Archive: May 2018

Gluten awareness, risk assessment and management

Various_grainsInternational Coeliac Day was held on 16th May 2018 to raise awareness of the disease across the globe; in the UK, the awareness campaign was extended into a week of activities (14th-20th May). Earlier in the year, Coeliac UK launched an initiative, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, to raise £5m to support improvements to the lives of those with coeliac disease. As part of this initiative, Coeliac UK announced a new research fund to encourage developments in diagnostics, self-care and gluten-free food production. In North America, there have been developments in the field of certification; Allergen Control Group Inc. which owns and operates the only ISO 17021 accredited management scheme for gluten-free food production, was acquired by BRC Global Standards. This move is complimentary to BRC’s growth towards becoming a global brand and consumer protection organisation. Its food safety standard is already a global brand – having over 17,000 certified sites – and operates in over 90 countries. Issue 8 of the BRC food safety standard is expected to be published in August, with the first audits starting in February 2019.

Related products: onsite Gluten R5 FlowThrough™ tests for assessing the effectiveness of gluten controls; Gluten-Check™ ELISAs, an R5 Mendez method for quantifying the gluten content of ingredients, swab solutions & finished products; and Surface-Check™ Swabbing for collected environmental samples.

Posted in Gluten

Allergy awareness, risk assessment and management

Lupin_jaune,_peau,_lupin_sans_sa_peau,_petit_pois,_lupin_intact_(avec_peau)Food Allergy Awareness week, a North American initiative organised by FARE, was held from the 13th-19th May to shine a light on food allergies and anaphylaxis through a programme of activities. In the UK, the Anaphylaxis Campaign organised their signature ‘Orange Wig’ day on the 18th May to raise awareness, funds and support for those with severe food allergies. On the 18th of September, the Campaign will also host its expert-led annual conference, ‘Developing a Safer Future’ for professionals in the food and pharmaceutical industries to gain key insights in the area. A recent publication by the University of Central Lancashire revealed the extent of allergy risk with takeaway foods, highlighting that takeaway staff believe that it is a customer’s responsibility to inform them about their food allergy and that 43% of staff mistakenly believe that offering water would dilute a food allergen to stop the reaction. The challenges of allergen control in industry were also highlighted this month by an annual survey on ‘Sanitation for Allergen Control’. It reported that specific cleaning sites were the most difficult sanitation issue, a finding that might be echoed by BRC non-conformances, where evidence of poor cleaning (section 4.11.1) is one of the top deviations from the standard. On 26th May mandatory allergen labelling requirements for lupin will begin in Australia and New Zealand; reflecting the continued global effort needed to improve the information provided to consumers.

Related products: onsite Allergen FlowThrough™ tests for assessing the effectiveness of allergen controls; 18 laboratory Allergen-Check™ ELISAs, for quantifying the allergen content of ingredients, swab solutions & finished products ; and Surface-Check™ Swabbing for collected environmental samples.

Posted in Allergens

Protecting your data

legislation-3231548_960_720As I am sure you are aware, from 25th May the EU General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679; GDPR) gives you greater protection, rights and control over how your data is used. In response to this Regulation, Bio-Check (UK) would like to let you know how we are storing and using your data.

You do not need to do anything, other than read the information below.

We will:

  • Hold your data (e.g. contact details, purchasing history, product interests etc) securely.
  • Contact you when we believe there is a legitimate interest to do so (e.g. follow-up to orders and enquiries, updates to new products & services etc).
  • Not share your data with third parties. unless it is to fulfil services you have requested (e.g. provide shipping instructions to couriers).
  • If required, analyse your data to understand how we can continuously improve our services to you (e.g. in the context of customer satisfaction under our IS09001 accreditation).
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You can decide to stop us contacting you at any time, or ask us to amend your preferences, simply by informing us via info@biocheck.uk.

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Posted in About us

Horizon scanning

MC900299701  Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in May 2018:

  • Cattlemen’s petition would cause chaos in the market place
  • Clean meat: traditional animal agriculture has reached capacity
  • Food allergen management in takeaways
  • New fund for research into coeliac disease and gluten-free production
  • Australia and New Zealand new lupin labelling deadline approaches
  • Traceability goes paperless in digital evolution
  • Breakthrough in toxic grain
  • What is happening in ATP testing?
  • BRC Global Standards acquire Allergen Control Group Inc
  • BRC Global Food Safety Issue 8 is coming soon

 

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Posted in About us, Allergens, Gluten, Mycotoxins