The mission of The Seasoning and Spice Association is to be the leading voice of the UK Seasoning and Spice industry in the interests of members, food manufacturers and consumers alike.
The SSA's principal objective is to promote the interests of its members in all aspects of the importation, processing and distribution of seasonings, herbs, spices ad related products.
The Seasoning and Spice Association is a member of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
15 June 2016 - Open Letter to the British Retail Consortium, Food and Drink
Federation and Seasoning and Spice Association
I was aware that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) had organised a workshop for
industry to discuss the issues of authenticity of herbs and spices on sale in
UK following reports of fraud perpetrated in North America in 2015. I was
delighted that the FSA had taken this leadership role. I was also made aware
industry had agreed to develop guidelines to help protect themselves and
ultimately the consumer from fraud. I thought this a very positive outcome to
The 'Guidance on Authenticity of Herbs and Spices' was published this week and I
reviewed the document with great interest. My analysis is that a
very coherent nine point plan has been produced that is both extremely robust
and practical. While no plan is ever full proof the UK Herbs and Spices
if they stick to their own guidelines, will be a substantially better place
ever before in terms of deterring fraud in this very vulnerable sector of the
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of those involved in
the development of this guideline for taking a major leadership role in further
protecting the UK consumer and good name of the UK food industry. While each
sector is different I believe that a template has been produced that can be
by many different areas of the food industry to provide practical guidance to
business to protect the UK from food fraud.
Professor Chris Elliott
Author of the Elliott Review on the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply
Networks Pro Vice Chancellor, Queen's University, Belfast.
23 July 2015 – Seasoning and Spice Association Position Statement on the survey
by Which? magazine on the authenticity of oregano
“The Seasoning and Spice Association (SSA) members take matters of food
authenticity very seriously.
To ensure the quality and integrity of products, SSA members have in place a
series of fully implemented process controls to protect themselves and
their customers from fraud. These controls are based on well-established good
manufacturing practices (GMPs) and sound food safety management systems (FSMS).
Furthermore SSA members are committed to purchase all their products from
suppliers in order to ensure full traceability of their products at all stages
of production, processing and distribution. Useful current methodologies to
identify the presence of undeclared substances can include microscopy,
and analytical testing of volatile oil content.
The majority of oregano sold in the UK is authentic, as this survey indicates.
That some samples have been found to contain large quantities of bulking
substances instead of oregano is unacceptable and undermines the efforts of
suppliers to ensure the integrity of this supply chain.
We are working with the FSA and retailers to ensure that the most up to date
knowledge and good manufacturing practices are shared more widely to ensure
companies can identify and manage the risk of food fraud more effectively.”
Version 1 – 23 July 2015
30 June 2015 - SSA's Position Statement on Undeclared Allergens in Cumin and Paprika Products following the FSA News
Story on Rescinded Recall.
For further information see SSA's
For further information about Product Alerts see
Anaphylaxis Campaign website
Food and drink manufacturers rely on their supply chains to ensure consumer
affordability, consistent quality of products and continuity of supply. Any
supply chain, no matter how
simple or complex, can present risks that need to be adequately managed. As the
system comes under increasing pressure from population increase, growing demand
resources and changing diets, companies also need to be alert to the potential
for food fraud and
actively work with their customers and suppliers to identify and mitigate the
risks of food fraud.
FDF's Food Authenticity: Five steps to help protect your business from food