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A critical literature review to assess the significance of intervention methods to reduce the microbiological load on beef through primary production

This project performed a broad critical review of literature on interventions applied in a minced beef production chain for the reduction of bacterial load, with a focus on the pre-slaughter, slaughter, and post-slaughter production processes.…

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Added by safefood on September 3, 2020 at 9:41 — No Comments

Review analyzes measures to ensure safety of beef used in rare burgers

A review has looked at a number of ways to try and ensure burgers served rare are as safe as those that are thoroughly cooked.

The sale and consumption of burgers served less than thoroughly cooked (LTTC) and pink in the middle is a growing trend, prompting concerns of an increased risk of E. coli O157 infections, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).…

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Added by safefood on September 3, 2020 at 9:38 — No Comments

U.S. among countries sent Brazil nuts contaminated with Salmonella

The United States is one of more than 30 countries listed as having received Brazil nuts from Bolivia contaminated with Salmonella. The United Kingdom raised the Salmonella Anatum alert in mid-August, according to a notification on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

The first notice in the UK was Lidl GB recalling Deluxe Dark Chocolate Muesli Bar with Brazils and cranberries because they might contain Salmonella. The bars have best before dates through December 2020 and…

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Added by safefood on August 27, 2020 at 13:02 — No Comments

Precautionary Withdrawal of Batches of Gubbeen Cheese due to the Detection of E.coli

The above batches of Gubbeen Cheese are being withdrawn from the market as a precaution because the presence of E. coli at the levels detected indicates a possible hygiene issue and the potential for the presence of harmful bacteria.

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Added by safefood on August 27, 2020 at 9:27 — No Comments

Public Health England investigating rise in E. coli O157 infections

Public Health England is investigating a spike in reports of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections this month.

Potential sources of the increase in E. coli O157 cases are not yet clear but recent warm weather may have played a role.

The latest available data shows in the week ending Aug. 16, there were 27 E. coli O157 notifications. The past four weeks had seen 11, 13, 6 and 7 respectively.

Based on 2019 statistics for the week ending Aug. 18, there were 13 E.…

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Added by safefood on August 25, 2020 at 11:43 — No Comments

Amendments to Retained EU Law for Food and Feed Safety and Hygiene for the end of the Transition Period

Consultation seeking stakeholders’ views on amendments to Retained EU Law for Food and Feed Safety and Hygiene for the end of the Transition Period.

This consultation concerns further amendments to UK food and feed regulations, including those necessitated by the application of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol, that are, required to ensure retained EU law relating to food and feed safety and hygiene remains effective at the end of the Transition…

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Added by safefood on August 25, 2020 at 9:31 — No Comments

Outbreak investigation finds different Salmonella strain in chicken nuggets

Testing of chicken nuggets as part of an outbreak investigation has revealed a different strain of Salmonella.

Public Health England (PHE) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are investigating a 2018 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak to try and find the source.

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Added by safefood on August 20, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

Pathogenic E. coli in flour: A food safety

Early in 2020 the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published an extensive paper on the sources, risks and prevention of pathogenic E. coli in flour (and products containing raw flour). It followed a survey in Germany, that indicated between 10% and 30% of flour samples tested contain Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli (STEC): a pathogen capable of causing large outbreaks of severe…

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Added by safefood on August 20, 2020 at 14:07 — No Comments

PHE axed with England to get new health agency

Public Health England has been scrapped with England to get a new public health authority.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced a new agency called the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) that is focused on controlling infectious disease, pandemics and health protection.

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Added by safefood on August 19, 2020 at 16:40 — No Comments

Hancock: 'Now is the moment' to change Public Health England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said it is now time to scrap Public Health England.

He said the new body, called the Health Protection Institute, will bring together Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace, as well as the analytical capability of the Joint Biosecurity Centre under a single leadership team, to "strengthen" public health.

