first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published revised guidance for country of origin labelling. It has been designed to benefit consumers and to further the FSA’s commitment to improve food labelling and to encourage consistency. The guidance will apply to manufacturers, producers, retailers and caterers with the objective of putting an end to misleading labelling, as well as acting as a help to enforcement authorities.The guidance is split into three sections, which explain the legal requirements that need to be followed, how to avoid misleading labelling, and advice on best practice.There is advice specific to certain foods, such as beef, eggs and fruit and vegetables as to how the country of origin labelling applies to them, as well as details on the penalties for breaching the legislation. Certain foods are exempt for this legislation, which include, in certain circumstances, white bread and flour confectionery, and individually wrapped fancy confectionery products not enclosed in any further packaging and which are intended for sale as single items.Info on the new guidance can be obtained from the FSA’s website: read more

first_imgLadies and gentlemen! Roll-up, roll-up for the 2010 Baking Industry Awards, which scour the country in search of the baking industry’s high fliers and success stories. This issue we welcome two new sponsors: Bakels, sponsoring Speciality Bread Product of the Year; and Dawn Foods, sponsoring In-Store Bakery of the Year (see pgs 18-19). As you might have already guessed, the awards, now in their 23rd year, will take the circus as its theme this year, with the presentation evening on 8 September guaranteed to provide all the excitement associated with Big Top entertainment.Recognising the hard work and passion of the people and companies that make the British baking industry one of the most exciting and innovative in the world, the awards are open to firms of all sizes from one-shop retailers to the largest suppliers. There is a category to suit everybody, but how do you go about putting together a winning entry?The starting point should be thinking about what are you most proud of. For example, how are you tackling issues that affect your business? Do you have a brilliant business plan? Have you done any valuable market research? Do you have a unique process of evaluating new products and arriving at your range? Are you able to convey a sense of your whole business working as a team?Terri Petherbridge of Glastonbury-based bakery Burns the Bread, who won last year’s Customer Focus Award, sponsored by CSM, says entry forms should focus on areas where companies are better than their competitors and highlight long-term initiatives that have had tangible results. “Just go for it. It’s definitely a confidence booster for the business,” she says. “It was good for our customers to know that we had been recognised by a national award and it made the staff feel good to know their hard work had paid off.”David McClymont of Lightbody Celebration Cakes, who won the 2009 Celebration Cake Maker of the Year award, sponsored by Renshawnapier, says that entrants should try to stand out from the crowd and really impress the judges. “My entry featured a ’flapper’ girl, modelled in Mexican paste, with individually threaded beads. The judges said it showed attention to detail and, hopefully, my technical skill came through.”Succinct and memorableFilling out an entry form for the Baking Industry Awards does not need to take up huge amounts of time. The judges will be sifting through stacks of entries, so something succinct and memorable will stand you in good stead. You do not have to list every business achievement selectively compiled press clippings or mentions of other awards won is more likely to impress than listing your HACCP or BRC accreditations, for example. Providing good-quality photos to give judges a visual feel of your products is also a good idea, as is highlighting specific business achievements with tangible benefits from the past year.On the other hand, a common mistake is not giving enough detail. Do not assume the judges know about your business or your achievements and make sure you tailor the entry to the category you’re entering.Rich Products’ Gail Lindsay, who won Bakery Supplier of the Year 2009, sponsored by Sainsbury’s, says that she treated entering the awards as a mini business review, consulting with various section heads and collating key data. “It was a great exercise in terms of taking stock of what we had achieved over the past year. We still use our submission as a business review document to give business partners an overview of our recent progress,” she says. “We made sure to keep the entry form succinct, so that it answered the questions and used specific examples from our business. We also included photos.”Entering the Baking Industry Awards is a great boost for business, says Paddy Cronin of United Central Bakeries, whose Genius Gluten-Free Loaf won last’s year’s Innovation Award, sponsored by Asda. “Winning the award did bring in new business and raised our profile in the industry. You could say it gave us more kudos,” he says.Each award will be judged according to the requirements of that category. Some will see shortlisted candidates visited by the judges. Others will call upon finalists to give a presentation on why they believe they deserve the award. Each panel contains representatives from the sponsoring company, plus an independent expert judge, selected in agreement with British Baker. A British Baker staff member then joins each of the final judging panels to help decide the finalists.Finalists will attend the awards ceremony free of charge, where there will be a drinks reception, three-course meal and dancing. Other attractions and the celebrity presenter will be revealed in the coming weeks.Rules of the gameA company may enter more than one category, BUT different company representatives must enter each of the chosen categories. No one person can enter more than one category. The winner of each of the categories will receive a trophy, while finalists receive a certificate.Remember your business’ reputation alone will not be enough to get you shortlisted. Past Baking Industry Awards have seen major industry figures and outstanding businesses and products failing to make the cut, based on their submitted applications. So it is crucial not to overlook the importance of this first step to being selected as a finalist.If you need advice on how to put together a winning entry, why not speak to other entrants or past winners? First and foremost, putting together an application should be a fun and valuable process in finding out what exactly it is about your business that makes it special. We wish you the best of luck! Do’s and don’ts l Entrants sometimes think they have to be a customer of the category sponsor to enter, which is not true. Others, who are customers of the sponsor, will load their application with information about what they have done for the sponsoring company in the past year, which will in no way advance your causel Just attaching corporate brochures to the application is a sure-fire way of boring the judges, who are more likely to be impressed by a personalised applicationl Don’t think your business is too small or at too early a stage for you to enter. These Awards are open to all bakers. You’ve got to be in it to win it!l Make sure the entry form is clear and legible and that you answer all the questions fullyl Paint a clear picture of your business, tell us how you adapt to changes, and highlight your unique selling pointsl Describe plans and objectives you have for the future. Judges want to see that you are forward-thinkingl Don’t be afraid to shout about your success be proud of what you have achievedl Get members of staff involved in entering don’t do it all yourself. That way it’s a team effort and employees will learn a good deal more about your business during the entry processl If you are selected for a judging visit, gather any training material or other information. This is a great way to showcase your success. Or you may need to send in your productsl If you don’t succeed, don’t be disheartened. Look at the process as a positive way of evaluating the business. And don’t forget, try again! 2010 Baking Industry Awards – Enter now! l Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortelel Confectioner of the Year, sponsored by Rich Productsl Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by ADM Millingl Bakery Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Sainsbury’sl Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, sponsored by renshawnapierl The Innovation Award, sponsored by Asdal The Craft Business Award, sponsored by Rank Hovisl The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by CSM (United Kingdom)l Speciality Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by Bakelsl In-Store Bakery of the Year, sponsored by Dawn FoodsHOW TO ENTER: Call: Helen Law on 01293 846587Email: [email protected] read more

