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Defra changes "Use-by-end-of" ruling

Defra has now agreed that the sandwich industry can use the term ‘Use-by-end-of’ after the issue was raised with officials in Brussels.

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Guidance Notes on the Labelling of Sandwiches and food to go products, including hot food items

This set of guidelines for labelling sandwiches and food to go products under the new Food Information regulations has been published by the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association. (Correct as at 2nd May 2018).

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Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge

Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge

As part of its obesity campaign, the Department of Health is aimingto reduce saturated fat to 11% in diets by getting food businesses to pledge to minimse the levels in products through reformulation, cuts in portion sizes and encouraging consumers to buy products with lower saturated fat levels.

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Salt Reduction Pledge

Salt Reduction Pledge

Major reductions have been made in salt levels in packaged sandwiches and the foodservice sector is now working to achieve similar reductions that will help it meet targets set by the Department of Health under its Responsibility Deal pledge.

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HACCP

HACCP

Where to start

Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) is an internationally recognised approach to the management of food safety which is enshrined in legislation.

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Registration of Food Businesses

Registration of Food Businesses

If you are starting a new food business, the law requires that you register your operation with your local environmental health authority.....

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Food Poisoning and Food-borne Diseases

Food Poisoning and Food-borne Diseases

Those running and working in food businesses should be fully aware of what can cause food related illnesses so that they can minimise the risks and protect their reputation

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Histamine Poisoning

Histamine Poisoning

There are some concerns in the industry that operators should be more aware of the risks of histamine in relation particularly to tuna. Histamine occurs naturally in tuna and, if care is not taken, there is a very real risk of the bacteria growing and causing serious poisoning. This poisoning is very similar to a dangerous allergic response – so it is important for your employees and customers that care is taken to avoid this.

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BRC Global Standard For Storage and Distribution

BRC Global Standard For Storage and Distribution

The British Retail Consortium has published a Global Standard For Storage and Distribution.

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Conlumino - Consumer Views on Horsemeat

Conlumino - Consumer Views on Horsemeat

Conlumino have put together a document exploring consumer views on horsemeat in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

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Standards and Training Advice Online

Standards and Training Advice Online

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Directorate of Environmental Health now has food hygiene, standards and training advice online.

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Sandwich Industry Guidelines

Sandwich Industry Guidelines

The Stationery Office has agreed discounts for members wishing to purchase the manufacturing and foodservice guides they have published with the BSA.

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New Saturated Fat Pledge

New Saturated Fat Pledge

The Department of Health has issued a new pledge covering saturated fat reduction which it is asking businesses to sign up to. 

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Potassium-based Salt Replacements

Potassium-based Salt Replacements

The Department of Health is considering the risks and benefits around the use of potassium-based salt replacers.

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Listeria Guidelines for Hospitals and Healthcare Centres

Listeria Guidelines for Hospitals and Healthcare Centres

The Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health have issued a factsheet reminding those providing food to vulnerable people of the key steps they can take to minimise the risk of listeriosis. This factsheet is mainly for those involved in healthcare catering. However, you may wish to be aware of this, particularly if any of you supply chilled ready-to-eat foods to healthcare organisations.

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The Microbiological Criteria for Foodstuffs Regulation

The Microbiological Criteria for Foodstuffs Regulation

The Microbiological Criteria for Foodstuffs Regulation has applied since 11 January 2006 and complements the EU food hygiene legislation. 

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Fruit and Vegetable Handling

Fruit and Vegetable Handling

Key points from Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association publication: “Review of current industry practice on Fruit and Vegetable Decontamination”

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Product Purchasing Specifications

Product Purchasing Specifications

Detailed advice from the BSA's technical auditor on key factors to consider when purchasing sandwich making ingredients.

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