The body is being managed in the interim by the head of NHS Test and Trace, Baroness Dido Harding.…

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Added by safefood on August 19, 2020 at 16:38 — No Comments

FSA: Tech is useful but cannot replace physical inspection

Remote food safety assessments are useful but cannot replace a physical inspection, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Virtual food hygiene inspections are being used in the United Kingdom but local authorities cannot give a business a food hygiene rating based only on a digital overview.

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 16:24 — No Comments

Trace amounts of COVID-19 virus found by Chinese cities on packages of frozen foods

City food inspectors from Shenzhen and Xian, China report finding traces of the COVID-19 virus on the packaging for imported chicken wings and shrimp.

China in June stepped up its scrutiny of imported food, saying the possibility that it could spread infections could not be ruled out. Two months later, local testing claims to have found traces of the virus on the frozen packaging of chicken wings from Brazil and shrimp from Ecuador.…

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 16:23 — No Comments

Irish authorities probe salad link in crypto outbreak

Officials in Ireland are investigating an outbreak of cryptosporidium linked to a salad that has affected more than 40 people.

The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Department of Public Health East was notified of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in the Dublin and Wicklow area. To date, 42 cases have been notified; with the onset of symptoms occurring over a 14 day period from July 15.…

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 16:21 — No Comments

Measuring Food Safety Culture

Throughout the 21st century, it is estimated that the number of foodborne illnesses increased due to continual change in production methods, processes, and practices, as well as by changes in consumption habits. According to World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 600 million—nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide—fall ill after eating contaminated food, and 420,000 persons die each year. Children younger than 5 years old are particularly affected by foodborne illnesses, with 125,000…

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 16:15 — No Comments

Measuring Food Safety Culture

Throughout the 21st century, it is estimated that the number of foodborne illnesses increased due to continual change in production methods, processes, and practices, as well as by changes in consumption habits. According to World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 600 million—nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide—fall ill after eating contaminated food, and 420,000 persons die each year. Children younger than 5 years old are particularly affected by foodborne illnesses, with 125,000…

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 16:15 — No Comments

What effect did the coronavirus pandemic have on our food supply?

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the entire UK food supply system.

We rely on a complex international network of highly efficient supply chains to help put food on our plates.

But due to measures to control coronavirus, supermarkets ran out of essential food supplies, food banks found they had almost double the demand compared to last year, suppliers to…

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 16:11 — No Comments

UK National Food Strategy - Part One is published

The Environment Secretary Michael Gove appointed Henry Dimbleby to conduct this year-long review, and to then set out my recommendations within six months of its completion. Government will then publish an ambitious, multi-disciplinary National Food Strategy, the first of its kind for 75 years, in the form of a White Paper.

Part One of the UK National Food…

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 16:09 — No Comments

Monitoring food safety in entire supply chain from farm to consumer

Today, amidst COVID-19 lockdown and growing pandemic, global food value chains stand disrupted across all commodities. Food safety has been a growing global concern that is only set to rise in this COVID world. It is in these times that it has become more imperative than ever, to ensure unadulterated and safe food across global food value chains.

As billions worth of food moves through the global food value chains, assessments and traceability of the food remain subjective or…

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 15:52 — No Comments

Leveraging the Internet of Things and Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management

Modern supply chains have evolved into highly complex value networks and turned into a vital source of competitive advantage. However, it has become increasingly challenging to verify the source of raw materials and maintain visibility of products and merchandise while they are moving through the value chain network.
 
The…
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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 15:50 — No Comments

320 TONNES OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DAIRY PRODUCTS TAKEN OFF THE MARKET IN OPERATION OPSON IX TARGETING FOOD FRAUD

Animal food and alcoholic beverages are the most seized products

Europol and INTERPOL coordinated operation OPSON 2020 which targeted trafficking of counterfeit and substandard food and beverages. The ninth operation of its kind, it ran from December 2019 to June 2020 and involved law enforcement authorities from 83* countries and was also supported by the …

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Added by safefood on August 18, 2020 at 15:22 — No Comments

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