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FSMA Compliance Spurs Initial Recall Spike

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

In Food Safety, News, Processing by Krista Garver0 Comments

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 Food Safety, News, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

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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

In Food Safety, News by Heather Brown0 Comments

The FDA today issued new draft guidance that clarifies and extends compliance dates for certain parts of four of its seven foundational FSMA rules.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

In Food Safety, News, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

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 …

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Food Safety Sees the Light: Basics and Sources of Light-based Technologies

In Food Safety, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

In a guest column for Food Online, food safety researcher Tatiana Koutchma outlines several types of light-based technologies for preserving food and eliminating pathogens. Her article compares the relative effectiveness of continuous UV and LED treatments versus pulsed UV and pulsed light alternatives. The performance comparison chart she presents accounts for sources, wavelength, spectrum, efficiency, intensity, and treatment time. Koutchma admonishes …

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Rising Demand for High-Pressure Processing Technology Will Impact the Global Food Processing Machinery Market Until 2020: Technavio

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio’s latest report on the global food processing machinery market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline. Rising demand for high-pressure processing technology to impact the …

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First Annual HPP (High Pressure Processing) Summit Hosted by Universal Pasteurization Company LLC

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Annual Conference to Focus on Food Safety and Value Creation for the Food and Beverage Industry Through the Use of HPP Universal Pasteurization, the world’s largest High Pressure Processing (HPP) service provider, announced that it will host the first dedicated HPP Summit. Intended to be an annual event, the summit is focused on educating the food and beverage industry on …

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Report: Food Recalls Rise Sharply in Q2 2016

In Food Safety, News by Amelie Welden0 Comments

In its recent Recall Industry Spotlight, Stericycle used data from federal agencies to shed light on food recall trends so far this year. Here are some of their findings. Food recalls spiked dramatically in Q2 2016, and more of this year’s recalls have been nationwide or global. Compared to Q1, Q2 recalls were more than 80 times greater for FDA …