EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food EFSA will provide scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority aims to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources which is not associated with adverse health effects. The work will be carried out following a request from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway [...]...
  • Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, have been adopted by the European Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain. The legislation will provide a comprehensive, integrated and more [...]...

New Report Shows Over 180,000 Consumer Goods Products Reformulated

    New Report Shows Over 180,000 Consumer Goods Products Reformulated

New data from The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) shows more than 180,000 consumer goods products were reformulated in 2016, while over 30,000 communities worldwide have been involved in industry-led programmes that promote healthier diets and lifestyles. The data is part of the latest CGF Health & Wellness Progress Report, developed in conjunction with Deloitte, which […]

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Unilever Food Solutions Launches Ireland’s First Foodservice Gluten-Free Guide

    Unilever Food Solutions Launches Ireland’s First Foodservice Gluten-Free Guide

Gluten-free is a growing challenge for the Irish foodservice industry, both as a dietary lifestyle choice but more significantly as an essential concern when catering for those who live with coeliac disease. A strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease, even a small amount of gluten can make someone with the disease […]

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Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

    Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

All Yorkshire Crisps and Yorkshire Popcorn produced by the Sheffield-based Yorkshire Crisp Company now have accreditation from SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval).
SALSA is a food safety standard for small and micro businesses based in the UK and Channel Islands and demonstrates that The Yorkshire Crisp Company is able to produce safe and legal food […]

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Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

    Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

In an article in the latest issue of TResearch (Teagasc’s research and innovation magazine), Dr Áine Regan, a researcher at Teagasc, highlights how there is an increasing need for the scientific community to have a more prominent role on social media, particularly when it comes to challenging false information spread online. “While ‘fake news’ may […]

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EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

    EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

EFSA will provide scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority aims to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources which is not associated with adverse health effects. The work will be carried out following a request from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway […]

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Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

    Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, have been adopted by the European Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.
The legislation will provide a comprehensive, integrated and more […]

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Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

    Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

Implementing an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system is a central priority for today’s food and beverage producers, as it is critical to complying with the standards of domestic and international regulatory authorities, governments and consumers.
Flowcrete UK has produced a white paper entitled What is a HACCP Food Safety […]

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Simpler Food Safety Rules Proposed For Small Retailers

    Simpler Food Safety Rules Proposed For Small Retailers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. The approach includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that […]

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Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe Remains High

    Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe Remains High

Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials, says the latest report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The findings underline that AMR poses a serious threat to public and animal […]

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Draft Guidance on Substances in Food For Infants Below 16 Weeks – Open For Comments

    Draft Guidance on Substances in Food For Infants Below 16 Weeks – Open For Comments

EFSA is launching a public consultation on its new draft guidance on the risk assessment of substances present in food intended for infants below 16 weeks of age.
From birth up to 16 weeks, infants are exclusively fed on breast milk and/or infant formula and safe levels set for the general population do not apply. EFSA’s […]

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EFSA to Live Webstream Open Scientific Meetings in 2017

    EFSA to Live Webstream Open Scientific Meetings in 2017

EFSA is increasing its transparency to stakeholders by introducing video streaming of open meetings of its Scientific Panels. This is intended to boost the number of observers by allowing remote attendance. Online submission of questions to EFSA’s scientists will also be possible.
Following a pilot phase in Brussels, which did not significantly increase attendance, all open […]

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Expanding Your Export Horizons With the Use of High Pressure Processing (HPP)

    Expanding Your Export Horizons With the Use of High Pressure Processing (HPP)

Brexit has definitely focused the minds of food processors and manufacturers on the risks that will have to be faced in the coming years. Since the United Kingdom voted on the 23rd of June 2016 to exit the European Union, food and beverage exports to the UK have been and still are extremely volatile. In […]

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New Categorisation of Food Scares Will Help to Prevent Food Chain Being Compromised

    New Categorisation of Food Scares Will Help to Prevent Food Chain Being Compromised

Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new comprehensive categorisation of food scares, a new study in the British Food Journal reports. The food sector is now a world market with products sourced from all over the globe to meet the growing demand of consumers for diverse food stuffs regardless of seasonality. Fulfilling […]

