What We Do

We provide members, Government and enforcers with chilled prepared food expertise typically in the following areas. Full members are eligible for free services in all of them.

Best Practice Guidance

We produce a range of publications, covering:

  • Hygiene and food safety assurance
  • Raw material controls
  • Factory management
  • Supply chain management
  • Product design

Research

We play a co-ordinating role in research for the chilled food sector. We:

  • Fund fundamental research, e.g. SUSSLE
  • Develop and promote industry research priorities to researchers (e.g. research associations, institutes, universities) and funders (e.g. Government)
  • Monitor and report to members of research relevant to chilled food in the UK and internationally

Sustainability

Our Sustainable Development Working Group has been active for over a decade. We represent the industry at Government on topics including:

As well as our own Sustainability Aims regarding energy/carbon, water, waste and ethics.

Training

We provide training tools supporting knowledge and enforcement:

  • Chilled Education initiative to inspire and enthuse the next generation of chilled food scientists and technologists
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Training Guidance for Multicultural Environments
  • CFA handwash training poster (English, Polish and Portuguese versions)
  • Implementation of legislated microbiological requirements
  • Programme of visits of manufacturing facilities for civil servants

Alert & Incident Management

We provide members with horizon scanning services with up to the minute guidance, information and incident support to members, giving forewarning on chill-specific and industrywide alerts, e.g. supply chain issues, foodborne disease outbreaks, residues issues. This is through frequent e-mailed alerts and bulletins on all industry issues and key media activity together with confidential Government/agency liaison.

Other activity

  • Events and meetings with senior civil servants
  • Programmed meetings with other sectoral organisations, enforcement bodies
  • Direct representation to Government, e.g. FSADefraDECC, HSE, PHE
  • Direct input into the development of regulation and Government guidance impacting on chill

 Joining CFA

Specific rules and requirements apply