George Eustice NFU Conference 2020

Eustice: British farmers should not be ‘spooked’ by post-Brexit competition

The new Defra secretary made the comments at the NFU Conference in Birmingham

Minette Batters NFU Speech

NFU president brands lower-standard post-Brexit food imports idea ‘insane’

Minette Batters called for the government to protect ‘high’ UK standards in future trade deals

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Eustice won’t rule out chlorinated chicken imports despite ‘growing’ food safety concerns in US

New research by Lloyds Register found more than half of the US population had growing concerns over food safety

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Impact of foodborne illnesses on population higher than thought: FSA

New figures – using more accurate data – suggest cases of infectious intestinal illnesses linked to food are higher than first thought

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John West recalls sardines SKU after ‘possible bacterial contamination’

The canned fish brand said two batches of its sardines in tomato sauce product had been recalled

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FWD calls for mandated allergen database maintained by suppliers

The FWD has launched a campaign urging the government to mandate a centralised database

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Müller issues yoghurts recall over metal contamination fears

The dairy giant has recalled 14 products sold under the Müller brand or through Aldi and Lidl’s Brooklea and Millbona brands

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Supermarkets urged to do more to communicate antibiotic reduction work

Retailers were overlooking the misuse of antibiotics in their supply chains, claimed the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics

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Co-op pledges to cut nitrite use in own label bacon by 60%

The retailer said the cut in the use of nitrites would not affect the preservation, taste and colour characteristics of its bacon

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Cow & Gate recalls swathe of babyfood jars amid tampering fears

It comes one month after a similar recall of Heinz 7+ months babyfood jars in Tesco

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Tesco and Waitrose hike pesto prices as supply crisis deepens

Both supermarkets attributed the rises to price-matching activity, but other retailers haven’t hiked prices

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FSA calls for increased powers as part of National Food Strategy

The government is carrying out the first independent review of the UK food system in 75 years

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​Tesco own-label pestos recalled as peanut contamination crisis spirals

The supermarket issued a recall on 10 January, yet customers were complaining as early as 31 December

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Saclà allergy fears raised 12 days prior to recall, tweets show

In a tweet to Saclà on 8 December, a shopper said his wife, who has a peanut allergy, had reacted twice to its pesto

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Sainsbury’s recalls own-label pestos amid peanut contamination fears

Supermarket pesto stocks have already been battered by market leader Saclá’s recall in December

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Supermarket pesto shelves still barren weeks after Saclá recall

Market leader Saclà was forced to recall a vast swathe of products in late December amid contamination fears

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ASF pandemic makes pork fraud a real threat, warns Chris Elliott

Soaring demand for pork created by ASF left the sector open to fraud, warned industry group FIIN

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Saclà recalls branded and own-label pesto over possible peanut contamination

The FSA has urged shoppers to return products, including Waitrose and Aldi own-label lines

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​Heinz babyfood recalled after sharp metal fragments found ​in jars

The entire range of 7+ months Heinz By Nature 200g jars sold in Tesco has been recalled

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First bird flu case since 2017 reported at Suffolk chicken farm

Around 27,000 birds are set to be culled, while a 1km restriction zone has been set up around the affected farm