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SonoSteam Technology Tackling Campylobacter in Poultry

    SonoSteam Technology Tackling Campylobacter in Poultry

SonoSteam is an innovative technology that is proving highly successful at tackling the pressing problem of Campylobacter in fresh poultry. Developed by Danish company Force Technology, SonoSteam uses a combination of steam and ultrasound to kill microorganisms such as Campylobacter on the skin and internal cavities of chicken. Force Technology has installed SonoSteam at Faccenda […]

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Formation of Gluten Free Industry Association

    Formation of Gluten Free Industry Association

In response to the significant growth of the market for gluten free products, the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been formed in the UK to support companies involved in the manufacture and trade of gluten free products. The UK market for gluten free products has grown rapidly, with annual free from sales currently worth […]

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Avian Influenza – Biosecurity Measures Key to Protecting Poultry Farms

    Avian Influenza – Biosecurity Measures Key to Protecting Poultry Farms

Strict enforcement of high levels of biosecurity measures is the most effective way to prevent the introduction of the highly pathogenic influenza virus A (H5N8) into poultry farms, says EFSA.
EFSA experts have identified and ranked a set of biosecurity measures that can be implemented in different areas of a farm that are classified as high […]

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Zoonoses Report – Listeria Infections Stable But Frequently Reported Among the Elderly

    Zoonoses Report – Listeria Infections Stable But Frequently Reported Among the Elderly

European experts have noted an increasing trend of listeriosis since 2008, but they highlight that the number of affected people stabilised from 2014 to 2015. Infections were mostly reported in people over 64 years of age. These are some of the findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and ECDC on zoonotic diseases, which […]

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Hygiena to Acquire Food Safety Diagnostics Business From DuPont

    Hygiena to Acquire Food Safety Diagnostics Business From DuPont

Hygiena, a company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, is acquiring DuPont’s global food safety diagnostics business. The acquisition includes all of DuPont Diagnostics business assets, including the BAX® and RiboPrinter® Systems and associated test kits; a global and technically trained sales, R&D and manufacturing organization; and in-house production capacity. The […]

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EFSA and BfR to Work Jointly on Global Food Safety Tools

    EFSA and BfR to Work Jointly on Global Food Safety Tools

Trace-back and predictive modelling tools for use during food safety outbreaks and created by scientific teams led by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be further rolled out under a new funding partnership agreed between EFSA and BfR. The framework agreement makes available grants totalling up to Eur1.2 million. The two agencies […]

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Low Incidence of TSEs in the EU, Says EFSA Report

    Low Incidence of TSEs in the EU, Says EFSA Report

EFSA has published its first EU summary report on the monitoring of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) in cattle, sheep and goats. Previously, the annual reports on TSEs were compiled by the European Commission.
TSEs are a group of diseases that affect the brain and nervous system of humans and animals.  With the exception of Classical BSE, there is no scientific evidence that other […]

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Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

    Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

Driven by busy ‘time poor’ lifestyles and an ageing population, the convenience food market continues to flourish. With growing demand for products that have longer shelf life, can be eaten on the move, are simple to use and boast more innovative packaging formats, Loma Systems is highlighting the suitability of its high performance combination X5c X-ray […]

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SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

    SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices in the frozen fruit and vegetable sector hasintensified, following several high-profile food contamination outbreaks. Bühler, a global leader in optical sorting technology for the removal of foreign material (FM) contamination, has addressed this and claims to have developed the most hygienic optical sorter available today, to help reduce the risk of microbial contamination.
As part […]

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Whyte & Mackay Works With Ideagen to Boost Quality, Safety and Compliance

  Whyte & Mackay Works With Ideagen to Boost Quality, Safety and Compliance

Whyte & Mackay, the global drinks brand company, is working with leading software vendor Ideagen to improve quality, safety and compliance management at its bottling operations. Ideagen’s Q-Pulse software has been rolled out across Whyte & Mackay’s plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, to improve document and audit management and ease compliance with standards such as BRC.
Q-Pulse, […]

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UK Teenagers Drink a Bathtub of Sugary Drinks a Year

