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
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.
A new law will require food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods to be introduce by Environment Secretary Michael Gove
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.
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
Food Standards Agency backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food and sets out new priorities to protect food hypersensitive consumers.
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
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
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 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 ............
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..........
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
The latest version of the BRC food safety standard is now available with audits against V8 starting 1st February 2019.The link provides a quickstart guide and useful checklist. Click the link to read more ............ https://brcglobalstandards.com/brc-global-standards/food-safety/food-safety-issue-8/
The SALSA Food Safety Standard Issue 5 is now available with audits against the new issue from 1st September 2018. Click here to read more ...............https://www.salsafood.co.uk/
EC launches front of pack food labelling review : The European Commission has launched an investigation into front of pack (FOP) nutritional labelling. It said that it intends to facilitate a discussion on FOP labelling between Member States and stakeholders with the aim of helping consumers select healthier food choices.
For those of you not totally clear on what HACCP is read the helpful guidance notes on the link below. Read more............. /food_safety/file/WHAT_IS_HACCP(1).pdf
FDF have published a useful set of guidance notes to help you with developing Comparative Nutritional Food Labelling Claims Read more .....https://www.fdf.org.uk/guidance-on-comparative-nutrition-claims.aspx
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 ...............http://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/consumers/food-safety/at-home/kitchen-crimes.
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..............https://www.fdf.org.uk/corporate_pubs/shelf-life-guidance.pdf
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.
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.
For thoughts and perspectives on The Future of Food Labelling New Food August 2017 by Sarah Howarth
New rules to apply to EU Organic Food Labels in order to increase consumer confidence.
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 ................https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm515020.htm
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.... http://evolvednutritionlabel.eu/
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.
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............http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/chemical_safety/contaminants/catalogue/acrylamide_en
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……………….http://www.food.gov.uk/science/acrylamide-0
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...........http://www.fdf.org.uk/corporate_pubs/Food_Drink_Labelling_toolkit.pdf
For more information on the recent Department of Health Guide read more here ............./food_safety/file/2016_Nutrition_Technical_Guidance.pdf
"I worked with Sarah Howarth (2004 till 2009) for our Cargill European Based crush and grain origination, biodiesel and veg oil refinery business. Sarah joined us in 2004 and established a new team that handled our food safety and QA program. Extensive work was done on the supply chain for our origination business, handling our grains improving the understanding and mitigation (building layers of protection) managing risk/hazard (chemical, micro, FM). Sarah had great personal effectiveness handling our journey during the starter-builder phase of our new team."