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  • Turkey butterflies from an unapproved premises updated

    Monday 23 December 2013

    The FSA has been alerted about turkey butterflies that were produced in an unapproved premises, and is advising people not to consume the affected product.

  • Chair and members reappointed to the General Advisory Committee on Science

    Monday 23 December 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has reappointed Professor Colin Blakemore as Chair of the General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS). The FSA has also reappointed Professor Anne Murcott (expert member) and Mrs Leen Petré (lay member) to the committee. Each will serve a further three-year term of office, which will run to 31 December 2016.

  • Annual report on UK Multi-Annual National Control Plan published

    Wednesday 18 December 2013

    The FSA has published the sixth annual report on progress towards implementation of the UK Multi-Annual National Control Plan, which covers progress in 2012.

  • Research call: Microbial evaluation of Mechanically Separated Meat (MSM) from poultry and pork

    Monday 16 December 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to carry out a microbial evaluation of poultry and pork Mechanically Separated Meat (MSM) compared with fresh cuts of meat, meat preparations and minced meat products.

  • Smoke flavouring legislation published

    Friday 13 December 2013

    Legislation controlling the use of smoke flavourings has been published and will apply from 1 January 2014. Food manufacturers will need to comply with the new rules from 1 January 2015.

  • Cocaine found in bottle of Caribbean soft drink

    Thursday 12 December 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is warning the public about a soft drink that has been found to contain high levels of cocaine. The product has been linked to the death of one person in Southampton and is the subject of an ongoing investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.

  • FSA statement on the Elliott Review interim report

    Thursday 12 December 2013

    The independent review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks is being led by Professor Chris Elliott.

  • Make Christmas go further

    Wednesday 11 December 2013

    This Christmas, the Food Standards Agency is encouraging consumers to 'Make Christmas go further' by storing and using leftovers safely, as well as checking 'use by' dates. Looking after your leftovers is one of our top tips to help prevent food poisoning.

  • European Food Safety Authority issues opinion on aspartame

    Tuesday 10 December 2013

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has today published its opinion on aspartame, following completion of a full risk assessment. EFSA has concluded that 'aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure'.

  • Cleveland Meat Company prosecution

    Thursday 5 December 2013

    The FSA has welcomed the successful prosecution of the Cleveland Meat Company Ltd for breaches of food safety regulations. The company has been ordered to pay more than £27,000 in fines and prosecution costs after being found guilty on 12 charges. It entered a guilty plea on a 13th charge during the course of the hearing.

  • Views wanted on a refined oil

    Thursday 5 December 2013

    The Food Standards Agency's independent expert Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes has considered an application from a US company for approval to market a refined oil as a novel food ingredient. Views are wanted on the committee’s draft opinion that this novel food ingredient should be approved for use. The oil is from a plant known as Buglossoides arvensis.

  • COT position paper on aspartame study published

    Wednesday 4 December 2013

    The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer products and the Environment (COT) has peer reviewed a double blind randomised crossover study of aspartame, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). COT is a committee of independent experts that provides advice to the FSA and other parts of government.

  • Views wanted on chia seeds

    Tuesday 3 December 2013

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

  • Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity

    Tuesday 3 December 2013

    The FSA has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. Another caterer producing product lines free of the colours has been added to the list.

  • Recipe for a great meal out this Christmas

    Monday 2 December 2013

    This Christmas the FSA is encouraging consumers to include the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) as one of the ingredients for a great meal out.

  • FSA publishes 2014 priorities on science and evidence

    Friday 29 November 2013

    The FSA has published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2014. The plan outlines priority science and evidence activities for the coming year, including potential areas for research funding and workshops that will help develop the FSA’s evidence base. In addition, this year we have included some other ideas that are in development.

  • Food hygiene is getting easier to spot in Wales

    Thursday 28 November 2013

    From today a new law - the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013, introduced by the Welsh Government - will mean that businesses in Wales that serve or sell food will in future be required to display their food hygiene rating at their premises.

  • Social science research supplier workshops

    Thursday 28 November 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is running a series of workshops for suppliers that are interested in working (usually as sub-contractors) with FSA contractors to deliver the FSA’s social science research. These workshops are designed to help improve the FSA’s commissioning of social science research in 2014 and beyond.

  • Research call: Understanding the Challenges of the Food System

    Wednesday 27 November 2013

    The FSA and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), under the multi-agency Global Food Security programme, are inviting research proposals for projects related to understanding the challenges of the food system. Joint funding of up to £1.87m at 100% full economic costing is available for four to six projects.

  • Livestock-associated MRSA found at a farm in East Anglia

    Tuesday 26 November 2013

    Today it has been announced that livestock-associated meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in poultry has been found on a farm in East Anglia.

  • Meat research call: effectiveness of surface treatment in reducing microbiological contamination

    Friday 15 November 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to carry out research on the effectiveness of surface treatment in reducing microbiological contamination of meat. This project only applies to meat intended for the production of raw or lightly cooked food.

  • FSA updates warning on OxyElite Pro

    Monday 11 November 2013

    The FSA is warning people not to consume a food supplement product called VERSA-1. This is in addition to the previous FSA advice not to consume another supplement called OxyElite Pro.

  • How does your business find out about food regulation?

    Monday 11 November 2013

    The FSA wants to know how you and other UK food businesses find out about food regulation. We will use your feedback to improve our guidance and how we keep you up to date. You are invited to complete a short survey.

  • FSA Board meeting now available online

    Friday 8 November 2013

    Last Tuesday'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.

  • Horse DNA detected in canned beef from Romania

    Thursday 31 October 2013

    The FSA has been informed that a batch of canned sliced beef that was found to contain horse DNA has been withdrawn from sale. Horse meat is not identified in the ingredients list and therefore it should not have been present in the product.

  • Food Allergen Management Workshop

    Wednesday 30 October 2013

    The Food Standards Agency and Zero2Five Food Industry Centre are holding a Food Allergen Management Workshop at Cardiff Metropolitan University on Thursday 21 November 2pm - 4pm. The workshops are intended for food business operators, such as food manufactures, food processors and caterers

  • Open meeting of Scottish Food Advisory Committee on 29 October 2013

    Friday 25 October 2013

    The Scottish Food Advisory Committee of the Food Standards Agency is holding an open meeting in Aberdeen on Tuesday 29 October 2013.

