Statements of the 118th meeting of the ALS
The statements of the 118th meeting of the ALS (Working Group of Food Chemistry Experts of the German Federal States and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety) 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.
Vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives
In Germany, plant-based substitute to meat are being purchased more and more frequently.
There are no legal regulations at EU level regarding the specific labelling of plant-based meat and sausage alternatives. In Germany, the guidelines for vegan and vegetarian foods with similarities to foods of animal origin have been used as the basis for the designation since 2018. In addition, ISO 23662:2021 has been in force since 2021 and includes definitions for vegan and vegetarian foods in international trades.
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.