first_imgQ Can we ask the GP if a fit note is real? You recently advised that employees can purchase fake (yet convincing) fit notes over the internet. If we doubt the legitimacy of one, can we ask the GP to confirm they issued it, or do data protection laws prevent us from doing so?AAs far as we know, this has not yet been tested in law. But our advice is that it’s perfectly acceptable after all you’re not trying to find out sensitive medical information about an employee behind their back. So provided you don’t request any information of this nature, you can ask a GP to confirm the authenticity of a fit note.What exactly is an Improvement Notice?QMy EHO recently threatened me with an Improvement Notice. In the event I was quickly able to resolve the particular problem to his satisfaction. But what exactly is an Improvement Notice.AImprovement Notices can only be served by a fully qualified and authorised enforcement officer when they are satisfied that there has been a regulatory non-compliance and that there is no imminent risk to public health.Previously, EHOs rarely resorted to this procedure, as they preferred to gain com-pliance through more informal means. However, in the wake of the Pennington Report there is an increase in Improvement Notices being issued.An Improvement Notice carries great weight in law, as an offence is automatically committed if the notice is ignored. An Improvement Notice must explain clearly what is wrong and which regulations have been contravened. It must also state the recommended measures to be taken to correct the defect and also set a time period within which the measures must be carried out. This time period must be realistic and cannot be less than 14 days. There is no provision within legislation for extensions to be allowed to the time period. However, the accompanying Code of Practice does say it would be unreasonable not to allow an extension if the business had genuine reasons for requesting a delay or needed extra time to complete works already started or planned.A business has the right of appeal against a notice and details of how to make an appeal should be given at the same time that a Notice is issued. Appeals must be brought either within one month of service or the period specific in the notice if this is shorter. If an appeal is lodged, then the notice is suspended until the appeal is heard. The magistrates can cancel, affirm or modify the notice.It must be appreciated that the issuance of a Notice does not preclude the local authority prosecuting a business for the original breach. However, a summons should not be issued until after the appeal period has lapsed or after any appeal has been heard.What’s the situation for nutritional labels?QDo I have to include nutritional information on labelling for my pre-packed items?AGenerally speaking nutritional labelling is voluntary on pre-packed food unless a health or nutrition claim is made elsewhere on the packaging. For example, if you describe an item as ’low fat’ (nutritional claim) or ’helps build strong bones and teeth” (health claim), then this would trigger the requirement for nutritional labelling.If you provide nutritional labelling, whether voluntary or mandatory, then you must comply with the required format and order and include all the nutrients in a required listlast_img read more

