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Food Safety News March 2014

 Selected news, views and issues from ‘field to fork’

March 2014

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In this month’s edition:

1. Testing reveals third of food products mislabelled.
2. EFSA and ECDC report that Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down and Listeria up
3. Raw milk web sales allowed
4. New Red Tractor Logo launched for Ready meals and pies
5. Chemicals leaching into food from packaging raise safety concerns
6. Traffic Lights Food Labelling System Prompts EU Inquiry
7. Food Traceability: How It Can Work Across Food Supply Chain?
8. Identifying chemical risks in the food chain: new framework proposed
9. Denmark bans non-stun slaughter
10. Campden BRI to test authenticity of Olive Oil
11. Review of audit arrangements in FSA approved meat establishments within the UK
12. UK FSA Food and Allergy Alerts (February 14):

1. Testing reveals third of food products mislabelled
A report by Food Quality News states that Testing from a UK public laboratory has revealed mislabelling in a third of products ranging from food supplements to meat.

Read the full article at: http://www.foodqualitynews.com/Food-Alerts/Testing-reveals-third-of-food-products-mislabelled


2. EFSA and ECDC report that Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down and Listeria up
For the first time in five years reported human cases of Campylobacter were shown to be on the decrease in 2012. Salmonella cases continued to fall and reported human cases of Listeria are gradually increasing over the past four years.

Read more at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/140219.htm


3.Raw milk web sales allowed
Farmers will be able to sell raw milk to consumers through their websites under proposals by the Food Standards Agency.
The FSA said its preferred approach, which it is currently consulting on, would be to allow farmers to sell raw milk ‘via the internet’.

For further information see: http://ehn.cieh.org/news/article.aspx?id=10792


4.New Red Tractor Logo launched for Ready meals and pies
Until now, the Red Tractor logo could not be used on ready meals, pies or other convenience foods due to their more complicated ingredients list. But Red Tractor has now introduced a new logo to highlight that 100% of the meat or poultry is Red Tractor Assured.
More information at: http://www.redtractor.org.uk/documentdownload.axd?documentresourceid=125


5. Chemicals leaching into food from packaging raise safety concerns
Scientists, in British Medical Journal, warn of potential long-term damage of exposure to synthetics, including formaldehyde in drinks bottles.

Read the article at:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/19/chemicals-leaching-food-packaging-safety-bmj

6.Traffic Lights Food Labelling System Prompts EU Inquiry
The UK traffic lights food labelling system has prompted EU regulators to launch an enquiry after other EU member states, led by Italy, complained it was unfair.

Read the article at: http://www.haccpeuropa.com/2014/02/24/traffic-lights-food-labelling-system-prompts-eu-inquiry/


7.Food Traceability: How It Can Work Across Food Supply Chain?
Recent developments across the globe have put an increasing focus on the traceability of foods. Complicated supply chains of hundreds of ingredients that are used to make a food product make food product tracing a daunting task. In an effort to better protect public health from foodborne illness outbreaks and recalls, governments across the world are in the process of implementing new regulations around food traceability. HACCP Europa reviews a supplement from the IFST.

Read more at: http://www.haccpeuropa.com/2014/02/24/food-traceability-can-work-across-food-supply-chain/ and the IFST supplement is available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1750-3841.12278/pdf


8.Identifying chemical risks in the food chain: new framework proposed
EFSA has proposed a new process for identifying emerging chemical risks in the food and feed chain using a variety of databases that log the incidence of industrial chemicals and environmental chemical contaminants in the EU.

More information at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/140205a.htm


9.Denmark bans non-stun slaughter
A ban on non-stun slaughter has come into force in Denmark as the country’s government says “animal rights come before religion”.

Read the article at: http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Product-Categories/Kosher/Denmark-bans-non-stun-slaughter


10. Campden BRI to test authenticity of Olive Oil
Campden BRI is to start testing the authenticity of olive oil imported into the UK to reduce the risk of fraud.