  • FSA Board meeting papers published

    Friday 25 October 2013

    The agenda and papers for next month's open Board meeting have been published. The meeting will be held in London on Tuesday 5 November 2013. It will begin at 1pm and will be chaired by FSA Chair Tim Bennett. You can attend in person or watch it live online.

  • Radioactivity report published

    Tuesday 22 October 2013

    The FSA has published the 11th annual Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) report, which shows that the level of man-made radioactivity to which people in the UK are exposed remained below the European Union (EU) legal limit during 2012.

  • ACAF open meeting 9 October 2013

    Tuesday 22 October 2013

    Stakeholders were given the opportunity to see the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs at work and to ask questions at their open meeting in Aviation House, London on 9 October 2013.

  • New regulations on contaminants, food additives, flavourings, enzymes and extraction solvents

    Tuesday 22 October 2013

    New regulations on contaminants in food, and on food additives, flavourings, enzymes and extraction solvents, will come into force on 31 October 2013 in England. Parallel legislation will be established in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • Help prevent another DNP death

    Monday 21 October 2013

    Following the recent deaths of young people after they have taken the ‘fat burning’ substance 2,4-dinitrophenol, known as DNP, the Food Standards Agency is urgently warning the public not to take any tablets or powders containing this ingredient.

  • WFAC open meeting invite

    Monday 21 October 2013

    The Welsh Food Advisory Committee of the Food Standards Agency is holding its next open meeting in Llandudno on Thursday 31 October 2013.

  • FSA issues OxyElite Pro warning

    Friday 18 October 2013

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning people not to consume a food supplement product called OxyElite Pro, after it was linked to a number of cases of hepatitis in the US.

  • Regulation 882/2004: we want your views

    Thursday 17 October 2013

    The FSA has launched a consultation on European Commission proposals to replace EU regulation 882/2004 on official controls for feed and food law, which sets out how businesses’ compliance with the law should be monitored and enforced. We want your views to help inform the UK Government response.

  • FSA funding for first-time UKFSS users

    Tuesday 15 October 2013

    The FSA is committed to the widespread use of the UK Food Surveillance System (UKFSS) database. To support its rollout to new users, we are now providing funding and support to local authorities to adopt UKFSS.

  • Board members being recruited

    Monday 14 October 2013

    The FSA is seeking to recruit up to four Board members who can demonstrate achievement in a Board-level leadership role, a proven ability in strategic planning and in evaluating risk.

  • Discussion on future EU food regulations

    Friday 11 October 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has joined with the Lithuanian Embassy in the UK to host the Lithuanian EU Presidency event to discuss how future European food business regulation might look.

  • Green light for reform of pig inspections

    Wednesday 9 October 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has welcomed the European Parliament’s endorsement of European Union proposals to change the regulations governing official controls in pig slaughterhouses.

  • Call for tender: emergency exercise contractor

    Tuesday 8 October 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders for an emergency exercise contractor to deliver an incident response capability and emergency exercise programme.

  • FSA publishes further beef product test results

    Monday 7 October 2013

    The FSA has published the second quarterly report industry results from the testing of beef products for horse meat or horse DNA. No results found horse meat/DNA at or above the 1% reporting threshold. The report includes 9,588 new results, of which 7,402 were submitted by ABP Food Group.

  • Evidence gathering for determining Scotch beef authenticity by stable isotope ratio analysis

    Monday 7 October 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is issuing a research call for a beef-analysis project aimed at improving the geographical indexing of beef by extending the existing isotopic landscape map for the UK.

  • Call for new research on food allergies

    Monday 7 October 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting applications for a new research project to investigate the preferences of people with food allergies and/or intolerances when eating outside of the home.

  • Research call: official meat controls

    Friday 4 October 2013

    The FSA is commissioning new research into official controls on meat. We are seeking a contractor to carry out a study that would provide evidence on what constitutes key food chain information (FCI) data and collection and communication of inspection results (CCIR) data that would support a more risk-based and effective meat inspection system.

  • Invitation to novel food workshop

    Friday 4 October 2013

    The FSA’s Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) is holding an open workshop on novel foods in London on Wednesday 20 November 2013, 1pm-4.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, including members of the public. The closing date for applying to attend is Friday 1 November.

  • Views wanted on novel food ingredient 1-MNA

    Tuesday 1 October 2013

    A Polish company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to market 1-methylnicotinamide chloride (1-MNA) as a novel food ingredient. Views are wanted on the company's application. The deadline for comments is Monday 21 October 2013.

  • Views wanted on D-beta-hydroxybutyrate ester

    Monday 30 September 2013

    A UK company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to market D-beta-hydroxybutyrate ester as a novel food ingredient. Views are wanted on the company's application. The deadline for sending comments is Sunday 20 October 2013.

  • Views wanted on algal oil

    Monday 30 September 2013

    A company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to widen the use of algal oil under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97. Views are wanted on the company’s application. The deadline for sending comments is Sunday 20 October 2013.

  • FSA statement on Salmonella Gold-coast incident

    Friday 27 September 2013

    The Food Standards Agency, with Public Health England and local authorities, is investigating an outbreak of a particular strain of salmonella, called Salmonella Gold-coast, which is known to have caused 18 cases of illness.

  • GACS to hold open meeting

    Thursday 26 September 2013

    The General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS) is issuing an open invitation to its 12th meeting, which will be held in London on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

  • Launch of Chief Scientist report on science and evidence

    Wednesday 25 September 2013

    The FSA has launched the seventh Annual Report of the Chief Scientist. The report provides an overview of how the Agency has used science and evidence during the past year.

  • Research call on official controls on meat

    Monday 23 September 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is commissioning a new piece of research into official controls on meat. We are seeking a contractor to develop a more targeted approach to inspection for Cysticercus bovis.

  • Feed Law Code of Practice: your views wanted

    Thursday 19 September 2013

    The Agency has launched a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on proposed changes to the Feed Law Code of Practice. The consultation runs until 12 December 2013.