first_imgUnifine has launched a new product guide Unifine Goes Halal, to inform its customers about the products and ingredients in its portfolio, which can be used in day-to-day halal foodservice.The six-page guide features fruit fillings, powdered products, chocolate couverture and decorations, glazes and toppings. It explains that halal products must be certified by an authorised organisation, and that the certificate is valid for one year, and has be renewed for each product following expiry. The firm said all of its manufacturing sites can be set up to accommodate halal production.last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook CoronavirusIndianaNews Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – March 16, 2020 0 322 (Public Domain) The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has information for parents of school-aged children and child care providers related to the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus or COVID-19:Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana at 800-299-1627 to speak to a referral specialist.Every community has a child care resource and referral agency that can also connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support. Families can find their local CCR&R by calling 800-299-1627 or by consulting this map (direct link: )When locating care, it is important that families choose licensed and regulated care for their children. To find out if a provider is licensed or regulated, go to or call 800-299-1627. The FSSA offered guidance that children who are out of school due to possible contact with a positive case should observe social isolation and be at home, not in a large child care setting. It is also strongly recommended that caregivers for these children during this timeframe NOT be older than age 65 or have a chronic disease or be in an immunosuppressed state. This guidance does not apply to ALL kids whose schools are closing as a precaution.FSSA also posted a set of frequently asked questions and answers and guidance on several matters related to COVID-19 for child care providers. That document is found here. FSSA encourages parents and child care providers to check back frequently for updates as guidance could evolve rapidly at the direction of the Indiana State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ISDH is also continuously updating information about COVID-19 here. WhatsApp Google+ Help available for Indiana parents who need childcare while school is out Previous articleUPDATE: Local schools respond to coronavirus fearsNext articleState of Michigan coronavirus cases up to 53 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

first_img Construction on new upper East Bank Trail connection set to start WhatsApp Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana bonus food distributions announcedNext articleHundreds of American flags placed at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Construction on a new upper East Bank trail connection is set to begin Tuesday, May 26.This new portion of the trail will be along Northside Boulevard between Howard Park and the South Bend Farmers Market.Although portions of the street-level trail exist between these two locations, sections will be renovated and missing connections established.The trail from Howard Park to the Sample Street bridge will be closed through mid-September.The project features a new 10-foot multipurpose trail along Northside Boulevard from Howard Park to the Sample Street bridge. It also includes new lighting and two overlooks, which will be located near the Notre Dame boathouse and the pedestrian bridge.The lower walkway along the river from Northside Boulevard to the boathouse will be removed and returned to its natural habitat. Some erosion control work is expected in this stretch along with repairs to the historic Works Progress Administration wall.Various sections of St. Louis/Northside boulevards between Wayne and Sample streets will be closed until mid-August. The detour route will be Jefferson Boulevard and Eddy Street. IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – May 25, 2020 0 392 Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img Twitter Legendary South Bend swim coach dies By Tommie Lee – July 13, 2020 0 478 Facebook Google+ Facebook (“A row of tea candles” by Markus Grossalber, CC BY 2.0) A South Bend coaching legend has passed away.Dave Dunlap who coached swimming at both South Bend Jackson and Riley high schools died Saturday at his home.He was 78.The South Bend Tribune reports the swim programs at both schools under Dunlap became state powerhouses, resulting in three state titles and seven second-place finishes. His final championship came in his final year as a coach and teacher, in 1995. His record between the schools was 357 wins and only 41 losses. Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleCassopolis woman injured in hit-and-run crashNext articleKroger stops issuing change in coin form during national shortage Tommie Leelast_img read more

first_imgIndianaLocalSouth Bend Market (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Lucas Packer, 40, in connection with a May 21, serious bodily injury crash that occurred at E. Jefferson Blvd and Byrkit Avenue in Mishawaka.Packer is charged with Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Vehicle with a Schedule I or II Substance in the Blood, a Level 5 Felony.Packer was arrested on Monday, Aug. 17 and placed in the St. Joseph County Jail.His bail hearing and arraignment were scheduled for Monday afternoon.If found guilty of his charge, he could be sentenced for up to six years in prison. Twitter By Jon Zimney – August 17, 2020 0 255 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Man, 40, charged in connection with serious injury crash in Mishawaka Previous article300 Pizza Hut locations nationwide are in danger of closingNext articleNiles woman hurt in hit-and-run collision at U.S. 12 and Fir Road Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook By Network Indiana – September 16, 2020 1 217 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Several Indiana sports venue to serve as voting centers on Election Day Google+ Previous articleSteuben County man arrested for child exploitationNext articleNotre Dame begins testing football players daily for coronavirus Network Indiana Twitter (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Several sports venues in Indiana will be transformed into voting centers on Election Day. Last month, Marion County announced people will be able to vote inside Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse.Now, if you live in Tippecanoe County, you’ll be able to cast your ballot inside Purdue University’s Mackey Arena.Purdue and the Tippecanoe County Board of Elections announced Tuesday that the basketball arena will be open for early voting on October 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The facility will then, again, be open on November 3 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Mackey Arena will be open for all voters, not just Purdue students and staff. Athletic Director Mike Bobinski says all student-athletes will have November 3 off, so they can go vote. Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more