NEW REGULATION SEMINARS

Selectfood is holding a series of seminars on the new food labelling regulations specifically designed for small manufactures, delis, farm shops and catering. The next will be held in Kent on June the 3rd

NEW MANDATORY FOOD REGULATION SEMINAR

TUESDAY 3RD JUNE 2014

MACKNADE FINE FOODS, FAVERSHAM

PRESENTED BY: LIZ TUCKER MSc, BSc Hons, BA Hons

NUTRITIONAL FOOD REGULATION ADVISOR

  • ARE YOU A FOOD PRODUCER, RESTAURANT, FARM SHOP OR DELI?
  • ARE YOU COMPLYING WITH THE NEW FOOD LABELLING REGULATIONS    LEGALLY ENFORCABLE BY DECEMBER THIS YEAR?
  • DID YOU KNOW ALL PACKAGE FOOD WILL REQUIRE MANDATORY LABELLING AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER UNPACKAGED FOOD WILL NEED TO FOLLOW SPECIFIC ALLERGY REGULATIONS?
  • ARE YOU AWARE THAT HEALTH AND NUTRIONAL CLAIMS REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN IN FORCE SINCE THE END OF 2012?

If you answer “yes” to one or all of the above, then you will be interested in this forthcoming seminar specifically designed for your business.  During the course of the day there will be 2 seminars:

SEMINAR 1 – PACKAGED FOOD SESSION (10.00 am – 2.30 pm):

Designed specifically for packaged food, the morning session will give you an outline of the new labelling regulations as a whole, giving you as a food producer a clear understanding of what your legal requirements are. Including nutritional and health claims regulations and the impact of the new regulations on advertising and promotion.

SEMINAR 2 – UNPACKAGED FOOD SESSION (3.00 pm – 5.30 pm)

Designed for all food producers, caterers, retailers and services, this session outlines the requirements in regards to unpackaged food supplied and received wholesale and sold via retail or catering.

COST:

The cost to attend seminar 1 is £95 per person per session.

The cost to attend seminar 2 is £65 per person per session

If you wish to attend both sessions there is a discounted joint fee of £130.

LIZ TUCKER EXPLAINS….

“New food labelling and nutritional claims regulations for both food manufacturers and for the first time, the catering industry come into force on 13th December 2014

The new regulations change existing legislation on food labelling, designed to standardize nutrition information on processed or composite foods across the EU. This will also include new legislation for both pre-packaged and non-repacked foods including those sold in delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants and cafés.

Business size is immaterial, although previsions have been made to exclude charity and community retail such as local WI and church fetes, basically if you sell food for profit you will come under the regulations. All food producers will be required to provide specific labelling on their food items, referred to as the a-l list. If you sell unpackaged food there are specific allergy labelling requirements you must comply with.

These regulations came out in 2000 (EFSA DIRECTIVE 1169/2011) and have been in force for some time but food producers have had the choice to either continue with the then current regulations or adapt to these.

 

On 13th December this year, there will be no choice, everyone will need to have made the swap. For larger producers these changes are well known in the industry and many have already made the change. Smaller businesses who may have been exempt in the past and the catering industry who have never been included are perhaps less aware of the need and urgency to address the new regulations.

 

If they are bewildered by these then they may also be unaware of the current health and nutritional claims regulations (EFSA 1924/2006) which run alongside the labelling regulations and have been fully enforceable since the end of 2012. These apply to all labelling and advertising material produce on their products including leaflets and website entries. These regulate the use of nutritional and health terms including very simple well used words and phrases such as healthy, good for you, feel good, nutritious and super food. Many small, regional food producers are unaware of these regulations even though they have been out for some time. Unfortunately Trading Standards do not class ignorance as an excuse and but many have already been required to change packaging, discontinue advertising, destroy leaflets or even had product recalls or fines for not following this complex legislation.

 

Trading Standards are also concerned of a last minute rush as the number of officers and nutritional regulation advisers are limited. If you are involved in food then action will need to be taken that will involve some cost to the company. However as a regulation adviser I have found group seminars can address the majority of issues for smaller producers in the most cost effective way.”

 

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