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UK – FSA – The 2015 Chicken Challenge

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We pledge to do our bit to cut campylobacter food poisoning in half….see the web page!

UK – FSA – FHRS Evaluation Findings Published

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The final two research reports, in a series commissioned by the FSA to evaluate the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) in Scotland, are being published today.

The evaluation was commissioned with the Policy Studies Institute in 2011 and ran until mid-2014.  It explored the impact of the FHRS and the FHIS on local authorities, consumers, businesses, food hygiene compliance and the incidence of foodborne disease. The evaluation and other research findings have been discussed by the FSA Board today.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland businesses are rated from 0 – 5, with 0 being the lowest rating and 5 being the highest. Businesses rated with a 3 or above are considered to be generally satisfactory or better. The FSA recommends consumers choose to eat in these ‘compliant’ establishments.

These final reports provide evidence that the FHRS had a positive impact on business compliance levels. These showed that there was a significant increase in ‘broad compliance’ (equivalent to ratings of 3 to 5) in the first year, and a significant increase in ‘full compliance’ (rating of 5) in the second year in local authority areas after the FHRS was introduced, compared with areas where the scheme was not yet operating.  There was also a significant decrease in the proportion of businesses with very poor levels of compliance in the first two years after launch.

For Scotland, although the general pattern was the same for FHIS, the changes in compliance levels were not statistically significant.

The reports also include findings on consumer views about the scheme and provide some interesting insights.  For example, those using the schemes said they were more likely to refer to hygiene information when in an unfamiliar location, or eating with vulnerable people or for special occasions when planning meals out at Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

UK Food Standard Agency – Two Reports on Viruses in the Food Chain Published Today

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The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has published its extensive review of viruses in the food chain, and the FSA has issued its Chief Scientific Advisor’s first Science Report, also focusing on foodborne viruses.

The ACMSF, an independent advisory committee which provides expert advice to the FSA, set up a group to revisit the issue of foodborne viruses in light of developments in this area. The final report considered the most important viruses associated with foodborne infections – norovirus, hepatitis A, and hepatitis E.

The report makes a number of recommendations for government departments, including the need for more research in certain areas, and for clear advice for consumers, for example on cooking shellfish and pork products and information on washing leafy green vegetables and soft fruit. The government will respond in due course when the recommendations have been considered in detail.

In anticipation of the publication of the ACMSF review, the topic of foodborne viruses was chosen for the first report from the FSA’s Chief Scientific Advisor. These regular updates from Professor Guy Poppy will aim to give a greater understanding of the FSA’s science, with each edition focusing on a topical scientific issue.

This first report explores what viruses in food are, how they cause disease, how the FSA is working with others to use science to understand them, and some of the challenges around reducing the risks.

Professor Guy Poppy, FSA Chief Scientific Advisor, said: ‘I’m pleased to have published the first in my series of science reports. Science is at the heart of what we do at the FSA and these regular summaries will lift the lid on the cutting edge work that goes on, often in the background, and I hope it encourages debate on the issues.

‘It is fitting to have chosen foodborne viruses as the first subject, as it provides a background to the ACMSF’s important review and highlights the work the FSA is already doing to address this major issue. These two reports demonstrate how the science and evidence collected by the FSA and our collaborators informs our advice to the public and helps us to understand how we can better protect UK consumers.’

Professor Sarah O’Brien, Chair of the ACMSF, said: ‘Until recently it has been difficult to assess accurately the impact of foodborne viruses on public health. However, significant advances in our ability to detect viruses in food, coupled with up- to-date estimates of the burden of illness, highlighted in the ACMSF’s latest update, show us that viruses are very important, preventable causes of foodborne illness.’

Research UK – FSA – Food and You Survey 2014

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This summary presents the key findings from Wave 3 of the Food and You survey, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA or the Agency). The Food and You survey is used to collect information about reported behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food safety issues. It provides data on people’s reports of their food purchasing, storage, preparation, consumption and factors that may affect these, such as eating habits, influences on where respondents choose to eat out and experiences of food poisoning.

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Research – UK – Campylobacter After the Storm

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I get the impression that, before releasing the campylobacter poultry meat supermarket statistics to an expectant world, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) looked over the parapet and had a slight change of heart. It was as if it had suddenly realised that it was set up to prevent food scares by scientifically assessing and communicating food-related risks, not to start hares running.

See Norman Bagley Article at the link above

UK – FSA – Recall – Melon Seeds – Another Batch- Salmonella

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The FSA is issuing an updated Product Recall Information Notice on the Wanis Ltd recall of Africa’s Finest Ground Egusi (Melon Seeds) because salmonella has been detected in another batch of the product (batch code 10/290). Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause food poisoning

Research – FSA – UK – Campylobacter Survey: Cumulative Results from the First Nine Months

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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the latest set of results from its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Campylobacter is a food bug mainly found on raw poultry and is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK.

The results are published for the first time as Official Statistics and the full report can be found via the link on this page. Cumulative results for samples taken between February and November 2014 have now been published, including results presented by major retailer.

 

Meat Trades Journal – Cracking Down on Campy Webinar

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Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry – that’s an estimated 280,000 people a year.

As part of the ongoing MTJ campaign to tackle campylobacter we have joined forces with the FSA to run a webinar on March 18 to explore ways of tackling campylobacter across the food chain. Meat Trades Journal Editor, Ed Bedington, will be chairing the session with presentations by Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the FSA, David Keeble, Faccenda’s Technical & Development Director and Gary Ford, Chief Poultry Adviser at the NFU. These presentations will be followed by a live Q and A session.

Sign up today for a webinar which will provide valuable insights and advice for businesses on what can be done to minimise campylobacter and stop so many people getting ill.

UK – FSA – Wanis Ltd recalls Africa’s Finest Ground Egusi (Melon Seeds)

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Wanis Ltd is recalling Africa’s Finest Ground Egusi (Melon Seeds) with a ‘Best Before’ date of 31 July 2016, because Salmonella has been detected in the product. If you have bought the above product, do not consume it. The FSA has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

UK – FSA Recall – Hancock Cash & Carry recalls Vidal Space Juice Due to Presence of Mould

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Hancock Cash & Carry has recalled some batches of its Vidal Space Juice because mould has been detected in several batches of the product. This has resulted in spoilage of the product, making it unfit for human consumption. The FSA has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.