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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



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.

Read more .............https://www.gov.uk/guidance/food-labelling-changes-after-brexit#goods-sold-in-the-uk



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 ...........................................https://www.asa.org.uk/news/organic-context-changes-everything.html



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 emphasising allergens on pre-packaged foods for direct sale to be introduce by Environment Secretary Michael Gove 

Read more......https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gove-to-introduce-natashas-law?utm_source=abfcf988-651b-4bc4-b3fa-9fc97a53a2cd&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate



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. 

Read more here.................https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2019/05/13/EU-laws-retained-in-no-deal-Brexit-scenario



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.

Read more......................https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/fsa-backs-mandatory-full-ingredient-labelling-for-pre-packed-direct-sale-food



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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.

Read more...........................https://consult.defra.gov.uk/agri-food-chain-directorate/consultation-on-amending-allergen-information/supporting_documents/allergenconsultdoc%201.0.pdf



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 ..................https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/producing-and-labelling-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/producing-and-labelling-food-if-theres-no-brexit-deal 



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...........https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/importing-dietary-supplements-and-health-foods



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 ............
https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2018/11/22/Poland-to-bring-in-mandatory-origin-labelling-for-potatoes



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..........
https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2018/11/07/Pret-allergen-death-sparks-new-law-calls



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.........https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2018/08/03/Spain-s-competition-watchdog-urges-caution-on-geographic-labels-for-dairy



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 ............ https://brcglobalstandards.com/brc-global-standards/food-safety/food-safety-issue-8/



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 ...............https://www.salsafood.co.uk/ 



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 .....https://www.fdf.org.uk/guidance-on-comparative-nutrition-claims.aspx



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 ...............http://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/consumers/food-safety/at-home/kitchen-crimes.



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.

Read more here..............https://www.fdf.org.uk/corporate_pubs/shelf-life-guidance.pdf



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.

Read more...........https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2017/16749/new-eu-acrylamide-legislation



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.

Read more.........../food_safety/file/FoodLabellingUK(1).pdf



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

Read more.........../food_safety/file/New%20Food%204%20-%20Sarah(1).pdf



Future changes to Organic Food Labels 3rd July 2017

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

Read more...............https://www.neweurope.eu/article/parliament-approves-new-rules-for-organic-food-eu-label/



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

Read more ................https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm515020.htm



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.... http://evolvednutritionlabel.eu/



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.

Read more ....https://brc.org.uk/news/2017/uk-retailers-unveil-revised-alcohol-label-to-encourage-more-responsible-drinking



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Coronavirus and the food handler
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