Joe Whitworth

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Joe Whitworth is a food and beverage trade journalist. Prior to reporting for Food Safety News, he worked for William Reed Business Media since 2012 as Editor of Food Quality News before becoming food safety editor for Food Navigator. Whitworth has moderated sessions at Food Ingredients Europe in 2015 and The Ingredients Show in 2018. Before joining William Reed, he worked on newspapers run by Fairfax Media in Australia. Whitworth graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

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Danish officials have ended an investigation into an outbreak of E. coli that affected almost 40 people, but they are continuing to look at a Salmonella monophasic Typhimurium outbreak that has sickened almost 50 people. For the E. coli outbreak, it was not possible to find the source of infection, officials report, but there was a suspected link to beef salami. In late 2018, Statens Serum Institut (SSI), the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) and…
Laboratorios Ordesa S.A. has recalled rice milk formula made at a Spanish factory suspected to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak. Combined with the first two companies’ recalls, implicated baby formulas could have been sold in at least 18 countries via retailers and online sellers. Company officials said only Blemil Plus hydrolyzed rice is affected. Multiple lots of Blemil Plus 1 rice 400 gram and Blemil Plus 2 rice 400 gram are part of…
Nearly half of the Irish population does not pay full attention to use-by dates, according to a Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) survey. And, more than six in 10 people in Ireland leave leftovers to cool out of the fridge overnight. FSAI research on food safety and hygiene, shopping habits and eating out, and concerns about food and the industry provided an insight into consumer attitudes on food safety. Nine out of ten people said…
French authorities are investigating more than a dozen cases of Salmonella infection in babies less than 19 months old. The illnesses are linked to a rice milk formula made in Spain. Of the 14 babies involved in the investigation, the French National Public Health Agency (Santé publique France) reports five have been confirmed and nine are under investigation. Seven of the babies were hospitalized for salmonellosis but have since recovered. Luxembourg and Belgium have reported…
A WHO food safety expert is hoping for “clear commitments” at the first International Conference on Food Safety, which begins today. Angelika Tritscher, a World Health Organization (WHO) food safety expert in the department of food safety and zoonoses, spoke with Food Safety News ahead of the event, which is organized by WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the African Union. “What we are hoping for is a commitment.…
A report from the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) highlighted the need for increased targeted funding to promote domestic food safety across Africa. GFSP called for more investment into programs focusing on public health after finding less than 5 percent of donor investments addressed specific health risks such as Salmonella and E. coli that local consumers face when purchasing from informal food markets. GFSP found the rate of annual donor investment in food safety is four…
Belgium has reported a case of Salmonella in an infant linked to an outbreak in France. The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) said it was informed of two sick babies in Belgium who had, among other things, consumed infant nutrition products of the Modilac brand bought in France, a few hours before the onset of symptoms. Following an investigation, it appears the consumption of Modilac branded products was the cause…
Meat from a Polish slaughterhouse suspected of selling products from sick animals has been sent to at least 13 European countries. The abattoir in Kalinowo near the town of Ostrów Mazowiecka was secretly filmed slaughtering sick cows by Polish broadcaster TVN. It showed slaughter was carried out at night to avoid official veterinary supervision. The meat was labeled as inspected by a veterinarian before being sold to meat processing plants and companies in different countries.…
People in an Australian state are being urged to avoid eggs with two specific identifying stamps because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The New South Wales (NSW) Food Authority said the affected product has stamp BEC or BEC115 on the shell of individual eggs and not the carton. Affected eggs may have been sold in unlabeled cartons, or mixed with others with different stamps, so it is important to check each one. Implicated product…
Three people are facing jail in the Netherlands for their roles in the horse meat scandal of 2013. The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) imposed fines up to €150,000 ($172,000) against three companies and their executives for meat fraud. OM set a fine of €150,000 ($172,000) against the now-bankrupt Van Hattem Vlees BV slaughterhouse and a prison sentence of three years against the manager. Now the prosecutor has recommended a sanction to the court, the…