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What’s the Latest in Food Safety Research?

Food Industry Executive talked with Adam Borger, Outreach Program Manager for the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He shared some of the most recent research in food safety and technology. Borger also offered advice on how to approach training and attract top talent to the rapidly changing food manufacturing industry. Food Safety Research Developments Environmental changes, from …

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Next-generation Thermal Processing Saves, Energy, Money, Delivers Clean Product

Millennial demand for transparency in food may be one driver of innovation in today’s thermal processing and packaging. According to Food Engineering, canning processes of the past produced mushy, oversalted, and flavorless – albeit, safe – food. Today’s sensors, controls, and automation processes can safely process food at lower temperatures while preserving nutrient levels, flavor, texture, and consistency for a …

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Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Chicken Nugget Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Class I Recall – 089-2016 Health Risk: High, Sep 27, 2016 Congressional and Public Affairs Maria Machuca (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2016 – Tyson Foods Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced …

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Pork Board’s Strategy for Responsible Antibiotics Use

In anticipation of FDA regulations on the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, the National Pork Board (NPB) has announced their own proactive strategy. According to Pork Network, the NPB and 60,000 pig farmers in the U.S. stand ready “to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and preserve the responsible on-farm use of antibiotics in pork production.” Pork farmers themselves have funded Pork …

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FSMA Compliance Spurs Initial Recall Spike

FSMA’s sweeping reforms have set many food companies scrambling to formulate a more proactive food safety plan. Developing documentation alone presents a significant challenge, as it requires additional investments of time, money, and resources. So far, recalls are on the rise under the new regulations, but they’re much better targeted and contained. Sophisticated testing techniques and tools make it easier, …

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Cornell Launches New Center for Clean Labels, Food Safety R&D

With the help of a $1 million grant from New York State, Cornell just launched its NextGen Food Tech initiative at the university’s Agricultural Experiment Station. The goal of NextGen Food Tech is to help food companies clean up their labels by using fewer preservatives, and also to pursue R&D in the field of hyperbaric processing, a type of high pressure pasteurization …

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New App Opens a Window on Food Transparency

In the wake of sweeping food safety reforms and the FDA’s redesigned labels, there’s been lots of talk about transparency. Now a new app aims to “reimagine food data for the Internet age.” The Sage online platform currently houses data on over 20,000 fresh and packaged foods (for now). It offers consumers an interactive, customized window on the nutrients in their …

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National Food Safety Month Spotlights Foodborne Illness Detection and Protection

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In its ongoing commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association today announced this year’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM) theme: “Notorious Virus”- how to protect against the leading causes of foodborne illness. “Food safety and security is the top priority for America’s one million restaurants,” said Sherman Brown, senior vice president of the …

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Compliance Deadlines Extended as FSMA Goes Into Effect

The FDA today issued new draft guidance that clarifies and extends compliance dates for certain parts of four of its seven foundational FSMA rules. The new draft guidance does a few things so far: Provides more time for meeting requirements related to certain assurances needed from customers Extends deadlines for importers of food-contact substances Provides extensions to align compliance dates …

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FSIS Allows GMO Negative Claims

Effective immediately, food companies may label as simply “non-GMO” any meat, poultry, and dairy products that were not made or fed with genetically modified or bioengineered ingredients. In a recent Federal Register notice, the new guideline was opened for comment and may be amended according to input submitted during the 60-day window. This is the first time FSIS will approve this type …