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.
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.
We worked with Sarah in our preparation for the SALSA accreditation this year. Our mentoring day was held on site at our juicing facility and was very hands on which was immensely helpful in making the SALSA standard relevant to us. Sarah made a real effort to understand the practical side of our business as well as our paperwork, and helped us develop a strategy for implementing new systems and improving current ones. We followed up our mentoring with an in house HACCP Level 2 Training Day for the whole of our team. Sarah made the training engaging and very relevant to our specific production process which made all the difference. There has been a noticeable difference in the team since the training, and we feel like it has had a practical and positive impact rather than simply ‘box ticking’. Thank you!