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


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

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FSA chair Heather Hancock to step down next year

She will leave the regulator next October to take over as the new master of St John’s College, Cambridge

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Tesco honey test not fit for purpose, say food safety experts

One scientist believes the honey tested positive for adulteration due to an unsatisfactory database rather than fraudulent activity

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Higher risk of single-mutation ‘hypervirulent’ superbugs revealed

Scientists at Rothamsted Research have warned far more bacteria than previously thought are one step away from mutating

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Hazardous pesticides remaining in supermarket supply chains, warns report

PAN UK is calling on retailers to disclose the chemicals in their supply chains

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Tesco withdraws own label honey following reports of adulteration

The FSA said it was “aware of these reports” and was “looking into them”


Major houmous supplier recalls dozens of products over salmonella risk

The products include own-brand houmous stocked in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland

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‘Allergen Audit’ unit launched to monitor foodservice safety

Food safety consultancy NT Assure and compliance auditor Serve Legal have collaborated to develop the audit


Finnebrogue launches £1m advertising push for nitrite-free bacon and ham

The advertising will be displayed at major train stations and outside retailers as well as in print and online

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Pret a Manger set to complete rollout of full ingredient allergen labelling

The initiative forms a key part of Pret’s Allergy Plan, launched in May this year


Salmonella risk in ‘very small’ number of British Lion eggs, FSA warns

The FSA advised consumers to ‘thoroughly’ cook these eggs to eliminate the possibility of ingesting the bacteria


Exercise increases risk of allergic reactions to peanuts, study finds

The FSA-funded research has been described as “hugely significant” for peanut allergy sufferers

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African swine fever expected in UK ‘within a year’, says farming minister

The warning has led to calls from the NPA for a ‘more robust approach’ towards ASF prevention in the UK

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Meat wholesaler fine increased after failed appeal against food safety offence

The severity of Bowland Foods’ offence was upgraded at its appeal hearing


Egg sales continue soaring on back of 2016 change to FSA advice

Egg sales have surged past the 6.5 billion mark

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New guidelines to help retailers tackle ‘grey area’ of food imitations

Current UK legislation dates back to the 1980s and is ‘muddied’, according to the BRC


Dutch meat trader Jan Fasen arrested over link to horsemeat scandal

Fasen was arrested by Spain’s Guardia Civil at the request of French authorities late last month