Call us:01622 736650

"supporting your food safety compliance"

Latest News from Howarth Food Safety

Guidance on Comparative Nutritional Food Labelling Claims 4th February 2018

FDF have published a useful set of guidance notes to help you with developing Comparative Nutritional Food Labelling Claims

Read more .......

Useful Food Hygiene rules for the kitchen 22nd January 2018

Here are a few helpful food hygiene tips for use in food preparation answering many of the common myths.

Read more and take the quiz ...............

Food and Drink Imports : Guidance on Food Supplements 12th December 2017

In the United Kingdom most products described as dietary or food supplements are regulated as foods .  It is the responsibility of the importer to ensure that their product complies with the necessary legislation. 

Read more...........

Industry guidance on Setting Product Shelf Life 5th December 2017

FDF have recently published a useful Guide to Setting Product Shelf Life with the aim of reducing food waste without compromising Food Safety.

Read more here..............

NEW EU Acrylamide legislation 29th November 2017

Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018.

Read more...........

Food Labelling beyond EU borders 11th October 2017

Sarah Howarth looks at the contribution of UK food and drink products to overseas trade. She considers some of the export challenges facing the UK after Brexit with a focus on the CODEX food labelling standards.

Read more.........../food_safety/file/FoodLabellingUK(1).pdf

The Future of Food Labelling 31st August 2017

For thoughts and perspectives on The Future of Food Labelling New Food August 2017 by Sarah Howarth

Read more.........../food_safety/file/New%20Food%204%20-%20Sarah(1).pdf

Future changes to Organic Food Labels 3rd July 2017

New rules to apply to EU Organic Food Labels in order to increase consumer confidence.

Read more...............

FDA rules for restaurant menu labelling 16th June 2017

Extension to the enforcement timeline of the new rules relating to Food Labeling :Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments

Read more ................

Colour Coded Nutrition Labelling 15th May 2017

Six major food companies selling food and drink across Europe have announced they will develop a colour-coded nutrition label on their products in the recognition that clear nutrition labelling can play an important role in helping consumers to make healthier choices. Read more....

Show More...

Retailer plans for alcohol labelling 27th March 2017

British retailers have today taken a lead in encouraging more responsible behaviour towards alcohol by unveiling a newly revised label that will appear on alcoholic products in supermarkets across the country.

Read more ....

EU to set levels for acrylamide in foods 13th March 2017

EU to set maximum acrylamide levels in ready-to-eat foods

Plans are in place to set maximum levels for acrylamide in ready-to-eat foods where acrylamide is present. Foods affected, will be decided later this year and are likely to include baby foods; breakfast cereals, bakery and fried potato products. This will require food business operators to comply with compulsory measures to reduce the risk of acrylamide forming in food.

Click here for further reading............

Acrylamide in Foods 23rd January 2017

Acrylamide in Foods – “Going for gold”

What is Acrylamide? Acrylamide is a chemical substance formed by a reaction between amino acids and sugars. It typically occurs when foods with high starch content such as potatoes, root vegetables and bread, are cooked at high temperatures (over 120°C) in a process of frying, roasting or baking.

Potential health effects of acrylamide - Laboratory tests show that acrylamide in the diet causes cancer in animals. While evidence from human studies on the impact of acrylamide in the diet is inconclusive, scientists agree that acrylamide in food has the potential to cause cancer in humans as well and it would be prudent to reduce exposure.

Foods high in acrylamide - Acrylamide is found in wide range of foods including roasted potatoes and root vegetables, chips, crisps, toast, cakes, biscuits, cereals and coffee.

Click here for the Acrylamide Tool Kit……………….


Nutritional information now mandatory 4th January 2017

Manufacturers of packaged goods must now ensure packs provide details on energy value; fat; saturates; carbohydrate; sugars; protein and salt. The move is designed to provide consumers with nutritional information to enable them to make more informed healthier food choices.

Foodstuffs exempted from the mandatory nutrition declaration are listed in Annex V of EU FIR. Exemptions relate mainly to minimally processed foods and those with little nutritional value. Food directly supplied by manufacturer of small quantities of products to the final consumer or to local retail establishments directly supplying the final consumer is also exempt under Annex V point 19. DoH interpret “manufacturer of small quantities” to be a micro business under the EU and UK definition: less than 10 employees and a turnover/balance sheet total of less than €2m (£1.4m)DoH interprets “local” retail establishments to be those in the same county as the manufacturer or in an adjoining county provided this is no more than 35 miles (50 KM) from the county border.

Click here for further guidance...........


