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We have a new Government in the UK and Brexit is due at the end of the month. We are awaiting the technical guidance on th Pre Packed Food for Direct Sale definition from UK Food Standards Agency, at the time of writing this blog. The UK legislation will come into force in October 2021, so watch this space for more information.
Brexit didn’t happen. I attended a seminar on Due Diligence defence and learned that health and safety laws are being used to prosecute food safety offences in the UK. I also attended a workshop about Listeria and allergens. Both were run by the IFST. Both were invaluable in terms of updating my knowledge and networking with my peers.
As Brexit is due to happen on 31st October 2019, with the transition period ending in December 2020, I feel it is a timely activity to review your supply chain. My food safety update subscribers will receive a reminder to do this, along with some tips. You can sign up here and receive a free supplier questionnaire template.
Natasha’s Law was placed before Parliament on 5th September 2019. My article is here.
August 2019 was the last summer that my youngest child was in education, so we went on holiday to Devon and has a relaxed time. The final year of A Levels approaches so stress levels will be high for the next 9 months!
I got the results of my HACCP exam and I achieved a Distinction! All of the 22 pages of writing paid off! On a more serious note, there was a change of Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for Food, Environment and Agriculture also changed. We will wait to see whether Natasha’s law is enacted given the change in personalities.
In July I started posting regularly on Instagram. The account is here if you would like to follow it.
The news also broke that the sandwich producer being investigated regarding the deaths in hospital as a result of consuming products containing Listeria monocytogenes has closed. The business has been exonerated in the investigation, but the news came too late.
The news that Natasha’s law is planned to be laid before Parliament this summer was expected given the pledge from Michael Gove after the coroner’s report. It appears to mean that all pre packed food will have to have full ingredient and allergen labelling. Reports indicate that a transition period will give businesses until the summer of 2021 to change their packaging.
There have been 2 recalls so far this month (26th June 2019) due to the presence of Listeria. These, along with the reports of deaths following the consumption of sandwiches by hospital patients has led to a blog post which you can find here.
In June I updated my HACCP skills & knowledge by attending a Level 3 and level 4 HACCP course. I will get my results in July. Fingers crossed!
I have also been to a couple of local events in Worcestershire, including a Food & Drink Forum at Lovells Vineyard.
In May I attended 2 food safety conferences. One was around the legislation and enforcement changes planned as apart of “Regulating Our Future” changes from Trading Standards and Food Standards Agency representatives.
The second was based on food safety culture and supply chain challenges. There was a very informative presentation from a halal accreditation body, too.
The ExperiTent in Dorset went well, with lots of interest and experiments about taste and food, as well as an opportunity for the general public to see what petri dishes full of pathogens looked like. (These were photos not actual pathogenic bacteria in the petri dishes.)
This month I have been busy with Client work. My email newsletter was all about how to avoid killing your business and your customers. I have also written a blog about the debate around doing a deal with the USA, and my opinion on it.
A parish newsletter has also asked if I would write a regular column for them, in Kent. Of course, I said yes! In May I will be helping at Christchurch Discover Science ExperiTENT at the Food Festival. I will write more about it, once it has happened. If you are at the Food Festival, pop by and say hello. I will be there on the Sunday, all day.
In March I attended the ATOMICON conference in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was organised by Andrew and Pete, and was full of energy and ideas, as well as lots of opportunities to network and socialise with the delegates and speakers. I enjoyed it so much that I booked to go to Atomicon 2020.
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Happy New Year and I wish you a Prosperous 2019!
In January I visited Worcestershire Food & Drink inaugural networking event at Pershore College. I also wrote a blog about red tape, and why I believe it is important. If you would like to know what I got up to in 2018, read my blog post, below.
Have you heard the term HACCP prerequisites? The use of prerequisites or PRPs (Pre Requisite Programmes) in HACCP terminology became more popular when the last version of the Codex Alimentarius by WHO was published in 2011. So what are they? Cornell University defines...
HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) starts with the hazards. These are generally divided into microbiological. chemical, physical and allergens. If you want to know more about the HACCP Hazards, sign up for my eBook here. Now you have a list of potential...
Do you regularly train your team in food safety and keep training records? Do you know what you want to do, but time and the business demands take over? Is the administration is too much or releasing the person to be trained is difficult? As the numbers of allergy...
Hand washing Do you check when hand washing happens in your business? Do you rely on your team to wash their hands correctly or have you trained them, and checked that it is happening correctly? Are the handwashing facilities in your production area fully stocked with...
I'm an author! I’m proud to be an author of one of the chapters of the 3M/Cornell Environmental Monitoring Handbook for the Food and Drink Industries. The first comprehensive guide for environmental monitoring. You can read the handbook in its entirety for free at...
What is the danger zone in food safety? The danger zone in food safety is the temperature range that pathogens (disease causing micro organisms) grow fastest. The optimum temperature for human pathogens is 37C (our body temperature). This temperature range is 5C to...
There are many online and offline food safety courses advertised. The online courses that I am referring to are those that are recorded and can be downloaded at any time, rather than live broadcasts. What is the difference between online and offline courses and which...
Food premises and kitchen design part two Food premises and kitchen design is key to food safety and the smooth running of any food business. The design of any area used to prepare food must be done with food safety and health & safety in mind. Often premises...
Food premises and kitchen design Food premises and kitchen design is key to food safety and the smooth running of any food business. The design of any area used to prepare food must be done with food safety and health & safety in mind. Often premises evolve or are...
Natasha's Law "Natasha's Law" is a change to UK legislation about labelling food and drink. Currently if you prepare and pack food for sale in the same unit or building, the labelling required is minimal. In my opinion, this was taken advantage of by Pret a Manger...