New Level 4 HACCP for Management qualification

Level 4 HACCP

Highfield has launched a new qualification for learners working at management level within both food manufacturing and catering environments.

The Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management (CODEX Principles) (RQF) has been designed to assist those already working as managers in food manufacturing and catering, quality assurance staff and HACCP personnel.

It is also useful for trainers, auditors, enforcers and other food safety professionals looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

Key topics covered include the importance of CODEX-based HACCP food safety management procedures, and how to manage, develop and evaluate them.

The qualification also contains a new style of written examination which contains 2 sections, each with a mandatory pass mark of 60 percent. In section A, learners need to answer all of the short-answer questions, while in section B, leaners select 2 out of 3 questions.

This qualification will eventually replace the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturing (RQF). Centres will have a transition period of 3 months, however, once this has transpired, Highfield will only accept registrations on the  Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management (CODEX Principles).

For more information, go to https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/compliance/haccp/L4CODEXHACCP

You can also speak to us today about how we can help you, either by contacting your dedicated account manager, emailing us at sales@highfield.co.uk or calling us on 0845 2260350/01302 363277

Food technology conference with SoFHT

Food hygiene and technology professionals from across the country will get the chance to hear the latest news and updates from some of the top experts at special conference next February.

Hosted by the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SoFHT) and supported by Highfield Qualifications, the Back to Basics: The Next Generation conference will take place on 13 February 2018 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, and will give delegates the change to hear first hand about the latest research and technology.

Speakers and topics covered on the day will include:
 
  • Hand Hygiene – Tracey Black – DEB
  • Labelling and Coding Verification Systems  – Jude Mason – Succour 
  • Allergen Risks and Controls – Barbara Hirst – RSSL 
  • Pest Control Threats and Solutions – John Simmons – Acheta 
  • Cleaning Technology and Verification – Peter Littleton – Klenzan 
  • Training Shortfalls and Solutions – Jude Hutchinson – Highfield Qualifications 
As well as Q&A panels throughout the day, the presentations will be supported by an extensive exhibition of 20 businesses showcasing their products and services, where delegates can learn from the experts and informally network with their peers.

Tickets cost £99 plus VAT for Highfield Approved Centres, and £145 for non-Highfield centres.

To find out more, go to the Highfield events section here

If you would like to find out more about exhibition opportunities, please contact Phil Shaw on 07818 571261 or SoFHT on 01827 872500.

Food security expert Professor Chris Elliott issues warning

food security expert Chris Griffith

Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the 2013 horse meat scandal

Food security expert warns the UK is facing the greatest threat to the integrity of its food supply since World War II.

Professor Chris Elliott, who was appointed by the government to investigate the horsemeat scandal in 2013 that saw up to 50,000 horses disappear from across Europe, has warned that a combination of factors such as Brexit and global warming mean the country’s food supply is potentially less secure than at any point in the last 70 years.

Speaking at a conference of food industry experts this autumn, the professor warned that:

  • the UK is not yet prepared for the many challenges that Brexit will pose to the safe supply and production of food. Compromises on food safety standards is a real and immediate threat
  • lack of action on global warming is leading to the increase in incidences of disease and drought that have already devastated some of the food commodities we have come to rely on
  • increased price pressure on food suppliers continues to increase the risk for food fraud as farmers and producers struggle to meet the lower prices demanded by retailers

The professor, who is the founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, issued the warning at the Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference in Doncaster on 26 September 2017, hosted by Highfield Qualifications, one of the UK’s leading exam boards.

Professor Elliott said, ‘As a country we need to seriously begin considering how we ‘future proof’ the integrity of our food supply in the face of the challenges coming in the next few years. To understand what we are eating, where it comes from and how it was produced are of fundamental importance to regaining trust. To reconnect with our food system should be considered a national imperative’.

He added, ‘We have made good progress on the issue of food fraud since the publication of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks in 2014. However, although food fraud remains a priority to those of us concerned with the integrity of our food supply, we need to be versatile and responsive in how we deal with other – potentially greater – challenges to come, especially around Brexit and global warming’.

The Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks – Final Report: A National Food Crime Prevention Framework can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/350726/elliot-review-final-report-july2014.pdf   

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Notes to editors:
1. Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

2. The Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference took place at Doncaster Racecourse on 26 September 2017, and featured presentations from Professor Chris Elliott (Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast), Andy Morling (Head of the National Food Crime Unit, FSA), Sterling Crew (Institute of Food Science and Technology), Simon Flanagan (RSSL) and Peter Littleton (Klenzan).

Don’t miss out on the food safety event of the year!

food safety event of the yearWith less than two months to go until Highfield hosts the food safety event of the year at Doncaster Racecourse, we are pleased to announce that the conference agenda is now live!

Covering key topics across the sector, Food Fraud, Culture & Modern Catering Processes will provide delegates with the knowledge and understanding to improve existing food strategies and procedures within their businesses.

 

 09:00-09:45 Registration and Exhibition Viewing  
 09:45-10:00   Welcome & Chair

Richard Sprenger
Highfield Qualifications

 
 10:00-10:45   Delivering a Food Safety Culture

Sterling Crew

Institute of Food Science and Technology   

 
 10:45-11:15   Break and Exhibition Viewing  
 11:15-12:00   Taking the Risk Out of Allergen Risk Assessments   

Simon Flanagan

RSSL

 
 12:00-12:45   Modern Catering Low-temperature Techniques

Dr Andy Bowles

ABC Food Law   

 
 12:45-13:45 Lunch and Exhibition Viewing  
 13:45-14:30 Challenges to the Integrity of the Global Food Supply System

Professor Chris Elliott

Queens University Belfast      

 
 14:30-15:15   Food Safety Offences & Sentencing (Food Crime Unit Update)

Andy Morling

Food Standards Agency

 
 15:15-16:00   Minimising Accidental Food Fraud

Peter Littleton

Klenzan

 
 16:00   Event Closes  

You’ll also get the chance to:

  • purchase Highfield training materials with an exclusive conference discount
  • view products and services from a host of exhibitors
  • network with colleagues from across the food sector
  • get authoritative guidance and advice from industry professionals

The conference takes place on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at Doncaster Racecourse.Tickets are priced at £170 + VAT for Highfield centres and £210 + VAT for non-centres.

To book a place for yourself and/or a colleague, you can book here. Alternatively, call us on 0845 226 0350/ 01302 363277 or email events@highfieldabc.com.

And one last thing, if you aren’t already a member of our Food Safety Forum on LinkedIn, join today for free to receive updates, news and information from food safety trainers, consultants, practitioners and indsutry professionals, alongside continuous networking opportunties and exclusive promotions.

UK food industry risks another horse meat scandal

Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the 2013 horse meat scandal.

The UK is still at risk of another ‘horse gate’ scandal which may have been responsible for up to 50,000 horses disappearing from across Europe – that will be the warning from one of the country’s top experts at a major food industry conference later this year.

Professor Chris Elliott will tell delegates at the Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference on 26 September 2017, at Doncaster Racecourse, that work still needs to be done to ensure food fraud is successfully tackled.

The conference is being organised by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s leading awarding organisation for food safety qualifications. It was at Highfield’s previous conference in 2015 that Professor Elliott made the shocking revelation that up to 50,000 horses had ‘disappeared’ from Europe during the financial meltdown, which started in 2008.

The professor, who was appointed by the government to investigate the horsemeat scandal and food fraud in the UK, will explain that while progress has been made, food security has to remain a priority for authorities and the police or it will happen again.

Professor Elliott said, ‘A great deal of headway has been made since the publication of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks. Plus, we’ve seen the establishment of the Food Standard Agency’s Food Crime Unit, which is beginning to have an impact.

However, food fraud must remain a priority – amongst many competing priorities for enforcement authorities – if we are to maintain that progress and ensure we see no recurrence of previous scandals’.

As well as food fraud, the conference – which is being hosted in partnership with The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) – will focus on key topics across the food sector, providing delegates with knowledge and skills to improve existing food strategies and procedures within their business. Topics covered during the event will include allergens, food safety culture and the safety of low temperature catering processes.

