Updated guidelines for fruit products

The revision of the guidelines includes the inclusion of cranberries and apple puree, the latter being described as an apple product with a creamy to coarse texture with a thick, flowing viscosity and without added sugar.

In addition, the minimum sugar content requirement for apple sauce was deleted. Furthermore, the expert committee "Fruit, Vegetables, Mushrooms" has defined the defect descriptions for some fruits in more detail or revised them in order to better reflect the specific characteristics of the fruits.  Furthermore, in addition to updating the legal references, the guidelines were restructured and aligned with other guidelines that had already been revised.

In the next conferences, the expert committee will deal with the revision of the guidelines for vegetable products.

If you have any questions about the new guidelines, we will be happy to advise you.

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ECJ judgement: Salmonella in fresh poultry meat

Due to their resistance and adaptability, salmonellae are often the cause of foodborne gastrointestinal illnesses (salmonellosis) in the European Union (EU), which is why they are often the cause of alerts in the EU Rapid Alert System (RASFF). The majority of salmonella cases are attributed to contaminated food of animal origin (poultry, etc.).


Accredited foreign object detection & analysis according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025

Although food companies take far-reaching quality assurance measures, foreign body findings are not uncommon at all stages of food production. In order to avoid safety risks and economic damage, reliable foreign body detection is therefore indispensable. Once such an occurrence has been detected, it is important to identify the foreign body precisely, because this is the only way to assess its relevance for product safety so that the right quality assurance measures can be initiated.


Resolutions of the 88th Working Meeting of the ALTS

The resolutions of the 88th working meeting of the ALTS (food hygiene and food of animal origin working group) have been published on the website of the BVL (Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety) and in the Journal for Consumer Protection and Food Safety.


New guidelines for oil seeds, masses made from them and other confectionery products

With the new version, the guidelines have been conformed in their form and structure to other guiding principles that have already been revised. Some products such as various oil seeds (e.g. pecan kernels, coconut) and types of marzipan (e.g. Edelmarzipan, Königsberger marzipan) were added.