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Research Reveals Nearly 20% Of Food And Drink Businesses Lack Product Recall Plans
A survey of food and drink businesses across the UK by leading industry law firm Roythornes, has revealed that almost a fifth of companies in the sector are operating without a product recall plan.
Members of the Fresh Produce Consortium, The Food and Drink Forum, the British Frozen Food Federation, the Artisan Food Trail and Tastes of Anglia were asked about their product recall policies and plans.
The results show that nearly a fifth of respondents (18.5%) didn’t have any product recall procedures in place, and 60% do not include product recalls in their contractual agreements with suppliers.
In addition, 20% of participants that confirmed a product recall plan was in place, stated that they do not test the plan with trial recalls.
Peter Bennett, head of the food and drink team at Roythornes, said: “The growing complexity of regulation and labelling requirements combined with the recent ‘scandals’ and incidents around food contamination has resulted in an increased sensitivity to food and drink product recalls.
“While the food and drink sector has, on the whole, always been concerned with safety and its reputation, it needs to evolve rapidly to develop comprehensive recall plans in light of heightened media interest in recent years.
He added: “It is promising that over 80% of business now have a plan in place, but the fact that so few test their plan or have media relations procedures in place means there is some way to go before the industry can say it has effectively dealt with this issue.”
The research indicates that 73% of food and drink manufacturers and producers do not have media and communications protocols in place should a recall be required.
Mr Bennett continued: “Whether the company is big or small, policies and procedures need to be in place to ensure that the recall process runs as smoothly as possible, with the overall aim of protecting the consumer whilst preventing damage to the company name and reputation.”
How the Nation's Favourite Dishes Are 'Stacking Up'
New research carried out for National Curry Week® reveals that Chicken Tikka Masala is still the nation's favourite - but only just - as curry fans become more and more aware of regional dishes.
Of the specified dishes, Jalfrezi has now moved into second place, indicating the desire for slightly hotter dishes but Vindaloo does not even make the top ten. (Sample 4320).
Top Indian Dishes:
CTM 19% Other 16% Jalfrezi 13% Biryani 13% Balti 10% Chicken Dhansak 9% Rogan Josh 6% Meat Madras 6% Karahi Ghost 6% Korma 1%
When it comes to favourite regional cuisines it is not surprising that Bangladeshi comes out on top as over two thirds of Britain's Indian restaurants are Bangladeshi owned or operated. The growth in South Indian cuisine is shown by its joint second place with Punjabi food and Kashmiri food ranks surprisingly high in the table (Sample 8000).
Top Indian Regional Cuisines: Bangladeshi 35% Punjabi 18% South Indian 18% Kashmiri 10% Pakistani 5% Hyderabadi 5% Mogul 3% Parsi 3% Rajasthani 2% Evolved 2%
When it comes to poppadoms, which lie very much at the heart of National Curry Week®, it seems two plain poppadoms per person is still the norm, coming top with 37%, although 27% say they go for more than this. Spicy poppadoms are still less popular, with just 13% of respondents opting for two per person and 7% one. (Sample 710).
When compared with all other favourite cuisines, Indian comes in second with 14%, followed by Thai, third with 10%. The clear favourite is that vague 'Other', underlining the huge variation of cuisine available in Britain (Sample 6030).
Favourite Cuisines: Other 62% Indian 14% Thai 10% Italian 4% British 3% Chinese 3% Caribbean 1% Mexican 1% Spanish 1% Greek 1%
Survey Shows A Third Of Vegetarians Turn To Meat When Drunk
New research by a money saving website in the UK has revealed that over a third of vegetarians eat meat whilswhen drunk.
Furthermore, 1 in 3 of these ‘vegetarians’ revealed that they did so every time they were drunk on a night out.
A leading money saving website in the UK has found that over a third of vegetarians in the UK eat meat when they have been consuming alcohol. ‘Kebab meat’ and ‘beef burgers’ were voted the most common meat for vegetarians to give into when drunk.
The survey was conducted by www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk , a leading money saving website in the UK. The team there surveyed 1,789 people in the UK, all of whom were vegetarians, as part of the study.
Initially, respondents were asked ‘When drunk, do you ever eat meat?’ To this, over a third of respondents (37%) admitted that they did so. The remaining 63% of respondents were adamant that they never ate meat when drunk.
Following on from this, respondents who disclosed that they had eaten meat when drunk were asked to disclose how often they did so.
Respondents were presented with a list of possible answers and were asked to select which applied to them. Results were as follows: 1. Every time you are drunk on a night out– 34% 2. Fairly often – 26% 3. Rarely – 22% 4. Occasionally – 18%
Next, the same group of respondents were asked to indicate which foods they were most likely to eat when drunk. Again, respondents were presented with a list of possible answers and were asked to select all that applied to them.
The top 5 meats for vegetarians to eat when drunk were: 1. Kebab meat – 39% 2. Beef Burgers – 34% 3. Bacon – 27% 4. Fried Chicken – 19% 5. Pork Sausages – 14%
Respondents were then asked to reveal how much they spent when eating meat when drunk.
Researchers compiled the answers to reveal the average amount spent on meat by vegetarians when drunk as £4.80.
Finally, the vegetarians who admitted to eating meat when drunk were asked to reveal whether they told anyone that they did so. A majority of 69% said that they did not tell others that they ate meat, with only 31% stating that they did.
George Charles, founder of www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk , commented: “I really couldn’t believe the stats from this research! I know a few vegetarians who sometimes crave meat, but it seems that a few are giving into their cravings when drunk! I think it’s important for friends of these vegetarians to support them when drunk and urge them not to eat meat as I’m sure they regret it the next day!”