Foreign body identification scheme

Foreign body identification

The FOBS scheme enables food industry laboratories to check their competence in the identification of foreign bodies reported from food. It also enables them to benchmark their performance by anonymously comparing their performance with other laboratories in the field.

A foreign body sample is circulated to all participating laboratories, who each examine the sample using their normal method, and then report their conclusion. Recent examples include fragments of stone reported from bread (which was reported to have damaged a tooth, resulting in a dental claim) and a fragment of glass from a fluorescent tube reported from a sandwich. The FOBS Secretariat (at Campden BRI) then compiles a report which is circulated to all participants.

Using a code system enables each laboratory to identify its own entry and compare this with that of others, without disclosing the identity of the other participants. The scheme is open to both members and non-members of Campden BRI and involves a wide range of laboratories in terms of facilities, skills and services.

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Where we refer to UKAS Accreditation

The Campden BRI group companies listed below are both accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO17025:2017 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope of methods, specific to each site, as detailed in the schedules of accreditation bearing the testing laboratory number. The schedules may be revised from time to time and reissued by UKAS. The most recent issue of the schedules are available from the UKAS website

Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207

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