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#1 Nassu

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 10:42 PM

Hi All 

 

Please can you advise as what is meant by :variety of species of cross contamination"- is it like raw materials e.g. seeds 

 

Its not clearly defined in the BRC interpretation guideline?

 

 



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:19 AM

Hi All 

 

Please can you advise as what is meant by :variety of species of cross contamination"- is it like raw materials e.g. seeds 

 

Its not clearly defined in the BRC interpretation guideline?

 

Hi Nassu,

 

I think there is a misreading, clause is -

 

variety or species cross-contamination

 

Variety IMO is somewhat ambiguous, "Crudely" it means "type" eg -

 

A thing which differs in some way from others of the same general class or sort; a type.eg ‘fifty varieties of fresh and frozen pasta’

 

Or biologically -

 

A taxonomic category that ranks below subspecies (where present) or species, its members differing from others of the same subspecies or species in minor but permanent or heritable characteristics. Varieties are more often recognized in botany, in which they are designated in the style Apium graveolens ((var. dulce).

 

 

Or etc


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 03:19 AM

Hi Nassu,

 

As per Charles' post it is variety or species cross-contamination. It is more likely to be accidental and would probably be considered at the same time as - taking into account potential for substitution or fraud (may be completed as part of the vulnerability assessment in clause 5.4.2.). Where a supplier handles different varieties of fruits/vegetables or species there is a risk of cross-contamination that must be considered.

From 5.4.2 guidance: The nature of the raw material may change the potential for food fraud. For example, if a slaughterhouse is purchasing cattle, horses and pigs for slaughter, it will be obvious if there is an issue with the live animals; however, if the slaughterhouse intends to make a claim such as organic, Aberdeen Angus or specified country of origin, then greater controls of raw materials will be required to ensure only those which meet the claim are purchased.
Similarly, prepared ingredients such as beef mince or ground spices are likely to have a greater risk than the whole ingredient.

 

Given the historical issue with horse meat being substituted for beef I don't agree with the wording entirely. It may be obvious with 'live animals' but clearly once they have been processed there are risks of cross-contamination or fraud/substitution.

 

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Tony






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