  • Good food hygiene is good for business

    Thursday 19 September 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is encouraging food businesses to make the most of their food hygiene rating to help attract customers. A toolkit offering guidance, images, logos and web banners is available.

  • FSA tender into listeria growth and survival

    Wednesday 18 September 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders for research that will help identify how vacuum and modified air packaging will affect the growth and survival of Listeria monocytogenes.

  • Tackling cadmium in crabs

    Wednesday 18 September 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has organised a working group to look at ways to reduce cadmium levels in brown meat from crabs through different processing methods. The group will develop guidance for the crab processing industry to achieve this reduction of levels. The first meeting will take place in October.

  • All change for FSA e-News!

    Monday 16 September 2013

    It’s all change here at FSA e-News, with the launch of a new format newsletter that offers you a better and more informative read.

  • FSA Board meeting available online

    Friday 13 September 2013

    The September 2013 Board meeting is now available in video-on-demand format and as a podcast. The meeting was chaired by Agency interim Chair Tim Bennett. The agenda included discussions on the FSA revised strategic approach to campylobacter reduction and the development of the incident contingency plan.

  • Salmonella outbreak in England and Wales investigated

    Friday 13 September 2013

    An outbreak of an unusual type of salmonella infection, Salmonella Typhimurium, across England and Wales is being investigated by Public Health England, Public Health Wales, the FSA and local authority environmental health officers.

  • E.coli 0157 outbreak: Sainsbury’s recalls watercress

    Thursday 12 September 2013

    Sainsbury’s is recalling all of its bagged watercress and salads containing watercress as a precautionary measure, due to a possible association with an outbreak of E.coli O157 that has made 19* people ill.

  • New research on allergy information

    Thursday 12 September 2013

    Research, published by the FSA, provides insights into the provision of information on food allergens used as ingredients on foods that are not prepacked

  • FSA publishes new plan to tackle campylobacter

    Friday 30 August 2013

    The FSA has today outlined a refreshed strategy to reduce the number of people getting ill from campylobacter. The strategy will be discussed by the FSA Board at its meeting in Aberdeen on Wednesday, 11 September.

  • New advice for food allergic consumers

    Friday 30 August 2013

    Advice for people with food allergies has been updated, prior to new rules on allergen labelling being introduced.

  • EFSA launches consultation on process to access expert knowledge

    Friday 23 August 2013

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on draft guidance on a process that would be used to access specialist knowledge, when empirical information is not available. The knowledge would be used by EFSA for food and animal feed risk assessments.

  • FSA letter explains rare steaks are safe to eat

    Wednesday 21 August 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has written a letter to Charles Campion explaining that rare steaks are safe to eat, following his article in today's Daily Mail that incorrectly stated that the FSA has 'issued "guidance" that meat in restaurants should be cooked until no pink remains.'

  • FSA action over DNP 'fat burner substances'

    Wednesday 21 August 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is aware that 2,4-Dinitrophenol, known as DNP, is still available and being used by some people within the body building community and by those trying to lose weight.

  • Agency invites tenders for research on source attribution of listeriosis

    Friday 16 August 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders for research that will help identify the key sources of listeria and help with the FSA’s Listeria Risk Management Programme to reduce the risk of listeria to humans.

  • Food and village halls guidance published

    Wednesday 31 July 2013

    Guidance on the provision of food in a village hall, or other community setting, has been published. The guidance, which is aimed at community and charity groups and local authorities in England, should help clarify which food operations carried out in these venues require registration.

  • Shellfish poisoning outbreak

    Thursday 25 July 2013

    Following detection by the FSA of unusually high levels of toxins, various shellfish harvesting sites in Scotland have been closed. These toxins, which occur naturally, especially during the summer months, can cause acute food poisoning.

  • Call for fresh produce research

    Thursday 25 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders for research that will improve our understanding of the interactions between pathogens and fresh produce. The research should also help identify the controls that will improve microbiological safety of ready-to-eat fruit and vegetables.

  • EFSA launches BPA consultation

    Thursday 25 July 2013

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has today started the first part of a two-stage public consultation on its draft opinion on the possible risks to public health from bisphenol A (BPA).

  • FSA e-News July issue now online

    Tuesday 23 July 2013

    The July issue of the Agency’s monthly newsletter has been published and is available online. This issue highlights the Board’s response to the horse meat review and the action plan which has been put in place to implement the report recommendations.

  • Animal health and welfare and food safety report published

    Monday 22 July 2013

    The UK Government has published the first set of reports under the European Union Balance of Competences Review. These reports aim to deepen public understanding of the UK’s relationship with the EU.

  • Annual Report and Accounts 2012/13 published

    Friday 19 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has published its Annual Report and Accounts 2012/13.

  • Businesses targeted by bogus emails

    Friday 19 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is warning potential food importers, and potential exporters to the UK, to be on their guard following recent reports of bogus emails from someone claiming to be the FSA Director of Legal Services.

  • Horse DNA detected in meat pie from Latvia

    Friday 19 July 2013

    The FSA has been informed that a frozen meat pie product that was found to contain horse DNA has been withdrawn from sale. Horse meat is not identified in the ingredients list and therefore it should not have been present in the product.

  • Applications open for food safety fellowships

    Friday 19 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has joined forces with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to fund two early-career fellowships in food safety.

  • FSA seeks information on cost of proposed stricter criteria for listeria

    Wednesday 17 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is asking businesses to provide information and data on the impact of proposed new guidance. The Agency wants to know the costs and benefits of guidance for stricter criteria for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat (RTE) food supplied to hospitals, nursing homes and similar healthcare settings. Responses to the questionnaire should be received by Friday 23 August 2013.

  • Public attitudes tracker results published

    Wednesday 17 July 2013

    The latest results from the Agency’s Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker for May 2013 have been published.

  • Red Tape Challenge: Animal Feed legislation

    Wednesday 17 July 2013

    Comments are sought on animal feed legislation, which is now being considered under the Government’s Red Tape Challenge (RTC).

  • FSA Board meeting now available online

    Sunday 14 July 2013

    The July 2013 Board meeting is now available in video-on-demand format and as a podcast. The meeting was chaired by Agency Chair Jeff Rooker. The agenda included discussion on the FSA response to the external review of the horse meat incident and the annual reports of the FSA Chief Scientist and the general Advisory Committee on Science.

