QS at Anuga 2019 - Save the Date!
Great events cast their shadows ahead! From 5 to 9 October 2019, Anuga, the world's largest trade fair for the food industry, will open its doors in Cologne. At this year's edition of the food fair, in which more than 7,500 exhibitors from more than 100 countries took part in 2017, QS will of course be represented again. We cordially invite you to visit us at our brand new booth (A079, hall 6), to get to know our new, innovative information offer and to inform yourself about the services of the QS inspection system for fresh food.
July 2019 - Overview of new QS scheme participants
Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.
Revision of the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1
With effect from 05 August 2019, the additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 was revised. The revised version contains a new risk classification for Ukraine, based on the available results for aflatoxin B1.
Revision of the Feed Monitoring Guideline as of 1 August 2019
Due to a clarification, the Feed Monitoring Guideline was revised on 1 August 2019. The new version can now be viewed and downloaded from the Document Center on the QS website.
QS at the PROGNOSFRUIT 2019
The 44th PROGNOSFRUIT will take place in Alden-Biesen (Belgium) from 7 to 9 August 2019. This year QS will again be represented with an information stand at the annual congress of the international pome fruit industry and will also act as sponsor of the event. At the QS stand, the conference participants can obtain comprehensive information on the subject of quality assurance in the fruit value chain and on the QS inspection system.
Laboratory performance assessment for QS-residue monitoring – not all laboratories are convincing
In spring 2019, QS put the analytical competence of QS-approved laboratories in Germany and abroad to the test for the 26th time. They were faced with the challenge of identifying eight active substances added to the onion test matrix, two of them using individual methods. Of a total of 65 participating QS-approved laboratories, eight failed in this task. The remaining 57 laboratories passed the test successfully, 31 of them with the maximum score. Furthermore, 25 laboratories took part in the spring test in the recognition procedure, of which only 14 laboratories passed the current test, and on a voluntary basis a third-party laboratory, whose participation was also successful.
QS at the ICoMST 2019
The 65th edition of the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) will take place in Potsdam/Berlin from 4 to 9 August 2019. This year, QS will be represented at the event for the first time with an information stand and will also act as a sponsor. At the QS stand, congress participants will be able to obtain comprehensive information on the subject of quality assurance in the meat and meat products value chain.
QS random audits 2019 completely unannounced
This year's random sample audits for the system chains fruit, vegetables, potatoes as well as meat and meat products started at the beginning of this week. As in previous years, the implementation period will range from July to December. New this year is that for the first time all random sample audits will be carried out completely unannounced, i.e. the locations will be audited without prior contact with the company manager, contact person or coordinator.
OQUALIM recognises VLOG feed as equivalent
For QS-certified feed companies using the VLOG add-on module, it is now much easier to supply French farmers with GMO-free feed. The reason for this trade facilitation is that since 1 June 2019, the French feed standard owner OQUALIM has recognised VLOG certifications as equivalent and vice versa. OQUALIM and VLOG reached an agreement on this in May.
Residue monitoring: QS recognises samples from Food Experts, S.L.
As of now, samples taken within the independent residue monitoring scheme FoodSecuritas are fully recognised in the QS residue monitoring fruit, vegetables and potatoes. The agreement between the Spanish company Food Experts S.L. and QS benefits wholesalers and producers of fruit and vegetables who participate in both schemes. Results of samples analysed within FoodSecuritas will be transferred to the QS database only with the approval of the QS scheme participant and will then be recognised by QS as part of the QS residue monitoring. This avoids double sampling and reduces costs and efforts for QS scheme participants.