CFA December 2017 Newsletter

Items in this edition:

  • Biocides go global – new GFSI Technical Working Group
  • Fridge issue hots up again
  • National Biofilms Innovation Centre Launched
  • Genome sequencing – getting the whole picture
  • SOFHT Dorothy Cullinane Award for CFA Director Kaarin Goodburn MBE
  • Changing places and faces
  • CFA welcomes back Bakkavor

CFA Newsletter No. 48 December 2017

CFA’s Kaarin Goodburn Honoured for Biocides Work

The Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) has recognised CFA’s Director Kaarin Goodburn MBE with its prestigious Dorothy Cullinane Award.

The annual award is presented exclusively by the SOFHT Council to a ‘company or person that has made an outstanding contribution to the food industry, with particular emphasis on food safety and/or food hygiene and/or food technology’.

It was created in memory of Dorothy Cullinane, expert in food labelling and allergy. Previous recipients include founder of the Anaphylaxis Campaign David Reading.

Kaarin received the award for her work on biocide regulation. Since 2014 she has led on biocides issues for UK industry, bringing together some 20 UK trade and professional organisations on the Food & Biocides Industry Group (FBIG).  Under her leadership the group has spearheaded the development of guidance on biocide use in cleaning and disinfection. This, coupled with co-ordinating lobbying at UK and EU level, helped secure recognition by the European Commission that food hygiene and safety must be assured in the regulation of biocides.

In October this year Kaarin was appointed to the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Chemicals in Food Safety Technical Working Group to represent both CFA, FBIG and European Chilled Food Federation. She is the only UK representative to be sitting alongside global brands including Arla Foods, Coca Cola, Danone, Fonterra, Mondelez and Nestle, and chairs the TWG’s Microbial Resistance subgroup.

23 November 2017

New Water Quality Management Guidance issued

CFA Water Quality Management Guidance 3rd edition
CFA Water Quality Management Guidance 3rd ed

Water is widely used in the food industry, both directly as a raw material or ingredient and as a cleaning or processing aid. In all cases, water quality must be such that it is not a source of unacceptable contamination due to the presence of pathogenic or spoilage micro-organisms, chemical or foreign body contaminants.

To help chilled food manufacturers develop water quality management policies and carry out risk assessments including during boil water notices, CFA has updated and expanded its Water Quality Management Guidance.

The Guidance provides technical information regarding the efficacy of various water treatments against key microorganisms, sets out how to sample and assess water quality, how to carry out risk assessments and how to manage boil water notices.

CFA’s April 2017 Newsletter Available

The April issue leads with CFA’s success in securing a more appropriate European regulatory approach to biocides in the medium term at least following several years concerted lobbying co-ordinated by CFA and endorsed by the UK’s HSE, FSA and the European Commission.

It also highlights progress respoin seeking changes to the Food Standards Agency’s June 2016 draft revised Vacuum Packing/MAP guidance to ensure it reflects best practice and microbiological risks.

CFA News No 47 April 2017

  • CFA lobbying secures ‘common sense’ EU agreement on Biocides Regulation
  • Chilled Food Sales Show no Signs of Cooling Down
  • Misleading Vacuum Packing/MAP Guidance Reworked
  • Peak Sustainable Palm Oil?
  • Liquid assets – New Water Quality Management Guidance Published
  • £12.5m for biofilms research
  • CFA in the corridors of power
  • New member news
  • An Ambassador for Women in Science
  • Chilled Education
    • A return to Reading
    • CEd pops up in Leicester!
    • New lesson plans for teachers
    • Tweeting about science
    • Summer School support

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