Freedom Food ceo Jeremy Cooper

Freedom Food to secure its own funding

By Nicholas Robinson

Freedom Food’s new chief executive Jeremy Cooper will cut the farm assurance scheme’s financial links with its parent organisation the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in a bid to become more autonomous.

Highlights from Day 1 of the summit in Madrid

Dispatches from Global Food Safety, Madrid

Industry tackles key themes at food safety summit

By Joseph James Whitworth

Managing product quality through the supply chain, crisis management and establishing a partnership with suppliers were some of the key themes to come out of the first day of a food safety conference.

Sweden is looking to increase annual pig production from 2.6 to four million animals

Swedish government rolls out new pig action plan

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture has responded to its pig industry’s demand for greater state support by producing a new national action plan that aims to help Swedish pig farmers improve animal care standards and competitiveness.

Best Practice Guideline: Allergen Management in Food Manufacturing Sites

BRC guideline to meet allergen management

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards has published a guideline to help manufacturers identify allergens and ensure best practices are met and risks reduced.

Bernhard Url looks set to be the next EFSA chief after winning board backing

EFSA Board backs Bernhard Url to be new chief

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is backing Dr Bernhard Url to be its next executive director after its management board selected the acting chief from a shortlist.

Mars, Premier Foods and FreislandCampina at EU Summit

dispatches from EU Food Manufacturing and Safety Summit

Food firms discuss challenges at EU summit

By Joseph James Whitworth

Mars, Premier Foods and Royal FrieslandCampina gave their food safety thoughts at an EU summit.

France increases it imports of UK beef

France increases intake of UK beef

By Georgi Gyton

The amount of UK beef imported by France went up 8% last year, according the latest figures from UK levy body Eblex.

Source: SICK

product inspection systems

Having the vision for quality control

Vision sensors from SICK inspect every product that leaves the belt at a frozen food manufacturer in Belgium to ensure every product is what the label says it is.

FDF event: Food business management during a crisis

FDF tackles crisis management for food firms

By Joseph James Whitworth

Premier Foods, Eversheds LLP and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) are some of the speakers at an event looking at crisis management in the food industry.

The Food Safety Pest Management Conference is intended to help producers eliminate the threat of contamination due to insect, rodent and bird invaders.

Event tackles critter contamination of food

By Jenni Spinner

Pest management is an increasing safety concern for food professionals; one event is geared toward eliminating the threat from creeping, crawling and flying contaminators.

Rockwell Automation's Safety Maturity Index helps manufacturers self-assess their internal safety plans.


How safe is your food processing workforce?

By Jenni Spinner

Rockwell Automation has launched an online tool to help managers assess the exposure to their workers and optimize their safety programs.

Bill Michels, president of ADR North America LLC

Mapping supply chain first step in product safety

By Joseph James Whitworth

It is vital for food firms to map their supply chains and know where products are coming from to prevent contamination, according to the president of a specialty-consulting firm.

Horse meat scandal: Website sees supply chain transparency

By Jenny EAGLE

Sun Branding Solutions has acquired, a software tool which collects, manages and distributes product information such as specification details, nutritional data and packaging information.

LRQA champions management system approach

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Audits are not just about ticking boxes, says LRQA

By Joseph James Whitworth

Audits are not just about ticking boxes and companies need to show a systematic and preventive approach to ensure food safety, according to LRQA.

ABP sells Silvercrest to Kepak

ABP sells Silvercrest to Kepak

By Nicholas Robinson

ABP Food Group has announced it is exiting the frozen burger market with the sale of the Irish processing plant which produced a burger containing 29.1% horsemeat.

Intertek acquires Food Safety Assessment

Intertek expands into Africa

Intertek has acquired a food safety firm to expand into Africa to meet global demands on food quality and auditing.

Vion agrees management buyout for UK business

Vion agrees management buyout for UK business

By Nicholas Robinson

Dutch-based meat processing company Vion NV has agreed a management buyout of its UK pork business nearly one month after it was announced operations in the country would be sold.   


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