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  • FSA questioned about post Brexit food safety rules

    Members of a parliamentary committee have written to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the future of food safety rules in the United Kingdom after leaving the European Union. The Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee asked the FSA’s chief executive, Emily Miles, about the Food and Feed Safety and Hygiene (FFSH) framework, which will create a...

  • Nearly 400 people sick from Salmonella in UK; nearly half are children

    Almost 400 people have fallen ill with Salmonella since the start of the year in the United Kingdom after eating frozen chicken products. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Public Health England (PHE) are investigating a rise in patients with two strains of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to frozen raw breaded processed chicken products. Cases of...

  • Man jailed for blackmail and contaminating baby food

    A man who put metal in some jars of baby food in the United Kingdom has been jailed for 14 years. Nigel Wright, a father of two, was convicted of blackmail and contaminating baby food by a jury following a nine-day trial in August at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, also known as...

  • UK beef exports to U.S. restart after two decades

    The first shipment of beef from the United Kingdom to the United States in more than 20 years was dispatched this week. The U.S. market had been closed to EU beef since January 1998, when the country introduced import restrictions on beef, sheep and goats and their products because of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) concerns....

  • Most people in UK don’t check takeaway hygiene ratings

    Only one fifth of British people always check the hygiene rating of a takeaway restaurant before ordering, according to new research. A survey of 1,000 adults in the United Kingdom in July 2020 found one in 10 say the hygiene rating does not affect their decision on placing an order. The research was done by...

  • Nearly 100 sick in UK outbreak linked to nuts; some sent to U.S.

    Almost 100 people are part of a Salmonella outbreak linked to nuts used in different products. There have been 98 cases of Salmonella Typhimurium in different parts of the United Kingdom. Four alerts for affected items have been published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) including recalls of Lidl GB’s Deluxe Dark Chocolate Muesli Bar with...

  • Farmer guilty of putting metal in baby food

    A man who put shards of metal in baby food jars in the United Kingdom has been found guilty of blackmail and contaminating goods. Nigel Wright began threatening supermarket chain Tesco in spring 2018, writing to his local store in Lincolnshire and warning unless they paid him £750,000 ($982,000) worth of bitcoin – an online...

  • FSA: Tech is useful but cannot replace physical inspection

    Remote food safety assessments are useful but cannot replace a physical inspection, according to the Food Standards Agency. Virtual food hygiene inspections are being used in the United Kingdom but local authorities cannot give a business a food hygiene rating based only on a digital overview. Michael Jackson, head of the FSA’s Regulatory Compliance Division,...

  • Three of four UK Listeria outbreaks unsolved in 2018

    The source of infection was not found for three of four Listeria outbreaks in England in 2018. The one which was solved was an international outbreak that involved 12 cases in England from 2015 to 2018 and was traced to frozen sweetcorn and vegetables produced by Greenyard in Hungary. The company found the cause of...

  • Virtual Food Hygiene Inspections Could Reduce Backlog

    Virtual food hygiene inspections are being used in the United Kingdom to tackle a backlog caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Digital inspections can help authorities manage a build-up at lower risk establishments and minimize risk of contamination as inspectors can visit multiple sites in a short space of time. Inspections are completed by food businesses electronically...

  • Study uncovers data on Vibrio infections entering the UK

    Researchers have provided insights into Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections in the United Kingdom, finding the majority in people returning from Southeast Asia. Scientists analyzed archived Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains isolated from domestic infections and travelers into the UK from 2008 to 2018 and who had submitted clinical samples to Public Health England (PHE)’s Gastrointestinal Bacteria...

  • Salmonella outbreak linked to British eggs

    Almost 40 people are part of a Salmonella outbreak traced to eggs from the United Kingdom. A spokesman for Public Health England told Food Safety News that it does not hold information on the date of onset of illness for all the patients. “There have been 38 reported cases linked to this incident through analysis...

  • UK repeats desire to protect food standards in U.S. trade talks

    The second round of trade talks between the United States and United Kingdom has ended with food standards, including safety, still high on the agenda. Negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) took place from June 15 to 26 with the next session planned for the end of July. They began in May with U.S....

  • Cheese recalled over Botulism risk

    Primula Ltd. has recalled cheese spread in tubes in the United Kingdom and Ireland because of possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. Primula, part of the Kavli Group, recalled 10 varieties after finding one product contained Clostridium botulinum during a routine test and due to concerns other items in the range...

  • Cheese recalled over Botulism fears

    Primula Ltd. has recalled cheese spread in tubes in the United Kingdom and Ireland because of possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. Primula, part of the Kavli Group, recalled 10 varieties after finding one product contained Clostridium botulinum during a routine test and due to concerns other items in the range...

