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  • Audits of 2 Sisters plants

    Tuesday 29 July 2014

    The FSA conducted detailed audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants, Scunthorpe and Llangefni, on Friday 25 July. Initial results from these two detailed and rigorous audits showed the plant at Scunthorpe as 'Good' and the plant at Llangefni as 'Generally Satisfactory'.

  • Country of origin of foods study published

    Tuesday 29 July 2014

    The FSA is today publishing the results of a study to look at the origin of foods claiming to be from the UK and Ireland. The study did not identify any cases of food on sale with misleading country of origin claims.

  • FSA investigation into poultry plants

    Friday 25 July 2014

    The FSA has been following up the evidence highlighted by The Guardian’s investigations at 2 Sisters plants in Anglesey and Scunthorpe.

  • FSA Board meeting now available online

    Friday 25 July 2014

    Last Wednesday's open Board meeting is now available as a video-on-demand and as a podcast. The meeting was chaired by FSA Chair Tim Bennett.

  • FSA Board decision on raw milk

    Wednesday 23 July 2014

    The FSA Board has today asked for the FSA to maintain the current regulations controlling the sale of raw milk, while further evidence is gathered to allow board members to make a final decision on whether to revise the rules.

  • No horse meat found in latest industry and EU testing

    Tuesday 22 July 2014

    The latest round of industry and European Union (EU) testing published today found no horse meat DNA in meat products at or above the 1% reporting threshold.

  • Public attitudes tracker results published

    Friday 18 July 2014

    The results from the FSA’s Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker for May 2014 have been published.

  • Views sought on chia seeds

    Monday 14 July 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 independent expert committee’s draft opinion.

  • FSA Board to consider proposals for the sale of raw or unpasteurised milk

    Friday 11 July 2014

    The FSA Board is being asked to consider new proposals for the sale of raw, or unpasteurised, milk. These would include exploring the scope for wider access to raw milk, including limited sales from vending machines in shops, and changes to hygiene controls.

  • Revised E.coli O157 control of cross-contamination guidance published

    Wednesday 9 July 2014

    The FSA E.coli O157 control of cross-contamination guidance has been revised and updated to take into account the results from independent research into the effectiveness of disinfecting complex equipment, and the views of industry and local authority stakeholders. The aim of the guidance is to ensure that businesses manage the risk to consumer health from the presence of E.coli in food.

  • Food and You Waves 1 and 2: secondary data analysis published

    Tuesday 8 July 2014

    FSA survey data indicates that socio-demographic variables such as age, gender and ethnicity are associated with reported food safety practices, but socio-economic variables such as income, education and housing tenure, are not. A report, which is published today, details secondary data analysis exploring domestic food safety practices using FSA Waves 1 and 2 Food and You data.

  • Get involved in an international initiative on next generation sequencing

    Monday 7 July 2014

    The FSA, with help of colleagues from Fera, is organising the next Global Microbial Identifier (GMI) meeting on 11-12 September 2014. You are invited.

  • New Safe Smoked Fish Web Tool launched

    Monday 7 July 2014

    All UK businesses producing smoked fish now have access to a free web tool, which can help them make their food safer for consumers.

  • New scheme recognises compliant feed businesses

    Thursday 3 July 2014

    The Food Standards Agency, in collaboration with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), has finalised agreements that further extend earned recognition to the animal feed sector. This will reduce the number of inspections for certain feed businesses, based on risk.