Archive: December 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !

small blue christmas giftsWe take this opportunity to wish you our best wishes for Christmas and for the coming year. Our office will be closed for the holiday period. Urgent enquiries should be sent through our web site or by contacting individual staff directly. The office will be closed starting from Wednesday 24th December and will re-open on Monday 5th January, when normal operations will resume …. Contact us

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Eating out is now safer for allergic consumers?

Place  Setting at ChristmasFor the food industry, the significance of Saturday 13th December 2014 should not have passed without notice, with the new Food Information to Consumers Regulation (No. 1169/2011) coming into force. It brings together EU rules on general food and nutrition labelling into one piece of legislation. All food businesses (including e.g. restaurants, takeaways, bakeries and delicatessens) must now declare any of 14 identified allergenic ingredients which are used in non-prepacked or loose foods that are sold or provided to consumers. Whilst it may have come at arguably the busiest time for the catering sector there was a three year notice before implementation. The UK’s Food Standards Agency communication programme has been extensive including: regulation, guidance for enforcement, guidance for businesses, publications, online training, other resources, Twitter #allergyhour  Please contact Bio-Check for how we can help you with your Allergen Controls

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Horizon Scanning

MC900299701Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK this last month:

 

  •  EFSA has updated its scientific advice on food allergens
  • New horsemeat scandal rocks Switzerland
  • Is your Gluten Free oatmeal giving you symptoms?
  • Learn more about EFSA’s projects for the next three years
  • New FIR rules strengthen rules on misleading practices
  • From today food businesses are legally required to inform customers of #14Allergens
  • David Reading wins first Dorothy Award
  • £100k an item for Food Information Regulation errors
  • UK National Control Plan published
  • Northern Ireland Strategic Committee publishes food surveillance sampling report
  • Food Fraud Prevention – beyond adulterants and to decision making  

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