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What are Pre-packed for Direct Sale foods? 16th February 2021

As food businesses seek to understand if they will be impacted by changes to food labelling arising from Natasha's Law the starting point is understanding what Pre-packed for Direct Sales (PPDS) foods are. PPDS foods covers food which is packaged at the same place it is offered to consumers and is already packaged before it is ordered or selected. The food must be fully or partly enclosed by packaging and cannot be altered without opening or changing the packaging in some way as well as being ready for final sale to the consumer. For examples of PPDS foods click here..........



Will Natasha's Law affect my food businesses? 21st January 2021

Natasha's Law has been designed to provide additional information on foods pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) by having full ingredients listed on the packaging label with the allergens emphasised . It comes into force on 1st October 2021. For businesses to be able to do this accurately they must understand what allergens are present both as ingredients and "may also contain" in the ingredients they are using. Click here for a useful allergen template https://www.fsai.ie/legislation/food_legislation/food_information_fic/allergens.html



Allergen guidance for Food Businesses 18th December 2020

Food business operators in the retail and catering sector are required to provide allergen information and follow labelling rules. The Food Standards Agency have set out guidance applying across the various food sectors covering : Prepacked ; Prepacked for Direct Sale ; Loose ; "Free from gluten" ; Buffets ; Delivery and Takeaway outlets. 
Read more..........https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/allergen-guidance-for-food-businesses#allergen-information-for-different-types-of-food-businesses



EU exit - Focus on labelling 26th November 2020

Post BREXIT many aspects of food and drink regulation will remain unchanged, initially. However, some changes to food and drink labelling will be required when the Transition Period Ends on 31st December 2020 for goods sold in both the UK and the EU. Read more...........https://www.igd.com/articles/article-viewer/t/eu-exit-focus-on-labelling/i/27212



Are you looking for an Expert Witness? 15th October 2020

Is your business looking for a food safety expert witness ? Learn more about the type of cases and support available..........



BREXIT Guidance on Food Labelling update 17th September 2020

NEW Guidance has been published relating to the Marking, labelling and marketing standards, including food and drink products, from 1 January 2021. Read more ...........https://www.gov.uk/guidance/labelling-and-marketing-standards-from-1-january-2021



NEW food labelling rules for prepacked direct sale foods 12th August 2020

The Food Standards Agency have published updated guidance to include the new rules which will require full ingredients listing and emphasis of the allergens on foods prepacked for direct sale from October 2021. Read more.......https://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/media/document/fsa-food-allergen-labelling-and-information-requirements-technical-guidance_0.pdf



Coronavirus : Food Safety Risk 1st July 2020

Developing a better understanding of Coronavirus continues to be essential as we adapt to working in our new COVID-19 environment in the safest way possible.By understanding more about the virus itself, effective cleaning and hygiene and where we can keep up to date with useful resources remains a high priority for food businesses.This webinar ,which I hope you will find useful, has been put together by IFST with contribution from Peter Littleton , Sterling Crew and myself.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZf3Uq4akTY&feature=youtu.be



BREXIT - How do I need to change my label? 5th June 2020

Food and drink Labelling changes from 1 January 2021 for products imported and sold in the UK include : A UK Food business operator (FBO) address on pre-packaged food ; changes in use of the EU Organic logo ; Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) food produced in the UK must not be labelled as ‘EU origin’ amongst other changes. Keep up to date on the DEFRA website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/food-labelling-changes-after-brexit 



EU Food Fraud report published 21st May 2020

Incorrectly labelled / Mislabelling products containing misleading information on the label featured in 47% of incidents. There were a high number of requests for cooperation in respect of products that were deceitfully labelled, as ‘organic’ attributed to the presence of pesticide residues, as well as cases of products labelled as extra virgin olive oil adulterated with lampante olive oil. Read more here.........................



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Answers to some commonly asked questions in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) 30th April 2020

Helpful resources and answers to questions that you might have in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and food. Read more....https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/consumers/food-safety/coronavirus/questions-and-answers-covid-19



COVID-19 : Takeaway Food news article and Q&A 22nd April 2020

CLEAN EATING : How to make sure your takeaway food is safe from coronavirus from avoiding cash payments to checking food is piping hot COVID-19 News article :https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11410780/how-to-make-sure-your-takeaway-is-safe-from-coronavirus-from-avoiding-cash-payments-to-checking-food-is-piping-hot/#comments  Q&A Guidance/food_safety/file/covid-19-food-delivery-and-takeawaySH.pdf



NEW Allergen labelling rules for PPDS 15th April 2020

The UK Food Standards Agency have published Guidance for food businesses on providing allergen information and best practice for handling allergens. From 1 October 2021, PPDS food will need to have a label with a full ingredients list with allergenic ingredients emphasised within it.  

Read more..........https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/allergen-information-for-prepacked-for-direct-sale-food



Covid-19 Guidance : Takeaway and Food Delivery 8th April 2020

Following new Government restrictions placed on public houses, restaurants, cafes etc during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be considering diversifying your food business to provide food from your normal menu or new dishes for delivery or takeaway. CIEH have provided a useful set of guidance notes ................../food_safety/file/PDF/covid-19-food-delivery-and-takeaway-guidance.pdf



Nutritional labelling guidance for food businesses 27th March 2020

Due to the closure of social eating places many businesses have seen their catering business dry up overnight. As we shift our purchasing patterns away from hospitality into retail I am often being asked about the obligation to include nutritional information on the label. The legislation on the provision of food information to consumers allows for an exemption from the mandatory requirement for nutrition labelling for food, including handcrafted food, directly supplied by the manufacturer of small quantities of products to the final consumer or to local retail establishments directly supplying the final consumer. For more information read the fact sheet.............



