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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More than one in every 15 food businesses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have a hygiene rating of two of lower, according to a report on data from across the United Kingdom. High Speed Training investigated how regions, towns and cities compared. The Yorkshire based e-learning provider looked at the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) and extracted Food Standards Agency (FSA) data for a quarter of a million businesses to provide an overall picture. FHRS…
The United States is one of more than 30 countries that received cheese from France potentially contaminated with Listeria. Listeria monocytogenes was detected in Coulommiers, a type of cheese, from France. The product was part of a mass recall of raw and pasteurized cheese made by Fromagère de la Brie. Santé publique France, the public health agency, identified two cases of listeriosis in women who consumed cheese made by Fromagère de la Brie at its…
Owners of Tiger Brands plan to fight a class action lawsuit relating to the company’s part in the 2017-2018 Listeria outbreak in South Africa. The lawsuit is being brought against the company by Richard Spoor Attorneys and LHL Attorneys. The Seattle firm of Marler Clark LLP is serving as a consultant for the case attorneys. The listeriosis outbreak began at the start of 2017 and was declared over in September 2018 with 1,065 confirmed cases…
Climate change is likely to have considerable impact on food safety, placing public health at risk, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its first publication on the topic, WHO officials said changing rainfall patterns and increases in extreme weather events and the annual average temperature are impacts of climate change. This will affect persistence and occurrence of bacteria, viruses, parasites, harmful algae, fungi, and their vectors, and the patterns of corresponding foodborne diseases…
A European Commission audit of Polish meat controls after an abattoir was filmed slaughtering sick cows has found the system was “ineffective” as a deterrent. The audit in Poland from Feb. 4 to 8, 2019 took place in the context of a “crisis situation”, according to DG Sante, the unit responsible for the EC’s policies on health and food safety. It covered visits to the slaughterhouse allegedly implicated and responsible district veterinary office, another slaughterhouse…
on assignment: south africa Johannesburg — A woman who had a miscarriage due to listeriosis had already started planning for the new arrival before the tragedy and revealed she is constantly reminded of missed milestones. Mamorake Ntjana found out in June 2017 that she was expecting her second child but she lost the baby at around four months pregnant. The family has a card with footprints of the baby. The 30-year-old told Food Safety News…
Two people in France are seriously ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated cheese, according to the public health agency. A spokeswoman for Santé publique France told Food Safety News that both cases of listeriosis occurred in early March and two women were seriously ill. “Investigations into two cases of listeriosis that occurred in March 2019 made it possible to identify the consumption of cheeses produced by Société Fromagère de la Brie as a source of…
Several people in France are part of a Listeria outbreak linked to eating cheese made by one company. Santé publique France, the public health agency, identified cases of Listeria infection in people who consumed cheese made by Fromagère de la Brie. Food Safety News has contacted the agency to confirm details of the outbreak. The initial investigation led to the withdrawal from sale and recall of all cheese made from raw and pasteurized milk manufactured…
Limited progress has been made in Austria on improving the system to reduce microbiological contamination of food of non-animal origin (FNAO), according to DG Sante. The unit responsible for the European Commission’s policies on health and food safety led a follow-up audit to Austria last year. The audit from June 12 to 20, 2018 included visits to five farms producing strawberries and gooseberries, tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and leafy vegetables and two sprout producing sites. An…
Fines have increased for organizations sentenced for food safety and hygiene offenses following the introduction of new guidelines in England and Wales. An impact assessment of guidelines by the Sentencing Council also showed there was an unanticipated small rise in fines for individuals sentenced for food safety and hygiene offenses. The increase in fines was not as large as that for health and safety violations. The Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences guideline for England and Wales came into force in 2016. The Sentencing Council is an independent, non-departmental public body of the…