Pasty lesson
More than 240 children aged five to seven from Newquay’s Trenance Infant School in Cornwall learnt how to make Cornish pasties during a visit from Crantock Bakery, as teaching staff ran sessions on food production and nutrition.

ABST seeks help
The Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) is calling for promotional items to include in Student Fresher Bags, such as product info, recipes, plastic scrapers and pens. Send to: Lorna Jones, Bakery Department, Tameside College, Beaufort Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 6NX.

Fraudsters alert
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has put out a warning to operators of food businesses, to be aware of fraudsters who visit food business premises claiming they are from the FSA. The fraudsters claim they need to carry out an inspection and then extract substantial amounts of money as a fixed penalty fee for the premises being allegedly unhygienic. You can report the crime by emailing or calling: 020 7276 8527.

Own-label salt study
Research from Consensus on Salt and Health (CASH) on 71 supermarket own-label products in ’free-from’ ranges (gluten, wheat or dairy-free), compared with retailers’ standard versions, showed that just over half (56.3%) of the free-from products contained more salt, and 26.7% contained less.

Barista call-up
The UK Barista Championships 2010 will be open for entries from 1 November. Budding baristas can download an application form from the new Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE UK) website: