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Documenting FSMA: Three Focal Points from Food Manufacturing

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As FSMA rules go into more widespread effect, Food Manufacturing VP Jack Payne recommends a few key ways food manufacturers are sharing and documenting the required HARPC programs. Payne suggests streamlining access to key information across facilities. He identifies three focal points for documentation: Suppliers, Facilities, and Shippers. His advice covers in broad strokes how companies can know: where their supplies come …

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New Research Finds Avocado Extract Can Prevent Listeria in Food

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November 18, 2016 CHICAGO – Consumer demand for food products formulated without synthetic additives has increased. However, food still has to be safe for consumers to eat, so food scientists are looking for ways to replace synthetic additives. Since some additives are needed for food safety reasons, food product developers are faced with the challenge of developing more “natural” additives …

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Potential Food Policy Changes Under Trump

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The Associated Press reported recently on several potential food policy changes that could happen under a Trump administration. Food safety laws signed by President Obama and healthy school meal initiatives championed by first lady Michelle Obama face potential revision if criticism during the Trump campaign turns into action once the President-elect takes office. Since many rules take effect after President Obama …

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Sabra Dipping Company Issues Voluntary Recall Of Certain Hummus Products Because Of Possible Health Risks

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For Immediate Release November 19, 2016 Contact Consumers Sabra Consumer Relations 1-866-265-6761 Media Ilya Welfeld news@sabra.com 804-431-3167 Announcement Colonial Heights, VA – Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes …

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Flavor Trade, LLC. Recalls Beef Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

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Class I Recall 102-2016 EXP Health Risk: High Nov 9, 2016 Distribution List PDF Congressional and Public Affairs Allie Ryan Sarah R. Lichtman (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov Editor’s Note: This release is being reissued as an expansion of the Nov. 3, 2016 recall to include additional products and production dates. The original recall included 113 pounds of product. This expansion includes …

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One-up and One-back No Longer Enough for Food Recall Transparency

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

As food supply chains evolve into increasingly complex networks, handling recalls with transparency becomes more complex as well, said Food Quality and Safety magazine recently. The linear, more traditional “one-up and one-back” approach no longer meets standards of transparency, either for preparedness or for recall management. Whole-chain traceability is now both possible and necessary to meet safety regulations and consumer …

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“May Contain” Allergens May Prove Confusing

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New research published this month suggests that food shoppers may be most confused by labels that say products “may contain” allergens. Allergens included as intended ingredients must by law be identified on the label. Precautionary labeling, however, is voluntary. Precautionary labels identify foods that have shared equipment with allergen-containing foods. Though the allergens aren’t included intentionally, trace amounts from shared …

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Food Companies Need Supply-Chain-Friendly Packaging Solutions

In Food Safety, Sustainability, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Consumers and manufacturers alike want sustainable, cost-effective packaging for their food. As new materials and designs develop to meet these demands, food and beverage companies must address a full spectrum of concerns. Food Engineering interviewed Michael Kuebler, the technical director of North America distribution testing at Smithers Pira. Kuebler offered his insight on how to develop sustainable packaging that keeps food fresh …

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What’s on Your Clean-label Checklist?

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In these days of manufacturing transparency, if you put it on a label, it’s got to be true. Labels that claim to be “clean” must, of course, know the ingredients in their foods. They also have to know those ingredients’ origins. Food Business News got this checklist from international trade attorney Ryan Fournier for companies that offer “clean” labels. Here are …

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The Skinny on GRAS : FDA’s Final Rule for “Generally Safe” Ingredients

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This summer, the FDA rolled out a final rule on GRAS substances. The comment period for the rule is open until it takes effect on October 17. GRAS status depends on evidence and recognition within the community of food and drug experts. To gain GRAS status, substances must meet a few interconnected criteria: Scientific evidence that can be used to …