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What will Brexit mean for food safety?

What will Brexit mean for food safety?

| July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

On 23rd June the UK electorate decided, albeit narrowly, that it no longer wants to be part of the EU. To help voters make one of the most important democratic decisions they were ever likely to face, both remain and leave camps served up a selection of suppositions, arrogant and fanciful assertions, misleading statistics, half […]

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The safe egg is here – now how about tackling antibiotic resistance?

The safe egg is here – now how about tackling antibiotic resistance?

| February 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

Back in 1988 the UK egg industry was in crisis. Junior health minister Edwina Currie had just issued her ill advised “most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with Salmonella” comment and sales were falling as consumers took note. Although Currie was forced to resign over her less than accurate […]

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Can pre-packed salads ever be completely safe?

Can pre-packed salads ever be completely safe?

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

An on-going outbreak of listeriosis in the USA and Canada has hospitalised 19 people since last July and may also have contributed to two deaths. The evidence points to packaged salad products produced at a single facility in Ohio as the likely source of infection. That facility, operated by Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., has suspended […]

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Is it already too late to halt the spread of antibiotic resistance?

Is it already too late to halt the spread of antibiotic resistance?

| December 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

There was grim news over the last two weeks for anyone who values antibiotics as effective treatments for human infections. First came the results of a study from China, announcing the discovery of a gene (mcr-1) rendering E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin. The gene was identified and characterised in bacteria isolated from pigs […]

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Paying the price for unsafe food

Paying the price for unsafe food

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Food poisoning outbreaks and contamination scares are never good for business, especially in todays connected world. Take the case of Perrier mineral water for example. In the 1980s it was considered the leading brand, but then in 1990 was hit by a contamination incident when the carcinogenic chemical benzene was found in samples tested by […]

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Europe leads the way for food safety law

Europe leads the way for food safety law

| September 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

Two of this week’s news stories provide an interesting insight into how the regulatory environment in which the food industry must operate varies around the world. In the USA, the FDA announced that it had finalised two of the seven major rules contained in the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) that was signed into US […]

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For some food safety risks consumers are still the last line of defence

For some food safety risks consumers are still the last line of defence

| July 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

In recent weeks we have seen several Salmonella outbreaks all linked to the same type of food – namely frozen raw chicken products. An outbreak in Canada associated with chicken nuggets affected 47 people, while two more in the USA linked to stuffed chicken Kiev type products accounted for a further nine cases. Large recalls […]

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Food testing is useful, but not infallible

Food testing is useful, but not infallible

| July 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

More and more testing is being performed on food products worldwide with every year that passes. Despite the advent of HACCP – and the virtual abandonment of quality control testing as a means of ensuring food safety and quality – ever lengthening supply chains and consumer concerns about safety have driven a steady increase in […]

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Antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain – time to act

Antibiotic resistance in the food supply chain – time to act

| May 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

The issue of antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic bacteria is at last being taken seriously at a high level, with calls for more funding for the development of new drugs and action to prevent the overuse of clinically important antibiotics. This is very much a case of ‘better late than never’ – it’s about 45 years […]

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Food safety off the radar for UK politicians

Food safety off the radar for UK politicians

| May 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

Polling stations open for business on Thursday morning in the UK and the country is firmly in the grip of election fever as I write. With the electorate poised to deliver its verdict on who should be entrusted with running things for the next five years it seems like a good time to examine the […]

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