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9 Apr 14

FSA cautions parents against replacing cows' with goats' milk for allergic infants

As a result of recent regulatory change, formula for infants derived from goats' milk is now permitted to be sold within the UK. However, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that parents tempted to use such products due to their children's cows' milk protein allergies will not find them a safe replacement. Whilst goats' milk formula has now been declared a suitable source of protein for infants, its proteins are so similar to those in cows' milk that babies allergic to the latter are extremely likely to be allergic to the former also, and cases have been known of cows' milk allergic individuals developing anaphylaxis after ingesting goats' milk. Given this risk, manufacturers will not be allowed to market goats' milk infant and follow-on formula products as suitable for children with cows' milk allergies. [Food Standards Agency]

Worryingly high saturated fat levels found in takeaway food in Scotland

Research by Glasgow Scientific Services used data from January to July 2012 to assess the trans and saturated fatty acid (SFA) content of takeaway food products in deprived areas of Glasgow and other parts of Scotland. Analysis of over 200 samples of cooking fats and oils, doner kebabs and similar products over the study period found that although average quantities of trans fats in portions were reasonable in comparison to recommended daily allowances (RDAs), the levels of "bad" saturated fats were alarming and in many cases exceeded RDA within a single portion. Doner kebabs were singled out as of particular concern, with an average of 29.7g SFA compared to the daily allowance of 20g for women and 30g for men. The Food Standards Agency in Scotland has said that the results will inform its and the Scottish Government's future actions. [FoodManufacture]

New UK Food Law Code of Practice

A revised Food Law Code of Practice document was published 8th April 2014 by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). Of the changes to the document, the FSA highlighted: "clarification of the descriptors used to rate and assign intervention frequencies at food establishments; greater focus on businesses with persistent or serious non compliances by reducing the frequency of interventions in those businesses with good management controls in place; and a reduction in dual enforcement in a small number of establishments currently subject to both FSA and local authority control". The document is available online at the link above. [NewFoodMagazine]

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