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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.

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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 ...........................................

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 on pre-packaged foods to be introduce by Environment Secretary Michael Gove 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 .................. 

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...........

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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 ............

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..........

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.........

BRC Global Food Safety Version 8 1st August 2018

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 ............

SALSA Food Safety certification NEW version 30th June 2018

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 ............... 

EU Nutritional Food Labelling Review 27th April 2018

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.

What is HACCP? 28th February 2018

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

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 ...............

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Future changes to Organic Food Labels 3rd July 2017

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

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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

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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....

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.

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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.

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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.

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"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."

Paul Deboe, Vice President Corporate Engineering & reliability at Cargill


Brexit - Food and Drink Labelling changes
6th January 2020
DEFRA have provided guidance on how...
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Organic Claims in Food Labelling guidance not
2nd October 2019
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