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The FDA today issued new draft guidance that clarifies and extends compliance dates for certain parts of four of its seven foundational FSMA rules. The new draft guidance does a few things so far: Provides more time for meeting requirements related to certain assurances needed from customers Extends deadlines for importers of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

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A Food Industry Guide to Running Safe Facilities

In Food Safety, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

While FSMA, HACCP, and GFSI regulate the safety and quality of the food you produce, your facility is also subject to regulations that keep employees safe. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) governs these regulations across industries. Here is a guide to operations, materials, and fire regulations that can help ensure the physical safety of the people you employ. …

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The Missing Piece of the Food Safety Puzzle

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Food safety may be more at the top of consumers’ minds than ever before. But even with the safest facilities, training, and equipment, accidents still happen. Frank Yiannas, vice-president of food safety for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has theorized that the missing element may be human behavior. His 2009 book, Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System describes food …

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Registrar Corp’s New Wizard Checks Yes or No on FSMA Compliance

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A new free tool from Registrar Corp helps food facilities, importers, and farms identify their possible requirements so they can better prepare for FSMA. Answer a few questions, and the FSMA Compliance Wizard will sort through FDA rules and requirements based on the size and purpose of your food business. Find out which rules apply to you and when it’s wiser to …

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General Mills Expands Retail Flour Recall

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Consumers are reminded not to eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour MINNEAPOLIS, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Due to four new confirmed illnesses, General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previously announced U.S. retail flour recall that was originally announced on May 31, 2016. The illnesses reported to health officials continue to be connected …