As well as being chaired by Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger, author of Hygiene for Management and The Food Safety Handbook, the event will feature presentations from:

Tickets for the conference cost £210 plus VAT, with discounts available for Highfield members.

For more information or to book your place, go to https://centres.highfieldabc.com/Events/Default.aspx

Alternatively, call 0845 226 0350 or email events@highfield.co.uk

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UK at risk of another ‘horsegate’ scandal warns top expert

The UK is at risk of another ‘horsegate’ scandal similar to the one in 2013 which may have been responsible for up to 50,000 horses disappearing from across Europe, according to the country’s top food fraud expert.

Professor Chris ElliottProfessor Chris Elliott, who was appointed by the government to investigate the horsemeat scandal and food fraud in the UK, warned that unless the issue was taken seriously by authorities and the police, it was likely to happen again.

Speaking at a conference looking into food fraud this September, the professor said that:

  • Food fraud is an organised and global criminal enterprise involving gangs such as the Mafia and the Central American drug cartels
  • Up to 50,000 horses ‘disappeared’ from Europe during the financial meltdown which started around 2008.  People could no longer afford to keep them – and it’s probable a lot of these horses ended up in our food supply system
  • The 2013 horsegate scandal was a close call as there was little direct threat to public health, but next time we may not be so lucky

The professor, who is Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, issued the warning at the Fighting Food Fraud conference in Doncaster on 17 September 2015, hosted by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), one of the UK’s leading exam boards.

Professor Elliott said, ‘2013 was a wake-up call for the UK.  While there was no direct evidence of a threat to public health, there have been food fraud scandals in other countries that have affected thousands – and in some cases hundreds of thousands – of people.   In China in 2008, over 300,000 infants were made ill by adulterated milk, with six sadly dying.  With organised gangs becoming attracted in to food fraud, we must act now to prevent public health threats. The idea that 50,000 horses could just disappear may seem incredible to some, but the scale at which some of these gangs can operate is huge.  Wherever there is money to be made – and the sums involved in food fraud are in the billions – criminals will find a way’.

He added, ‘The establishment of the National Food Crime Unit by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is a good first step and having spoken to its head, Andy Morling, I am hopeful that we can begin to tackle the issue and better protect the public.  The only way we can succeed is for everyone, from farmers and producers to retailers and the authorities, to work together to improve the tracking and auditing of our food supply chain’.

The Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks –Final Report: A National Food Crime Prevention Framework can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/350726/elliot-review-final-report-july2014.pdf

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.
  2. The Fighting Food Fraud conference took place at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015, and featured presentations from Professor Chris Elliott (Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast), Andy Morling (Head of the National Food Crime Unit, FSA) and John Figgins (Technical Specialist, British Retail Consortium).

Food fraud event targets Yorkshire and the Humber

Food FraudFood producers, retailers and caterers across Yorkshire and the Humber will get the chance to learn more about food fraud and how to combat it at a major conference to be held in the region this September.

The Fighting Food Fraud conference, held at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015, will feature Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks – the UK government’s report into the horsemeat scandal of 2013 – and will look at how businesses can best protect the public and themselves.

Professor Elliott will be joined by Andy Morling, the recently appointed head of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Crime Unit, who will discuss its role and impact so far, plus John Figgins, BRC Technical Specialist, who will provide an insight into compliance with newly issued food safety standards.

According to the National Guidance Research Forum at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, the food sector in Yorkshire and the Humber is estimated to be worth over £7 billion a year and employ over 52,000 people.  Employment in the region is concentrated in North Yorkshire (20%), NE Lincolnshire (10%), Hull (8%), Wakefield (8%) and Leeds (7%).

Professor Elliott said, ‘Food fraud has fast become one of the key issues for the food industry.  From suppliers such as farms and abattoirs, to manufacturers, packagers and supermarkets, even to caterers, restaurants and licensed premises – every business in the chain is affected by food fraud and the negative effect it has upon consumer confidence.  It is up to businesses to understand the types of food fraud and its indicators, its penalties and consequences, and why protecting the wider food industry begins with businesses informing and protecting themselves’.

