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).
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Story on Rescinded Recall.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