Glossary

This specially compiled glossary contains over 350 food and drink industry acronyms, abbreviations and phrases. These terms are arranged alphabetically - click on a letter in the table below to access a page of terms. If you would like to add an item to the glossary, email webmaster@fdf.org.uk

Alphabetical Index


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PA
Press Association
PAGB
Proprietary Association of Great Britain
PBT
Profit before tax (PBT)
PCB
Polychlorinated biphenols
PDA
Professional Development Awards
PDF
Professional Development Forum
Performance Standard
(In the context of vocational qualifications) Performance standards are written statements of performance which an assessor uses to judge whether an individual can perform an activity described by an element of a qualification.
PES
Professional Expenditure Survey
PFMA
Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association
PG
Presidents Group
PHLs
HPA public health laboratories
PIJITF
The Packaging Inks Joint Industry Task Force (PIJITF)
PIU
Performance and Innovation Unit
Plenary
A session of the European Parliament attended by all MEPs. Full plenary is held in Strasbourg for one week per month and mini plenary occasionally takes place in Brussels for 2 days on a more ad hoc basis.

At these sessions, the EP principally examines proposed legislation and votes on amendments before coming to a decision on the text as a whole.
PMO
Product Mix Option
PMOA
Product Mix and Output Algorithm
Political Agreement
Political agreement can be reached across Member States in the European Council prior to formalising a common position.

Political agreement is not an official opinion of the Council as it can be slightly amended.
Portfolio of evidence
(In the context of vocational qualifications) A collection of evidence, such as examples of work, produced by a candidate to prove his or her competence.
PPA
Potato Processors' Association - association serviced by FDF.
PPC
Pollution Prevention and Control
PPMA
Processing and Packaging Machinery Association
PRAG
Packaging Resources Action Group (PRAG)
Proposal
A draft legislative text put forward by the European Commission, under its right of initiative, to introduce EU level rules or to consolidate/revise existing EU legislation.
PSA
Pickles & Sauces' Association - dissolved at the beginning of 2003.
PSAG
Projects and Standards Approval Group
PSD
On 1 April 2008 the Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD - an Executive Agency of Defra) transferred to the Health & Safety Executive becoming an internal agency of HSE.
PSE
Social Group in the European Parliament (UK Labour MEPs sit in this group).
PTF
Provision Trade Federation

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