The UK’s food industry is one of the biggest and most diverse in the world, making it a great option for entrepreneurs. But due to the nature of the product and health considerations, it is also highly regulated.
As a food business owner, one of your duties and responsibilities is to learn about the following rules:
1. There are standards for using chemicals in food packaging
Some would say that there is no significant risk of food contamination due to the chemicals found on the packaging, but this does not mean the Government is not doing anything to prevent such a problem. The authorities created some rules regarding food labelling and packaging.
2. Food products may require lot identification numbers
In general, packaged food will require alot identification number composed of the lot, the plant where they are produced, the address of the manufacturing or packaging facility and the manufacturing date. These details can be helpful in times of a food recall. Nevertheless, there are exemptions. For example, food placed in small packages, as well as individual ice cream, may no longer need one.
3. Transport is a serious business too.
Packaged food usually does not have many issues when it comes to transport, as the packaging can extend the life of the product. It is always wise to take extra precaution and packaging systems that suit your business needs and make it easier for you to follow the standards.
4. The label should include all ingredients.
The label must show the ingredients used in the manufacturing process. Normally, labels list them starting with the ingredients the product contains the most.
Following quality and safety guidelines is key to becoming successful in the food business. Follow this guide to make sure you are not violating any rules and regulations.