5 May 2016
We haven't posted so much news lately but we have been working to bring forward some great changes and real benefits for you.
So, here we are - a Quality Assurance Initiative, to highlight the brilliant products that our members make and to give confidence when buying - whether a member of the public or a trade customer. There will be web pages for each member taking up the QA Initiative, with a profile and business information. You will have a separate certificate to display on your stands, there will be point of sale back up - logos for jars in either a paper version or electronic for paperwork, banners etc.
We have negotiated business support from ELAS with a free helpline for members to access help with HR issues. They are also offering Food Hygiene Certificate training at a very reasonable cost for Guild members, We will be taking our popular Professional Day on-line and making it accessible from interactive webinars at a realistic, affordable cost. The recent e-Book 'Rosie's Top Ten Tips for taking your Big Jam Hobby to the Next Level' was a forerunner of what is to come - there will be more in that series and news of the webinars and how to book.
Of course, we already have the brilliant insurance package arranged by Coversure - a tailor-made policy for a preserves business. No more need to try to explain to an insurance clerk that doesn't have a clue about the daily life of a jam maker! We spent some time with Kevin to make sure he understood what the requirements are and he will guide you through your individual requirements.
There is lots to look at and take in but these are exciting times. I think that you will consider the cost of membership to be very reasonable for what is on offer. We will continue to find new things to innovate to make your life easier.
2 April 2016
Professional Day Training
Good morning from Guild HQ
All has been very quiet on the rules and regulations front - no further update on the nutritional labeling legislation - so I suppose no news is good news!
We have a series of Professional Training Day dates published now - the first is on 16 April. There are still some places left if you want to book.
We are covering general rules and regulations for setting up, labeling laws and production, insurance and lots of Q & As. The day cost £60.00 inc Vat and covers all notes and back up material, refreshments and lunch. Held at The Old Smithy, Langham Lane, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7TB.
Trevor will be on hand to explain and demonstrate the Label Designer Pro system - a quick, easy and economic way to produce your own labels to a high - and legal - standard.
We have a stock of good quality refractometers at The Old Smithy which can be purchased on the day at a discounted price. Card payments available.
Email me if you have booked but have special dietary requirements. firstname.lastname@example.org
27 May 2014
TSO Jade has given me information and guidance for jam makers - see below. Please remember that the labelling laws will change in December 2014 in respect of allergens etc but this is the current information. She has also sent some guidance on the use of such words as 'natural' and 'fresh'. I have put it here so you can see it but if you want to download to save or print off then use the link below the document in this blog. Hope you find it useful.
22 May 2014
Please find below a list of allergens supplied by Trading Standards on their recent visit.
Obviously many of these allergens don't apply to jam making but I will publish the full list as supplied to me.
New rules will be taking affect from December 2014 to revise the labeling laws in respect of declaration of allergens.
Further labeling information will follow as soon as we receive it.
A public consultation is being held on technical guidance regarding the new EU food allergen labelling and information rules. The main purpose of the guidance is to support food businesses that are small and medium sized enterprises in understanding these rules.
The consultation seeks views from interested parties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on how useful they find the guidance.
The consultation has two phases:
The current allergen list is:
1. Cereals containing gluten (i.e. wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut or their hybridised strains), except:
(a) wheat-based glucose syrups including dextrose
(b) wheat-based maltodextrins
(c) glucose syrups based on barley
(d) cereals used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages.
4. Fish, except:
(a) fish gelatine used as a carrier for vitamin or carotenoid preparations
(b) fish gelatine or isinglass used as a fining agent in beer and wine.
6. Soybeans, except:
(a) fully refined soybean oil and fat
(b) natural mixed tocopherols (E306), natural D-alpha tocopherol, natural D-alpha tocopherol acetate, natural D-alpha tocopherol succinate from soybean sources
(c) vegetable oils derived from phytosterols and phytosterol esters from soybean sources
(d) plant stanol ester produced from vegetable oil sterols from soybean sources.
7. Milk* (including lactose), except:
(a) whey used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages
8. Nuts, i.e. almonds (Amygdalus communis L.), hazelnuts (Corylus avellana), walnuts (Juglans regia), cashews (Anacardium occidentale), pecan nuts (Carya illinoiesis (Wangenh.) K. Koch), Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), pistachio nuts (Pistacia vera), macadamia nuts and Queensland nuts (Macadamia ternifolia), except:
nuts used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages.
11. Sesame seeds.
12. Sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations of more than 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/litre expressed as SO2.
* The temporary exemption from labelling egg-derived lysozyme and for albumin (produced from egg) or milk (casein) products when used as fining agents in wine, in respect of wines that are marked, labelled or sold before 30 June 2012 has now expired. Commission Implementing Regulation 579/2012 lays out the labelling rules for grapes used from harvests later than 30 June 2012 to make wines. When considering the boundaries of the previous exemption (Regulation 1266/2010) and the new regulation, wines from harvests from 30 June 2012 onwards and non-EU wines from pre-2012 harvests which have not placed on the EU market prior to 30 June 2012, must demonstrate an absence of egg or milk at <0.25mg/l to be exempt from allergen labelling.
22 May 2013
Dear Ms Collins
Please read below a reply from Defra to my TSO, Jade Collins re the position of the legislation following the Consultation on Jam and Similar Products (2003)
Thank you for your email of 30 April about the new Jam and Similar Products Regulations.
We are currently in an extended technical notification period with the EU Commission as both the Commission and other Member States have submitted comments and a detailed opinion regarding our changes therefore triggering an extension to the mandatory 3 month notification period. This extension period expires on 3rd June 2014 and during this time we cannot lay the Statutory Instrument. We will be able to provide a further update nearer that time once further discussions are held with the EU Commission.
I hope this is helpful
Defra Customer Contact Unit.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Perhaps we had more effect than we thought - let's keep it up
We recently wrote to Defra requesting background information under the Freedom of Information Act. They eventually replied - out of the statutory time limit - but only after we threatened to report them for failure to reply. This is what they have said in answer to our questions.
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