As 2017 draws to a close, religious festivals and celebrations abound. From Halloween and Thanksgiving, to Christmas and New Year, the scope for food safety failures increases significantly. We look at some of the most common hot, cold, pre-cooked and unpasteurized foods that present a potential risk to consumers and how risk can be minimized.


Looking back to the beginning of 2017, the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) Foundation released the latest update to FSSC 22000. We explore the changes and additional requirements that Version 4 brings to what is an already incredibly successful food safety standard. The changes bring FSSC 22000 right up to date with the latest requirements set by the GFSI in their benchmarking document 7.1.

Following introduction of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers the EU is currently evaluating its food labelling regulations to check they remain relevant and “fit for purpose”. We revisit the requirements and responsibilities placed on the food industry to ensure accuracy and veracity.

Labelling regulations also impact the issue of food waste, an issue currently being addressed by the EU where more than 80 million metric tons of food are wasted annually. We look at the new guidelines recently adopted by the European Commission in an effort to tackle the issue.

Reflecting feedback from more than 200 respondents, the IFIA 2016 Food Fraud and Traceability Survey results have been published. We review the trends and consider their implications.

Building on our already successful source to store supply chain transparency solution, Transparency-One, in partnership with Microsoft, has announced an initiative to deliver improved supply chain data security with the introduction of blockchain services. Discover how this innovation increases data security.

In our regular laboratory services series, we explore the testing and analysis services available at our new purpose-built state-of-the-art laboratory in Brookings, South Dakota which is ISO 17025 accredited and the only SGS laboratory in North America offering NGS testing.

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