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Intertek - Food Safety Testing, Auditing and Certification White Papers

Intertek - Food Safety Testing, Auditing and Certification

Dietary Exposure Dietary exposure estimates are an essential component of all food-related dossiers, such as food additive petitions, novel food submissions, GRAS determinations, and food contact material notifi cations, as a comparison of the estimated exposure of a substance to the acceptable daily intake or available safety data forms a critical part of the risk assessment process.
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Food Safety System Certification 22000: FSSC22000 Food-borne illnesses pose a huge public safety hazard, and can damage your company’s reputation and bottom line. Increased demand for safe food, as a result of globalisation and international trade, has made food safety management extremely important. However, the costs of testing to the numerous regional standards that exist make it difficult for many organisations to keep up in a fast-moving global food market.
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Food and Nutrition: Regulatory Affairs and Toxicology Consulting Top international food and supplement companies and ingredient manufacturers come back to Intertek time after time because we successfully help move their business ahead.
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GLOBALG.A.P: Good Agricultural Practice Producers and retailers must meet global standards and requirements to succeed on the global market. If food safety and quality procedures like GlobalG.A.P. - Retailer Produce Working GroupG.A.P. are not understood, implemented, and embraced by all parties involved, not only is the safety of the food produced at risk, but also the reputation and brand value of the company behind it.
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Health Claims Health claims can strengthen your product’s image and permit you to have a competitive marketing advantage in countries around the world. Health claims used in the labelling and advertising of foods must be in compliance with scientific and regulatory requirements.
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Chloramphenicol: Are you at Risk from Chloramphenicol Contamination? Chloramphenicol (CAP) was one of the most common antibiotics approved for use in humans and food producing animals in the 1940s and 1950s. However, due to its adverse side effects on humans, it has been banned from use in food producing animals since the 1990s in the US and in Europe. How can you ensure your products aren’t at risk from Chloramphenicol contamination?
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Food Safety: Testing the Limits of Contamination Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of food and are demanding that more is done to prevent harmful bacteria and chemicals from entering the food chain. For food manufacturers this is a continuous battle, from farm to fork the volume and complexity of chemical, microbiological and physical hazards is increasing. As our knowledge of these contaminants develops, the requirement for improved testing and lower detection limits is realised.
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Marine Stewardship Council Certification Fish production and trading presents many serious challenges for the sustainable use and management of the world’s oceans - overfishing and the impact on marine habitats are two examples. This is becoming a major concern to the public and to many within the seafood industry.
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Nutritional Analysis Accurate nutritional analysis is essential to ensure you comply with labelling regulations and retailer specifications. Understanding nutritional content is also an intrinsic part of product development and quality control.
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Regulatory Support for the Food, Supplement and Animal Feed Industries Keeping up with the ever-changing regulatory landscape and the differing pre-market requirements for the food, supplement, and animal feed industries is challenging. If your product falls into more than one regulatory category in multiple jurisdictions, the challenges are even greater. Developing a well thought-out regulatory strategy is key to identifying the most effi cient route to market for any product, whether you wish to gain approval in one or one hundred jurisdictions.
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Retail Solutions In recent years, retailers have been liberating themselves from the traditional definition of private label as being the poor relative of national brands, and, in doing so, opening up huge opportunities for private label branding. These opportunities require the adoption of a different set of brand care measures and branding protection to support and propel the retailer’s business for its private label brands.
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Shelf Life Testing Food manufacturers need to accurately determine the use by or best before dates for their products in order to meet strict regulations and to keep their brand and consumers safe. With the vast number of mutually dependent factors involved in verifying an accurate shelf life, how can you ensure that the partner you choose has the technological expertise and resources to carry out reliable, bespoke testing?
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U.S. GRAS for Food and Animal Feed Ingredients In the US, food ingredients are considered either as food additives, or are Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) for specific uses and thus are exempt from the premarket food additive approval requirements.
