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Milk expiration

The "fresh" milk that the consumer can buy from the fridge can have a shelf life of about 20 days and maintain the organoleptic and sensory characteristics similar to those of fresh milk. To better understand why we start from the definition of milk, according to the EC Regulation n. 853/2004. Raw milk is defined as "milk produced by the [...]

Chemical food contaminants: MOAH and MOSH

Chemical food contaminants are defined as chemical substances not intentionally added to food and feed that may be present in them as a result of various steps in their processing or transportation. Chemical contaminants are: heavy metals; inhibiting substances; residues of previous plant protection products in primary production; chemical migration substances from contact surfaces and packaging materials that are not [...]

USA export: food labeling

Food labelling in the USA is regulated by the FDA (CFR 21.101). The standard establishes a totally different type of labelling from that valid in the EU for the positioning of information and for its relative importance. Sometimes for marketing and communication needs companies tend to include in the labels of food products to be exported to the United States, statements, [...]

Vegan products: how to certify them to ensure the protection of companies and consumers

Whether it's for health, respect for animals, environmental protection, or the desire to experiment with new eating styles, we are facing an important change: people are tending to increasingly avoid eating meat and fish, and animal-derived foods, and prefer a "plant-based" diet. Meat production takes up 80% of agricultural land and contributes to about one fifth of all man-made greenhouse [...]

Packaged foods: how to increase shelf life

The UNI 10534-2005 standard defines shelf life as the period of time that corresponds, under certain storage conditions, to a tolerable decrease in food quality. It essentially defines the suitability for food use, contextualizing itself in a wider discourse that takes into consideration the chemical-physical, organoleptic, enzymatic and microbiological characteristics of the product. In the degradation process of a food [...]

HACCP: a guarantee for companies and consumers

The concept of food safety is defined by the EC Regulation n. 178/2002 which establishes the general principles and requirements of food legislation, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sets procedures in the field of food safety. This concept must have as its first objective necessarily the welfare of the consumer, who must receive a healthy product, free from [...]

Occupational health and safety: risk assessment, rights and duties

We hear more and more often about safety in the workplace and the prevention of related risks. The awareness that work can bring about changes in health has its origins in the past. Through continuous study and growing attention to human health, in 1948, health was recognized as a fundamental right, through the approval of Article 32 of the Constitution [...]

Product authenticity and food fraud

Italian food is loved and appreciated all over the world, synonymous with quality, culture and tradition. Precisely for this reason our culinary excellences are often the subject of food fraud and many products passed off with the “made in Italy” brand turn out to be a poor copy of our specialties. Foods that do not comply with food safety standards, [...]

Environment and packaging: legal requirements and extension to adapt labels

On 11 September 2020, Legislative Decree 3 September 2020, n. 116, which transposes EU directive 2018/851 on waste and EU directive 2018/852 relating to packaging and packaging waste, in force since September 26, 2020. The new Legislative Decree provides that all packaging is "appropriately labeled according to procedures established by the applicable UNI technical standards and in compliance with [...]

Nutrition Labels: how to choose food products in an informed and responsible way

Food labels are the only tool available to the consumer to guide their choices among the crowded supermarket shelves. They represent an effective communication tool and understanding them allows you to make more informed purchases. By providing information on the real characteristics of the product, the ingredients used and the quality, without obviously misleading, food labels allow you to [...]