  UK Teenagers Drink a Bathtub of Sugary Drinks a Year

Teenagers, aged between 11 and 18, drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks on average a year, according to new calculations from Cancer Research UK*. The figures, calculated from National Diet and Nutrition Survey (link is external) data, shed light on the extreme sugar consumption of UK teenagers and children.
Worryingly, four to 10 year […]

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Novel and Traditional Food Guidance Finalised

  Novel and Traditional Food Guidance Finalised

EFSA has published two guidance documents on novel food and traditional food from third countries to help ensure that these foods are safe before risk managers decide whether they can be marketed in Europe. EFSA developed the guidance following the adoption of the new European regulation on novel food in November 2015. The regulation, which replaces the previous one from […]

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The Importance of Food Safety in the Hospitality Sector

  The Importance of Food Safety in the Hospitality Sector

Maintaining excellent food safety standards in the hospitality industry is a major issue and left unchecked, it can cost companies thousands of pounds in fines. Financial repayments aside, the damage to a company’s reputation and brand loyalty can take years to rectify, if at all.
One Irish company, Kelsius is providing a digital solution to this […]

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Clean in Place (CIP) – Process Safety With the CombiLyz Conductivity Meter

By Stefan Blust, Business Manager Food & Beverage, Baumer
The food and beverage industry is faced with continually rising quality standards, increasing cost pressure and strict hygienic regulations. As a result, requirements for processing systems and their efficient cleaning are growing. With an accuracy of 1% and a measuring range of 500 μS/cm to 1000 mS/cm, […]

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Risk to Consumers of Pesticide Residues in Food Remains Low

  Risk to Consumers of Pesticide Residues in Food Remains Low

Ninety-seven per cent of food samples collected in the European Union are free of pesticide residues or contain traces that are within legal limits. The conclusion is part of EFSA’s latest annual report on pesticide residues in food, which analyses the results of almost 83,000 food samples from the 28 EU Member States – including […]

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MEPs Call For EU Limit on Industrial Trans Fats in Food

  MEPs Call For EU Limit on Industrial Trans Fats in Food

The EU should place mandatory limits on industrially-produced trans-fatty acids (TFA) which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity for consumers, says a resolution by the European Parliament. TFA intake is mostly linked to consumption of industrially produced, partially hydrogenated oils.
MEPs mention the fact that, according to the European Commission, […]

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Foodborne Viruses – Identifying Research Needs to Tackle Public Health Risks

  Foodborne Viruses – Identifying Research Needs to Tackle Public Health Risks

EFSA has published a scientific report on the outcomes of a scientific workshop on foodborne viruses organised jointly by EFSA and the UK Food Standards Authority.
The workshop took place earlier this year in London, and brought together academics, clinicians, veterinarians, food industry specialists and regulators with expertise in research, clinical settings and food producing/processing operations.
Against […]

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Health Risks of Materials in Contact With Food – Tighter EU Safety Rules Needed

  Health Risks of Materials in Contact With Food – Tighter EU Safety Rules Needed

EU-wide safety rules are needed for more materials in contact with food, such as those used in packaging, kitchen utensils and tableware, say MEPs in a recent non-binding resolution. They note that only some of these materials, such as plastics and ceramics, have been fully tested for safety for human health. Others, including varnishes and […]

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SKF Corrosion Resistant Bearings: Full Menu Option For Food Safety and Reliability

  SKF Corrosion Resistant Bearings: Full Menu Option For Food Safety and Reliability

In response to the food and beverage industry’s changing needs, SKF has developed a comprehensive range of bearings meeting safety requirements, designed for reduced maintenance and long life in a wide range of production environments. Product safety is the top priority for food and drink manufacturers, consumers and regulators alike. The latest industry requirements, like the […]

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Food Colours – Titanium Dioxide Marks Re-evaluation Milestone

  Food Colours – Titanium Dioxide Marks Re-evaluation Milestone

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has completed its re-evaluation of all food colours permitted for use in the European Union before 2009. For the final re-evaluation, EFSA’s experts concluded that available data on titanium dioxide (E 171) in food do not indicate health concerns for consumers. But they recommended new studies be carried out […]

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UK’s Food Standards Agency to cut antibiotics

