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Sanitising food contact surfaces – Correct Usage and Pitfalls to Avoid – by Martin Stone

Sanitising food contact surfaces is an essential operation in food production where the control of microorganisms in the finished product is considered important. Sanitising involves the destruction of living micro-organisms on a surface through the use of an agent, typically heat, chemicals or a combination of both. Sanitising is often mentioned at the same time as cleaning, ie Cleaning and Sanitising. But the first pitfall is understanding that sanitising cannot be effectively achieved without the first step of ‘cleaning’. Cleaning is the removal of food residues and biofilms from a surface. These coatings, often referred to as ‘soil’ present two Read more...


REMINDER – Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) transition period comes to an end.

Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) transition period comes to an end on 24th February 2024. Businesses have had 3 years from 25 February 2021 to implement the new PEAL requirements. A 2-year stock-in-trade period (25 February 2024 to 24 February 2026) will commence. Any food packaged and labelled with existing allergen declarations before 24th February 2024 may be sold for up to 2 years after the end of the transition period. All stock in trade from 25 February 2026 must be fully compliant to the new labelling requirements. What must be declared​ The food and ingredients listed below will need Read more...


The New Food Standard 3.2.2A in regard to Food Safety Management Tools takes effect from December 2023.

Food service, caterers and related retail businesses in Australia need to meet new food safety requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) from 8 December 2023. Standard 3.2.2A is a new food safety standard for these types of businesses that aims to improve food safety and support consumer confidence. Standard 3.2.2A of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code introduces 3 mandatory food safety management tools for food businesses, depending on their food handling activities: Food Safety Supervisor. A food safety supervisor (FSS) must be a person who has recognised, formal certification as a FSS, obtained Read more...


Pesticon 2023

Pesticon 2023 took place on the 16th – 18th August 2023 at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD Australia Juliana Elliott our Technical Manager visited Pesticon and found it a great conference for all those involved in the pest industry to connect. It was wonderful opportunity for her to catch up with some of our certified clients in the exhibition hall, as well as see some of the new emerging trends in pest management. She also attended some great presentations that were  included in the conference programme, such as the “art and science of bee removal” as well a seminar on Read more...


Food Industry Food Recall Protocol

In May 2023 Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) released an updated version of the Food Industry Food Recall Protocol. Food Industry Food Recall Protocol May 2023 The Food Industry Recall Protocol provides information on recalling food in Australia and guidance for food businesses on developing a written food recall plan. This protocol helps food businesses plan for and respond to a need to recall potentially unsafe food by setting out: the roles and responsibilities of food businesses and government during a food recall the key steps in the food recall process the legal requirements for food businesses in Read more...

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