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Shaping The Future of Cannabis & Hemp Standards

Purity-IQ is seeking TWO addition senior people currently involved in the production and quality control of cannabis/hemp based products who are also willing to volunteer their time to participate with peers in a Technical Working Group to provide review and comment for the Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard (CAPS). Implementing voluntary quality standards provides an opportunity for those companies involved with cannabis and hemp production to clearly differentiate their brand…

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Offal adulteration in meat samples - Method requirements

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have commissioned Fera Science Ltd. to review current methods that are applicable for use in the detection and speciation of offal in meat products. As part of the project we seek to determine the key requirements for future methods and may lead to future work undertaken by Defra. We are interested in responses from all stakeholders in the meat supply chain: food producers, food retailers, government and analytical testing…

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Results of two studies to detect undeclared offal in meat products

Offal is a permitted ingredient provided it is accurately labelled on the food packaging.Two snapshot surveys (2014 and 2019) have both revealed that undeclared offal is present in some retail meat products and it is suggested that further surveillance is needed to ensure that customers and retailers/manufacturers are protected from this type of fraud (see attached for details). Results of two studies to detect undeclared offal in meat products .docx

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Effect of Covid-19 Outbreak on Food Supply

News blogs on this website indicate that fraud is likely to increase at least in the short to medium term because of the effects on the food supply not only in the UK but globally caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The risk increases when a particular food becomes in short supply due to lack of manpower to harvest or process it, disruption to transport and storage in the Covid-19 fallout. I am inviting members of the Food Authenticity Network to share any information or intelligence they may have learned on food supplies, which would be of assistance to other members of the Network, the food industry and regulators.  

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