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Attendees at the NSF International EMEA conference

dispatches from NSF International EMEA conference

Food fraud, big data and horizon scanning at NSF conference

By Joseph James Whitworth

The global scale of counterfeit food, the role of ‘big data’ in food safety and horizon scanning to predict and react to supply chain risks were some areas discussed at an industry event.

Hancock: Building relationships with organisations like Public Health England is absolutely essential. Picture: Istock/AndreyPopov

Food Crime Unit must move faster - incoming FSA chair

By Joseph James Whitworth

The incoming UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) chair has said she is ‘surprised’ the Food Crime Unit (FCU) is not moving faster and it reflects the need to inject a bit more agility and pace into the agency.

FSA is also hosting a 2 week visit from the FVO on the subject

FSA to publish new batch of Campylobacter results

By Joseph James Whitworth

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will publish results from the first quarter of the second year of Campylobacter testing at retail later this week (19 November).

Dennis said the Food safety conference was 'critical' to help debate the 'fundamental issue'

Food safety a ‘fundamental issue of concern’

By Laurence Gibbons

Food safety remains a “fundamental issue of concern” for the food industry, government and consumers and attending events such as the Food Manufacture Group’s Food safety conference will arm delegates with vital information to avoid problems.

Women are more likely than men to have concerns over food safety and food issues in general, says the report.

Sugar tops UK food concerns

By Niamh Michail

The amount of sugar in food is the top food concern for UK consumers, according to a Food Standards Agency survey.

Food Standards Scotland launches today (April 1)

Which? responds as Scottish food agency launches

By Joseph James Whitworth

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched today (1 April) with a consumer watchdog calling on it to operate as a ‘strong, independent consumer champion’.

Egg is a common food allergen

‘Window of opportunity’ before allergen thresholds

By Joseph James Whitworth

There is a ‘window of opportunity’ for the analytical community to get its house in order before allergen thresholds come in, according to an analyst for the Government Chemist.

Brown: 'We don't have the resources to take away responsibility from the police'

FSA restructures to ensure food crime unit capability

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency is undergoing “major restructuring” creating an estimated 50 new jobs as it sets up the food crime unit (FCU) following the publication of Professor Chris Elliott’s report into last year’s horsemeat scandal.

The Elliott Review has created quite a response from all sectors

Elliott Review: The reaction

Positive reaction to Elliott Review findings but challenges ahead

By Joseph James Whitworth

There has been a mostly positive welcome to findings and future direction set out in the Elliott Review but also a warning of the work ahead. FoodQualityNews gives you the highlights from the reaction below.   

Creating a food crime unit was another finding of the report

Review published in light of horse meat fraud

Elliott Review calls for action to stop food fraud

By Joseph James Whitworth

The UK government has promised action on food laboratories and supply chain audits following the publication of a long-awaited report assessing food integrity.  

The UK Food Standards Agency has published new guidelines to help small and medium sized businesses meet new allergen labelling rules.

New advice and infographic for SMEs

FIC update: UK publishes advice for SMEs on food allergen labelling

By Nathan Gray

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued technical guidance to help small and medium-sized (SME) businesses comply with new rules on allergen labelling and information, which take effect later this year as part of the Food Information for Consumers...

No horse DNA found in the latest round of FSA testing

Latest round of horsemeat tests negative – FSA

By Nicholas Robinson

Tests for horse DNA on nearly 6,000 meat products carried out by UK local authorities were negative, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The event is in York, UK on 11-12 September

FSA and FERA to hold GMI meeting

By Joseph James Whitworth

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) are organising the Global Microbial Identifier (GMI) meeting on 11-12 September.

FSA talks all things food safety with FQN

FSA: Horse meat was biggest incident in our history

By Joseph James Whitworth

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the horse meat incident dominated last year and it is continuing to learn lessons from what it called ‘the biggest incident in its history’.

Food and drink industry issues tackled at Foodex – video highlights

Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

By Laurence Gibbons

The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group at Foodex 2014, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham...

Watkins: 'Any audit is just a snapshot in time'


Beware due diligence issues post-horsegate – lawyer

By Rod Addy

Due diligence has weaknesses and isn’t a perfect defence against food fraud, despite offering firms legal protection, Dominic Watkins, partner and head of food at law firm DWF has warned.

Poppy: ‘increasingly complex food system’

Guy Poppy named chief scientific adviser of FSA

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Guy Poppy, professor of ecology and director of interdisciplinary research at the University of Southampton, as its chief scientific adviser.

Meat identification project to combat food fraud wins UK grant

Funding boost for food fraud tech

By Joseph James Whitworth

A test to combat food fraud by detecting DNA in processed foods has won funding from the UK government.

The Scottish government pledged to end 'the scourge of misleading information' about the origin of food

'We'll make food labelling clearer': Scottish government

By Michael Stones

Consumers in Scotland will receive far clearer information about the origins of their food, the Scottish government has pledged, after launching a new partnership yesterday (February 11) to deliver that promise.

More than a third of food and drink products sampled failed to contain the ingredients they were claimed to contain

Fewer food inspections ‘encourage food fraud’

By Michael Stones

Fewer local authority inspections of food businesses are encouraging food fraud, warns the boss of the West Yorkshire Food Control Laboratory, after its tests recently revealed more than a third of food and drink products sampled were fake.

Imported ethnic ingredients could pose a safety risk

Novel foods fall through Trading Standards' net

By Nicholas Robinson

Trading Standards (TS) don’t have the resources to check for the potentially dangerous unapproved novel foods illegally on sale on the UK market, it has emerged.

Younger consumers were much less likely to be worried about additives like preservatives and colouring

Food additives among top food safety concerns


Just as many UK consumers are concerned about food additives as about food poisoning, according to the latest Public Attitudes Tracker survey from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Fewer food inspections should not compromise food safety, said the FSA's Andrew Rhodes

Food safety conference

Food safety not threatened by budget cuts: FSA

By Mike Stones

Budget cuts are leading to fewer food inspections but food safety should not be compromised, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).


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