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FSA Reports Food Allergen Alerts Rocket in 2014
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Sophisticated Test Techniques = a Media Time Bomb Where QADEX Can Help
In an embarrassing press release last week, Food Standards Scotland alongside the FSA (Food Standards Agency) were forced to rescind a UK wide recall of ground cumin provided by the Bart Ingredients Company, after more detailed test results evidenced an entirely different result...

Additional testing by the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) proved that almond protein was not found in the ingredient. In the case of Bart Ingredients Company, now the story has been proven to be unfounded, the coverage stating this has been minimal, and posted in ‘insider industry’ sources where the public at large do not have access, unless they search for it specifically.

This situation highlights the enormous brand protection risks to UK food businesses even if it turns out that the incident was a false alarm. In suspected cases of the presence of adventitious cross contamination, it is possible that the media can, unwittingly, cause irreparable and unnecessary damage to the precarious UK food industry.

Stephen Whyte, MD of QADEX suggests: “A guidance protocol or media code of practice could assist journalistic investigations. Clearly, the media need to be able to investigate and publish their findings, and we encourage the sensible use of such investigations. But there are no accepted thresholds for what could be defined as adventitious cross contamination, or effective routes of engagement with the media to explain that a positive test result may not always be what is seems”…

The second batch of tests, were performed using a more complex, more expensive, and more specific methodology than the original process, which has thus far, only served to create headline media coverage and foster further distrust in our already over-cautious retail markets.

Can UK businesses protect themselves?

It is easy, and relatively cheap, for a reporter looking for a story to purchase some food in a retail store and send to a lab for testing. But the reliability of some test results can often be called into question, whether as a result of how the samples are collected or the analytical methodologies used, which could bring journalism into some disrepute.

QADEX can help by engaging with Journalists on behalf of the Industry

QADEX can be used as an Expert, to assist media professionals in gathering an accurate and definitive story. QADEX Software is being used more and more throughout the UK retail industry, delivering stringent best practices, ensuring a robust supplier approval management system, detailed product risk assessments, comprehensive product specifications and extensive QA checks on intake to monitor compliance with raw material specification for at risk ingredients.

If you have a news story about a suspected cross contaminant, do contact us here at QADEX for up to date expert industry advice…

The QADEX website www.qadex.com has more information.
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EPLAN Takes Home The Food Processing Technological Development Award
CAE software provider EPLAN has been declared the winner of the Food Processing Awards for the Technological Development category for its EPLAN Experience concept.

Developed by experienced engineers after decades of servicing the food and beverage industry, EPLAN Experience helps manufacturing companies increase the efficiency and profitability of their factory operations by drawing on the unrivalled know-how of computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions.

EPLAN Experience comprises of eight action fields covering IT infrastructure, platform setup, codes and standards, product structure, design methods, workflow, process integration and project management. All modules are implemented by qualified consultants, working in close cooperation with the customer. The modules can be implemented separately or in almost any combination, which means that the service can be readily tailored to meet individual customer requirements efficiently and cost effectively.

“EPLAN puts a lot of time and effort into developing innovative CAE solutions and services that enables companies to boost their efficiency and productivity”, Explained Ken Christie, UK Director at EPLAN. “It’s always gratifying when these efforts are rewarded by our colleagues in the food industry, and we win an important industry award like Technological Development of the Year.

“All of the EPLAN Experience modules can be viewed as building blocks paving the road to better, safer and leaner designs. Our ultimate aim is to significantly optimise development processes, allowing manufacturers to focus on what they do best.”
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FSA Reports Food Allergen Alerts Rocket in 2014
Last year there were 47 allergen alerts, which has rocketed to a record number of 60 alerts during 2014.

That represents a worrying 27% increase for the food industry, who have ever more standards and risk assessments to deal with every day.

In all other categories, the number of alerts has fallen; such as: microbiological, foreign bodies, and chemical alerts, which evidences that current work in these areas is clearly having an effect. To download the reports:2014 report 2013 report click here http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/fsa-annual-report-incidents-2014.pdf

There will be huge concern across the food and retail industry, that the 2014 report indicates a significant rise if allergen alerts across the UK to 68% of the total number of alerts, (or 60 of the total 88 alerts)

Stephen Whyte, MD of Leicester based company QADEX says: “Yes, there are three possible ways to combat this growing risk: Allergen Risk Assessments, Allergen Declarations and Allergen Management Labelling Systems. But the amount of data contained in the food industry specifications and supplier audit documents means that there is just too much of it to accurately cross check everything line by line, whenever you receive a new document from a supplier.”

It highlights huge problems that are caused by the lack of synergy between current supplier audit functions, and the existing product specification functions that are inherent in many food businesses.

Thankfully, the QADEX Allergen Management module can automatically solve all of these issues, with a unique software programme that uses powerful inbuilt validation tools to detect differences and inconsistencies in allergen labelling, removing the need to rely on paper based systems which are not up to date, and manually review and cross check every datum provided by every supplier; for every specification; against a plethora of data gathered from supplier audit processes.

Allergen recalls are expensive and damage brands - sometimes beyond short-term repair.

The British based, QADEX software can substantially reduce the risks faced by UK Retailers from being involved in an allergen related recall, and that is good news for everyone.

QADEX think it‘s worth shouting about….

For more information about QADEX solutions go to The QADEX websitewww.qadex.com
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