  • Research needed on providing safe food to vulnerable people in hospitals

    Friday 12 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is commissioning work to develop guidance that focuses on best practice in relation to providing food to vulnerable patients.

  • FSA action plan issued following Troop report

    Friday 12 July 2013

    On Friday 5 July, the FSA published Professor Pat Troop’s final report into the Agency’s response to the adulteration of processed beef products with horse and pork meat and DNA. The report included recommendations in four key areas for future action.

  • Latest research published by the FSA

    Friday 12 July 2013

    The Agency has produced a summary of its research published in April to June 2013. Several areas of research were covered, including consumer attitudes towards the decontamination of meat and the use of freezing to reduce campylobacter in chicken livers. A full report for each area of research can be found via the links at the bottom of the page.

  • Research published: domestic kitchen practices

    Thursday 11 July 2013

    The FSA has today published the findings of its research into domestic kitchen practices. The findings of the study, called Kitchen Life, offers for the first time detailed insights into what people actually do and why in UK kitchens, and will help to develop our thinking about how to reduce the burden of foodborne disease.

  • Factsheets for trading standards officers published

    Thursday 11 July 2013

    Trading standards officers throughout the country can now download eight FSA factsheets containing basic advice on how enforcement officers and the FSA can work together to achieve shared food-safety goals.

  • Research shows more businesses displaying top food hygiene ratings

    Wednesday 10 July 2013

    New research shows the number of food businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland displaying Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) stickers and certificates has increased significantly for those with the top two ratings. For those with the bottom ratings of 0 to 2, the number displaying these remains low. The research, which involved an audit and telephone survey, was commissioned by the FSA.

  • Updated list of catering companies with products free from six colours published

    Monday 8 July 2013

    At the FSA’s January 2012 Board meeting, it was recognised that the food and drink industry, especially the major retailers, had made significant progress in removing from their products the six colours with a possible link to hyperactivity in children. This followed the FSA-funded study by Southampton University. It was less clear what moves had been made in the catering and food service sector.

  • Horse meat: final report on FSA response

    Friday 5 July 2013

    Professor Pat Troop has completed her independent review of the Food Standards Agency’s response to the adulteration of processed beef products with horse and pork meat and DNA. The final report has been published today.

  • Update on products free of colours associated with hyperactivity

    Friday 5 July 2013

    The Agency has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. Another manufacturer producing product lines free of the colours has been added to the list.

  • Guide for sandwich bars published

    Friday 5 July 2013

    A new industry guide to good hygiene practice for sandwich bars and similar food service outlets is available to order from The Stationery Office (TSO). Produced by industry, on behalf of the sandwich catering sector, the guide aims to help processors to comply with food safety and hygiene law. The guide is recognised by the Food Standards Agency.

  • Reminder about eating curry leaves

    Wednesday 3 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is reminding those who eat or use fresh curry leaves in their dishes, to ensure that the leaves are washed thoroughly before use. Cooking provides further assurance that these leaves are safe to eat.

  • FSA statement on TB risk from meat

    Monday 1 July 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is highlighting its meat inspection process following reports in the media about TB risks from meat.

  • FSA Annual Report of Incidents published

    Friday 28 June 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has today published its latest Annual Report of Food Incidents. The report highlights the wide range of incidents managed by the Food Standards Agency during 2012.

  • EFSA calls for change to meat inspections

    Thursday 27 June 2013

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has made a number of recommendations for improving meat inspection procedures to better protect consumers, and animal health and welfare. The recommendations were published today as part of a set of scientific opinions on inspection of ruminants, farmed game and domestic solipeds, such as horses.

  • Multi Annual National Control Plan published

    Thursday 27 June 2013

    The FSA, in collaboration with the four agriculture/rural affairs departments, has produced a new Multi Annual National Control Plan for the UK. The plan details the roles and responsibilities of the different authorities and organisations involved in safeguarding public, animal and plant health, to protect consumers and to promote animal welfare. It covers the period April 2013 to March 2015.

  • New ACAF appointments

    Wednesday 26 June 2013

    Jeff Rooker, Chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), today announced on behalf of the FSA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and devolved administrations the appointment of Mrs Stephanie Young, Dr Wendy Harwood and Dr Timothy Riley and the re-appointment of Professor Stephen Forsythe as members of the independent Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF).

  • Views wanted on a refined oil

    Tuesday 25 June 2013

    A US company has applied to the Food Standards Agency for approval to market a refined oil as a novel food ingredient in a range of foods. The oil is from a plant known as Buglossoides arvensis.

  • Food Law Code of Practice: views wanted

    Monday 24 June 2013

    The Agency has launched a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on proposed changes to the Food Law Code of Practice. The consultation runs until 17 September 2013.

  • FSA e-News June issue out now

    Friday 21 June 2013

    This issue looks at the exciting activities that filled Food Safety Week 2013. It also gives us a taster of the Troop report, due at the end of the month, and covers the latest news in the Agency.

  • Views wanted on chia oil

    Wednesday 19 June 2013

    A Chilean company has applied to the FSA to market chia oil as a novel food ingredient and views are wanted on the FSA's independent advisory committee draft opinion. This is the first application for the use of chia oil, but the advisory committee has previously considered two applications for the authorisation of chia seeds, which are the source of chia oil, in a number of food categories.

  • Views wanted on phytosterol esters

    Wednesday 19 June 2013

    A company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to market phytosterol esters as a novel food ingredient, and views are wanted on the application. Phytosterol esters are used by the food industry for their cholesterol-lowering properties. Free phytosterols are naturally present at low levels in vegetable oils and in food derived from such oils.

  • More results of beef product testing published

    Thursday 13 June 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is today confirming it has received a further 19,050 industry results from testing beef products for horse DNA. The Agency has also published the full report of the local authority testing programme. The new results show that three beef products contained horse DNA at or above the 1% threshold. None tested positive for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone (bute).

  • Research call: campylobacter

    Monday 10 June 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to sequence the whole genome for campylobacter isolates archived from the Infectious Intestinal Disease 1(IID1 1993-1996) and Infectious Intestinal Disease 2 (IID2 2008-2009) studies.

