FSA reports initial species identification test results, testing expands across Europe

Testing of beef for horse DNA still is underway in the United Kingdom (U.K.), as calls to test expand throughout Europe.

Of the 2501 samples tested so far in the U.K., 2472, or roughly 99 percent, came back negative for horse DNA and 29 samples, or about 1 percent, came back positive. About 950 tests […]

Deciphering science-speak: What is phenylbutazone?

Those who have been following the ongoing story regarding horse meat found in beef products in the United Kingdom (U.K.) may have noticed concerns about a pain drug used to treat horses.

Phenylbutazone, or bute, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and soft tissue inflammation in horses and to treat a […]

FSA, industry to implement additional species identification testing program

Food businesses that sell beef products must now test their goods to ensure they don’t contain horse or swine DNA as part of a new program, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced.

The decision comes on the heels of the discovery of horse and swine DNA in beef products in the U.K. […]

Fungal blight present in 96% of U.K. wheat samples taken during survey

Although much of the U.S. is facing a drought, and along with it the risk of aflatoxin, the United Kingdom (U.K.) has a different problem.

Lots of rain – more in the first two weeks of June than is typical for the entire month – is leading to concerns about mycotoxins produced by Fusarium molds, […]

Survey: Food safety concerns in the U.K. have decreased through the last decade

More people are concerned about the price, healthfulness, and nutritional aspects of food than the chance of getting a foodborne illness, according to a new study.

About 63 percent of those surveyed cited food prices as one of their main concerns, with 32 percent citing foodborne illness caused by pathogens such as E. coli and […]

Report: Counterfeit booze reports jump 27 percent in the U.K.

Reports of fake alcohol have risen sharply in May and June in the U.K., according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Fraud Database.

Of the 170 cases reported to the FSA, about 45 percent of those involved fake alcohol. Last year, of the 238 cases reported in the same time frame, only 23 percent […]

Report: As household budgets shrink, food safety risks increase

The economy’s effect on people’s pocketbooks may also indicate they’re more willing to eat risky leftovers, according to research from the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The report, “Food safety on a budget,” found that approximately 97 percent of those interviewed believed the cost of their usual grocery shopping trips had gone up “significantly” […]

New report from the U.K.’s Food Safety Agency shows increase in number of food incidents last year

A combination of reasons led to an increase in the number of food incidences in the United Kingdom last year from prior years, including a rise in monitoring and reporting.

The Food Safety Agency’s (FSA) Annual Report of Incidents listed 1,714 food incidents in 2011, up from 1,505 in 2010 and 1,208 in 2009, according […]