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  • New European horse meat tests

    Monday 14 April 2014

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today confirmed details of a new round of tests of beef products for horse meat contamination. The tests have been requested by the European Commission as part of the follow-up to last year’s horse meat incident where a number of beef products sold across Europe were found to have been deliberately adulterated with horse meat.

  • Views wanted on chia seeds

    Friday 11 April 2014

    A company has asked the FSA's expert advisers on novel foods to consider an application for chia seeds to be approved for use in the European Union (EU) under the simplified approval procedure. Views are wanted on the application.

  • Revised Food Law Code of Practice for England published

    Monday 7 April 2014

    The FSA today published the revised Food Law Code of Practice for England, which provides guidance to local authorities on their approach to official controls at food business establishments. The current Code of Practice for England came into force on 6 April 2014.

  • Do you live with food allergy or intolerance?

    Monday 7 April 2014

    If you do, we would like to hear from you to help us be better informed about your experiences when you have a reaction to food and how it affects your quality of life. We will use this information to gain a better understanding of the impact that having a food allergic or intolerant reaction has on people’s lives and to help improve the lives of people like you.*

  • Triennial review of the Social Science Research Committee: findings published

    Thursday 3 April 2014

    The FSA is publishing today the findings of the Triennial Review of the Social Science Research Committee (SSRC). Triennial reviews of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are part of the government’s commitment to ensuring, and improving, the accountability and effectiveness of public bodies.

  • Video of raw milk event now available online

    Wednesday 2 April 2014

    The Food Standards Agency’s consultation event on the future of raw milk regulation is now available as a video-on-demand. The event, which was chaired by broadcaster Julian Worricker, was held yesterday, 31 March 2014. It was streamed live online.

  • Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity

    Wednesday 2 April 2014

    The FSA has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. The manufacturers Frobishers Juices Ltd and Sandwich King have been added to the list. Their product lines are free from the six colours.

  • Raw milk event and live webinar

    Monday 31 March 2014

    The Food Standards Agency’s consultation event on the future of raw milk regulation will be held today in central London from 2pm-5pm. You can attend in person or watch it live online.

  • Goats' milk formula not a solution for cows' milk allergic infants

    Thursday 27 March 2014

    Goats' milk infant and follow-on formula is now permitted for sale in the UK, following changes to the regulations in February. However, the FSA is warning that it is unlikely to be suitable for infants with a cows' milk protein allergy.

  • Consultation: new rules for pig meat inspection

    Tuesday 25 March 2014

    The Food Standards Agency has today started a six-week consultation on new rules for pig meat inspections which come into force in June 2014. The new rules are being introduced across the European Union and will help official veterinarians and meat inspectors to better target public health risks, while providing a more proportionate and risk-based inspection regime.

  • Research call: effectiveness of depuration in removing norovirus from oysters

    Monday 24 March 2014

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to design and execute a research study to identify and evaluate possible enhancements to improve norovirus removal from live oysters during shellfish depuration processes.