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A secure, sustainable global food system is increasingly urgent

The recent Global Food Integrity summit has convinced Professor Chris Elliott the current way we produce and distribute food needs to be re-thought

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National Food Crime Unit wins funding for 'upgrade' Subscription

12 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

The FSA unit will see its headcount grow from 22 to 82 and will become fully operational, with full investigatory powers, from next March


Fresh fipronil contamination scandal as Germany recalls 73,000 organic eggs

12 Jun 2018 | By Julia Glotz

The eggs are believed to have come from an organic egg supplier in the Netherlands

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Removal of BBE dates could discourage shoppers: YouGov Subscription

11 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

A poll following Tesco’s pledge to remove labelling from 70 fresh produce items could affect shopper ability to judge freshness

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FSA launches probe after ‘meat traces found’ in vegan meals

11 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

A Telegraph investigation found traces of turkey in a Tesco Wicked Kitchen product, while traces of pork were found in meat free meatballs sold by Sainsbury’s 

Biodiversity sustainability environment

A secure, sustainable global food system is increasingly urgent

11 Jun 2018 | By Chris Elliott

The recent Global Food Integrity summit has convinced Professor Chris Elliott the current way we produce and distribute food needs to be re-thought

Naked Smoked Bacon

Finnebrogue adds smoked version of its nitrite-free bacon Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The supplier said its new variant eliminated ‘nasties’ and ingredients from traditional smoking processes


UK poultry farmers report 40% decline in use of antibiotics Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The poultry industry has credited ‘joined-up’ thinking for the reduction, and restated its ommitment to ‘responsible’ usage

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Addo pulls 59 pastry SKUs over metal contamination fear

04 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Wall’s, Tesco and Nisa among those hit by the recall of pies, pasties, slices and rolls

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Attitudes to GM food & drink are changing

17 May 2018 | By Chris Elliott

When the public is asked what they believe are the biggest food safety issues, genetically modified foods are often mentioned

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One in four teen mystery shoppers able to buy knives Subscription

16 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

One in six retailers also failed test purchases for alcohol, according to Serve Legal

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Pig sector successfully reduces antibiotic use by another 28% Subscription

15 May 2018 | By Kevin White

The pig industry has hailed the reduction in usage, which has fallen by more than 50% since 2016

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Arla rejects claims of animal welfare breaches by vegan group Subscription

01 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Activist group Viva! had reported one of its supplier farms to welfare authorities

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FSA defends reduction in number of abattoir inspections

01 May 2018 | By Kevin White

An FOI request by The Times found the number of inspections undertaken by the regulator had fallen from 2,917 in 2011 to just 1,725 last year


Aldi adds nitrite-free bacon to Super Six promotion

26 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It uses a mix of fruits and spice extracts instead of nitrites – described as a carcinogen by the WHO


Fake food and drink seized in global food crime operation Subscription

26 Apr 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Authorities seized over 3,600 tonnes of dangerous food worldwide across 67 countries between December 2017 and March 2018

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Dunnes Stores recalls deli filler amid listeria fears Subscription

20 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

The recall affects batches with sell-by dates from 13 to 20 April

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Industry must speak out about food crime, insists NFCU boss Subscription

18 Apr 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The food crime unit is still receiving very little intelligence from industry sources despite repeated reassurances whistle-blowers would be given “absolute anonymity”


Iceland denies temperature control problems ahead of exposé Subscription

18 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

“We are entirely refuting every piece it,” says Iceland joint MD Nigel Broadhurst

Sainsbury's chicken pouches

Sainsbury's to roll out 'no touch' chicken pouches

16 Apr 2018 | By Kevin White

The ‘tear and tip’ pouches are designed to appeal to shoppers with an aversion to raw meat

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Faccenda defends welfare record in face of vegan complaints

13 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Vegan campaign group PETA complained to the ASA about Faccenda’s ‘misleading’ claims of animal welfare on its website



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