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UK must prioritise food security, Minette Batters tells NFU conference

The NFU president spoke of a ‘real risk’ of an erosion of British food and drink production 

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Major salmonella outbreak in frozen chicken traced to Poland

The FSA says almost 500 cases of the bug have been linked to the contaminated products since the start of 2020

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Waitrose recalls own-label carrot cake muffins due to labelling error

Walnuts were not mentioned on its labelling owing to a packaging mistake

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Global food fraud rising as result of pandemic, report finds

Adulteration cases increased by 30% and counterfeit incidents by 47%

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Salmonella risk sees four retailers recall seafood products

Chilled and frozen products from Sainsbury’s, Asda, the Co-op and Waitrose have been affected

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Sainsbury’s seeks bacteria detection tech for ready to eat products

Sainsbury’s said at present bacteria detection could only be achieved through “destructive testing or inadvertent consumption”

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Sainsbury’s recalls Plant Pioneers shroomdogs over presence of metal

Items with use-by dates of 6 or 7 January are impacted. No other products have been affected

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Defra launches consultation on crop gene editing plans

The government said such a move would help improve crop resilience and help it achieve its environmental agenda

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Costa Coffee recalls Jammy Rudolph Shortcake over undeclared egg

The undeclared ingredient presents a possible health risk for those with an egg allergy or intolerance

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M&S recalls chicken curry over packaging error

The error means the item contains undeclared milk

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FSA abolishes 10-day use-by-date rule for fresh meat

The new guidance will move the default use-by-date to at least 13 days for vacuum and modified atmosphere packed red meat

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Poultry housing order imposed across Great Britain amid bird flu outbreak

The restrictions will require all poultry farms in England, Scotland and Wales to keep their flocks indoors

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Bird flu found at North Yorkshire turkey rearing farm

The turkey fattening site has become the latest commercial poultry farm to register a case of bird flu

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GB-wide bird flu prevention zone declared following further outbreaks

A breeder farm and wild birds in western England tested positive for a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu this week

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FSA extends salmonella advice on Fairburn eggs to additional batches

Some 38 egg SKUs sold through five different retailers are now subject to the advice to cook eggs thoroughly

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Guinness recalls newly launched alcohol-free version over contamination fears

The Diageo-owned brand urged shoppers not to consume purchased cans of the drink 

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Great Britain bird flu risk raised to ‘high’ after Cheshire farm outbreak

The UK’s chief veterinary officers have urged bird keepers to prevent any contact between their flocks and wild birds

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Birds culled after avian flu outbreak detected at Cheshire farm

Further testing was underway to determine if the outbreak was linked to cases in Europe, Defra said

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FSA issues egg advice over salmonella contamination link

A raft of eggs sold by Sainsbury’s, Asda and Aldi have been linked to a salmonella contamination at supplier LJ Fairburn

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Sainsbury’s recalls mussels over salmonella fears

The supermarket has taken a ‘small quantity’ of its By Sainsbury’s cooked mussels (300g) off sale