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There will also be a series of articles and posts on the website which I will be reviewing regularly. The blog archive is here.  If you would like to connect with me on LinkedIn, my profile is here. Let’s start a conversation. 

June 2019

 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.

If you are on Instagram, I have posted regularly about food safety in June. The account is @alimentifoodsciences. If you follow the account, and I will follow you back.

May 2019

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.) 

April 2019

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.  

March 2019

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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

February 2019

I have written a blog about food that I avoid for food safety reasons.  If you would like to be the first to know about my latest offers, blogs, free downloads and developments at Alimenti, sign up to my newsletter here.   

 January 2019

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.

Listeria

Listeria

Listeria Hysteria? Have you noticed that cases of Listeria are increasingly being reported in the media, with several deaths reported from hospitals? Listeria Hysteria, or a growing problem? There have also been two recalls in the UK during June 2019, at the time of...

Are all bacteria bad for us?

Are all bacteria bad for us?

Each of us, as an adult, has around 30,000,000,000,000 viable microbes living in our intestines and body, comprising over 400 different species. How much do all these bugs weigh in an average adult? Around 200g, according to the US Library of Medicine.  However, this...

Top 5 food safety questions to ask your food and drink suppliers.

Top 5 food safety questions to ask your food and drink suppliers.

  Do you have any food or drink suppliers? Did you pre qualify your food and drink suppliers before you placed your first order? If so, was your due diligence only about finance or did you find out about their food safety too? Here are 5 questions to ask your...

Top 8 foods that I avoid

Top 8 foods that I avoid

What foods do I avoid and why? I am asked frequently whether I eat out and what foods do I avoid. The question usually arises when I am introduced to new people and the subject of my profession is raised. The usual  answer that I give is Yes, I do eat out and that I...

Review of 2018

Review of 2018

Review of 2018 2018 was a busy year in Alimenti Food Sciences. This review of 2018 highlights some of the activities that I am most proud of. It has not all been roses, but the support of friends and other business owners has helped me to  look forward to 2019 with...

BCP

Business Continuity Plans (BCP) This blog is a little different, I have taken an article about business continuity plans (BCP)  and added it into my blog. If you want to see more videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. BCPs are critical to succeeding any...

Salmonella Source is Sheep

Salmonella Source is Sheep

Salmonella has been found to be the source of a number of food poisoning cases over the last year. More recently since June 2018, 165 cases have been reported. Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at the Food Standards Agency said: 'We are advising care when...

Food Safety Consultants and Conferences

Food Safety Consultants and Conferences When do you find time to keep your skills and knowledge up to date? I believe that you are always learning. As food safety consultants, it is important to invest the time and energy to update our knowledge and skills. With this...

Supplier approval for retail – top tips

Supplier approval for retail – top tips

Supplier Approval Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes Supplier approval for blue chip companies can be daunting for any food and drink business. Here are some tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes. These are taken from a presentation that I gave at The Food...

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