Food Fraud – Operation Opson

The term  “Food fraud” is used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or foodpackaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain. (Definition from here).

 Operation OPSON is a Europol INTERPOL joint operation targeting fake and substandard food and beverages. 

Food fraud is a criminal activity. The figures for Opson VIII  are staggering.

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What To Do When People Ask Favours

Are you constantly getting asked to do things for people?

Rather than accepting or rejecting the mission immediately, my tip would be to take a little time to think it over. If they are after an immediate answer, tell them you will get back to them in 5 minutes. Then run through these three things:

1) Do I have TIME for it?

2) Do I feel OK about doing it?

3) Will it be EASY for me to carry out?

Time. OK. Easy. As an acronym they make the word TOE!

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Progressive Web Apps – an introduction….

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are one of the most talked-about technologies on the web, they have consistently gained momentum since Google proposed them back in 2015.

This isn't surprising since the concept of PWA has made it not only possible but relatively straightforward to install apps on any modern, mobile device. What's more, it doesn't matter what the phone is - iOS or Android - PWA can potentially work anywhere. They even operate on desktops like your regular applications.

The following article tries not to be overly techie, and will hopefully help give a useful, working knowledge of PWA, their benefits and potential positive functions for businesses.

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Ch Ch Changes….

So, we are heading towards the autumn again (currently refusing to accept this change and seeing it as late summer instead!).  The rain this year means the trees haven’t started their big change yet, but I know it will be on its way.  Why have I seemed quieter over the summer?  The truth is that I too have been planning big changes.

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Sustainability – Putting People and Planet Before Profit

I read and see more instances of posts and news articles on sustainability but just how many of us take action ourselves into how we operate, to limit our impact?

Sustainability isn’t simply about using a contract waste company to take away business waste, or cutting down on paper use. It’s far more complex than that.

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Why Bitching Is Bad For You!

Bitching Bitching Bitching... But Why Do People Do It?

In my opinion there are two main reasons:

1. Jealousy

2.  They have boring lives with nothing better do to than gossip about others.

Surely the saying still stands 'if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all'. In my eyes people who bitch are quite frankly sad individuals. Everyone is different in this world and everyone is going through different situations in their lives, some good, some bad, some struggles, some happy times... so is anyone to even judge anyone else?!

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Tips for overcoming your Instagram hurdles

Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform with 1 billion users worldwide and 24 million in the UK. Imagine having this audience to promote your business to and not snapping up the opportunity – it seems silly not to right?

However, it’s a platform that baffles a lot of businesses and we often hear the same thing…

“I’m an accountant, my business isn’t visual”

“My target audience isn’t on Instagram”

“I don’t have time to post on social media all day, I’m running a business”

“I feel like I’ve already missed the boat” or “I’m just waiting for the right time to start”

These are common misconceptions we hear all the time from people scared of taking the next step, seeing it as a risk and a waste of their valuable time that could potentia…

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“British women ‘have the LOWEST self-esteem in the world’​ with 80% unhappy with the way they look.”

The Women of Spirit community is working towards enabling women to develop a more loving relationship with themselves, so they can be excited about living a life of abundance and joy.

By sharing our life experiences we support women who face extraordinary personal challenges by sharing our own powerful stories of triumph over adversity. We are the light at the end of the tunnel, and with our guidance, women know that they are not alone.

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Chilling Food

Chilling food to preserve it is a technology which has been around for longer than you may expect. Archaeologists have found evidence dating back to 1780 BC of ice houses. What the exact purpose was is unclear but the use of ice  has been going on for centuries. 

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