NSF News

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Food waste recycling initiative welcomed

October 2015

DEFRA has welcomed the setting up of an industry steering group to explore ways to improve recycling of food waste. Together the group will shape and deliver the plan; working to identify tangible, industry led actions to maximise the amount of household and commercial food waste collected and recycled in England.

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Red meat and the risk of cancer

October 2015

The media has recently issued warnings on the consumption of processed meats linked to Pancreatic Cancer. NSF International advises that in such circumstances that clients should follow a 'sound science' approach and not look towards media sources when looking to reformulate a policy on the issue.

The Department of Health, through the NHS, has issued advice on the consumption of red and processed meat.

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Bramley apple pie filling given protected status

September 2015

Traditional Bramley apple pie filling has joined the Cornish Pasty in being given protected status by the European Commission. The apple filling has been named on the traditional specialities guaranteed list (TSG), which seeks to protect the reputation of regional products. The mixture is defined as 'a homogeneous blend of Bramley apple pieces, sugar and water, with the option of Bramley apple purée, cornflour and lemon juice or other antioxidant.

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Revised Meat Industry Guide published

September 2015

The Food Standards Agency has published a revised and improved version of its Meat Industry Guidance, following a review by the FSA and a panel of agency and industry representatives. The guide to food hygiene and other regulations for the UK meat industry, contains legislation and good practice for businesses involved in the slaughter, cutting and processing of fresh meat. It is particularly targeted at businesses subject to veterinary control by the FSA, Food Standards Scotland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

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Does your spice rack contain fake oregano?

August 2015

A cutting-edge food fraud study - revealed exclusively to Which? - found that 25% of 78 samples of dried oregano bought from a range of retailers contained ingredients other than oregano. These ingredients, most commonly olive and myrtle leaves, were found to make up between 30% and 70% of the product. So in some cases, less than a third was actually oregano.

The test, using mass spectrometry which identifies compounds by their atomic composition, was conducted by Professor Elliott, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, and author of the independent review into food crime commissioned by the government in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

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FSA: rare burger risks 'acceptable' for careful restaurants

August 2015

The FSA has told local authorities not to take action against food businesses serving pink burgers providing they print warnings on their menus and put in place safeguards to control the risks posed by potentially deadly E. coli infections.

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