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A-Z of Food Safety – “A”

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Hi all,

As promised, today we start with the A-Z of food safety! Each day, I will be giving you my “top 5” food safety insights for that letter.

My top 5 for “A” are:

  1. Allergens

    • Must be declared on all food products at all parts of the food chain
    • Only knowingly included allergens need to be declared
    • There are 14 allergens listed, which include celery
    • With the exception of Sulphur Dioxide, and, for labelling, Gluten containing cereals, there are no threshold or limits for what can be a “safe amount” of allergens present in a food product
  2. Additives

    • Includes preservatives, colours, antioxidants, flavours, sweeteners
    • You can use both naturally derived and “man-made” substances  as additives
    • Only EU permitted additives can be used.
    • Extra labelling may be required
  3. Approved Code of Practice(s)

    • Whilst not legally binding in the same way that food laws are, they are legally recognised and some are given legal status
    • Give further explanation on the correct interpretation and application on the law
    • List legal requirements and best practice
    • Compliance with the ACOP(s) and the laws is a sign of a good business!
  4. Adulteration

    • The reason we have food safety laws!
    • The Industrial Revolution brought about a need for mass, cheap food to feed the workers flocking to the cities for work. This led to food being adulterated to maximise profits, often leading to sickness and sometimes death.
    • Compositional food standards where brought in to stop this and to ensure the public to trust food and deter food fraudsters with a criminal sanction
  5. Approved Premises

    • The production of certain food products can only be made in Local Authority or Food Standards Agency approved premises, in line with Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 and Article 4 of Regulation 853/2004.
    • Local Authorities approve and regulate premises producing or handling products of animal origin e.g. dairy products
    • The Food Standards Agency approve and regulate animal handling premises such as slaughterhouses, meat cutting plants and game handling establishments

If you need more clarification or would like some help with any of the items mentioned here, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact us page.