e-GR 8th Edition - Summer 2017

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The cider's pouring, sun is scorching, grandad's sat in the deck chair snoring, kids are paddling in the sea and we’re all having BBQ for tea. Welcome to the summer edition of e-GR where we will be covering risks of rare steak and mince, turning your surplus food into animal feed, clarifying the difference between use by and best before and inviting you to take a look at the Food Standards Agency's thoughts on the future of food business regulation.

Regulating Your Future


You may not have heard of the Food Standards Agency’s “Regulating our Future” programme but if you own or work in a food business then you probably need to. 

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) believes that current systems for ensuring food safety within food businesses are out of date with how we buy and sell food and are in the process of investigating options for a new system of business regulation. “Regulating Our Future” is about this new system and the outcome will have implications for your food business. 

The program is still in its design stage but the FSA are aiming to have the new system in place by 2020. You can have your say by using the hashtag #foodregulation,emailing FutureDelivery@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk or signing up to the newsletter and podcast.

Raising the steaks


Why are rare burgers considered so high risk and what are the rules about serving them to your customers?

The Food Standards Agency advise that all burgers should be cooked all the way through so that their core temperature reaches a minimum of 70⁰C for 2 minutes.

The serving of burgers which are not thoroughly cooked is only acceptable when the food business can demonstrate that they fulfil strict criteria, including notifying Borough of Poole in advance.

Please contact the Environmental Health food team on 01202 261700 for further advice.  

What are you doing with your surplus food?


Did you know that some surplus food can be supplied for animal feed? This has the obvious advantages of reducing waste and generating a possible income.

Dorset Trading Standards are responsible for registering any food businesses that supply food for animal feed. If you are a food manufacturer or retailer, the type of surplus products that could be supplied as animal feed includes:

  • Food no longer suitable for human consumption such as food beyond its durability date or food which has been damaged
  • Bread products
  • Fruit and vegetable trimmings
  • Potato peel
  • Brewers grains
  • Cereal screenings
  • Pastry trimmings

Some surplus food cannot be supplied as animal feed this includes:

  • Food from catering establishments, or food that has been in any kitchen; domestic or commercial,
  • Meat or Meat products
  • Fish or fish products
  • Bovine gelatine (often found in sweets)
  • Milk, cheese and eggs can be supplied in some limited circumstances.

If you think you have a surplus food product that could be used as an animal feed rather than sending it to landfill please contact Borough of Poole Trading Standards on 01202 261700 for advice and registration.

Detailed guidance is available here

Use By or Best Before??


Food labels contain a wealth of important information about the food we sell and consume including reference to a use by or best before date. It is important to know the difference between Use By dates and Best Before dates. Getting it wrong can be costly to the health of your consumers and your business.  

Use By date is usually found on perishable foods such as ready to eat meats, fish and dairy products which require chilling. These are likely to cause illness if they are consumed after their expiry date and it is against the law to sell food that has exceeded this date.

A Best Before date tells you about the quality of the food. They are usually on foods such as biscuits, pasta and crisps - all of which may lose flavour and texture over time. With the exception of eggs it is OK to sell food that is beyond their best before date providing it is safe to eat.

For further information or advice contact the Borough of Poole Environmental Health food team on 01202 261700 or by visiting the Food Standards Agency and NHS websites.