  • Are you ready to cook safely?

    Monday 10 June 2013

    Today marks the start of Food Safety Week 2013 (10-16 June) and this year we want to know: ‘Are you ready to cook safely?’

  • Views wanted on chia seeds

    Friday 7 June 2013

    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 experts' draft opinion. A novel food is a food or food ingredient that does not have a significant history of consumption within the EU before 15 May 1997.

  • The FSA has published an update of BSE control breaches

    Thursday 6 June 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has investigated three incidents in which meat from cattle over 72 months of age has entered the food chain without the animals being tested for BSE.

  • Board meeting available online

    Thursday 6 June 2013

    The Board meeting held on 4 June is now available as a video-on-demand and as a podcast. The meeting was chaired by Agency Chair Jeff Rooker. The agenda included discussion on radioactivity in food monitoring; food authenticity; halal food; and GM-free labelling of food. The Board also received an update from Professor Pat Troop, external reviewer of the FSA's response to the horse meat incident.

  • Horse meat review - key findings

    Tuesday 4 June 2013

    At the Food Standards Agency open Board meeting of 4 June, Professor Pat Troop presented the key findings of her review of the Agency’s handling of the adulteration of processed beef products with horse and pig meat and DNA. The final report will be published at the end of this month.

  • Whitefish processors industry guide published

    Friday 31 May 2013

    A new industry guide to good hygiene practice for whitefish processors is available to order from The Stationery Office (TSO). Produced by the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, on behalf of industry, the guide aims to help processors to comply with food safety and hygiene law. The guide is recognised by the Food Standards Agency.

  • Board to discuss radioactivity paper

    Friday 24 May 2013

    The Agency recently held a public consultation on proposed changes to the way we monitor for radioactivity in food.

  • FSA Board meeting papers published

    Friday 24 May 2013

    The agenda and papers for the next FSA open Board meeting have been published. The meeting is being held in London on Tuesday 4 June 2013. It will begin at 1pm and will be chaired by Agency Chair Jeff Rooker. You can attend in person or watch it live online.

  • May issue of FSA e-News published

    Friday 24 May 2013

    The upcoming Food Safety Week leads this issue of FSA e-News, which is now available online. We've also covered all the latest developments in the Agency this month.

  • Appointments to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food

    Friday 24 May 2013

    FSA Chair Jeff Rooker has announced the appointment of Dr Gary Barker as well as five reappointments to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF). The ACMSF provides the Agency with independent advice on the microbiological safety of food.

  • FSA welcomes changes to pig inspections

    Thursday 23 May 2013

    European member states have voted for new legislation to modernise the inspection system in pig slaughterhouses.

  • EU votes to ban 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene

    Wednesday 22 May 2013

    It has today been decided by the European Commission and European Union member states that the flavouring substance 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene should be banned.

  • ACAF open meeting 8 May 2013

    Wednesday 22 May 2013

    Stakeholders were given the opportunity to see the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs at work and to ask questions at the committee's open meeting, held in the Grand by Thistle Hotel, Bristol, on 8 May 2013.

  • Appointments to the FSA Board

    Tuesday 21 May 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has announced the appointment of Roland Salmon to its Board and as Chair of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee; the reappointment of Henrietta Campbell to the Board and as Chair of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee for a second term, and the extension of Sue Atkinson’s contract to the end of December 2013.

  • Ground-breaking study into peanut allergy

    Friday 17 May 2013

    Do you have a peanut allergy? You could be part of a ground-breaking clinical study commissioned by the FSA that will identify, for the first time, how sensitivity to peanut is altered by external factors including exercise and stress.

  • Agency commissions ground-breaking peanut study

    Friday 17 May 2013

    An allergy expert at Addenbrooke’s is leading a ground-breaking study which will, for the first time, identify how much peanut will cause an allergic reaction in the UK population and whether exercise or stress make people more likely to react to peanut. In the UK there are about 200-400,000 peanut allergic people and approximately 1 in 50 children have the condition.

  • EFSA call to renew panel membership

    Friday 17 May 2013

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a call to renew the membership of its scientific panel on food additives and nutrient sources added to food (ANS) and scientific panel on food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids (CEF).

  • FSA to co-fund food research

    Thursday 9 May 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is joining up with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to co-fund innovative research on food safety through the TSB’s competition Nutrition for Life – Providing Safe and Healthy Food.

  • Commission proposes revisions to food and feed regulations

    Wednesday 8 May 2013

    The European Commission has published proposals to change the current legislation governing all official controls in the food and agriculture industries. The proposed plans will potentially affect all organisations involved in the production, manufacture, supply and regulation of food, feed, live animals, plants and plant reproductive material.

  • Chair of the Food Standards Agency

    Wednesday 8 May 2013

    The Secretary of State for Health, the Ministers for Health in Scotland and Wales and the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland are looking to appoint a Chair to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

  • Attitudes to treatments surveyed

    Wednesday 1 May 2013

    The risk of food poisoning can be reduced by using slaughterhouse decontamination treatments on raw meat. Consumers have given the FSA their views on which treatments they would find acceptable.

  • April issue of FSA e-News published

    Wednesday 24 April 2013

    The latest issue of FSA e-News, which is now available online, includes news and updates on some of the Agency’s activities over the past month.

  • Final result from UK-wide beef survey confirmed

    Tuesday 23 April 2013

    The FSA has received confirmation of the final result for the remaining sample taken as part of the Agency’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products. The product had been withdrawn from sale following an initial test.

  • Views wanted on chia seeds

    Tuesday 23 April 2013

    Two companies have asked the FSA's expert advisers on novel foods to consider applications for chia seeds to be approved for use in the European Union (EU) under the simplified approval procedure. A novel food is a food or food ingredient that does not have a significant history of consumption within the EU before 15 May 1997.

  • Board meeting available online

    Friday 19 April 2013

    Wednesday's FSA open Board meeting is now available as a video-on-demand and as a podcast. The agenda included discussion on the review of the Agency's operational response to incidents of adulteration of comminuted beef products with horse and pig meat and DNA, and the FSA response to the UK Government's growth duty.

  • FSA adds development tools for enforcement officers

    Thursday 18 April 2013

    The FSA provides help for officers to develop their knowledge through training tools, professional courses and funding for local authority-led work. For officers currently looking at their development plans, the Agency has added two new tools to the Enforcement section of the website.

  • Fifth acrylamide and furan survey published

    Thursday 18 April 2013

    The FSA has published interim results from its fifth and latest study looking at levels of acrylamide, furan and the process contaminants in a range of UK foods.

  • Review into FSA response to horse meat incident

    Wednesday 17 April 2013

    The FSA Board today agreed that a review will be carried out into the Agency’s response to the recent incidents of adulteration of processed beef products with horse and pig meat and DNA.

  • Results of Europe-wide beef product survey published

    Tuesday 16 April 2013

    In February the European Commission asked all member states to carry out a survey of beef products to check for the presence of horse DNA. These results have now been published.

  • Views wanted on algal oils

    Friday 12 April 2013

    A company has applied to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to widen the use of two algal oils under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97. Views are wanted on the draft opinions, which were prepared by the FSA's independent committee of experts, on these novel food ingredients.

  • Very low levels of bute found in Asda 'Smart Price Corned Beef'

    Tuesday 9 April 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has been informed by Asda that very low levels of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone, known as bute, have been found in 340g tins of its Smart Price Corned Beef.

  • Update on Agency’s beef product survey

    Tuesday 9 April 2013

    The FSA has confirmed results for four of the remaining five samples relating to the Agency’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products. All five of the products were withdrawn from sale following receipt of the first test results.

  • ASA rejects complaint against ad campaign

    Wednesday 3 April 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has welcomed the decision by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to dismiss a complaint against a food hygiene advertising campaign. The campaign was aimed at getting consumers to check hygiene standards before choosing where to eat out.

  • FSA publishes Food and You 2012 survey results

    Tuesday 26 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has published the second wave of its biennial survey exploring the public’s attitudes and reported behaviour on food safety issues.

  • Updated results of FSA UK-wide survey of beef products

    Tuesday 26 March 2013

    Further test results from the first two phases of the FSA’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products have now been confirmed. The results show 352 out of 362* samples were negative for the presence of both horse and pig DNA.

  • Agency welcomes new allergy project

    Monday 25 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is supporting an international study into food allergy which has just launched.

  • Hungarian horse meat labelled as beef

    Friday 22 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has been informed by Lancashire County Council that it has identified 100kg of horse meat imported from Hungary labelled as beef.

  • Burger company withdraws products

    Friday 22 March 2013

    Testing carried out by Powys County Council, as requested by the FSA, has shown that three samples of beef burger products made by catering supplier, The Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC), have tested positive for at least 1% horse meat.*

  • March issue of FSA e-News published today

    Thursday 21 March 2013

    The latest issue of FSA e-News, which is now available online, includes news and updates on some of the Agency’s activities over the past month.

  • Hygiene rating schemes: evaluation findings

    Wednesday 20 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is today publishing early findings from an ongoing evaluation of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS).

  • HPA publishes Cryptosporidium investigation findings

    Tuesday 19 March 2013

    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) today published findings of an investigation into an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection that affected around 300 people in England and Scotland in May 2012.

  • Cutting plant suspension lifted

    Monday 18 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has granted conditional approval to the Aberystwyth meat plant that had its approval suspended during the horse meat investigations.*

  • Views wanted on a novel food supplement

    Monday 18 March 2013

    A Japanese company has applied to the Food Standards Agency for approval to market a strain of the bacterium Clostridium butyricum as a novel food ingredient for use in food supplements. Views are wanted on the draft opinion prepared by the FSA's independent committee of experts.

  • Agency warning on lead in Pascalite powder

    Friday 15 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is today issuing a warning about the levels of lead in Pascalite powder in batches from Pascalite Inc, which may be bought on the internet.

  • Latest research published by the FSA

    Tuesday 12 March 2013

    The Agency has produced a summary of its research published in February and March 2013. The eight areas of research include an evaluation into reducing the shedding of E.coli in cattle in the UK, the safety of sous vide foods and new approaches for managing foodborne disease outbreaks.

  • GACS open meeting

    Monday 11 March 2013

    The General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS) is issuing an open invitation to its 11th meeting, which will be held in London on Thursday 21 March 2013.

  • Research call for poultry assessment

    Monday 11 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is putting out a research call to provide a better understanding of public health risks associated with partially eviscerated (effilé) poultry production.

  • Update on progress of FSA beef product surveys

    Friday 8 March 2013

    Sampling of the first and second phases of the Food Standards Agency's UK-wide survey of beef products has been completed and the initial test results published today. The results show that 212 of the 224 samples taken in phase one are negative for both horse and pig DNA at or above the 1% threshold.

  • Slaughterhouse suspension lifted

    Friday 8 March 2013

    On February 12, the FSA announced that it had suspended operations at Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse, Todmorden, West Yorkshire as part of its ongoing investigation into the mislabelling of meat products.

  • No particles found in Dalgety Bay seafood

    Friday 8 March 2013

    No radioactive particles have been detected in winkles, mussels and cockles from Dalgety Bay since sampling started in February 2012.

  • Board meeting available online

    Thursday 7 March 2013

    Tuesday's Agency open Board meeting is now available as a video-on-demand and as a podcast. The agenda included discussion on the horse meat incident, the Review of Delivery of Official Controls and the Balance of Competence Review.

  • Check before you choose, on Mother's Day

    Wednesday 6 March 2013

    Treating your mum to a meal out this Mother’s Day (Sunday 10 March)? Make sure you show her you care by checking the food hygiene rating, as well as the menu, before you make a booking.

  • Royal assent for Wales hygiene ratings law

    Tuesday 5 March 2013

    A new Welsh law to drive up hygiene standards in Wales' food businesses has been granted Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen.

  • FSA notified of BSE control breaches

    Tuesday 5 March 2013

    The FSA has been notified of a series of BSE control breaches that took place last year. The risk to human health is very low as it is very unlikely that any of the animals would have been infected.

  • Agency invites tenders for E.coli shedding

    Tuesday 5 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to improve the understanding of the factors which lead to E.coli O157 shedding by cattle and intervention strategies for on-farm control.

