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Food News April 2013

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Food News Archive:
Food News May 2013
Food News April 2013
Food News January 2013

Food Information Archive:
European Commission proposes revisions to food and feed regulations

Flavouring substance 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene raises safety concerns

Aspartame opinion rescheduled until November 2013

EFSA Revised Consumer Exposure To Caramel Colours

 

Commission publishes European test results on horse DNA and Phenylbutazone

Launched last month, the coordinated EU-wide testing for horsemeat DNA and phenylbutazone1 requested, and co-financed, by the European Commission in the wake of the horsemeat scandal has revealed that less than 5 % of the tested products had horse DNA and that about 0.5 % of the equine carcasses tested were found to be contaminated with bute.

"Today's findings have confirmed that this is a matter of food fraud and not of food safety. Restoring the trust and confidence of European consumers and trading partners in our food chain following this fraudulent labelling scandal is now of vital importance for the European economy given that the food sector is the largest single economic sector in the EU" said Commissioner for Health and Consumers Tonio Borg. To conclude: "In the coming months, the Commission will propose to strengthen the controls along the food chain in line with lessons learned."
Source: EUROPA

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

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.

Asda is recalling this product and anyone who has Asda Smart Price Corned Beef should not eat it, but return it to the nearest Asda store for a full refund.

Animals treated with bute should not enter the food chain as the drug may pose a risk to human health; however, even if people have eaten products which contain contaminated horse meat, the risk of damage to health is very low.

This product was tested by Asda as part of the industry testing programme and found to be positive for horse DNA above 1%. It was withdrawn from Asda’s shelves on 8 March 2013. As with all products that have tested positive for horse DNA over 1% it was tested for bute, as required by the FSA. This product has been found to contain very low levels of bute (four parts per billion – 4ppb) and is the only meat product where bute has been found.
Source: Food Standards Agency

Booths Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts, 350g
Best before: 12 July 2013

EH Booths has withdrawn the product with the above date code from sale. Customer notices will be displayed in stores, alerting customers to the reason for the withdrawal. The company will also contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members of the withdrawal.

Customers with an allergy to peanuts are advised not to eat this product but to return it to the nearest E H Booths store for a full refund.

No other EH Booths products are known to be affected
Source: HACCP Europe

Iceland Chicken Shack – Half Chicken Chinese Five Spice 500g
Best before: 20 April 2014

The best before date should be 20 April 2013.

If you have bought the above product Iceland advises not to use it but return it to your nearest Iceland store for a full refund. No other products or date codes are affected.

If you have any concerns or queries please contact the manager at the store where you bought it or call its Customer Care Line on 01244 842842.
Source: HACCP Europe

Asda Chosen by You Chicken & Mushroom Noodle Pouch, 400g
‘Use by’ dates: 22 and 23 April 2013

Asda has withdrawn the above date codes from sale. Customer notices will be displayed in stores, alerting customers to the withdrawal. The company will also contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members of the withdrawal.

Customers with an allergy to prawns (crustaceans) are advised not to eat this product, but to return it to the nearest Asda store for a full refund. Customers can also contact the Asda Customer Relations by calling 0500 100 055.

No other Asda products are known to be affected.
Source: HACCP Europe