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Food Safety: Understanding the FSSC 22000 Scheme Food safety and hygiene is of critical importance to producers working at any stage of the food supply chain. Incidents of food poisoning and contamination can have dire consequences for consumers and brands alike. And with consumers demanding greater accountability when it comes to food safety, the food industry is subject to increasing scrutiny and regulation. How can you ensure that the food you produce is safe?
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Supplements/NHPs Whether they are referred to as dietary or food supplements, natural health products, or complementary medicines, one thing is clear: with the increasing availability of such products, regulatory authorities are demanding greater standards of evidence to ensure that the public has access to products that are safe, effective and of high quality.
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Seafood Solutions Seafood is a highly perishable commodity, with strict regulations and guidelines to ensure the supply of safe and sustainable products to market. With consumer demand on the increase, it is imperative that you invest now for the future resources of the industry.
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Organic Food: Residues and Contaminants As a food producer you demand high quality standards to ensure your consumers can trust your brand. To ensure your products reach you in flawless condition and in the quantity the market demands, pesticides naturally become an integral part of the framing process for both conventional and organic food production. How do you ensure your products correspond to the current national and international requirements?
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Pet Food Services: EU Law and Nutritional Physiology In today’s competitive world, the growing pet food market is subjected to rigorous demands in terms of both flavour and quality. The legal requirements for animal food as a standard of quality have not been sufficient for several years.
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Novel Foods In several jurisdictions, foods or food ingredients that do not have a history of use within the community are considered as novel foods. Regulations governing novel foods are in place in the European Union, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, China, South Korea, and other countries. Each jurisdiction has specific regulatory requirements and processes.
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Microbiology Testing Are you doing everything you can to ensure that the safety and quality of your products and processes are protecting your brand and your customers?
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Food Safety Assurance Plan HACCP Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, or HACCP, presents a scientific approach to food safety compliance and is an essential component of any Food Safety Management System.
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Meat Species Testing The adulteration of food products with unauthorised meat content including horsemeat and pig DNA have triggered the recall of products from the supermarket shelves and challenged consumer confidence of well-known brands. The need for horsemeat speciation testing has become a major concern for meat suppliers and supermarkets throughout Europe to detect levels of contamination.
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Good Catering Practice Audits (GCP) The global food supply chain has evolved into a diverse and complex network of multiple channels. This has made it essential to align core operational structures with the various business processes involved in food production and distribution, enabling them to effectively communicate with one another.
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Food Safety and Hygiene: Managing Hotel & Restaurant Chains and Protecting Your Brand The increasing number of foodbourne incidents has raised consumer awareness and applied pressure on hotels and restaurants to ensure food safety. Businesses can achieve this with a comprehensive food safety management system that tests against all possible sources of contamination and full traceability when a food-bourne illness occurs.
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Food Enzymes in the EU Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 on food enzymes covers enzymes that are added to food to perform a technological function, including use as processing aids. The Regulation stablishes a Community List of approved food enzymes, their conditions of use in foods, and labelling requirements.
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Cosmetic Products - Safety Assessments and Regulatory Support Cosmetics are a globally expanding industry and include products for skin care, hair care, nail care, make-up, and fragrances. Cosmetics encompass not only traditional personal care products, but also products in the emerging fields of cosmeceuticals and nutricosmetics.
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Clinical Trials Clinical trials are now an essential component for foods and food constituents in order to increase support for health claims. In most jurisdictions, animal and in vitro studies, on their own, are insufficient for the scientific substantiation of health claims. Instead, there is a requirement for data from well-controlled human intervention studies.
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BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Food safety is of paramount importance. Food poisoning and contamination incidents have caused the recall of products and in some cases even the death of consumers.
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Allergen Testing Accurate and reliable detection of allergens helps manufacturers to meet labelling requirements and protects the health of consumers. This is particularly prevelant for those who suffer from anaphylaxis due to certain types of food.
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