Allergens

We cover some of the latest food and drink product launches, from flavoured Brazil nuts to organic oat milk

New product development

The latest food and drink product launches

By Gwen Ridler

From the ‘world’s first’ flavoured Brazil nut snack to an organic option for oat milk drinkers, Food Manufacture explores a host of new food and drink NPD in this round-up of new product launches.

Almost three quarters of UK consumers believe vegan food has no animal ingredients, according to High Speed Training

News

Mass confusion over vegan labelling ‘life-threatening’

By Gwen Ridler

Almost three quarters of consumers believe vegan food products contain no ingredients derived from animals, highlighting the potential risk to people with food allergies in the absence of vegan labelling laws, according to a new study.

Food Manufacture brings key takeaways of the RQA Group’s Product Recall Report for 2023, which examines recall data from food authorities across the UK, EU, US, Canada and parts of Australasia. Credit: Getty/zimmytws

News

Global food recalls 2023: How the UK compared

By Bethan Grylls

Recalls and alerts in the US and EU climbed in 2023, while the governing bodies for food safety in the UK, Canada and Australasia reported improvements from 2022.

Recalls, food safety and integrity are key topics in this month's podcast

Food Manufacture Podcast

Episode 9: Recalls and food safety

By Gwen Ridler

From marching mycotoxins to navigating labelling regulations, we explore the challenges and solutions surrounding recalls and retaining integrity in your business in this episode of the Food Manufacture Podcast.

Food Manufacture hears from four experts on managing allergens within your factory and supply chain. Credit: Moo Free/Getty:andresr/Hispanolistic

Feature

Allergen management in the free-from factory

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture speaks to four experts, including free-from manufacturers Moo Free and Kirsty’s, around managing allergens within your factory and supply chain.

Natasha's Law came into effect two years ago. Credit: Getty/nathaphat

Short read

The impact of Natasha’s Law – two years on

By Bethan Grylls

Yesterday (1 October 2023) marked two years since Natasha’s Law came into force. Here, Rebecca Ironmonger of Roythornes Solicitors’ food regulatory team takes a look at what the impact has been of the law since its implementation.

Undeclared allergens, pieces of plastic and raw product sparked recalls this past month

Recalls

Allergen threat and manufacturing errors spark recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Undeclared allergens including milk, soya and gluten continue to spark recalls of food and drink, as manufacturers pull products from the shelf in response to potential choking hazards and labelling errors.

Are you sure you can claim vegan? Credit: Getty/The_Believer_art

Food Forensics

Vegan lab testing – what to expect

By Alison Johnson

In this month’s Food Forensics column, Alison Johnson looks at the different testing options to confirm your vegan product claims and some interesting outliers you may encounter.

Read NSF's Alison's Friel's six ways to protect against and handle food recalls. Credit: Getty/bymuratdeniz

Long read

6 steps to safeguard your brand against recalls

By Alison Friel

With food recalls making headlines more often than not, Alison Friel, director of food consulting and training at NSF, takes a look at how you can safeguard against this growing threat.

Ensuring compliance across a complex supply chain is tough at the best of times

Experts from Tesco and McCormick tackle compliance

By Rod Addy

Experts from Tesco and global herbs and spices supplier McCormick & Company will form part of a panel tackling traceability and compliance in a volatile market in our free webinar on 25 May.

Johnson: 'Ukraine accounts for 17% of the globally exported corn'

Food Safety opinion

Food fraud and the Ukraine war

By Alison Johnson

The impact of the conflict in Ukraine has been well covered in the media, but what is the likely impact of this global supply disruption on food fraud and food authenticity?

Health and safety is more than just filling out a checklist - mental health issues are just as important and faults on the line

Digital feature: long read

Battling food factory health and safety challenges

By Gwen Ridler

At the fore of every well operated food and drink factory is a strong culture of health and safety, but what are some of the challenges still plaguing manufacturers and how as the spread of COVID-19 affected the way we keep employees safe?

The consultation opens on 6 December and runs until 14 March 2022

FSA launches consultation on 'may contain' packaging

By Michelle Perrett

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation to gather views from businesses and consumers on the use of precautionary allergen information and labels, often written as 'may contain' on food packaging.

The webinar will cover areas including managing audits efficiently and HACCP planning

Food Manufacture webinar

Food Safety Briefing: Weak Links in The Chain 6 October

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture is running its usual free annual Food Safety Briefing on 6 October online from 3pm to 4.30pm, featuring experts tackling topics ranging from allergens to ensuring robust HACCP plans and audits.

A total of 36% of consumers surveyed said they checked food labelling for allergens or ingredients exacerbating intolerances

Allergen information needs more work, says GS1 UK

By Rod Addy

Food allergy-stricken Brits need more transparent information about allergens in foods, with one in six unable to identify any in common food groups and 62% too embarrassed to ask about ingredients when eating out.

Precautionary allergen labelling can act more as a disclaimer to cover manufacturers, rather than a help for consumers

Precautionary allergen label regulation 'desperately needed'

By Rod Addy

Regulation of precautionary allergen labelling (PAL), such as 'may contain ...' is 'desperately needed', according to Apetito's group technical manager Iain Mortimer, making the Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) review...

Severe allergic reactions were thrust into the spotlight following the consultation into Natasha Ednan-Laperouse's death

Calls renewed for register of severe allergic reactions

By Gwen Ridler

The creation of a national register to record severe allergic reactions to food could speed up investigations into similar incidents and help prevent future cases, according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Unlabeled allergens, salmonella contamination and chocking hazards all sparked recalls in December

December food recall roundup

By Gwen Ridler

Christmas crackers, protein balls and jelly cups were just some of the products recalled by food and drink firms over the Christmas period.

The webinar will include an extensive Q&A discussion to allow registrants to pose specific questions

Two days to register for Food Safety Briefing

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture's free-to-access Food Safety Briefing webinar, which covers topics ranging from food fraud and detection and inspection to allergen and pathogen management, goes live in just two days.

Vestey Foods' Thompson uses thermal processing and allergen control as examples

Technical Opinion

Food safety: why validations and 'worst-case scenarios' are vital

By Chris Thompson

Even technical experts sometimes confuse validations with verifications, but both are crucial aspects of food safety processes, as is the 'worst-case scenario' approach, argues Chris Thompson, technical manager at Vestey Foods UK.

The revamped factory offers additional reassurance for consumers scouring allergen labelling for 'nut-free' tags

Finsbury Food Group turns cake factory nut-free

By Michelle Perrett

Finsbury Food Group, the cake manufacturer supplying supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury's, has turned its Hamilton Celebration Cake factory in Scotland into a nut-free site, offering consumers additional reassurances regarding allergen labelling.

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