FSA Board agrees restrictions on raw milk should remain

The FSA Board met to discuss the findings of the comprehensive review of the regulations that control the sale of unpasteurised, or raw, drinking milk.

The review concluded that:

  • the risk associated with raw drinking milk consumption, except for vulnerable groups, is acceptable when appropriate hygiene controls are applied
  • the current restriction on sales of raw milk should remain in place as there is uncertainty that consumer protection can be maintained if the market for raw milk is expanded
  • risk communication could be improved, particularly for vulnerable groups, and changes to the labelling requirements are proposed to reflect this

The Board accepted the conclusions of the review.  However, they noted concerns that consumers should be more aware of the risks and asked that the FSA be clear in its advice not to drink raw milk.

The Board noted reports of non-compliance in the industry and agreed that supporting improvements in compliance should be a focus for FSA action.

In a development to the FSA’s approach to the control of ‘risky’ foods, the Board agreed that we will now identify triggers relating to outbreaks, detection of pathogens in raw drinking milk samples, and changes in the retail market for raw drinking milk that would require a further discussion of risks and controls. This will be facilitated by regular reporting of compliance in this sector to the Board.

The FSA reviewed the current controls to make sure they are clear, consistent and control the public health risks associated with raw milk. The review covered England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Sale of raw drinking milk is banned in Scotland.

The consultation considered a number of options. These ranged from removing restrictions on sales through to introducing a requirement for all milk to be pasteurised prior to sale.

(Source: FSA Website)

UK – Palm Oil recalled because it contains the illegal dye Sudan

This recall, issued by the FSA (Food Standard Agency – UK) is not the first registered this year and it seems that after the Sudan dyes scandal in 2003, the problem is (re)emerging.

Fovitor International Ltd is recalling its Dzomi Palm Oil (1 litre bottle) with a ‘best before’ end date of 31 October 2016 because it contains the illegal dye known as Sudan IV, which is potentially genotoxic and possibly carcinogenic. Sudan dyes are red dyes that are used for colouring solvents, oils, waxes, petrol, and shoe and floor polishes.

Product: Dzomi Palm Oil (1 litre bottles)
‘Best before’ end: 31 October 2016

Picture of the product can be found via the following link.

No other Fovitor International Ltd or Dzomi products are known to be affected.

If you have bought the above product, do not consume it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

Fovitor International Ltd is recalling the above product. The company has notified all of its customers that were distributed this product, via a point-of-sale notice. The notice, which can be found via the following link, alerts consumers to the recall and advises them what to do if they have bought the product.

(Source: FSA website)