Raiding the store cupboard for science!

Lockdown restrictions continue to limit the face-to-face work of the CEd team – but not its imagination and ingenuity! With home schooling continuing into 2021, the store cupboard science experiments continued to offer alternative, fun ways to explore science. CEd’s Charlotte and her girls Morgan and Tilly took Halloween, Christmas and Food Waste Action Week as inspiration for their experiments. Social media platforms have played a key role in getting the ideas circulated, as well as supporting national themes such as Food Waste Action Week, British Science Week, Apprenticeships Week and Careers Week – attracting many reactions and helping the […]

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Connecting through the virtual world

Restrictions on travel over the last twelve months have led to meetings, conferences and presentations on virtual platforms becoming the norm. In November CFA Director Karin Goodburn presented at the Food Focus South Africa Food Safety Summit. The conference attracted over 800 participants and Karin joined international high profile colleagues including Bill Marler (MarlerClark), Richard Swannell (WRAP), and Prof Lucia Anelich. Issues covered included emerging pathogens, biocides and antimicrobial resistance. In February, Karin opened the National Biofilms Innovation Centre webinar on Microbes and Biofilms in the Food Industry with a presentation on Food Hygiene Biocides – Regulation and Reality and […]

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Brexit Paperwork Headache for Short Shelf Life Composite Products

Given that the vast majority of foods represented by CFA comprise ingredients from animal origin (e.g. meat, dairy, fish) and plant materials, they are categorised as Composite Products in international trade, requiring Export Health Certificates (EHCs) signed off by Official Veterinarians (OVs). Last autumn, CFA secured a member’s involvement in live trials of exporting a composite food, which confirmed critical issues previously highlighted by CFA to Defra. With the end of the Transition Period at 2301h on 31 December 2020 came the introduction of extensive Third Country veterinary certification requirements for export of foods containing animal origin ingredients, from Great […]

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