Regulation

How might the EU change regulation over Listeria? Credit: Getty/ericsphotography

Long read

EU Listeria law: Potential changes and pitfalls

By Bethan Grylls

With the EU on the precipice of new Listeria regulations, Bethan Grylls reports on Chilled Food Association’s most recent webinar examining the potential avenues this could take and the repercussions.

How can you be sure you are getting the blend you have approved? Credit: Getty/Giovanni Magdalinos

Food Forensics

Do you know if your wine is real?

By Alison Johnson

Wine fraud has been reported as far back as Ancient Rome and continues to be a major obstacle in the industry today. So how can you ensure yours is genuine?

Halen Môn's founders (right)

Long read

What is a B Corp and how do I achieve one?

By Bethan Grylls

Anglesey sea salt company Halen Môn has been awarded B Corp status, joining a growing group of 29 Welsh-based companies. But what does this certification mean and why are so many F&B brands keen to claim such a title?

How to be prepared for unexpected Trading Standards inspections and what to do during the visit. Credit: Getty/Bonfanti Diego

Legal brief

Animal welfare: what to expect from a trading standards visit

By Katie Temple

Animal welfare is high on the political agenda and a visit from Trading Standards is always an unpredictable possibility. Katie Temple, food lawyer at Roythornes Solicitors, explains how to prepare and what may be needed next.

EPR delayed until October 2025. Credit: Getty/BrianAJackson

News

Industry bodies react to EPR delay

By Bethan Grylls

Ecoveritas has described the delay to roll-out Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), as a “bittersweet” move, whilst OPRL warns companies “not to rest on their laurels”.

Are current meat inspections fair on smaller abattoirs? Credit: Getty/Portra

Short read

Does meat inspection at small abattoirs need to change?

By Bethan Grylls

With many smaller abattoirs forced to close, is it time for the meat inspection process in the UK to change in support of independents – and what is the government already doing to help?

People on the move in the food and drink industry in 2023

News

Food and drink industry appointment round-up

By Gwen Ridler

Silvery Tweed Cereals, Q Catering and Fabcon Food Systems all made senior appointments this past month, featured in this round-up of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

The FSA has launched a consultation into whether changes should be introduced to the chilling requirements of Qurbani meat and offal supplied from slaughterhouses

Consultation into the collection of Qurbani meat

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation into whether changes should be introduced to the chilling requirements of Qurbani meat and offal supplied from slaughterhouses in England and Wales during the period of Eid al-Adha.

The food and drink industry has responded to the Government's Food Strategy

Government food strategy: Industry response

By Gwen Ridler

The Government has been praised for its commitment to British produce in its new Food Strategy, but the apparent lack of dedication to Henry Dimbleby’s original National Food Strategy has left a bad taste in the mouths of some in the food and drink industry....

Dimbleby: 'They have kicked stuff down the road to the Health Disparities white paper'

Government Food Strategy shows it's 'in pocket of food industry'

By Rod Addy

The Government Food Strategy has avoided backing 'bold, evidence-based recommendations' in Henry Dimbleby's National Food Strategy that would have significantly improved the UK food system – a 'shambolic' decision, pressure groups...

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.

Acrylamide can be found in products such as crisps, chips and cakes. iStock credit piotr_malczyk

Be aware of EU acrylamide changes

By Mark Hughes

The EU recently added many more products to its acrylamide monitoring system, broadening the list of baked goods and including pita and specialty breads, pancakes, tortillas, churros, doughnuts and croissants.

The FDF has welcomed further discussion on business waste

Government confirms EPR scheme roll out delayed to 2024

By Rod Addy

The Government has confirmed it will delay the roll-out of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, which will require producers to bear the full cost of post consumer packaging waste disposal, until 2024.

Leese: 'A judicial review may yet arise as a result of the Cleveland Case'

Legal Opinion

Have courts seen the last of Cleveland Meat Company?

By Hannah Leese

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has been involved in a protracted dispute concerning the infamous Carcass 77 slaughtered at Cleveland Meat Company Limited back in 2014.

According to the ISC, demand for stevia continues to grow. iStock credit: HandmadePictures

Framework for steviol glycoside production approved

By Rod Addy

International food safety body Codex Alimentarius has approved a framework outlining four safe ways of producing steviol glycosides, enabling greater access to stevia products across the globe.

Collett: 'New ingredients are being introduced all the time'

Ask The Expert, in collaboration with the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)

Ask The Expert: sugar reduction in soft drinks

By Vicky Collett FIFST CSci

Vicky Collett, (consultant) global quality manager for a joint venture between PepsiCo and Unilever, explores the challenges of sugar reduction in soft drinks.

Changes to food and drink export processes have proved to be a headache

Digital feature: long read

Freightful times for food exporters

By Lynda Searby

UK exporters will have to wait for the COVID fog to lift before they can get a clear view of the future, says Lynda Searby.

Miles outlined five active food fraud investigations

Food Crime Unit closes in on fraudsters

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) is making progress on food fraud investigations, with sentencing following its first successful conviction due to take place this month.

Martin: 'There is currently no legal definition of what a vegan product is in the UK or EU'

Legal opinion

Plant-based food labelling: what the law says

By Pete Martin

The meteoric growth in sales and the variety of plant-based foods has been so fast that the thinking on how such products are labelled has barely kept up. Here, Pete Martin, regulatory director at product information specialist Ashbury explores the latest...

Martin: 'Companies must start their compliance early'

Legal opinion

Get to grips with low-to-no-alcohol labelling now

By Pete Martin

Consumers determined to ditch booze or reduce their intake have seen the no- and low-alcohol sector soar over the past two years, with the category growing by 51% in the year to February 2021 (Kantar Worldpanel).

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.

Freeman: Feeding a global population of nine billion by 2050 'a massive opportunity' for UK science and agri-tech leadership

How a UK regulatory overhaul could benefit food firms

By Rod Addy

A report calling for an overhaul of the UK's entire regulatory framework argues the move could unlock innovation in the food industry - Food Manufacture talked to MP and co-author George Freeman about that vision.

Food and beverage manufacturers will soon be able to access PureCircle’s stevia ingredients from bioconversion

Stevia range from PureCircle wins EFSA approval

By Rod Addy

PureCircle has secured a positive safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its Reb M, Reb D and Reb AM stevia ingredients produced through bioconversion of stevia leaf extracts.

Reinders: 'a company registering a single product under Novel Food guidelines would need to invest between €350,000-€500,000'

CBD opinion

Hemp food firm wants quality marks, not Novel Food approval

By Mark Reinders

Driving CBD food producers down the Novel Foods route is unnecessary and expensive, argues Mark Reinders, HempFlax boss and former president of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) in this opinion piece.

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.

Kendall: 'Since 2006, a limit of 500 parts per billion has been applied to illegal dyes in food ingredients'

Food safety opinion

Illegal dyes in the food industry: colouring our judgment

By Kendall Baker

Use of illegal dyes in foodstuffs persists despite the danger to health they pose, driven by their cheaper cost. Kendall Baker, scientific lead at food testing company Food Forensics takes a close look.

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