Guidance on Nutritional Food Labelling 1st October 2016

For more information on the recent Department of Health Guide read more here ............./food_safety/file/2016_Nutrition_Technical_Guidance.pdf


How will the governments plans on sugar impact your business? 23rd September 2016

  • A soft drinks levy aimed at importers and produces, and will legislate in the Finance Bill 2017 with implementation from April 2018.
  • Clearer food labelling which might include clearer visual labelling, such as teaspoons of sugar, to show consumers about the sugar content in packaged food and drink.
  • Pre-packaged milk drinks containing more than 75% milk outside of the levy scope
  • Drinks with less than 75% milk with more than 5g/100ml sugar will be subject to the levy
  • Sugar reduction may be achieved by reducing sugar in recipes, adjusting portion sizes and sugar alternatives.

for more information......./food_safety/file/foodlabellingsugar.pdf


Undeclared allergens 9th May 2016

Indian restaurant owner accused of killing a customer as a result of undeclared allergens in food served ….

More information....

Labelling of Food Supplements 29th April 2016

These products must respect specific labelling requirements laid down in a European Union (EU) regulatory directive (Directive 2002/46/EC) on food supplements.

For further information, read more here...

Additional labelling advice for consumers from Mars: 15th April 2016

Don't eat some of our products every day' Mars Foods is to advise consumers to limit the consumption of certain products.

More information...

Protected names 14th April 2016

In the EU, geographical indications of wines and spirits are protected under Regulation (EC) No 110/2008.1Pursuant to that regulation, it is prohibited, inter alia, to misuse, imitate or even evoke protected indications such as “Calvados” on non-compliant products.

More information...

Voluntary Labelling of Country of Origin 25th March 2016

European food labelling legislation Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 on Food Information to Consumers introduced in December 2014 sets out requirements for ‘voluntary labelling’- including country of origin - stating that any additional voluntary claims must not mislead, be ambiguous or confuse consumers.


Fictitious own-brand farm names 22nd March 2016

Tesco faced a backlash for using fictitious British farm names to sell produce from as far afield as Chile but it’s an EU-wide practice.

More information...

Voluntary industry pledges across the food and drink sector 15th March 2016

Learn more about the voluntary industry pledges across food and drink aiming at improving the health of the nation.

Pledges include

F1. Out of Home Energy (kJ/kcal) Labelling
F3(a). Non use of Artificial Trans Fat
F6. Fruit and vegetables
F7(a). Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling
F8. Saturated Fat Reduction
F9. Salt Reduction 2017

Department of Health guidance on Nutritional Labelling 3rd March 2016

Department of Health guidance on Nutritional Labelling

FDF on back of pack nutritional labelling 1st March 2016

A useful summary guide from FDF on back of pack nutritional labelling

Trans Fats in the Diet 22nd January 2016

The European Commission has completed its report on trans fats in the diet.
It concluded that a legal limit would be the most effective.

Sugar in the diet 21st January 2016

According to recent reports sugar addiction much harder to address than salt. Read the latest POST note developed on Sugar...

One in 10 hit by foodborne illness each year According to WHO report. 14th January 2016

Each year almost one in 10 people in the world fall ill after consuming contaminated food of these, 420 000 people die, including 125,000 children under five years.
Read more…

Reported over use of antibiotics in animal production 12th December 2015

Experts at the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance concluded that there is "sufficient evidence showing that the world needs to start curtailing the quantities of antimicrobials used in agriculture now".

WHO free sugars in the diet recommendations 9th November 2015

Evidence indicates that in both adults and children, the intake of free sugars should be reduced to less than 10% of total energy intake and that a reduction to less than 5% of total energy intake provides additional health benefits

Read more on the World Health Organisation website:

Show Less...


"- excellent knowledge in food/feed satey, ag businesses - real leadership, close to the team and able to get the best from all of us - excellent communicator: strategic thought translated into actions plan - humble, close to people, easy to get with, good balance personal and professional life... Together with Sarah, we've been working at the start of the Product Assurance Team within Cargill, and it's been a great experience to start almost from scratch and to build within 4 years time an efficient, robust team with network across Europe, including purchase offices, crush and refinery plants. Definitely a person you'd like to work with and to lead a team. Maybe our roads will cross again in the future. All the best!"

Jean-Jacques Papi, Raw materials quality assurance manager Europe, Cargill


Guidance on Comparative Nutritional Food Labe
4th February 2018
FDF have published a useful set of guidance notes to help you with developing...
See more...

Useful Food Hygiene rules for the kitchen
22nd January 2018
Here are a few helpful food hygiene tips...
See more...


If you would like more information, please get in touch.

01622 736650

Follow us on: