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Christmas & New Year

Please note our Christmas & New Year holiday arrangements:

Our offices will be closed on:

  • 25th, 26th & 27th December and 1st January 2020

Our last day for despatch of Orders before Christmas will be:

  • Monday 16th December 2019 for International customers
  • Thursday 19th December 2019 for UK customers

Our office will re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2020

Despatch of all orders will begin again on Monday 6th January 2020

Enjoy your holidays and all the best for 2020 !

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Ready for BRC issue 8?

BRC i8Certification for issue 8 of the BRC Global Standard Food Safety starts from 1st February 2019. There are several new requirements (e.g. 1.1.2 food safety and quality culture plan) and a couple of new sections (e.g. section 8 production risk zones). Food Safety professionals are making improvements to satisfy the requirements of the standard and reviewing what objective evidence they can provide to support these requirements. This evidence will be needed for the third-party audit(s) and for internal audits which now need to be spread throughout the year with a minimum of 4 different dates (3.4.1). Sampling and testing will provide an important portion of the objective evidence necessary included in, for example: the Management of suppliers of raw materials (3.5.1), Traceability (3.9), Food Defence (4.2), Housekeeping and hygiene (4.11), Environmental monitoring (4.11.8), Management of Food Allergens (5.3) and Product Authenticity (5.4).  There is also a new requirement (5.6.2.5) that the significance of laboratory results should be understood and acted upon accordingly. All these changes are making the role of sampling and analysis more important, yet increasingly complex to understand especially with the new analytical technology. For example, recent advances in onsite testing and ‘next-generation’ sequencing are driving a paradigm shift towards increasing use of such tests to improve control and decision making in food manufacture.

Related products: onsite Allergen, Gluten and Raw Meat Species FlowThrough™ tests.

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Preparations for BREXIT

BrexitParliament has decreed that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on the 29th of March 2019.

Whilst the details surrounding the process are currently unclear, the impending departure will mean changes for us all.

Although Bio-Check (UK) develops and manufactures its products in the UK, we do obtain some supplies from overseas. Given the potential for customs checks to cause delays, we are temporarily increasing our stocks as a contingency.

If you intend to do the same with stocks of Bio-Check’s food testing kits, please do let us know without delay, so that we can make it possible to provide all our customers in these uncertain times.

 

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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).
  • Respect your preferences in respect of communications (e.g. remove you from our mailing list).

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.

To understand more about the data we hold, control and use; please read our Privacy Policy

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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

 

Follow us on Twitter to receive timely information about food adulteration and food contaminant issues that could be important to your business.

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Easter holidays

easter eggOur offices will be closed on Friday 30th March (Good Friday) and Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday).

Customers are advised to ensure they have sufficient stocks of our test kits to cover this period.

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Horizon Scanning

MC900299701Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in January:

 

 

 

 

  • Top 10 UK Food trends for 2018
  • FDA food recall process too slow
  • India’s FSSAI chief slams auditor’s report
  • Mycotoxin control in pet food
  • Two men appear in court over nut allergy death
  • Bugs may be causing a common crop mould to produce a deadly toxin
  • Food & drink recalls more than double in 2015/2016
  • Food Crime Unit needs up to £5m more to investigate fraud
  • 1 in 10 manufacturers? experienced high losses due to food fraud
  • 2018 is the year of NGS technology in food safety labs
  • A global perspective: the future of artificial intelligence
  • How does allergen dose impact on the severity of food-induced allergic reactions?
  • 2017 maize mycotoxin survey for Poland
  • Majority of labs pass mycotoxin proficiency tests
  • Meat crisis: Wetherspoon steak recall alert
  • Emerging pollutants: a growing concern for our oceans
  • FSA update on Russell Hume
  • The genetics of food allergy
  • Retailers and suppliers recall products due to allergens
  • China infant formula: safety rating hit 99.5% in 2017

 

Follow us on Twitter to receive timely information about food adulteration and food contaminant issues that could be important to your business.

 

 

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Christmas & New Year

christmas-tree-3Please note our Christmas & New Year holiday arrangements:

Our offices will be closed on 25th & 26th December and 1st January

Our last day before Christmas for despatch of:

  • International orders is Friday 15th December
  • UK orders is Tuesday 19th December

Our office will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January

Despatch of all orders will begin again on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

 

Enjoy your holidays !

 

 

 

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New products on show

Come and see our new products at the following events:

For keeping up to date with market news follow us @BioCheckUK

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Christmas & New Year

Please note our Christmas & New Year holiday arrangements:

  • Our offices will be closed on 26th & 27th December and 2nd January
  • Our last day before Christmas for despatch of international orders is Friday 16th December
  • Our last day before Christmas for despatch of UK orders is Monday 19th December
  • Our office will be open for despatch of orders on Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Urgent enquiries should be made using our web site or by contacting individual staff directly.

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We wish you our best wishes
for Christmas and for 2017 !

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