US/UK: Labelling biggest cause of food recalls
The most common reason for food to be recalled in the US and UK is a failure to correctly label allergens, a study from consultants at RSSL has revealed.
An analysis of data published by the UK Food Standards Agency, the US Food & Drug Administration and the US Food Safety & Inspection Service found that 50% of recalls in both countries during 2008 were triggered because packaging failed to alert consumers to the presence of one or more allergens included in a product.
"It is interesting that allergen mislabelling is the stand-out statistic from both countries," Karen Masters of RSSL said.
"It is also curious that the findings match so closely with respect to allergens because the figures are completely different for other causes. For example, in the USA, microbial contamination led to 33% of recalls, whereas in the UK, the figure was only 11%. On the other hand in the UK, nearly 20% of recalls were due to foreign bodies, whereas in the USA foreign bodies were implicated in less than 5% of the recalls."
Despite the scare relating to melamine in Chinese milk, relatively few recalls were required. This suggests that the monitoring and analysis of ingredients was "largely successful" in keeping melamine out of the US and UK food supply chains, RSSL claimed.
As Fonterra grapples with sharply declining global prices for dairy commodities, the group has tempered its ambitions in some emerging markets - such as China and India. However, it is still forging a...
In recent weeks, a number of companies have increased their commitment to sustainably-sourced fish. However, at the same time fish supplies are under increasing pressure as consumers are urged to eat ...
China Mengniu Dairy plans to raise HK$3.06bn (US$394.6m) through the issue of new shares to China National Oils, Foodstuffs and Cereals Corp (COFCO) and Hopu Investment Management....
The Middle East will be the "growth engine" for dairy giant Fonterra in the years ahead, a leading executive for the New Zealand-based group has told just-food....
Food safety checks designed to prevent contamination are making it difficult for smaller businesses to compete against larger rivals, according to reports....
Chinese baby food maker Synutra has swung into the red during its fiscal fourth quarter due to the fall-out of last year's melamine contamination scandal....
China's new food safety law came into force this week but much uncertainty remains over how it will be implemented....
There was no doubting the top food industry story this week after Brazilian food groups Perdigao and Sadia announced plans to merge - and became the first piece of major international M&A in the secto...
- 2017: three major drivers of M&A strategy
- Comment: Premier has more to ponder than Brexit
- The food market in 2017 - consumer trends and M&A
- just-food 2017 Survey - your thoughts on growth
- Food market in 2017: need-to-know US trends
- Premier Foods issues profit warning
- Nestle mum on Mead Johnson takeover talk
- UK's Bakkavor plays down IPO "speculation"
- Mondelez sells Vegemite to Bega
- Kellogg to slash 250 jobs