The Food Standards Agency Chief Scientist Robin May is in support of Eco-labelling on food and drink products. Read more........https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2021/11/10/FSA-chief-scientist-says-eco-labels-are-golden-opportunity-for-industry?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright....
Will we see an increased focus on eco labelling systems in food and drink as we approach COP 26? Currently the lack of a "common standard" is one of the factors challenging consumer communication and the move to more sustainable food choices.
Guidance has been developed for the provisions of The Calorie Labelling (Out of Home Sector) (England) Regulations 2021 which come into force from 6 April 2022. Read more....https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calorie-labelling-in-the-out-of-home-sector/calorie-labelling-in-the-out-of-home-sector-implementation-guidance
Using an independent expert witness with expertise in the field of review is essential to add value to your case,rather than undermine your defence. In some recent cases the pifalls of not selecting the right expert witness are shared. Read more....
Food Standards Agency UK publish new resources to support food businesses preparing for upcoming changes to PPDS Pre-Packed for Direct Sale) allergen labelling. Read more..........https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/fsa-publish-new-resources-to-support-food-businesses-preparing-for-upcoming-changes-to-ppds-allergen-labelling
A pilot scheme to assess the environmental impact of food is planned for launch in autumn 2021, with a new eco label to appear on the front of packaging. It aims to help consumers compare food products for sustainability and push manufacturers to look for more environmentally friendly ways to produce food. Read more...........https://www.which.co.uk/news/2021/06/food-sustainability-environmental-scores-label-planned/
Large businesses , with over 250 employees, will be required to display calorie information on menus and food labels from April 2022. Rules will help the public to make healthier choices when eating out. Read more .......https://www.gov.uk/government/news/calorie-labelling-on-menus-to-be-introduced-in-cafes-restaurants-and-takeaways
On the 1st October 2021 foods Pre Packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) will require additional information to be provided on the packaging. Read more to find out what those changes are..................
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..........
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
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.
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
Is your business looking for a food safety expert witness ? Learn more about the type of cases and support available..........
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
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
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
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
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.........................
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
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
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.
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
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.............
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
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
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
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 emphasising allergens on pre-packaged foods for direct sale 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.
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