Coronavirus and the food handler 19th March 2020

EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.”

If you would like to learn more about the question :  Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects?    Read more.....https://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/can-the-new-type-of-coronavirus-be-transmitted-via-food-and-objects.pdf



Consumer advice on cannabidiol (CBD) extracts 14th February 2020

CBD is one of many chemicals called cannabinoids. It is found within hemp and cannabis.

The Food Standards agency has published guidance for business an consumers on CBD. CBD extracts are being sold as a food ingredients and as food supplements in the UK. They are widely available in shops, cafés and for sale online included in a wide variety of products including : oils ; drops or tinctures ; gel capsules ; sweets and confectionery ;bread and other bakery products and drinks. For more information ...https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/cannabidiol-cbd



Brexit - Food and Drink Labelling changes 6th January 2020

DEFRA have provided guidance on how Food and Drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change labels if there's a no-deal Brexit.You can also sign up for e mail alerts to keep informed.

Read more .............https://www.gov.uk/guidance/food-labelling-changes-after-brexit#goods-sold-in-the-uk



Organic Claims in Food Labelling guidance notes 2nd October 2019

If you wish to claim that your food products are “organic” or “made with organic ingredients” you must ensure it comes from farmers, processors or importers who: follow the minimum standards set down in Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007 realting to Organic food production, are registered with an approved certification body and are subject to regular inspections. You will also need to be able to provide documentary evidence of the above.Read more ...........................................https://www.asa.org.uk/news/organic-context-changes-everything.html



Changes ahead for COOL food labelling 29th August 2019

On May 29, 2018, the European Commission published Regulation 2018/775, which introduces mandatory dual origin labelling when a country of origin is given or visually implied on the label of a food product but the origin is not the same as that of its primary ingredient. This Regulation relating to changes in Country Of Origin Labelling (COOL) will enter into force on April 1, 2020.

Example: A jar of peanut butter with a statement such as “made in the USA” or carrying an American flag would trigger this regulation if the peanuts were sourced from another country.



New law requiring allergen labelling on pre-packaged foods 27th June 2019

A new law will require food businesses to include full ingredients labelling emphasising allergens on pre-packaged foods for direct sale to be introduce by Environment Secretary Michael Gove 

Read more......https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gove-to-introduce-natashas-law?utm_source=abfcf988-651b-4bc4-b3fa-9fc97a53a2cd&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate



Food Labelling - Flavour or Flavoured? 9th June 2019

The words 'flavour' and 'flavoured' have different meanings. Flavour means that the food tastes of something but does not contain it while flavoured means that the food contains the specified ingredient - for example, a strawberry flavoured sweet would contain strawberry, while a strawberry flavour sweet would not.



BREXIT and EU food legislation update 3rd June 2019

EU laws will be retained in the case of a no-deal Brexit scenario with EU legislation and regulation on food and nutrition will carry over into UK law from exit day. 

Read more here.................https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2019/05/13/EU-laws-retained-in-no-deal-Brexit-scenario



FSA backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food of pre-packed foods 19th May 2019

Food Standards Agency backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food and sets out new priorities to protect food hypersensitive consumers.

Read more......................https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/fsa-backs-mandatory-full-ingredient-labelling-for-pre-packed-direct-sale-food



Consulation on food labelling : allergen information for pre-packed foods 4th February 2019

DEFRA have launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the domestic Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR) (England) relating to the mandatory information, form of expression and presentation of allergen labelling information for foods that are prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) to the consumer on the same premises from which they are sold.

Read more...........................https://consult.defra.gov.uk/agri-food-chain-directorate/consultation-on-amending-allergen-information/supporting_documents/allergenconsultdoc%201.0.pdf



Labelling food if there is no Brexit deal 4th January 2019

DEFRA have published guidance on the labelling of food should there be no Brexit deal. Across all food and drink labels COOL (Country of Origin Labelling ) and name and address of the food business operator are impacted. For further guidance ..................https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/producing-and-labelling-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/producing-and-labelling-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal 



Food and Drink Imports : Guidance on Food Supplements 12th December 2018

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...........https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/importing-dietary-supplements-and-health-foods



Poland to introduce COOL for potatoes 4th December 2018


Poland has announced plans to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for fresh potatoes.  The rules apply to fresh potatoes, sold loose or packed, but not processed potatoes. For more information ............
https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2018/11/22/Poland-to-bring-in-mandatory-origin-labelling-for-potatoes



Review of Allergen Labelling 9th November 2018


DEFRA are consulting on a change in the labelling of allergens following the tragic death of a 15-year-old who ate a product containing an undeclared allergen .  For more information..........
https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2018/11/07/Pret-allergen-death-sparks-new-law-calls



EU COOL food labelling trends 13th September 2018

The Spanish trial looking at COOL (Country of Origin) food labelling for dairy products when used as an ingredients is not the only EU COOL trial in place. Are we going to see diversification in this area of food and drink labelling? For more information.........https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2018/08/03/Spain-s-competition-watchdog-urges-caution-on-geographic-labels-for-dairy



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What are Pre-packed for Direct Sale foods?
16th February 2021
As food businesses seek to understand if they will be impacted by changes to food labelling...
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Will Natasha's Law affect my food businesses?
21st January 2021
Natasha's Law has been designed to provide additional information on foods...
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