  • Agency invites tenders for study on shellfish

    Monday 4 March 2013

    The Food Standards Agency in Scotland is putting out a research call to review the current evidence for the use of indicator shellfish species. This will be for biotoxin and chemical contaminants monitoring in Scottish shellfish production areas.

  • Consultation on new food body for Scotland

    Friday 1 March 2013

    The Scottish Government has launched a 12-week consultation seeking views on the roles, responsibilities and functions of the new food safety body that is to be established in Scotland to replace the Food Standards Agency.

  • Third FSA update on testing of beef products for horse DNA

    Friday 1 March 2013

    The FSA has received the third set of test results from the food industry, which has been checking for the presence of horse DNA in products that are labelled as beef.

  • Update on EU sampling programme

    Thursday 28 February 2013

    The FSA is today publishing further details of the European Union sampling programme that was agreed by member states and announced by the FSA last week.

  • Research call: Trichinella in UK wildlife

    Thursday 28 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to gather and assess data on Trichinella in UK wildlife, to support the UK case for risk-based monitoring of pigs at slaughter.

  • Call for new research on E.coli in cattle

    Tuesday 26 February 2013

    A report, published today by the FSA in Scotland, has recommended that the use of livestock feed additives and cattle vaccines should be investigated for the control of E.coli O157 on UK farms

  • FSA update on testing of beef products for horse DNA

    Friday 22 February 2013

    The FSA has received the second set of test results from the food industry, which has been checking for the presence of horse DNA in products that are labelled as beef.

  • Open meeting of Scottish Food Advisory Committee

    Friday 22 February 2013

    The Scottish Food Advisory Committee of the Food Standards Agency is holding an open meeting in Aberdeen on Tuesday 26 February 2013.

  • FSA Board meeting papers published

    Friday 22 February 2013

    The agenda and papers for this month's open Board meeting have been published. The meeting is being held in London on 5 March 2013. It will begin at 1pm and will be chaired by Agency Chair Jeff Rooker. You can attend in person or watch it live online.

  • Scotland: frozen beef burger contains horse DNA

    Thursday 21 February 2013

    FSA is aware that North Lanarkshire Council has reported a positive result for horse DNA in a frozen beef burger that they submitted for sampling. Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the burger.

  • NI cold store tests find horse meat

    Tuesday 19 February 2013

    As part of its ongoing investigation into mislabelled meat, the FSA has tested a quantity of frozen meat currently detained in a cold store on the premises of a company called Freeza Meats* in Northern Ireland, which is potentially linked to the Silvercrest factory in the Republic of Ireland.

  • FSA meat testing survey expanded

    Tuesday 19 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has expanded its UK-wide survey of food authenticity in processed meat products being carried out through local authorities.

  • FSA publishes industry test results on beef products

    Friday 15 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is today publishing the first set of industry results from beef products that have been tested for the presence of horse DNA.

  • Update on police investigations into horse meat

    Friday 15 February 2013

    Further to the arrests made yesterday in Wales and West Yorkshire in relation to suspected fraud, there have been seizures of evidence in Hull and London.

  • New appointments to the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes

    Friday 15 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).

  • Arrests made at meat plants

    Thursday 14 February 2013

    Dyfed-Powys Police have today made arrests at both meat plants inspected by the Food Standards Agency on Tuesday.

  • Rangeland Foods withdraws burgers due to horse meat

    Thursday 14 February 2013

    Catering supplier Rangelands Foods in the Republic of Ireland today told the Food Safety Authority of Ireland that some of its burger products contain significant levels of horse meat.

  • Latest bute test results on horse carcasses

    Thursday 14 February 2013

    The Agency's most recent tests on the presence of phenylbutazone (bute) in horses slaughtered in the UK checked 206 horse carcasses between 30 January 2013 and 7 February 2013. Of these, eight tested positive for the drug.

  • February issue of FSA e-News published

    Thursday 14 February 2013

    The latest issue of FSA e-News has been published and is available online. The newsletter includes news and updates on some of the Agency’s activities over the past month

  • FSA raids meat plant involved in alleged supply of horse meat

    Tuesday 12 February 2013

    As part of its ongoing investigation into the mislabelling of meat products, the FSA and police today entered two meat premises, one in West Yorkshire and the other in West Wales.

  • Tesco finds horse meat in some Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese

    Monday 11 February 2013

    Tesco has this evening announced that it has found horse meat in some Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese.

  • FSA statement on horse testing

    Monday 11 February 2013

    Following tonight's announcement by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson, the Food Standards Agency has announced that it has begun a system of 'positive release' for horses slaughtered in the UK. This means that horse carcasses will require a negative phenylbutazone (bute) test before they are allowed to enter the food chain.

  • FSA issues advice to public institutions on meat products

    Sunday 10 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is issuing interim advice to public institutions, such as schools and hospitals, caterers, and consumers purchasing from caterers, in the light of the developing horse meat issue.

  • FSA statement from meeting on contaminated meat

    Saturday 9 February 2013

    Following today's meeting between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Food Standards Agency, and representatives from the food industry regarding the ongoing contaminated meat incident, it has been agreed that the industry will deliver meaningful results from its testing programme by Friday 15 February.

  • Aldi withdraws beef products due to horse meat

    Friday 8 February 2013

    Aldi has withdrawn two beef products tonight after its tests found horse meat in samples; the Food Standards Agency has issued advice to other retailers or producers that have sourced beef products from the French company Comigel.

  • FSA statement on horse meat investigation

    Friday 8 February 2013

    The FSA has, this morning, issued a further statement about the horse meat issue.

  • Update on FSA and industry testing programme

    Thursday 7 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has announced it is demanding a more comprehensive meat testing programme from food businesses.

  • Findus beef lasagne products found with horse meat

    Thursday 7 February 2013

    As part of its ongoing investigation into mislabelled meat, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed that the meat content of beef lasagne products recalled by Findus has tested positive for more than 60% horse meat.

  • Meat testing protocol published by FSA

    Wednesday 6 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has published the protocol for the UK-wide survey of food authenticity in processed meat products. This has been drawn up in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the devolved rural affairs departments and local authorities.

