Regulation

Action on Sugar calls for action over fruit snacks

Honest labelling’ called for on children’s fruit snacks

By Michelle Perrett

A campaign group is calling for honest labelling on fruit snacks for children, arguing they are displaying misleading claims such as ‘1 of your 5 a day’, ‘Naturally occurring sugars’ or ‘Made from real fruit’.

The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December is likely to disrupt trade, experts claim

Brexit: customs staff, exports and red tape fears

By Rod Addy

Freight and customs representatives fear a lack of customs personnel and significant obstacles surrounding exports and red tape will lead to disruption at the end of the Brexit transition period.

The 90-minute webinar will explore food safety risk management in an unstable world

Food Safety Briefing webinar live on 7 October

By Rod Addy

Risk management in an age of disruption will be the topic of Food Manufacture's annual Food Safety Briefing webinar, which will air on the 7 October, tackling topics such as food fraud.

Cuerden: 'It’s important that you establish your risk of food fraud'

Legal Opinion

How to guard against food fraud post-COVID-19

By Simon Cuerden

Food fraud costs the UK food and drinks industry £12bn every year through overpayments for lesser ingredients, unfair competition and reputational damage.

Dark days for Scotch whisky as US tariff remains in place

Whisky, beer and gin industries, Walkers Shortbread and Government respond on US tariffs

US tariffs wipe £300m off Scotch whisky exports

By Rod Addy

US tariffs have wiped £300m off Scotch whisky sales, with losses set to grow as it emerged they would be kept in place for what is one of Scotland's staple exports.

Princes brands include Napolina; Crisp 'n Dry, Flora and Mazola cooking oils and Branston baked beans

Princes Group backs lifeline for modern slavery victims

By Rod Addy

Ambient food and drink processor Princes has teamed up with Bright Future, an employment programme that provides victims of modern slavery with a pathway to paid employment and reintegration into society.

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.

Suppliers have gained confidence at the negotiating table thanks to the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator

GCA’s tenure instils confidence in suppliers

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink suppliers have been granted more power at the negotiating table after seven years of successful regulation in the groceries sector, according to the exiting Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Guest: 'Technical competency is essential to collect high quality information'

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

Dalziel group technical manager: technical staff and data

By Rod Addy

How can data access and analysis be improved to help technical staff do their jobs better? Alexis Guest, group technical manager at Dalziel, explains in this Ask The Expert article.

More than 1m people have signed the NFU's petition calling for the safeguarding of food standards post-Brexit

Food standards petition reaches 1m signatures

By Gwen Ridler

More than 1m people have signed a petition urging the Government to ensure future trade deals do not lead to an increase in imported foods that would be illegal to produce in the UK.

Suppliers can use the Kitemark to assure shoppers about product attributes such as authenticity or provenance

BSI launches Food Assurance Kitemark

By Rod Addy

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has launched a Food Assurance Kitemark to help tackle food fraud and provide a way to communicate product credentials including food authenticity and provenance to consumers.

The coronavirus recovery plan prioritises protecting production capacity initially

Coronavirus food industry recovery plan published

By Rod Addy

A coronavirus food industry recovery plan has been published, endorsed by more than 30 food and drink organisations, outlining steps the Government and industry can take to future-proof the sector.

Government hails new global tariff regime planned from the start of 2021

Experts respond to Government's proposed tariff scheme

Brexit: UK Global Tariff positive for food industry

By Rod Addy

Brexit trade tariffs will be applied to agricultural imports from 1 January 2021 under Government proposals, potentially protecting domestic producers against cheaper import prices and lower food standards.

The guidance includes plans to increase cleaning

FSA issues new guidance for food manufacturers

By Michelle Perrett

Food manufacturers are being reminded that they are required to implement and maintain hygiene procedures based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles.

Freezing beef steak reduces the value of cuts and would hit deadweight prices, LMCNI said

EU scheme to freeze meat will hit prices

By Rod Addy

Meat prices will suffer if premium cuts are frozen to manage the collapse of foodservice demand under EU Private Storage Aid proposals, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMCNI).

Top experts will address key product recall issues in the free one-hour webinar

Product recall webinar programme tackles allergens, labelling

By Rod Addy

Product recall guidance vital for tackling allergen contamination and labelling errors, plus advice on contingency planning and use of technology for cost-effective recall management were presented at an exclusive webinar on 17 March.

Allergens, expiry dates and foreign language issues were the major labelling causes for food recalls across Europe

Top label causes of food recalls

By Michelle Perrett

Allergens, followed by expiry dates and foreign language issues were the major labelling causes for food recalls across Europe over more than five years, according to Steve Spice, regulatory manager at Ashbury.

Manufacturers have been urged to report the illegal importation of HFC gases

European body tackles illegal HFCs

By Helen Gilbert

Food manufacturers are among businesses being urged to report the illegal importation of HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) gases.

The sugar reduction target reached by autumn 2018 was 2.9% against an overall target of 20% by 2020

A lighter touch: the future of sugar reduction?

By Linda Searby

With 2020 sugar reduction targets still beyond the food industry’s reach, is taxation becoming a reality and what is stopping manufacturers from reaching those elusive goals?

CBD products could prove difficult for local authorities to enforce

CBD ruling major blow to industry

By Gwen Ridler

The novel foods status of cannabidiol (CBD) has been a major blow for the industry, but one that is not so easily enforced, experts have claimed.

Shelf-life guidance prompts meat industry fears

Shelf-life guidance prompts meat industry fears

By Rick Pendrous

The proposed extension to the shelf-life of fresh meat is still overly cautious, would hinder the industry's international competitiveness and threaten retailers and processors with prosecution, according to food scientists.

Smith: ‘Retailers are asking for something that looks like meat, tastes like meat and feels like meat and it’s okay if it’s not clean-label’

Business Leaders' Forum

Mixed messages complicate production

By Gwen Ridler

Calls for clean-label foods are put on the backburner in favour of creating products that are tastier and have a better mouthfeel, according to ingredients supplier Griffith Foods.

Tesco and Cow & Gate have recalled 15 products in the 7+month range of baby food products

Baby food recalled due to tampering

By Gwen Ridler

Cow & Gate and big four retailer Tesco have launched a voluntary recall of 15 varieties of baby food over concerns that some of the jars might have been tampered with.

Hancock: ‘The FSA already has a statutory duty to provide advice to public bodies, and others, on the wider consumer interest in relation to food’

FSA commitments to trade, strategy and allergens

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reiterated its commitment to putting consumer interests at the forefront of any future discussions on trade, the National Food Strategy and work on allergies and intolerances.

A new ruling on balsamic vinegar eschews need for designation of origin

ECJ decision on balsamic vinegar

By Rod Addy

Balsamic vinegar does not have to originate from Modena, according to a 4 December ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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