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  • 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.