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Traceability of fresh produce. Three documents to enhance it.

August 23, 2013 9:19 am0 comments
Traceability of fresh produce. Three documents to enhance it.

Traceability is an important component of a fresh produce food safety plan. Three little documents will ensure traceability of fresh produce from farm to retailer when properly implemented. Traceability of fresh produce is an incredibly important component of a food safety plan for farms. According to Michigan State University Extension […]

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Frozen broccoli lacks cancer-fighting properties

August 16, 2013 9:48 am0 comments
Frozen broccoli lacks cancer-fighting properties

If you as a consumer want the full health benefits of broccoli avoid the frozen variety or check that was heated at only 76C, as new research says frozen broccoli lacks cancer-fighting properties. A team of U.S. scientists has found that blanching or cooking the vegetable at high heat — […]

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Tracing Cyclospora stomach bug may take some time

August 9, 2013 4:56 am0 comments
Tracing Cyclospora stomach bug may take some time

Appropriate measures have been taken with Cyclospora outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa, but for the other 14 states FDA continues tracing Cyclospora stomach bug, process that may take some time.   After tracing Cyclospora stomach bug, the Food and Drug Administration stated last week they know the source of tainted […]

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Food Traceability and RFID

August 2, 2013 9:34 am0 comments
Food Traceability and RFID

RFID technology gains ground with the new new rules proposed by FDA. The new rules proposed by the FDA for the food and beverage sector last week require importers to enhance their responsibility for the food they import to the US, essentially shifting the burden of inspection from the FDA […]

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IFT Launches Global Food Traceability Center

July 19, 2013 8:36 am0 comments
IFT Launches Global Food Traceability Center

The Institute of Food Technologists has established the Global Food Traceability Center designed to protect and improve the global food supply. The Global Food Traceability Center will serve as an unbiased source of information on the topic, according to IFT. “We will create a focal point where industry, academic institutions, […]

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Costs of Food Safety Proposals Causing Concern

July 12, 2013 9:10 am0 comments
Costs of Food Safety Proposals Causing Concern

Expected costs from proposed federal rules to make the nation’s food system safer are causing concern among some farmers and state agriculture officials. The proposals are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act approved in 2011. The legislation is among changes within the Food and Drug Administration aimed at making […]

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Walmart gives big boost to PTI

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Walmart gives big boost to PTI

The recent announcement by Walmart that its produce suppliers have to be compliant with the Produce Traceability Initiative by the end of the year should give PTI the impetus it needs to become the industry standard sooner rather than later. “This is a tremendous step forward for the industry,” said […]

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Federal court orders the FDA to issue new food tracing and safety rules by June 2015

July 5, 2013 8:51 am0 comments
Federal court orders the FDA to issue new food tracing and safety rules by June 2015

The agency can accept comments until March 31, 2014 and has until June 30, 2015 to finalize the rules.   Tracking and tracing food products procedures are still in the study or comment phase, as well as other regulations such as hazard analysis and prevention plans. Regulations related to the […]

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Systems automation, key to Traceability

June 28, 2013 9:15 am0 comments
Systems automation, key to Traceability

Traceability improvement through systems automation.   Systems automation are not as widespread as desired. Nowadays many manufacturers still simply recall every item that was produced within a timeframe to avoid a huge task of manually identify which lots were contaminated in case of outbrake. Although they waste less time, the […]

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Product traceability technology improvement in restaurants expected by 2020

June 21, 2013 9:18 am0 comments
Product traceability technology improvement in restaurants expected by 2020

The restaurant industry will develop a more comprehensive and planned response to safety/security incidents through product traceability technology.   A new report called “National Restaurant Industry 2020,” composed of a panel of industry experts assembled by the National Restaurant Association predicted an improvement in product traceability technology is expected for […]

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