In a poll done by NatCen Social Research in Britain, only 35 percent of people trusted the government at least a lot to ensure food is safe. This means that nearly two thirds of Britons do not really trust the government when it comes to food safety.

Interestingly it is not the actual food inspectors that are not trusted but the government itself, as nearly 70 percent of people said that they trusted food inspectors to ensure food safety. Farmers are also trusted at 60 perce…

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I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian and have been for more than 20 years. This means I do not eat any meat but do eat dairy foods and eggs – I personally cannot imagine a world without vintage cheese!!

When I tell people that I have actually chosen not to eat any meat, I often get a strange look and am regularly asked the question (or something similar) “ how can you go without eating meat?’

I made this dietary and lifestyle choice because having worked with meat products for five y…

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Every year the Reader’s Digest does a survey to work out what are the most trusted brands in the country. It was voted on by approximately 2 400 members and includes quite a few categories.

The most trusted iconic brand for 2016 is Arnotts, and Coles is thought to be the most trusted supermarket.

Interestingly the most trusted breakfat creal brand has been the same for the last four yeaes – Weet-Bix.

So here are the most trusted food related brands in Australia for 2016;


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Some time ago, I was fortunate to be involved in the development of the Egg and Egg Products Standard in Chapter 4 of the Food Standards Code.

Developing a mandatory standard like that is time consuming and involves many meetings and discussions.

There are currently six standards in the Primary Production Standards; Meat, Seafood, Poultry meat, Dairy products,Seed sprouts, and, of course, Eggs and egg products.

The notable standard absence is Horticultural products.

There ha…

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Here is a link to the latest newsletter (August 2016) from Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

A summary of the issues included;

  • Rockmelon Product Recall
  • Food allergy resources
  • Food complaint contacts
  • BSE food Safety Risk Assessment results
  • New Applications
  • Calls for Submissions
  • Code amendments