Risk Assessment & Consultation

Risk Assessments

Effective food safety and authenticity management plans require an understanding of the risks associated with raw materials, processing and packaging throughout the supply chain. 

At PAS we have a broad spectrum of knowledge, expertise and the tools necessary to assist our clients with the assessment of such risks in order to support in designing and validating suitable action plans as part of your risk management strategies (HACCP and VACCP).

PAS scientist’s expertise has enabled us to develop a framework to enable risk assessment of raw materials covering food safety, authenticity, legality and quality issues. This forms an important reference point, in conjunction with our knowledge of processing effects, when conducting risk assessments.

Effective risk assessment can be utilised proactively at the design and implementation stages of new products and processes; or when considering the risk impact and appropriate actions to be taken when dealing with supply chain incidents. PAS is recognised as having the ability to support in both instances.

Legislation Advice

Keeping abreast of emerging UK/EU regulations can be a minefield for food industry professionals, with constantly and sometimes rapidly changing rules coming into force. PAS have a team dedicated to understanding and communicating the latest legislation requirements and developments and implications of these for clients. In addition we offer guidance on product claims and labelling.

Horizon Scanning

Horizon scanning can be defined as “a systematic examination of information to identify risks and threats to help with the strategic planning of a business”. 

PAS is able to draw on all of its huge experience and well developed network of links (across the food supply chain, the analytical community, regulators and academics) to build detailed bespoke horizon scanning solutions for our clients. These can be used to prioritise areas for focus and develop effective mitigation action plans and advise on appropriate assurance mechanisms to support safe and genuine products to mark

Bespoke Testing Plans

Considering risk assessments on ingredients and finished products, horizon scanning and legislation enables PAS to build bespoke testing plans that best fit our customer’s needs. Whether part of your new product development process, supply chain surveillance (due diligence programmes) or incident investigation– PAS can advise on the appropriate sampling plans, analyses and frequency of testing.

Customised Due Diligence Programmes

In modern food manufacture and retailing it is quite impossible, no matter how well managed a company may be, to ensure that there will never be a defective product sold to the public.

As such The Food Safety Act 1990 does not require that there shall be perfection in food sales to the public. It does however, make it unlawful to sell defective food in circumstances where the trader cannot, or does not prove that he has taken “all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence”.

There Must Be Proof Of “Due Diligence” – The Burden Of Proof Lies With The Defendant

In all cases Premier Analytical Services can provide the entire range of specialist services that you require.

All Part Of The Service For Agriculture

Fertiliser & pesticide advice & analysis
Advice on prevention of unfit and unsafe raw food
GMO, variety and purity analysis.
All Part of the Service For Food Manufacturers

New Product? New Project?
Premier Analytical Services can advise you on associated hazards as well as measurement and testing to achieve critical control in line with the demonstrable “Due Diligence” requirement.

Existing Product Systems?
Premier Analytical Services can review your existing procedures and provide advice as to likelihood of achieving a successful “Due Diligence” defence.

All Part of the Service For Importers

Guidance on appropriate sampling regimes
Advice on compliance with regulations relating to hygiene and food safety
Analysis to investigate potential issues
Ad hoc analysis to verify supplier certification.

All Part of the Service For Wholesalers and Food Retailers

Premier Analytical Services can meet your requirement for self-surveillance by providing a purchase, analysis and multipoint reporting service for designated products

This can operate automatically, such that we only bring your attention to results that are out of specification, but the body of work can be called upon to provide a “Due Diligence” defence.

At the heart of Premier Analytical’s “Due Diligence” Service is one of the most extensive ranges of food tests.

Our unique experience and expertise has resulted in over 140 UKAS accreditation’s

Our experts will guide you on the most appropriate suite of tests.

On completion of the work the Certificate of Analysis will be accompanied by a report from our Legislation Consultant emphasis-ing “Due Diligence” compliance.

Premier Analytical Services offers you confidence, competence and comprehensive coverage, all with complete confidentiality.

