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New labelling guide to help cut food waste

New labelling guidelines have been published to help reduce the amount of food people chuck in the bin. In the UK, two million tonnes of food is thrown away every year because it’s not been used in time; a third of this comes down to how shoppers interpret date labels. “We know that confusing labels…
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FSA exempts supermarkets from campylobacter survey

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will no longer publish results from the nine largest supermarkets as part of its annual campylobacter survey after agreeing for the retailers to publish results on their own websites. The FSA said the decision was based on the significant progress made by the major retailers and producers in taking action…
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Allergen laws boost confidence in eating out

People who suffer from food allergies have greater confidence when eating out of home since the introduction of new EU laws, a survey has found. In December 2014, EU legislation was introduced requiring retailers of non-prepacked foodstuffs to provide customers with information relating to the presence of 14 specified allergens including peanuts, milk and cereals…
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Acrylamide: a hot potato for the EU

Commissioners are trying to untangle a messy situation regarding rules for the food contaminant – and neither industry nor health campaigners are happy. The European Commission wants to introduce new regulations to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods. The food industry has been pretty happy with the proposals so far, but critics have said…
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Think like a criminal to beat the food fraud

Since the horsemeat scandal, health and safety offences can bring big fines or even prison. Businesses have to be cunning to stay safe, writes Tony Hines. The scandal over undisclosed horsemeat in food products in the UK forced businesses, the government, auditors, the media and consumers to sit up and take note of what appeared…
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FSA boss calls for new laws on hygiene ratings for England

Food Standards Agency chair Heather Hancock urged ministers to approve new regulations that will require businesses to display their food hygiene ratings. “Displaying your FHRS [food hygiene rating scheme] sticker has been mandatory in Wales since 2013,” she explained. “In Northern Ireland, it became the law in the last week. It isn’t a legal obligation…
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Foodservice failing on hygiene, Guardian analysis suggests

An analysis by the Guardian has shown that more than 500 care providers in the UK, including 19 hospitals and other NHS facilities, have failed food hygiene and food safety inspections. Using data published by the Food Standards Agency the newspaper discovered that more than 200 residential, nursing and care homes received “low grades” at…
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FSA pledges action after E.coli revelations

The Food Standards agency has vowed to tackle the use of antibiotics in livestock farming after new research found growing levels of resistant E.coli bacteria in supermarket meat. The study commissioned by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics found that 24% of samples of supermarket chicken meat tested positive for ESBL E. coli, a type…
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Consumers demand action on campylobacter

Consumers believe food businesses should go beyond mandatory targets for reducing the incidence of campylobacter on chickens to help lessen the risk of food poisoning. Two thirds (66%) of consumers think the industry should continue to reduce incidences of campylobacter beyond the agreed current target of less than 10% of chickens at the most highly contaminated…
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Freezer confusion fuels waste

The fears consumers have about freezing food are largely unfounded, according to a study published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The research – released as part of Food Safety Week (July 4-10) – identified a number of freezing myths that are preventing people from using their freezers to make food go further. These include:…
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