The UK’s Food Standards Agency has pledged to cut the use of antibiotics on farms following the discovery of drug-resistant E.coli on UK supermarket chicken and pork meat. The testing was commissioned by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics. The FSA has acknowledged the ‘significant threat’ to human health from antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and pledged to […]

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Food Standards Scotland Launches First Healthy Eating Campaign

  Food Standards Scotland Launches First Healthy Eating Campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a thought-provoking healthy eating campaign aimed at encouraging people in Scotland to reduce the number of unhealthy snacks eaten. The campaign addresses the country’s diet-related poor health and obesity record by drawing attention to the uncomfortable truth that people in Scotland are potentially damaging their future health by over-indulging […]

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Rapid Alert System For Food and Feed – More Efficient than Ever

  Rapid Alert System For Food and Feed – More Efficient than Ever

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) 2015 annual report, just published, demonstrates the increased efficiency with which RASFF exchanges information on issues posing a serious health risk. The network thereby enables authorities to act swiftly on many food safety risks before they could become harmful to European consumers.
Last year, the European Commission […]

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EFSA Publishes Advice on Choline

  EFSA Publishes Advice on Choline

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has set dietary reference values for choline as part of its review of scientific advice on nutrient intakes. Choline plays an important role in the human body, in particular for the maintenance of normal liver function.
The Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) defines daily adequate intakes (AIs) for […]

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Traceability Systems Live in La Rousse Foods

With operations located in Dublin and Belfast, La Rousse Foods specialise in the supply of fine foods to premium food establishments since 1992. Acquired by the Swiss-based food group Aryzta in 2015, the company has more than 1,300 corporate customers in Ireland, and have their own catering butchery, cheese-maturing room and chocolate lab. La Rousse offer a […]

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Nestlé Investing in Product Safety

  Nestlé Investing in Product Safety

Nestlé is investing SFr30 million (€27.6 million) in the Nestlé Quality Assurance Centre (NQAC) in Dublin, Ohio, US, improving its capacity to test products and ensuring they meet the highest standards. This latest investment makes NQAC Dublin Nestlé’s largest and most sophisticated testing facility worldwide.
The centre has almost doubled in size, and allows us to test almost […]

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SORTEX® PolarVision™ – New Foreign Material Detection System Redresses Safety Concerns

The Bühler Group has announced two significant industry innovations to help frozen fruit and vegetable processors achieve the highest standards yet in food safety and hygiene. SORTEX PolarVision™, the new advanced FM detection technology, will make it easier for processors to meet the most stringent safety specifications demanded of them, and Bühler’s SORTEX F optical […]

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FSA Urges Public to ‘Face Freezer Fears’ in a Bid to Tackle Food Waste

  FSA Urges Public to ‘Face Freezer Fears’ in a Bid to Tackle Food Waste

Misconceptions about how to freeze food safely are contributing to food waste in the UK, according to new research by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The research identified a number of freezing ‘myths’ that are preventing people from using their freezers to make food go further. 43% of those interviewed think that food should only […]

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EFSA Advises on Meat Spoilage During Storage and Transport

  EFSA Advises on Meat Spoilage During Storage and Transport

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has assessed the impact of time and temperature on the growth of spoilage bacteria in fresh beef, pork, lamb and poultry. Its experts used predictive models to compare the growth of spoilage bacteria with the growth of disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria and concluded that spoilage bacteria grow faster under the same […]

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Fruit Stays Fresh For Longer in Corrugated Trays

  Fruit Stays Fresh For Longer in Corrugated Trays

Corrugated trays keep fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, according to scientific research. The research by the University of Bologna found that corrugated trays ensured better quality packed fruits and a longer shelf-life, reducing fruit microbial cross contamination. This decreases the risk […]

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Labcell Supplies Decagon Devices AquaLab 4TE Water Activity Analysers to McVitie’s

  Labcell Supplies Decagon Devices AquaLab 4TE Water Activity Analysers to  McVitie’s

Labcell has supplied five Decagon Devices AquaLab 4TE water activity analysers to McVitie’s Cake Company for end-of-line quality assurance of Chocolate Cake, Jamaica Ginger Cake, Lyle’s Golden Syrup Cake and other products from the McVitie’s range of cakes. These five AquaLab Series 4TE analysers replace earlier models of AquaLab that have been in use for […]

