The Anaphylaxis Industry Conference takes place on Tuesday 1st October.
The Anaphylaxis Industry Conference takes place on Tuesday 1st October.
The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association is advising businesses not to over react to the news this week that Out of Home foodservice businesses will in future be required to fully label products that are prepackaged for direct sale.
So far, the Government has only announced that it will be introducing legislation later this summer to require this and that there will then be a two year period before the requirements take effect.
Fortunately, there are already software programmes available that enable smaller businesses to produce labels with full ingredient information and which do not necessarily require investment in equipment as they operate with standard computers and printers. However, the application of labels will require input of data, staff time and training.
Essentially this covers any product that is packaged and put out for customers to pick up for themselves from a display. Those products bought in pre-packaged from third-party suppliers should already have full labelling on them, so this only applies to products that are made in-house by the business. Under current Government guidelines, this would include packaged sandwiches, meat pies, cakes etc. that are made by the business and sold in a pack.
The current guidelines are to be reviewed in consultation with us and other Stakeholders over the coming months. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is best to anticipate that anything in packaging for the consumer to pick up from a chiller or cabinet will need to be fully labelled.
Under the current EU Food Information Regulations full labelling means that products have to comply with Article 9 (1) sections a-c of the Food Information for Consumers Regulations. This means the labels have to state:
The current legislation also requires the name and address of the business as well as a date mark or use by date.
The exact requirements under this new legislation will be subject to discussions but the above is a guide to what is likely to be required.
The BSA has labelling guidance on its website setting out the requirements for full labelling of packaged products which is a useful guide to what is likely to be expected. This includes a list of the 14 prescribed allergens. You can find this here.
Businesses will need to consider the implications of labelling specific allergens in situations where there is any risk of cross-contamination, as the fact of labelling puts greater responsibility on the operator for alerting consumers to risks. Indeed, there is concern that the specific requirement to state allergens in a particular product could mislead consumers with intolerances into thinking they are entirely safe without being aware of the cross-contamination risks.
Current law requires businesses to manage cross-contamination risks effectively. However, it recognises that where risk cannot be removed it is acceptable to communicate this to consumers. However, businesses doing this must be able to prove the dangers with a risk assessment.
In such circumstances, it may be appropriate to include a statement on labels about the allergens used by the business and that it cannot guarantee that traces will not get into products.
Our advice currently is to wait for further clarification of the requirements before acting.
Our Association will be pressing officials to clarify full details of the requirements over the coming weeks and would hope to be able to issue clear guidance by the Autumn.
A comprehensive review of sandwich and chilled food delivery into hospitals and care homes is to be undertaken by The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association following the deaths of five people from listeriosis with the aim of ensuring that best practice systems are operating throughout the supply chain.
The Sammies Awards 2019 will undoubtedly remain a wonderful memory for many of our winners this year. The evening saw us celebrate successes from across this vibrant industry from high street favourite Greggs collecting a hat-trick of awards to some wonderful independent sandwich shops across the UK celebrating glory in these nationally acclaimed awards.
Join us for a Presentation on the Sandwich Market by Gavin Rothwell, Head of Food-to-go at IGD preceding the British Sandwich Designer of the Year 2019 Grand Final.
Following on from the FSA’s #easytoASK allergen campaign, which encouraged 16-24-year-olds to speak up about their allergies or food intolerances when eating out, ordering in or cooking with friends, the FSA will be continuing to help build awareness with a campaign in readiness for Valentine’s Day.
Following the success of last year’s show, the BSA is once again delighted to be supporting Commercial Kitchen at the NEC Birmingham 4-5 June – the UK’s only event dedicated to the running of efficient, profitable kitchen operations.
As part of the Food Standards Agency #EasytoAsk Allergen Awareness campaign we have collaborated on a new logo that can be used across all printed media.
The British Sandwich Association's recent guidelines for labelling sandwiches and food to go products under the new Food Information regulations has been approved as Assured Advice by Trading Standards.
The BSA has finalised advice on how to deal with allergens. We hope this will help to establish a consistent approach to allergen labelling.
The BSA has responded to PHE’s Calorie Reduction proposals. Click here to read more - BSA PHE Reponse (PDF)
Sandwiches hit the CNN news agenda this week as talk turns to importing food ingredients.
The British sandwich industry has once again proved that it is adept at bringing Christmas cheer to the High Street well in advance of the festivities getting underway.
We have updated all our social media channels so we can make sure that the BSA is accesible however you wish to communicate.
Following the recent headlines surrounding the inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who passed away due to an allergic reaction after consuming a baguette containing sesame seeds, the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association would like to draw attention to the BSA guidelines on labelling published.
The BSA has responded to Channel 5's new consumer show Shop Smart Save Money and their investigation into under-filled sandwiches.
Thursday 10th May saw the Sandwich and Food-to Go Industry come together to celebrate the humble sandwich and bestow honour on some of the country’s greatest.
To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day on April 12, Londoners will be able to buy the world's first all black cheese toastie, a sandwich that has got people confused, intrigued and hungry.
Leading packaging manufacturer Coveris has revealed a revolutionary new plastic-free sandwich skillet that is more easily recycled within the UK infrastructure.
The IGD has launched a new report on the eating out sector which found that 31% of consumers would eat out more frequently if more healthy options were on offer.
The continued decline in EU immigrants coming to the UK to work highlights the increasingly critical shortage of workers in the UK food industry.
The British Sandwich and Food to Go Association has published it's response to the Scottish Government’s ‘A Healthier Future’ Consultation.
Consumers and businesses are being prevented from recycling effectively by the lack of a cohesive approach to handing waste by local authorities and waste recyclers, according to work by the British Sandwich and Food to Go Association.
The British Sandwich and Food to Go Association has published it's response to the recent Migration Advisory Committee.
The British Sandwich and Food to Go Association, together with the Pizza Pasta & Italian Food Association and Café Life Association, have welcomed the Home Affairs Committee’s report on immigration.
Greggs has launched an apprenticeship scheme to fast-track its national expansion plans and develop the next generation of retail talent.
Subway has won the IGD Food-To-Go Operator of the Year award, beating shortlisted brands included Burger King, Greggs, KFC, McDonald’s and Pret A Manger.
In a recent survey conducted by Kantar TNS just 17% of UK consumers of coffee on the go said they would be more inclined to recycle their cups if charged 5p.