Food Safety

Food Safety plays an important role in the reputation of an establishment. The implementation of good, safe practices will ensure you are doing all you can to protect the consumer and avoid a food-borne illness outbreak.

Allergen Bureau Risk Review Resources

The Allergen Bureau recently launched a comprehensive, interactive, freely available Allergen risk review guide. The guide takes the form of an interactive factory map that shows where allergen risks can occur in different areas of a food-manufacturing facility. You can easily navigate your way t...

Is hydrolysed gluten a health risk?

A complicated question we try to answer for our clients is ‘What is hydrolysed gluten and is it safe for a person who suffers from coeliac disease?’ To begin to answer this question, we need to understand what hydrolysed gluten is, and how we can measure the amount of hydrolysed gluten in a food...

Solving the headache of a foreign object

Despite the implementation of food safety management systems, foreign objects still manage to find their way into food products. A physical contaminant may pose a major risk to a consumer’s safety, and threaten a brand’s reputation. Establishing the identity of a foreign object is crucial for ma...

Patulin: the whats, whys and hows

Patulin has been in the spotlight in the last few weeks, with several brands and major retailers recalling apple juice products from supermarket shelves. Patulin is a mycotoxin that is associated with health concerns. But how does patulin get into apple juice, what is considered ‘safe’, and whi...

Arsenic contamination of baby rice cereals

Yet another USA baby cereal recall has been issued on account of excessive arsenic levels. This follows the shocking findings of an investigation earlier this year which found that arsenic levels in eight brands of US baby foods exceeded the regulatory limit. Arsenic can cause serious health effe...

VIDEO | Contaminants in staple cereals

Arsenic has been shown to be a major contaminant of rice. Compared to other crops, rice has an unusual efficiency to absorb arsenic. Global regulatory authorities have been slow to regulate arsenic levels in rice and rice-based products. It is especially concerning that South African regulati...

Recalls of contaminated sesame seeds continue in Europe

The unauthorised presence of ethylene oxide in products containing sesame seeds was first reported in September 2020. Since then, nearly 500 cases of unauthorised use of ethylene oxide have been reported, according to a European food alert system. The European Commission has implemented more stri...

WEBINAR | Rapid kits: On-site solution for food allergen detection

Cleaning validation and verification are fundamental components of effective food allergen control, and both are best supplemented with appropriate analysis. Verification testing should preferably be done on-site, which eliminates the time and financial constraints associated with laboratory-based m...

Infographic ǀ Dry vs Wet Cleaning: Pitfalls and Solutions

Cleaning is one of the most crucial aspects of an effective allergen control programme. It aims to remove allergen soils from equipment and shared lines. Cleaning is regarded as the first line of defence against allergen contamination. However, if not managed properly, the cleaning process itself...

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