CFA April 2024 Newsletter

In this issue:

CFA & Policy:

  • Consultation on EU’s proposed changes to Listeria criteria open until 8 May: Companies are urged to respond to the consultation, at:
  • Listeria – improved enumeration method developed by CFA
  • Brexit – First Phase of BTOM implemented, Second Phase arrives 30 April
  • Health and Safety – the risks posed by flooring, footwear and frost
  • Climate Change Agreements
  • Sustainability: New recycling regime should exclude laminated board says CFA
  • Putting rapid environmental testing to the test
  • Making our (International Women’s) day – CFA’s Inspirational Women

35 Years of CFA:

Chilled Education;

  • Sharing knowledge and support online
    • British Science Week – Making time for science
    • STEM Platform: Online career talks
  • The bliss of food science comes to Blisworth School!
  • More fun food experiments!
  • Science Club resources developed
  • FDF Awards – Crossed fingers!

CFA September 2023 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Brexit latest
  • Listeria focus – guidance docs and more
  • Botulinum report welcomed
  • CFA in numbers
  • Waste reduction success
  • Extreme weather guidance
  • H&S update
  • Risk assessment

Chilled Education news

  • BNF partnership
  • Shopify news
  • Forensics and food
  • Profile raising chilled jobs

CFA Publishes 2022 Annual Report

CFA’s Annual Report for the calendar year 2022 has been published summarising key activities and aims including:

  • EU Listeria micro criteria: Established and leading Industry Listeria Group engaged with UK
    Government and internationally with industry in readiness for EU consultation on potential changes to
    requirements. Developed lobbying strategy and summarised evidence base including guidance on
    effective environmental sampling. Aiming to retain current effective food safety measures.
  • Lm Biome: Developed validated microbiological method to assess microbial reduction efficacy. Partner
    in CPS-funded project with CEBAS (starting 1/1/23).
  • Incoming raw material positives: impacts assessed (person days, cost) to help focus best practice
  • Brexit: Composite products focus. Established and leading SPS Certification WG of industry, certifiers
    and Port Health engaging with Government resolving issues and supporting eCertification
    development. Tracking & reporting on EHC applications, certifier burden & costs.
  • Briefing documents published on: raw RTE beetroot and onion safety best practice, relevance of
    generic E. coli and STEC testing to food safety, ethical employment in agriculture and food production
    and sustainability in agriculture and fresh produce.
  • Vac Pack/MAP foods: CFA gave evidence to the ACMSF’s risk review of original 1992 guidance, aiming
    for retention of flexibility for SUSSLE and removal of non-science-based rules.
  • CFA Board: membership criteria reviewed and Board refreshed.

CFA’s priorities for 2023 cover:

  • Education/skills
  • Building knowledge
  • Lobbying for positive change
  • External engagement
  • Knowledge transfer


CFA April 2023 Newsletter

In this issue

  • Brexit latest
  • Vacuum Packed/ MAP foods: ACMSF risk review
  • On the road to net zero
  • Latest on the EU’s proposed Listeria legislation
  • Chilled market data
  • Signing up to H&S strategy
  • FSA’s PDM site visit
  • New spot buying protocol
  • CFA branded cup cakes
  • Fresh produce activities
  • Colleague honoured

Chilled Education news

  • The many uses for the versatile UV torch
  • CEd overview
  • Resources on Shopify
  • Supporting partners

CFA October 2022 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Keeping affordable food on tables   
  • Latest on the EU’s proposed Listeria legislation
  • Listeria shelf life guidelines challenged
  • New best practice guidelines for onion and beetroot
  • 29 million meals redistributed
  • Data collection and use
  • Biocides
  • Brexit paperwork solutions
  • New honour
  • Vacuum Packed/ MAP foods: ACMSF risk review

Chilled Education news

  • Exploring the science of sandwich making
  • New case studies shared
  • Resource refresh for industry colleagues
  • Store cupboard science
  • Inspiring with experience


CFA April 2022 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Sunflower oil shortage and substitution
  • The impact of COVID – a diet of cake and lasagne!
  • Sustainability position statements published
  • The £60m cost of Brexit certification red tape
  • Health and Safety support
  • Simplifying risk assessment for fresh produce
  • The future of biofilms
  • And the winners are….
  • Vacuum Packing/ MAP latest
  • Listeria response update
  • Not to be sniffed at….
  • Easter eggs-periments!
  • Members enjoy a resource refresh
  • Listeria awareness
  • New career paths insights
  • Getting social

CFA Newsletter No.57


CFA April 2021 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Brexit Paperwork Headache for Short Shelf Composite Products
  • Chilled Food Market Data
  • COVID-19 Support for CFA Members
  • Chlorate and Hygiene Biocides
  • Vacuum Packed and MAP Guidance
  • Third Party Laboratory Guidance Available
  • Hitting Health & Safety Targets
  • Sustainable Development Group
  • Working in a Virtual World
  • 10 Years of Chilled Education
  • Store Cupboard Science
  • STEM Partnership

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CFA October 2020 Newsletter

  • Biocides breakthrough
  • Review of VP/MAP guidance
  • Getting SUSSLE sussed
  • COVID industry updates
  • Listeria best practice
  • Manufacturing guidelines update
  • Sustainability
  • Produce group sustainability
  • STEM celebrates women
  • Apprentice shortlisted
  • Insider insights
  • Science at home
  • MicroTrumps record attempt
  • CEd takes a new approach

CFA Newsletter 54 October 2020

CFA November 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

  • Guidance on Shelf Life with respect to
    Clostridium botulinum
  • Post-Brexit EU Law
  • Comments to ACMSF on potential impacts of biocides regulation on food hygiene
  • WRAP Brings Fridge Issue in from the Cold [Chill the Fridge Out campaign]
  • On the Road to Less Waste [UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap]
  • Health & Safety Matters
  • Green light for Blue light project
  • Aylesford School’s unique activities linking food technology and science teaching
  • Big Bang East Midlands
  • New CEd Banners
  • Summer Schools

CFA NEWSLETTER No.50 November 2018  



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 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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CFA’s Latest Newsletter Available

The November issue leads with CFA’s response to the Food Standards Agency’s Vacuum Packing/MAP consultation. 

It also brings news of changing faces, site visits, new members and a special award for an industry colleague.

Chilled Education is also celebrating with a bright new star, success at a major science fair and the launch of a brand new website.