I know from the work I do every week with progressive technical directors and technical managers that treating food safety as a "non-competitive issue" allows them to sit down, have conversations and move things forward. If food safety becomes a competitive issue some companies may become introverted and we are all worse off as an industry.
Herbs and spices will be set to join global quality standards with the aim of adding further assurances to consumers and to encourage more growers into the already “booming” market.
Standards were set in place for a certain herbs and spices but there has been no previously recognised global body to provide specific and equal quality standards for all herbs and spices according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. By having clear and concise standards it also gives clarity to farmers on what they should be growing and how.
Qadex is welcoming this new addition and is keen to get to work on creating the necessary SAQs and Specs needed for the flavourful duo to join our system.
The UNFAO said:
“With such a diverse range of byproducts and uses, booming international demand and expanding areas of production, the need for international standards is clear.”
By implementing these checks it will help UK food businesses and their suppliers in managing specifications and specification compliance as well as quality assurance checks and supplier monitoring.
The herbs and spices sector has been relishing in it’s rapid growth and as a result a newly formed committee have begun meetings to develop the quality standards for herbs and spices such as thyme and nutmeg.
The Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH), part of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, is to develop the international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice.
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