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  • 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...

  • Group warns high numbers of food inspections missed each year

    Tens of thousands of food hygiene checks went overdue in 2017 and 2018 in the United Kingdom, according to a watchdog group. Unchecked.uk found that only 11 percent of councils managed to carry out all their planned food checks on time, while eight local authorities missed more than 1,000 inspections of local food businesses. A...

  • Researchers aim to improve Clostridium perfringens surveillance

    Whole genome sequencing can improve surveillance and control of Clostridium perfringens, say researchers. Clostridium perfringens bacteria are responsible for an estimated 80,000 cases of diarrhea in the United Kingdom each year either from food poisoning or a non-foodborne origin. It is the second most common foodborne pathogen after Campylobacter with cases often under reported because...

  • Chemical analysis gaps found in UK lab review

    Gaps in capability to perform some chemical analyses have been identified in a review into official laboratories in the United Kingdom. The review assessed the capacity, capability, and governance of the U.K. official food and feed laboratory system and made recommendations to address gaps and weaknesses to maintain safety standards when the U.K. leaves the...

  • Survey shows slight drop in consumers’ concerns about food safety in UK

    Public concern about food safety in the United Kingdom has declined based on results of a survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Results released from May this year show 41 percent of respondents were concerned about food safety in U.K. restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways and 37 percent had concern about food safety in shops...

  • Officials report 6th death in Listeria outbreak linked to sandwiches

    A sixth person has died in a Listeria outbreak linked to sandwiches in the United Kingdom. The patient was one of the nine previously confirmed infections and there are no new cases of listeriosis linked to the outbreak, according to Public Health England. The recently identified person is thought to have acquired listeriosis from Good...

  • Changing food sector could impact microbiological safety risks

    Changes to the way food is produced, processed and offered to consumers could affect food safety, according to a microbiology society in the United Kingdom. A Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) briefing looked at recent and upcoming developments in food processing, food manufacture and the supply chain, which will have an impact on risks related...

  • UK-USA research team finds pitfalls, opportunities for lab-grown meat

    An independent international research team has stepped forward with cues and pointers for the fledgling lab-grown meat industry. Authors, Christopher Bryand, and Courtney Dillard say “cultured meat,” as they call it, must confront “some consumer uncertainty.” But the pair also found enough consumers are willing to purchase the meat alternative to “displace a considerable amount of...

  • Study finds variation of lead uptake in fruits, veggies; risk highest for children

    Researchers have suggested guidance in the United Kingdom should be revised because it does not recognize how lead is stored in soil and transferred to vegetables. Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of people growing their own fruit and vegetables, but many urban allotments have soil with lead levels above U.K. guidance values....

  • Belgian alert for hepatitis linked to supplements; update to UK outbreak

    Belgian officials have issued a warning because of incidents of hepatitis infections being linked to dietary supplements containing curcumin. The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) cited a notification in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) detailing cases of acute cholestatic hepatitis following consumption of various dietary supplements...

  • U.K. reports more Salmonella cases linked to Polish eggs

    The United Kingdom has reported 11 cases of Salmonella this year as part of an outbreak traced to eggs from Poland that started in 2012. The outbreak was part of a multi-country investigation in 2016 and linked to eggs imported from Poland. Control measures were taken in that country and internationally and all eggs sourced...

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