An investigation by The Times shows that there has been a 40% reduction in abattoir inspections by the Food Standards Agency over the past six years.
Fresh analysis from Sustain, the food and farming alliance, suggests that Britain’s domestic regulators are hopelessly ill equipped for the extra work load that leaving the EU will entail.
The Centre for Food Policy’s next Food Thinkers event discusses consumer trust in food system.
Fresh analysis by Sustain published today flags food safety fears for future UK trade deals.Figures suggest that the percentage of people who fall ill with food poisoning annually is ten times higher in the US than the UK. Sustain fears treating increased food poisoning could increase deaths from food poisoning and cost the NHS and UK economy at least £1bn extra per year.
More than 260 workers have lost their jobs at the meat supplier Russell Hume, which has folded into administration just weeks after an alleged breach of food labelling standards.
The Russell Hume meat company may have changed 'use by' dates on meat, and also country of origin labelling - allegedly serving up African and Australian meat as 'British', according to an ITN News report. Sustain's chief executive Kath Dalmeny comments.
The latest Food Standards Agency shopper survey revealed that sugar content in food is the major concern among customers.
Currently the National Food Crime Unit (NCFU) only gathers intelligence on food fraud. It said it needed ministerial support and £4m - £5m more in funding before it would be able to start proactively investigating food fraud.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is calling on the Government to ban farm use of antibiotics that are critically important for human medicine, following a Food Standards Agency survey revealing record levels of anti-microbial resistance in supermarket chicken.
The supermarkets are yet to respond to the letter from the UK E Coli Support Group. Campaigners fear that meat safety is already being threatened.
Consumers' Christmas turkey could have been washed in four disinfectants if the UK agrees a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA, according to a new briefing paper by leading food policy experts.
The FSA is asking for applications from behaviourial economists, criminologists, anthropologists and political scientists for a new Advisory Committee on Social Science. Its purpose would be to provide strategic advice on how to improve food safety and regulate food sustainably.
Major new guidance on labelling sets to change the way we think of food in a bid to cut down waste at home. The research also found that four times as much surplus food could be re-distributed to help feed people.
The damning inquiry into the 2 Sisters plant in West Bromwich shows systematic failings with the way our food is inspected. It says that “unannounced visits” are not a surprise and therefore don’t give a true picture of the violations occurring.
The Huffington Post is today reporting that Ministers do not know how how much it will cost the UK to replace the EU’s regulatory functions if we leave the EU with no deal. Parliamentary Answers given to Labour MP Mary Creagh appear to show that the staff, investment and buildings needed for the UK to maintain standards in vital areas like food safety have not been calculated.
UNISON argue that we shouldn’t believe the FSA when they say there are no plans to scrap independent meat inspectors.
A petition to stop the Food Standard Agency’s proposals to change who carries out meat inspections has reached the milestone of 100,000 signatures.
The Food Standards Agency has launched an investigation after undercover filming showed workers changing date-of-kill labels, repacking rejected meat and retrieving meat from the floor -- all apparent breaches of hygiene and safety laws.
The head of the Food Standards Agency has said that the body set up to prevent another horse meat scandal will be mothballed unless the Government provides more funding.
A new Food Standards Agency report describes how it is changing the way it regulates our food supply -- which may sound arcane and specialist, but will affect everything we eat. And some observers are already worried.
Jason Feeney, a lifelong public servant, has been appointed head of the FSA, where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2015.
In response to the Brazilian meat scandal, which involves the world’s biggest beef and chicken exporters, Vicki Hird, Farm Campaign Coordinator of Sustain comments: “The rot exposed at the heart of the Brazilian meat processing industry illustrates well the dangerous impact of a cheap meat supply which drives demand domestically and globally.
A review for the FSA finds data lacking or out-of-date, and calls for more systematic monitoring of the extent to which animal products on sale in the UK can transmit hard-to-treat infections.
The head of the Food Standards Agency, Catherine Brown, is moving on after four years in post.
A new Guide is intended to encourage more food chain workers to expose fraud or other illegal activity.
World leaders gather at the UN to plan concerted action, as UK's Food Standards Agency publishes report on the threat posed by 'AMR'
Food Standards Agency welcomes successful prosecution of abattoir owner that used covert footage, captured by an animal rights organisation, as evidence in a criminal case
A row has broken out over claims by public health authorities that a recent E.coli outbreak was linked to the use of unpasteurised milk.
Anyone with suspicions of food crime or food fraud can now report it in confidence, via phone or email, to the Food Crime Unit's 'Food Crime Confidential' reporting facility
Food Standards Agency and Allergy UK survey finds that better labelling on menus has helped, but there are still challenges
Sustain member CASH claims that the Government's Responsibility Deal is failing to deliver reduced salt levels in processed foods
The Food Standards Agency has turned to the food industry for three of its four new Board members
FSA apppoints a chair committed to fighting food fraud and building relationships with business
Research by Consensus Action on Salt and Health shows that many everyday foods contain more salt now than they did five years ago.
Research commissioned by the Food Standards Agency suggests that the trend towards convenience foods, online grocery shopping, and 'eating on the go' could decrease the social and cultural importance of sharing meals
The Food Standards Agency have issued an open invitation to attend a novel foods workshop on the 4th February 2016.
The Food Standards Agency has welcomed new data from their second year survey of campylobacter on fresh shop-bought chickens.
The Food Standards Agency has published the latest Chief Scientific Advisor’s report which focuses on acrylamide in food.
The European Food Safety Authority has launched a public consultation on its draft Strategy 2020.
Heather Hancock has been appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency. She is expected to take up the post of Chair from April 1 2016.
The Food Standards Agency are seeking views on an European Commission proposal on GM food and feed.
The Food Standards Agency have published an analysis of data on fresh whole chickens sold in the UK.
The FSA in Northern Ireland are holding a conference to bring together local food industry, environmental health and public health experts.
The Food Standards Agency will discuss the conclusions of their recent review of raw drinking milk controls on the 15th July.
Testing run by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics suggests that British consumers are already being exposed to MRSA. In fact, a person eating pork twice a week may be consuming contaminated meat once every three months. This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pork.
The Food Standards Agency has published its Strategic Plan, setting out how it will work over the next five years to deliver its goals.
New figures from the Food Standards Agency show that all the major retailers failed to meet targets for reducing campylobacter, a potentially serious food bug mainly found on raw poultry, which is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK.
The FSA have released details of the measures they are taking to make sure that poultry producers, processors and retailers take action to reduce levels of campylobacter in chicken.
The FSA are urging the public to take up the Chicken Challenge as part of Food Safety Week which starts on the 18th May. The Chicken Challenge aims to help people cut their chances of getting campylobacter food poisoning. They want you to promise to store raw chicken separately from other food, not wash raw chicken, wash everything that's touched raw chicken and cook chicken properly. The FSA aims to halve the levels of food poisoning from campylobacter by the end of 2015. That could mean over 100,000 fewer people getting sick. However, campaigners like Professor Tim Lang from (Sustain member) the Centre for Food Policy have urged the FSA to do more to clean up the food industry and the poultry trade by tackling campylobacter in their flocks.
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