Risk Assessment & Consultation

Risk Assessments

Effective food safety and authenticity management plans require an understanding of the risks associated with raw materials, processing and packaging throughout the supply chain. 

At PAS we have a broad spectrum of knowledge, expertise and the tools necessary to assist our clients with the assessment of such risks in order to support in designing and validating suitable action plans as part of your risk management strategies (HACCP and VACCP).

PAS scientist’s expertise has enabled us to develop a framework to enable risk assessment of raw materials covering food safety, authenticity, legality and quality issues. This forms an important reference point, in conjunction with our knowledge of processing effects, when conducting risk assessments.

Effective risk assessment can be utilised proactively at the design and implementation stages of new products and processes; or when considering the risk impact and appropriate actions to be taken when dealing with supply chain incidents. PAS is recognised as having the ability to support in both instances.

Legislation Advice

Keeping abreast of emerging UK/EU regulations can be a minefield for food industry professionals, with constantly and sometimes rapidly changing rules coming into force. PAS have a team dedicated to understanding and communicating the latest legislation requirements and developments and implications of these for clients. In addition we offer guidance on product claims and labelling.

Horizon Scanning

Horizon scanning can be defined as “a systematic examination of information to identify risks and threats to help with the strategic planning of a business”. 

PAS is able to draw on all of its huge experience and well developed network of links (across the food supply chain, the analytical community, regulators and academics) to build detailed bespoke horizon scanning solutions for our clients. These can be used to prioritise areas for focus and develop effective mitigation action plans and advise on appropriate assurance mechanisms to support safe and genuine products to mark

Bespoke Testing Plans

Considering risk assessments on ingredients and finished products, horizon scanning and legislation enables PAS to build bespoke testing plans that best fit our customer’s needs. Whether part of your new product development process, supply chain surveillance (due diligence programmes) or incident investigation– PAS can advise on the appropriate sampling plans, analyses and frequency of testing.

Customised Due Diligence Programmes

In modern food manufacture and retailing it is quite impossible, no matter how well managed a company may be, to ensure that there will never be a defective product sold to the public.

As such The Food Safety Act 1990 does not require that there shall be perfection in food sales to the public. It does however, make it unlawful to sell defective food in circumstances where the trader cannot, or does not prove that he has taken “all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence”.

There Must Be Proof Of “Due Diligence” – The Burden Of Proof Lies With The Defendant

In all cases Premier Analytical Services can provide the entire range of specialist services that you require.

All Part Of The Service For Agriculture

Fertiliser & pesticide advice & analysis

Advice on prevention of unfit and unsafe raw food

GMO, variety and purity analysis.

All Part of the Service For Food Manufacturers

New Product? New Project?

Premier Analytical Services can advise you on associated hazards as well as measurement and testing to achieve critical control in line with the demonstrable “Due Diligence” requirement.

Existing Product Systems?

Premier Analytical Services can review your existing procedures and provide advice as to likelihood of achieving a successful “Due Diligence” defence.

All Part of the Service For Importers

Guidance on appropriate sampling regimes

Advice on compliance with regulations relating to hygiene and food safety

Analysis to investigate potential issues

Ad hoc analysis to verify supplier certification.

All Part of the Service For Wholesalers and Food Retailers

Premier Analytical Services can meet your requirement for self-surveillance by providing a purchase, analysis and multipoint reporting service for designated products

This can operate automatically, such that we only bring your attention to results that are out of specification, but the body of work can be called upon to provide a “Due Diligence” defence.

At the heart of Premier Analytical’s “Due Diligence” Service is one of the most extensive ranges of food tests.

Our unique experience and expertise has resulted in over 140 UKAS accreditation’s

Our experts will guide you on the most appropriate suite of tests.

On completion of the work the Certificate of Analysis will be accompanied by a report from our Legislation Consultant emphasis-ing “Due Diligence” compliance.

Premier Analytical Services offers you confidence, competence and comprehensive coverage, all with complete confidentiality.