Food Focus Newsletter 7 of 2023

By: Food Focus on 13 April 2023

Food Focus Newsletter 7 of 2023

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FSSC 22000 Version 6 is here!

On 31 March 2023, the Foundation FSSC published Version 6 of the FSSC 22000 scheme. Discover why the FSSC scheme felt that a new version was necessary, the main changes to the new version and details of the transition window.


If you missed it, the World Health Organization celebrates their 75th anniversary this year.

Find out more about the World Health Organisation and
how they have improved public health in the last 75 years.


Part of working with food safety means knowing your risks (existing and potential) so that you can be prepared to mitigate them. Pathogens are always on our radar and our testing schedule, but it is important to know what new pathogens to watch out for, but also which ones might be re-emerging and presenting us with a new set of challenges.

Prof Nigel French is well equipped to speak to us on this - he is a Distinguished Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology & Public Health at Massey University, New Zealand, and Emeritus Director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre!

Nigel has been working on the epidemiology, prevention, and control of infectious diseases for over 30 years and has published over 300 journal articles and 12 book chapters.
     He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of his leadership of research programmes that contributed to reducing the burden of foodborne infectious disease in New Zealand.
     He is a Fellow of Food Standards Australia & New Zealand (FSANZ), a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) and a member of the United Kingdom Fleming Fund Expert Advisory Group.
Temperature measurement for an unbroken cold chain

In the food sector, checking the correct temperature all along the cold chain is one of the basic measures for assuring quality and guaranteeing compliance with legal and internal standards, because temperature fluctuations are often the cause of spoiling or impaired quality when it comes to food.

Most products pass through many different hands on their way to the end consumer and the responsibility for food quality and food safety also changes, again and again, along the cold chain. Failure to maintain the cold chain can lead to spoiled food and, consequently, can cause harm to both brand and bottom line!

In addition to the mandatory legal requirements and temperature limit values, various temperature terms are used:  storage temperature, product temperature, air temperature, core temperature, and surface temperature.  

What are the differences between these types of temperatures and how significant are they in terms of product quality? Also: what measurement methods are there and which of them are best suited for monitoring food temperature?

Testo answers all these questions and more in their detailed article:
Determining Air and Product Temperatures of Food Accurately

Looking for new thermometers, oil testers and other monitoring equipment? Testo has you covered.
Missed this webinar on Dairy Legislation?
Other Webinars Coming Soon

We know there is much debate about the use of rBST in the dairy sector. Join us for this webinar presented by Dr Mark Chimes, a veterinarian from the Dairy Standard Agency, as he discusses the ins and outs of this heated topic.

Find out more about this Advanced Course in Hygienic Engineering and Design presented by EHEDG through the Enterprises University of Pretoria.

Industry News

SA small-scale farmers still can’t find a place in the food value chain: In South Africa, the government has...Read more

Bakels acquires Orley Foods: South Bakels has completed the acquisition of the Cape Town based sweet ingredient solutions supplier Orley Foods...Read more

Mérieux NutriSciences, a world leader in food safety, quality and sustainability, announces the acquisition of Blonk, a leading international expert. Read more

In the Food Focus Directory...

Skimpo Agribusiness Solutions
Skimpo Agribusiness Solutions is a consulting and training provider to companies who wish to implement or maintain their food safety or quality certification. View more...
BIODNA™ provide a range of natural probiotic disinfecting products that are radically reshaping the cleaning industry. View more...
Compliance Advise
Food safety consulting on HACCP, ISO22000, FSSC22000, BRCGS - assist with drafting of documentation, implementation and maintenance of the system in your facility, as well as staff training as per system requirements. View more...

These are just a few of the useful service providers listed in our Directory.  If YOU are a consultant and you haven't yet listed your services, what are you waiting for?


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