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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.
Food Fraud - a definition. The term "Food fraud" is used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or foodpackaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product, for...
Chilling food. Chilling food to preserve it is a technology which has been around for longer than you may expect. Archaeologists have found evidence dating back to 1780 BC of ice houses. What the exact purpose was is unclear but the use of ice has been going...
Cooking food. Cooking food is a very old way to make food safe and palatable to eat. Raw meat and some raw vegetables and pulses can contain pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria and viruses or toxins that are destroyed when heated. Cooking food kills bacteria It...
Cross contamination. Cross contamination can come from a number of sources and cause harm. Glass, raw food, insects, people, clothing, chemicals and rodents are just a few. The types are foreign bodies, chemical, allergens and microbiological.Foreign bodies Foreign...
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...
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...
Do we reduce our food safety standards for a trade deal with the USA In the United Kingdom, we have some of the best quality food, food safety and animal welfare standards in the world. We are recognised as producing quality food and drink, which is in demand,...
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 the top 5 food safety...
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 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...