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New ISO Standard to Validate Microorganism Testing Methods For the Food Industry

  New ISO Standard to Validate Microorganism Testing Methods For the Food Industry

By Sandrine Tranchard
Having access to safe and nutritious food is essential. Meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, shellfish, etc., contain significant microbial flora and this can affect our health. Therefore, it is important to identify the microorganisms to maintain food safety but the microbial flora can also affect, if not controlled, the quality of food and […]

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Nearly 20,000 UK Restaurants Risk Losing Customers Due to Poor Food Hygiene

  Nearly 20,000 UK Restaurants Risk Losing Customers Due to Poor Food Hygiene

Restaurants with low food hygiene ratings are risking their survival, with 61% of consumers saying they’ll boycott such establishments, according to research from Checkit (http://www.checkit.net/). 18,379 restaurants, takeaways, sandwich/coffee shops, hotels and pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are at risk, as they currently have a Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating of two […]

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Milk exposed to LED is bad news

Cornell University researchers in the Department of Food Science found that exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) sources for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of fluid milk more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates over time.
Their study determined that milk remained at high-quality for two weeks when shielded from LED exposure, […]

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TOMRA Launches New Russian Website and Video Platform

  TOMRA Launches New Russian Website and Video Platform

TOMRA Sorting Food has announced the launch of its Russian language website, which will provide a dynamic online resource for its customers across Russia.
The launch of the website, which can be found at www.tomra.com/ru/food, further demonstrates the importance of the region to TOMRA’s global business strategy and has been specifically customized for the requirements for […]

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OmegaVeritas develops 3rd-party authenticity test for salmon oil

OmegaVeritas has developed an independent third-party test for determining the authenticity of salmon oil.
The recently established test, described as “the first of its kind”, is able to verify both ingredients and end-products, OmegaVeritas said. A substantial research and development effort, partly funded by The Norwegian Research Council, formed the basis for the test.
Together with Norwegian […]

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FSA Publishes Latest Campylobacter Results

  FSA Publishes Latest Campylobacter Results

The UK Food Standards Agency has published the latest results from its survey of campylobacter on fresh shop-bought chickens. The results for January to March 2016 continue to show a decrease both in the number of birds with campylobacter on them and those with the highest level of contamination from the equivalent quarter last year.
The […]

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Loma Installs Compact Combination Inspection System at Long Clawson Dairy

  Loma Installs Compact Combination Inspection System at Long Clawson Dairy

Loma Systems – a leading manufacturer of metal detection, checkweighing and x-ray inspection equipment for the global food industry – has recently installed a high performance CW3 compact combination (Compact Combo) checkweigher and metal detection unit at long-standing customer, Long Clawson Dairy located in Melton Mowbray. Chosen for its reduced footprint and ability to meet the […]

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Process Contaminants in Vegetable Oils and Foods

  Process Contaminants in Vegetable Oils and Foods

Glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil, but also in other vegetable oils, margarines and some processed foods, raise potential health concerns for average consumers of these foods in all young age groups, and for high consumers in all age groups.
EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) assessed the risks for public health of the substances: glycidyl […]

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No Flies on Rentokil – Innovative Trap Designed to Combat Pesky Flies at Commercial Food Premises

  No Flies on Rentokil – Innovative Trap Designed to Combat Pesky Flies at Commercial Food Premises

Rentokil has launched its latest innovation in pest management – the Rentokil Fly Box. Designed to be installed in or outside commercial food premises, the box contains a mixture of pheromones and insecticide to attract and eliminate flies from waste and refuge areas.
The Rentokil Fly Box’s unique design is underpinned by research from Rentokil’s Global […]

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Mettler-Toledo Safeline Wins Second Queen’s Award For Enterprise

  Mettler-Toledo Safeline Wins Second Queen’s Award For Enterprise

Mettler-Toledo Safeline Ltd has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category. The 2016 award follows The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade presented to the company in 2012. The leading supplier of metal detection systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical production lines has received the highest award for […]

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