What We Do

Through our membership of FRUCOM, an association based in Brussels with extremely close contacts with the European legislators, our members are also able to be involved in the decision making process in Europe, so important in today’s climate.

The NDFTA has an active Technical Sub Committee. The Committee organises annual surveys on Dried Fruit, enabling our members to benefit from an Industry wide testing on issues like heavy metals, pesticides, and others.

These tests are very much more wide ranging and representative of the world crops from the Northern and Southern Hemisphere than any tests our members would individually be able to participate in.

Informing our members of all issues affecting their businesses is one of our most important roles. The association regularly updates its data base and keeps its members advised of all changes affecting various legislations governing the Dried Fruit industry.

Technical Committee

The Technical committee is made up of individuals from member companies. The different members have a wide range of experience within the dried fruit industry. The current Technical committee members and the companies they represent are as follows:

Rebecca King – Demos Ciclitira Ltd – Chair
Rebecca has been Technical Manager at Demos for over 10 years and has worked for over 18 years in the food industry.
Richard Lawrey
 – Whitworths Ltd
Alan Bayliss – Humdinger Foods Ltd
Simon Brown  – John Morley (Importers) Ltd
Fiona Bavester – Needwood Foods Ltd
Rebecca Buck– Hider Foods Ltd
Buke Weaire – Chelmer Foods Ltd
Florina Brooks – RM Curtis & Co. Ltd
Romans Vorss – NDFTA / Frucom Secretariat

The Committee meets approximately 4 times per year. The Technical committee aim to ensure that The NDFTA Council and the wider membership remain fully informed on issues of a scientific/technical nature.

The Technical committee is responsible for the design protocol, implementation and interpretation of results of the Associations surveillance programmes – Pesticide residues, Heavy metals and aflatoxin. The surveillance programme is the core responsibility of the technical committee. The results provide important data in their own right, but also may be used by members as part of a due diligence defence.

Advisory issues

The Technical Committee has advised the Council of the NDFTA on a wide variety of issues, over the past years, in order that Council can offer an effective industry response to scientific and regulatory issues. Issues have included:

  • Mycotoxins – issues relating to the legislative limits for Ochratoxin A and Aflatoxin as defined in chemical contaminants in food legislation.
  • Methyl Bromide – Issues relating to the reduction in usage of Methyl Bromide and possible alternatives
  • PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and there possible occurrence in a range of dried fruits.
  • Nutrient Profiling – Issues relating to the adoption of the nutrient profiling model by the FSA, and appropriate response to the review process that is being undertaken.
  • Review of draft legislation relating to the importing of ‘high risk’ products of non animal origin.
  • Food labelling regulations, particularly related to the allergen labelling regulations.
  • Obligation on Food Importers in relationship to legislation 1881/2006
  • Legislation relating to pesticides residues and heavy metals.
  • Hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated and non hydrogenated vegetable oil.