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Tracking progress on reformulating food items for better nutrition. Wal-Mart shares results.

May 3, 2013 5:32 am0 comments
Tracking progress on reformulating food items for better nutrition. Wal-Mart shares results.

The company said it has developed a robust system for tracking progress toward the reformulation of Great Value and national brand products.   Reformulating thousands of packaged food items to improve its Great Value brand nutritional quality by the end of 2015 is the primary goal for Wal-Mart relating the […]

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Fish Fraud and traceability needs

April 26, 2013 8:51 am0 comments
Fish Fraud and traceability needs

Fish fraud rates are alarming in the United States, according to Beth Lowell of Oceana report.   Fish fraud: why should I care about this? When you get some fish, whether yo go out to a restaurant or you buy it at the grocery store, you expect to know that […]

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Produce traceability: what growers need to know

April 19, 2013 8:05 am0 comments
Produce traceability: what growers need to know

Produce traceability details for growers to understand tracking requirements.   Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) adoption by large growers is required by large retailers. For many small and midsized growers, the retail markets they supply may not require PTI. Understanding the requirements for tracking produce from the farm field to its […]

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Food tracing lapses flaw, shows Pew report

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Food tracing was too slow and required a large ground turkey recall in a 2011 salmonella outbreak

Food tracing improvements are spotlighted in the report   Food tracing times are disturbingly slow. Twenty-two weeks took federal health officials to determine the contaminated food source after the first person was infected in a 2011 outbreak of salmonella that swept across 34 states, sickened 136 people and led to […]

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Obama’s Budget Seeks to Slash Horsemeat Inspection

April 12, 2013 9:46 am0 comments
Obama’s Budget Seeks to Slash Horsemeat Inspection

“This administration is wise to embrace the idea, even indirectly, that horses belong in the stable and not on the table,” said Wayne Pacelle   Buried in President Obama’s nearly 1,500-page budget released this week are two very specific food safety-related requests. The administration wants to keep the U.S. Department […]

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FDA Uses Video Testimonials to Illustrate Consequences of Food Poisoning to Retailers

April 4, 2013 6:09 am0 comments
FDA Uses Video Testimonials to Illustrate Consequences of Food Poisoning to Retailers

Good traceability practises key to threat identification.   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted three videos featuring people affected by foodborne illness Wednesday in an effort to educate food retailers on the potentially devastating effects of an outbreak. Two of the videos feature family members of Zella Ploghoft of […]

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Apple Trees From U.S. Under Quarantine in Canada

April 3, 2013 8:02 am1 comment
Apple Trees From U.S. Under Quarantine in Canada

Canada warned the United States Tuesday about a pest problem previously not seen in North America involving apple trees.  The organism does not poise any immediate threat to human health.   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has been notified by the Canadian […]

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Events – United Fresh 2013, FreshTech Learning Center

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Events – United Fresh 2013, FreshTech Learning Center

United Fresh 2013 will feature the FreshTech Learning Center with a session entitled “The Produce Traceability Intitative (PTI): Past, Present & Future”   When the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) was launched, steering committee members anticipated the industry would be able to complete all milestones toward a whole-chain, electronic traceability system […]

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Industry awaits traceability rules

April 1, 2013 10:47 am0 comments
Industry awaits traceability rules

Produce Traceability Initiative supporters are reveling in a recent Food and Drug Administration-commissioned report that supports the industry’s work on traceability.   The report enters discussion as the industry awaits the FDA’s traceability rules. The March 4 “Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System Final Report” […]

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FDA extends comment period on traceability

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FDA extends comment period on traceability

With the comment period set to expire April 4, the FDA extended the deadline for comments until July 3.   The Institute of Food Technologists on March 4 issued a 334-page report, “Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System,” focusing on processed foods and high-risk fresh […]

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