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19 September 2011

FDF launches webinars for food companies to support new Acrylamide Toolbox

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PRESS RELEASE

With the publication of the revised FoodDrinkEurope Acrylamide Toolbox due at the end of September 2011, the Food and Drink Federation has organised a series of live webinars to ensure food companies are fully aware of the potential strategies to minimise acrylamide formation in certain foods.

Acrylamide occurs naturally in food as part of the cooking process. It can occur in a wide variety of food, either home baked or processed, where high temperatures are generated during roasting, baking or grilling.

The webinars will provide an update on the latest tools available to manufacturers for dealing with this potential issue. They will be accessible to all UK manufacturers (both FDF and non-FDF members) via a password protected link, and will be of particular interest to small and medium enterprises.

The first webinar will take place on 11 October at 3.30 - 4.30pm and will be delivered by the Food Standards Agency. Dr Kevin Hargin will give an overview of the regulatory framework for process contaminants and will describe the ongoing UK monitoring programme, associated checklist and guidance documents.

On 14 October 10 - 11am, a webinar presentation followed by a Q and A session will be delivered by FDF's Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery group (BCCC).

A webinar by the Snack, Nuts and Crisp manufacturers' association (SNACMA) is planned for 18 October 10 - 11am - and other sectors will contribute to the dissemination of the FoodDrinkEurope Acrylamide Toolbox later in October or early November.

FDF Director of Food safety and Science Barbara Gallani said: “It is important that manufacturers assess whether acrylamide is likely to form in their food and if so, to use the toolbox to examine whether this could be minimised or prevented."

“Webinars have proved to be a very effective way for FDF to communicate important messages or changes of legislation to members as they are convenient for time pressed companies. We are also inviting non members to participate as it's important that we get this information across to as many manufacturers as possible, particularly smaller companies."

To register online visit:

Registration is open to food and drink manufacturing companies.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk.

More information

FDF Press team
Nicki Hunt on or 020 7420 7132 - nicki.hunt@fdf.org.uk
Rebecca Wilhelm or 020 7420 7140 - rebecca.wilhelm@fdf.org.uk
Sarah Jenkinson or 020 7420 7131 - sarah.jenkinson@fdf.org.uk
Anna Taylor or 020 7420 7118 - anna.taylor@fdf.org.uk

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