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Spotlight on food supply chain at FSDF Safety Conference

Leicester, UK: Robert Hardy, Oakland Invicta will offer advice, guidance and insight in to best practice for contaminated loads at the FSDF Safety Management Conference in Leicester on Tuesday 15 May.

“Load contamination has been an ongoing and continuing concern within the industry for more than 20 years, and with constant cases of migrant incursion continuing to rise concern over integrity of the food supply chain and brand reputation has never been greater,” Hardy said.

Oakland together with FSDF, food business operators, UK Border Force, the police, the Food Standards Agency, the Fresh Produce Consortium and the British Retailers Consortium, have written guide explaining what steps should be taken when a vehicle has been infiltrated and what to do to mitigate losses and risk to stock and brand.

Chris Sturman, chief executive, FSDF, said: “The Federation is very grateful for Robert’s contribution to our important Safety Management conference, and for the pivotal involvement of Oakland International and their joint sponsorship with four major retailers, of this seminal new industry Guide.

“This has been produced in collaboration with BRC and the Fresh Produce Consortium to provide greater management control and the co-ordinated involvement of Regulatory authorities over incidents of food contamination caused by illegal entry into vehicles. The overall objectives have been to minimise stock losses, whilst maintaining full consumer confidence in products moving along the food supply chain.”

Instead of outright load rejection when contamination has occurred, Oakland is able assess and recover on average 85% of stock and are HACCP and EHO compliant and have cargo checking facilities including CO2 analysis, heartbeat detection, swab tests and visual inspections based in Calais, so a load can be checked for migrant incursion before arriving at the UK Border.