Full article at: http://www.foodqualitynews.com/Public-Concerns/Campden-BRI-oils-up-to-stop-food-fraud

11. Review of audit arrangements in FSA approved meat establishments within the UK
The FSA has launched a consultation to review audit arrangements in approved meat establishments, including slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments. The FSA worked closely with meat industry stakeholders to put together the proposal for consultation and is seeking views from any interested parties before Friday 16 May 2014.

Further information at: http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2014/feb/audit-review#.UxRi-1LA7IU

Details of the consultation available at: http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/consultations/consultations-uk/2014/fbo-audit-consult#.UxRkR1LA7IU

12. UK FSA Food and Allergy Alerts (February ’13):
Product Recall Information Notices:

25/02 Sainsbury's recalls its Frozen Sticky Toffee Sponge Pudding
Sainsbury's has recalled its 'by Sainsbury's' Frozen Sticky Toffee Sponge Pudding, because the product may contain small pieces of metal.
The recalled product is:
Product: by Sainsbury’s Frozen Sticky Toffee Sponge Pudding
Pack size: 450g
'Best before' date: December 2014

5/02 Loch Arthur Creamery has recalled batches of its Criffel unpasteurised cheese, because Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the product.
The product being recalled is:
Product Name: Criffel
Brand Name: Loch Arthur Creamery
Type of Product: Full fat semi-soft unpasteurised cheese
Production date: 11 November 2013, 15 November 2013

Allergy Alerts:

25/02 M&S Lightly Dusted Salt and Pepper British Chicken Fillets withdrawn
Marks & Spencer has withdrawn its Lightly Dusted Salt and Pepper British Chicken Fillets because a small number of packs contain egg, which is not mentioned on the label.
Product name: M&S Lightly Dusted Salt and Pepper British Chicken Fillets

Pack size: 200g

'Use by' date: all date codes

No other Marks & Spencer products are known to be affected

25/02 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Roasted Chestnut, Toasted Hazelnut & Thyme Stuffing withdrawn.
Sainsbury’s has withdrawn all packs of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Roasted Chestnut, Toasted Hazelnut & Thyme Stuffing because the product may contain traces of peanut due to cross contamination during manufacturing.
Product name: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Roasted Chestnut, Toasted Hazelnut & Thyme Stuffing
Pack size: 110g
'Best before' date: all date codes
No other Sainsbury's products are known to be affected

21/02 Tesco 'Free From' Digestive Biscuits withdrawn
Tesco has withdrawn its 'Free From' Digestive Biscuits with a 'best before' date of September 2014 because some packs may contain Tesco 'Free From' Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits, which contain milk and soya.
Product name: Tesco 'Free From' Digestive Biscuits
Pack size: 170g
Best before date: September 2014

No other Tesco products are known to be affected

14/02 Asda 4 Breaded Alaska Pollock Fillets withdrawn
Asda has withdrawn its 4 Breaded Alaska Pollock Fillets with a use-by date of 19 February 2014 because some packs may contain Lightly Dusted River Cobbler, which contains milk.
The product being withdrawn from sale is:

Product name: Asda 4 Breaded Alaska Pollock Fillets
Pack size: 520g
Use-by date: 19 February 2014

No other Asda products are known to be affected

4/02 Goupie chocolate products withdrawn. Goupie is withdrawing some of their chocolate products because they contain barley and/or milk which are not mentioned in the allergen information on the product labels. In the ingredient list, barley is described as malt flour and milk is described as whey powder.
The products being withdrawn are listed below.
Product names:
Goupie Original
Goupie Orange
Goupie Ginger
Goupie Hazelnut
Goupie Chilli
Goupie Cherry & Almond
Goupie dark Chocolate with Lavender
Goupie White Chocolate with Lavender
Goupie Mochaccino
Goupie White Chocolate with Cardamom
Goupie Mint
Goupie Boozy Christmas
Goupie A Taste of Christmas
Goupie Date & Walnut

Pack size: 180g
Use by date: All 'best before' date codes
No other Goupie products are known to be affected.

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