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Alimenti Blog – The Core

 Welcome to The Core -the blog and  updates from Louise . I hope that you enjoy reading it.

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.  

July 2023

The blog post by Vanarama about picnic spots has led to a couple of interesting conversations and the theme of the August newsletter is food safety and start ups, following a couple of calls with new entrepreneurs.The post is below.

The conference on the subject of Living with Natasha’s Law was an interesting event, with a lively discussion happening afterwards.

I have been busy wih family events in July. My youngest is home and looking for a job in  software development, if you know of any junior roles let me know. 🙂

June 2023

I have been quoted in a blog post by Vanarama about picnic spots.

In June, I will be chairing a half day conference on the subject of Living with Natasha’s Law. Now that the legislation has been live for over a year, we are looking at the impact the law has had on the food to go sector. Speakers are from Pret a Manger, FSC and Vikan, it was an interesting event. 

I have also received confirmation that the 5 people trained at level 3 in HACCP all passed and 4 received distinctions !

May 2023

I have been busy supporting clients, in addition to  working as a locum CSO at a retailer’s distribution depot. This is a link to a LinkedIn post that I wrote about how I support my clients, after I was asked the question at a networking event.

In June, I will be chairing a half day conference on the subject of Living with Natasha’s Law. Now that the legislation has been live for over a year, we are looking at the impact the law has had on the food to go sector. Speakers are from Pret a Manger, FSC and Vikan, it will be an interesting event, the link to book is here.

April 2023

I qualified to be a CSO (Certified Support Officer) which allows me to certify evidence to prepare food for export. I will be working as a locum CSO at a retailer’s distribution depot. 

March 2023

At the end of the month, I am attending a Site visit with the IFST in Cornwall. The link to book on it is here. (You don’t have to be a member to attend)

I have received a testimonial from Botivo ! Check the testimonials page to read it.

The theme for the month is Weights and Measures.

How is 2023 ?

 

January 2023

I had excellent news today! A site that I had been supporting to prepare for a BRCGS audit had been awarded a result of a AA!

I have received a testimonial from Go Pesto! Check the testimonials page to read it.

The theme for the month is HACCP Pre requisites

Wishing you a successful 2023 !

 

December 2022

An interesting article appeared in my inbox today (1st December 2022), from the Food Authenticity Network. It relates to the reporting of food fraud over the last ten years. The last year reported on is 2021. 

 I am planning for 2023 at the moment, any requests for blogs and articles are gratefully received. Wishing you a successful 2023 !!!

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