  • Bite magazine: the European issue

    Wednesday 6 February 2013

    The UK’s relationship with the European Union continues to hit the headlines, highlighting the debate under way on whether the EU works in the interest of its citizens. As a contribution to the discussion, the latest issue of the FSA’s Bite magazine examines the UK’s interaction with Brussels in the area of food safety.

  • FSA and industry agree to publish testing programme

    Monday 4 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has agreed with the food industry to publish the results of industry testing of meat products, to provide a clearer picture of standards in the food chain. The results will also be made publicly available.

  • New members sought for advisory committee

    Monday 4 February 2013

    The FSA is looking for people with expert knowledge or experience in novel biotechnology and enforcement issues, and someone with committee experience.

  • FSA issues statement following Ministry of Justice announcement about non Halal meat

    Friday 1 February 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has been informed that a number of meat pies and pasties supplied to prisons in England and Wales were labelled and served as Halal but contained traces of pork DNA. The local authority is investigating how this contamination came about and whether these products have been distributed further across the UK.

  • Reminder for those with food allergies

    Thursday 31 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is urging people with food allergies to always check the ingredients when eating out. This advice follows recent cases of severe and fatal allergic reactions.

  • Agency publishes 2013 priorities on science and evidence

    Thursday 31 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2013. The plan outlines priority science and evidence activities for the coming year, including potential areas for research funding and workshops that will help develop the Agency’s evidence base.

  • ACAF open meeting 16 January 2013

    Wednesday 30 January 2013

    Stakeholders were given the opportunity to see the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs at work and to ask questions at their open meeting in Aviation House, London on 16 January 2013.

  • Views wanted on sporopollenin shells

    Monday 28 January 2013

    A UK company has applied to the Food Standards Agency for approval to market sporopollenin shells from a type of plant known as clubmoss Lycopodium clavatum, as a novel food ingredient.

  • Views wanted on a refined oil

    Monday 28 January 2013

    A US company has asked the FSA's expert advisers on novel foods to consider its application for a refined oil to be approved for use in the European Union under the simplified approval procedure. The oil is from a plant known as Buglossoides arvensis. A novel food is a food or food ingredient that does not have a significant history of consumption within the European Union (EU) before 15 May 1997.

  • Third update on investigation into horse and pig DNA in beef products

    Friday 25 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today received the results of tests conducted on samples taken from the Dalepak plant by North Yorkshire Trading Standards.

  • Bute in horse meat update

    Thursday 24 January 2013

    The Agency has updated its statement on bute in horse meat. In 2012, the FSA identified nine* cases where horses tested positive for bute. Seven were exported for the food chain.

  • FSA issues statement on bute in horse meat

    Thursday 24 January 2013

    The Agency has issued a statement on bute in horse meat. Horses that have been treated with the drug phenylbutazone or 'bute' are not allowed to enter the food chain.

  • Keeping norovirus at bay this winter

    Thursday 24 January 2013

    During the current norovirus outbreak, the FSA is reminding people what they can do when preparing food to minimise the likelihood of food contamination. Tackling foodborne norovirus is one of the priorities for the Agency, as part of its Foodborne Disease Strategy.

  • FSA to prosecute in raw drinking milk case

    Wednesday 23 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency has confirmed its intention to prosecute Selfridges Retail Limited and the farmer who supplied the company with raw cow milk for sale, Stephen Hook, for breaches of food hygiene regulations.

  • Board meeting available online

    Wednesday 23 January 2013

    Yesterday's Agency open Board meeting is now available as a video-on-demand and as a podcast. The agenda included discussion on the Annual Report from the Succession and Development Committee, the Annual Food Safety Report, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Report, and the Food Information to Consumers Regulation.

  • FSA tender for 2014 Commonwealth Games emergency exercise

    Monday 21 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders for a Commonwealth Games emergency exercise contractor to develop and deliver, by the end of January 2014, a simulation exercise based around a food incident occurring during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The exercise will involve the relevant games-hosting local authorities and other participating organisations.

  • Action taken against animal abuse in slaughterhouse

    Saturday 19 January 2013

    The FSA has been made aware of footage filmed by Hillside Animal Sanctuary and put on You Tube which showed animal welfare offences carried out by slaughtermen in a UK abattoir, High Peak Meat Exports.

  • Second update on investigation into horse and pig DNA in beef products

    Friday 18 January 2013

    The retailers and UK processor that were named in the investigation by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) into horse and pig DNA in beef products have provided additional information to the Food Standards Agency.

  • What do you think of our website?

    Thursday 17 January 2013

    We are carrying out a survey to find out how useful you find this website and would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete it.

  • Update on investigation into horse and pig DNA in beef products

    Wednesday 16 January 2013

    As the next step in the investigation into the results of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland survey of beef products, the Food Standards Agency has met this afternoon with representatives from the food industry (producers, processors and retailers) from all parts of the UK.

  • FSA investigation into horse DNA found in some burgers

    Wednesday 16 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is investigating urgently how a number of beef products on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland came to contain some traces of horse and pig DNA.

  • FSA notified of two breaches of BSE testing regulations

    Monday 14 January 2013

    There have been two separate incidents in which cattle aged over 72 months entered the food chain without being tested for BSE. The incidents involved a total of three animals.

  • Latest FSA e-News published today

    Friday 11 January 2013

    The latest issue of FSA e-News has been published and is available online. The bumper newsletter includes news and updates on some of the Agency’s activities, spanning December 2012 and January this year.

  • Consumer attitudes to GM labelling

    Wednesday 9 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency is today publishing the findings of research looking at consumer attitudes to the labelling of genetically modified (GM) food and the use of 'GM-free' labelling.

  • Capability Review published

    Tuesday 8 January 2013

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently carried out a Capability Review, part of a process that is designed to lead to a Civil Service that is better at delivering public services.

  • Latest research published by the FSA

    Friday 4 January 2013

    The Agency has produced a summary of its research published in November and December 2012. It includes an evaluation of cross-contamination guidance and a review of decision-making for authorised officers in local authorities.

  • Jeff Rooker to step down as Food Standards Agency Chair in 2013

    Wednesday 12 December 2012

    The Food Standards Agency Chair, Jeff Rooker, has confirmed that he will step down from his post in July 2013, at the end of his four year contract.