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Last call for CBD applications by the UK FSA 27th April 2022

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a final call for evidence linking CBD products to applications on the public list. The CBD public list shows which products have a credible application for authorisation with the FSA. Read more..https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/update-fsa-issues-final-call-for-cbd-products-to-be-added-to-the-public-list



Calorie labelling rules come into force 6th April 2022

New rules requiring calorie information to be displayed on menus and food labels come into force today (Wednesday 6 April 2022)..The changes mean it is now a legal requirement for large businesses with more than 250 employees, including cafes, restaurants and takeaways, to display calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drinks. Learn more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-calorie-labelling-rules-come-into-force-to-improve-nations-health



New Rules limit the Marketing of HFSS Foods 17th March 2022

Promotions on food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in retailers will be restricted from October 2022. These new restrictions will impact medium and large businesses, including those with 50 or more employees, Learn more about what HFSS are and how marketing channels will be affected https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/food-hfss-overview.html



HFSS Nutrient profile guidance published 16th February 2022

The nutrient profiling model was developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2004- 2005 to provide Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, with a tool to differentiate of foods on the basis of their nutritional composition, in the context of television advertising foods to children. This is now being used as the basis to calculate which foods are HFSS and will therefore be impacted by the HFSS Marketing rule changes.   https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/216094/dh_123492.pdf



Morrison scraps use by dates on fresh milk 12th January 2022

Morrisons has announced plans to scrap use-by dates on its own-label milk packaging by the end of January, in a bid to prevent waste. Milk waste contributes negatively to the environment as well as costing consumers in their pocket.   Read more ....https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2022/01/10/Morrisons-scraps-use-by-dates-on-milk#



UK Food Standards Agency chief scientist in support of Eco-Labelling 12th November 2021

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....



Eco food labelling focus as we approach COP 26 5th October 2021

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.



Calorie labelling in the out of home sector 18th September 2021

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



Selecting an independent expert witness 12th August 2021

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....



More allergen labelling resources published by FSA 19th July 2021

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



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Food Sustainability label trial 30th June 2021

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/



Calorie labelling on menus to be introduced in cafes, restaurants and takeaways 20th May 2021

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



Natasha's Law summary 6th April 2021

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



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



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



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