  • Primula recalls cheese due to Clostridium botulinum

    Primula Ltd. has recalled cheese spread in tubes in the United Kingdom and Ireland because of possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. Primula, part of the Kavli Group, recalled 10 varieties after finding one product contained Clostridium botulinum during a routine test and due to concerns other items in the range...

  • FDA sends warning letters to companies in New Jersey, California, and the UK

    As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company...

  • Researchers find arsenic in rice risk for UK infants

    Scientists have found half of rice varieties they tested exceeded maximum arsenic limits for young children in the United Kingdom. A team at the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food found 28 of 55 rice samples sold in the U.K. contained levels of arsenic that exceeded European Commission regulations for rice for infants or...

  • Which? renews mandatory hygiene rating call

    A consumer group wants mandatory display of food hygiene ratings across the United Kingdom so people can make informed choices when dining out. Which? said it was concerned consumers are at risk of being left in the dark or misled about hygiene standards. The call comes as the organization released research about the best and...

  • UK MPs propose food standards amendment to Ag Bill

    A parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom has put forward an amendment to the Agriculture Bill to protect food standards. Members of the cross-party Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee made the move after a hearing with representatives from the agriculture, animal welfare and trade sectors this week. Members of Parliament (MPs) heard from...

  • UK foodborne illness burden estimated at £9 billion

    The total burden from foodborne illness was about £9 billion ($11.2 billion) in 2018 in the United Kingdom, according to a new report. Based on 2018 figures of 2.4 million foodborne cases per year, the burden for the U.K. from foodborne illness was estimated at £9.1 billion ($11.3 billion) including £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) for...

  • UK estimates show food poisoning twice as common as thought

    The estimated number of foodborne illnesses in the United Kingdom each year has more than doubled. A scientific review by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found around 2.4 million cases occur every year. This is up from the 2009 estimate of 1 million. The FSA said the figures do not indicate an increase in total...

  • FSA surveys show level of antimicrobial resistant bacteria on UK chicken

    There has been a decline of antimicrobial-resistant E. coli but not Campylobacter in chicken based on surveys by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Two annual surveys tested fresh chicken sold in the United Kingdom, with one looking at certain antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) E. coli, and the other at AMR Campylobacter. Results are from 2017 to 2018. A...

  • Meat inspection petition with 216,000 signatures given to FSA

    A union in the United Kingdom has submitted a petition on meat inspections, signed by more than 216,000 people, to the Food Standards Agency. Steve Nash, a consumer advisor on E. coli O157, Unison national officer Paul Bell, and Sean Humber, a lawyer at Leigh Day, delivered the petition calling on the FSA to keep...

  • Nearly 200 ill in UK after eating oysters

    Almost 200 people have fallen ill after eating oysters in the United Kingdom in recent months. Since November 2019 there have been at least 180 reported cases of gastroenteritis associated with oyster consumption linked to multiple food outlets and oyster producers. A Public Health England spokeswoman told Food Safety News that norovirus had been identified...

  • ECDC data reveals Salmonella decrease has ‘levelled off’

    More than 90,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella and 150 deaths were reported in Europe in 2017, according to a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The latest annual epidemiological report found 92,649 cases were reported, of which 156 were fatal. The United Kingdom recorded 57 of these deaths. ECDC...

  • Baby food recalled in UK due to tampering fears

    Certain Cow & Gate baby food has been recalled from a supermarket in the United Kingdom because it may have been tampered with. Cow & Gate and Tesco are recalling 15 varieties of 7 plus month Cow & Gate baby food sold in jars by Tesco stores in the U.K. The Food Safety Authority of...

  • European rules for safer food come into force

    Regulations aimed at modernizing protections against animal diseases and plant pests as well as improving food safety will apply beginning at the end of this week in Europe. The United Kingdom will implement EU Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF) regulations from 11 p.m. on Dec. 13. The new rules replace more than 70 existing...

  • UK bears brunt of multi-country Salmonella outbreak

    The United Kingdom has been hit hardest in a multi-country outbreak of Salmonella that has affected nearly 200 people. Five European countries are investigating 192 Salmonella Mikawasima infections identified by whole genome sequencing (WGS). As of Nov. 12, 138 people are ill in the U.K., 33 in Sweden, 18 in France, two in Denmark and...

  • Chance of negative food standards impact from Brexit rises

    The likelihood of a negative impact on food standards from Brexit has increased, according to a report from Public Health Wales. The document looks at evidence since January about the possible real-life effects Brexit could have on people’s health and well-being in Wales. The United Kingdom held a referendum on June 2016 and voted to...

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