FSA agrees to external review into horse meat scandal

 Breaking News
  • UK Supermarkets are Struggling to Grow The latest grocery market share figures, published by Kantar, show year-on-year supermarket sales were flat during the 12 weeks to 11 August 2019 as the tough comparisons with 2018’s strong summer continue. The memory of last year still looms large for retailers and this summer’s comparatively poor weather, combined with low levels of like-for-like price [...]...
  • Tickets Still Available For 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards Some tickets are still available for the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards presentation ceremony and gala dinner to be held at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin on the evening of Thursday, 5 September 2019. The winners of the 2019 Awards will be named at the event. The prestigious awards programme, which was first introduced [...]...
  • Nestlé UK Launches New On-trend Flavours Nestlé has introduced two new on-trend flavours to its much-loved Munchies brand in the UK and Ireland. Available in 101g sharing bags, new Munchies Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Munchies Cookie Dough are the first new Munchies products since 1996. The new flavours were created at Nestlé’s confectionery sites in York and Fawdon, Newcastle. Munchies Brand Manager [...]...
  • Dedicated Industry Forums Take on Packaging’s Hottest Topics Experts from major brands, such as Coca-Cola, Ella’s Kitchen and REN Clean Skincare, will take to the stage as part of the dedicated industry forums for the beauty, food and drink sectors at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019. The show, which returns to Olympia on 11 & 12 September, will tackle the key subjects [...]...
  • Greene King Being Sold For £2.7 Billion CK Asset, which is one of the largest property developers in Hong Kong and an international investment group, has made a recommended £2.7 billion cash offer for Greene King, the UK’s leading integrated brewer and pub retailer operating over 2,700 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland. Including debt, the enterprise value of [...]...

FSA agrees to external review into horse meat scandal

April 15
10:49 2013

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has agreed to an external review in response to the adulteration of processed beef products with horse and pig meat and DNA. 

The findings of the review will be presented to the Board at its open meeting on 4 June with a formal report to be submitted to the FSA by the end of June for publication which will feed into a larger Government review.

The review will be headed by Professor Pat Troop, vice chair of Cambridge University hospitals, with a secretariat provided by the FSA.

Unrestricted access

“The reviewer will have unrestricted access to all documents, emails and other records held by the FSA relevant to the scope of the review,” said the agency.

“The reviewer will also have access to FSA Board members and officials, and the secretariat will aim to secure access to any external people or organisations with views or information relevant to the scope of the review.”

The European Commission published tests results on horse DNA and phenylbutazone (bute) this week as part of testing costing an estimated €2.5m.

Less than 5% of testing products contained horse meat and 0.5% were found to be contaminated with bute, according to the figures from 11 February to 4 April.

HACCP: Flouted or failed?

Meanwhile, a UK firm that supplies food grade oils has questioned whether the hazard control points process has failed or whether it was flouted in the scandal.

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulations plays a role in the use of food grade heat transfer fluid (HTF), sold by Global Heat Transfer.

“HACCP is a recognised way of making sure that the food safety hazards in your business are being managed responsibly, and of showing that this is being done day-in, day-out,” said Dr Chris Wright, group head of R&D at Global Heat Transfer.

“It is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological,  chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.

“We have yet to establish whether the HACCP process was ignored or whether the process itself failed. According to European Community Food Hygiene Regulations, HACCP is a tool to assess hazards and establish control systems that focus on prevention rather than relying mainly on end-product testing.

“However, it was this very end-product testing that exposed the abuse. The question is, did HACCP itself fail or was it deliberately flouted by the food supply chain.”

About Author



Related Articles

Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • September 11, 2019Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging London 2019
  • October 1, 2019PPMA Total Show
  • October 17, 2019Future Food-Tech
  • November 18, 2019Plastics Caps and Closures Conference 2019
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here