The conference, which is expected to attract leading food safety specialists from some of the UK’s biggest retailers, caterers and manufacturers, is being organised by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), one of the UK’s leading exam boards.

Tickets cost £170 plus VAT, or £130 plus VAT for HABC members.

To book your place, phone 0845 2260350 or email info@highfield.co.uk For more information, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

National food safety conference this September for Doncaster

Some of the UK’s top experts will be descending on Doncaster this September for a national food safety conference to tackle the issue of food fraud.

National Food Safety ConferenceFighting Food Fraud, held at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015, will feature Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks – the UK government’s report into the horsemeat scandal of 2013 – and will look at how businesses can best protect the public and themselves.

Professor Elliott will be joined by Andy Morling, the recently appointed head of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Crime Unit, who will discuss its role and impact so far, plus John Figgins, BRC Technical Specialist, who will provide an insight into compliance with newly issued food safety standards.

The conference, which is expected to attract over 100 leading food safety specialists from some of the UK’s biggest retailers, caterers and manufacturers, is being organised by the Doncaster-based Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.

Professor Elliott said, ‘Food fraud has fast become one of the key issues for the food industry. From suppliers such as farms and abattoirs, to manufacturers, packagers and supermarkets, even to caterers, restaurants and licensed premises – every business in the chain is affected by food fraud and the negative effect it has upon consumer confidence. It is up to businesses to understand the types of food fraud and its indicators, its penalties and consequences, and why protecting the wider food industry begins with businesses informing and protecting themselves’.

Nikki Griffiths, Director of Sales at Doncaster Racecourse said, ‘We are very happy to be welcoming HABC to Doncaster racecourse to hold the Fighting Food Fraud Conference in September, and we are hoping this is the start of a series of events held here for HABC’.

Tickets cost £170 plus VAT, or £130 plus VAT for HABC members.

To book your place, phone 0845 2260350 or email info@highfieldabc.com For more information, go to www.highfieldabc.

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Notes to editors:
1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

PRESS RELEASE: Professor Elliott to warn businesses at food fraud conference

Professor Chris ElliottUK food businesses must take up the fight against food fraud or face another scandal – that will be the stark warning from one of the UK’s top experts at a conference this autumn.

Professor Chris Elliott will tell delegates at the Fighting Food Fraud conference on 17 September 2015, Doncaster, that the fight has only just begun and can only be won with a coordinated effort.

The Professor, who was author of the government’s report into the 2013 food fraud scandal, The Elliott Review, and is Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, will address the challenges posed by the review and look at how businesses can best protect themselves whilst maintaining supply chain integrity and food authenticity.

Professor Elliott said, ‘Food fraud has fast become one of the key issues for the food industry. From suppliers such as farms and abattoirs, to manufacturers, packagers and supermarkets, even to caterers, restaurants and licensed premises – every business in the chain is affected by food fraud and the negative effect it has upon consumer confidence. It is up to businesses to understand the types of food fraud and its indicators, its penalties and consequences, and why protecting the wider food industry begins with businesses informing and protecting themselves’.

He will be joined by Andy Morling, the recently appointed head of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Crime Unit, who will discuss the role of the unit and its impact so far plus John Figgins, BRC Technical Specialist, who will provide an insight into compliance with issue 7 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.

The conference is being organised by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for food safety qualifications. Richard Sprenger, HABC Chairman and author of Hygiene for Management and the Food Safety Handbook, said, ‘Food authenticity has come under close scrutiny recently from food retailers, manufacturers and consumers. Food law enforcement must be delivered effectively so that consumers can have confidence in the food they eat. With ongoing work to identify potential food fraud, this has fast become a key topic within the food safety industry’.

The conference takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015. Tickets cost £170 plus VAT (£130 plus VAT for HABC Centres).

To book your place, phone 0845 2260350 or email info@highfield.co.uk

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Notes to editors:
1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.