Hot Source brings you up to date on key issues affecting the food industry, at every stage of the supply chain, as well as commentary from SGS’s own experts.

Rapid growth and interest in halal food has caught the food industry’s attention. Worth an estimated USD 650 billion and still growing, the halal food market needs a coherent and coordinated approach to halal certification. We explore the market opportunities and industry efforts to create appropriate standards.

In food safety, we look at the most common food contaminants, regional regulations and the benefits of monitoring and third party testing. Plus, safe levels of pesticide residues come under scrutiny as we review a report into managing the risk presented by pesticide residues in food products. In the EU, food product labelling is about to undergo its most rigorous update for a generation. From 13 December 2014, EU Regulation 1169/2011 will apply to all food products, our experts demystify its key elements.

Waste packaging materials are one of the largest contributors to landfill – will the drive for sustainable packaging be more than just a trend? Reducing and recycling materials will be key to the industry’s efforts to improve sustainability.

Pressure on water resources, and scarcity in some regions of the globe, mean clients and consumers are increasingly interested in an organisation’s water footprint, usage and impacts. In this issue, Hot Source looks at water footprinting and its benefits for business.

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