Tag: adulteration

First UK food crime assessment published

First UK food crime assessment published

| March 23, 2016

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the first Food Crime Annual Strategic Assessment (FCASA), examining the scale and nature of the food crime threat to the £200 billion British food and drink industry. The assessment was carried out by the FSA’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) – set up last year in the […]

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The spice trade under scrutiny

The spice trade under scrutiny

| February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

Undeclared nut protein in herbs and spices is a hot topic and a developing food safety problem. The issue first surfaced in the USA and Canada in December last year, when samples of cumin began testing positive for peanut protein, triggering a series of recalls and prompting the FDA to issue advice to consumers with […]

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FSA to hold herb and spice workshop

FSA to hold herb and spice workshop

| February 24, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be hosting a workshop on the 25th February to consider the recent discovery of undeclared almond protein in cumin and paprika and to identify weak points in the herb and spice supply chains. Representatives from the British Retail Consortium, The Food and Drink Federation and the Seasoning and […]

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Undeclared nut protein in spices sparks investigations and multiple recalls

Undeclared nut protein in spices sparks investigations and multiple recalls

| February 20, 2015

Food safety agencies in the USA, Canada and the UK are investigating the source of undeclared almond and peanut found in cumin and paprika. The contaminated spices have been widely used as ingredients in other products, prompting a series of recalls to protect consumers allergic to nuts. The problem first came to light in the […]

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Food crime cannot be prevented on the cheap

Food crime cannot be prevented on the cheap

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

In my last post I called on the UK Government to publish the final version of Professor Chris Elliot’s report on the implications of the 2013 horsemeat scandal for our food supply. According to newspaper reports, publication was to be postponed until at least the autumn, but to the surprise of many, the report appeared […]

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Elliot Review final report published

Elliot Review final report published

| September 9, 2014

Despite recent reports that publication would be delayed, the UK Government has released the final report of the Elliot Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks, commissioned in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat contamination scandal. The Review, undertaken by Chris Elliot, Professor of Food Safety at Queens University Belfast, is a […]

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Is Frederick Accum’s legacy being squandered?

Is Frederick Accum’s legacy being squandered?

| August 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

In 1820 a little book was published in Britain and the USA that shocked its readers and arguably began the process that led to modern food law in Europe and North America. A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons was penned by a German-born chemist called Frederick Accum, who lived and worked in […]

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Tackling food fraud – industry pre-empts government

Tackling food fraud – industry pre-empts government

| July 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

There is a popular belief that the food industry is motivated entirely by profit, often at the expense of public health. Clearly, it would be foolish to argue that food manufacturers and retailers do not care about profit – no business that doesn’t make money is sustainable – but it is equally foolish to suggest […]

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GFSI publishes position paper on food fraud

GFSI publishes position paper on food fraud

| July 22, 2014

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has released a position paper on mitigating the public health risk of food fraud, which outlines steps that food businesses should take to protect consumers from the consequences of food adulteration, counterfeiting and other illegal practices. The position paper is based on work by a ‘Food Fraud Think Tank’ […]

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Huge US recall of unwholesome meat products

Huge US recall of unwholesome meat products

| February 14, 2014

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Rancho Feeding Corporation, of Petaluma, California, is recalling approximately 8.7 million pounds of meat products because it processed diseased and unsound animals without full federal inspection. The FSIS considers that the recalled products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome, or otherwise are unfit […]

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