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The Missing Piece of the Food Safety Puzzle

In Food Safety, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

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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Short Lists and Plain Language Speak Best to Label-Conscious Consumers

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

When consumers look at your ingredients lists, what do they see? Hopefully five items or less, says Eliseo Barcas, Sales and Marketing VP at TetraPak USA. Today’s consumers are driven to purchase the cleanest, simplest foods, says Barcas. At the same time, new FDA labeling mandates require brands to declare added sugars and other ingredients. Barcas cites food writer Michael Pollan, who suggests …

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

In Food Safety, News by Heather Brown0 Comments

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 …

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7 Food Industry Skills for the 21st Century

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The inevitable labor shortage looming over the food industry encompasses more than an absence of workers. There’s a rising absence of skills as well. Because the 21st-century food industry requires 21st-century skills, employees who don’t retire in the next 10 years will need new training to expand their expertise. And entry-level workers will need to be convinced there’s a bright …

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Survey: Big Data May Be the Wave of the Future

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

A recent survey shows that food and beverage companies plan to focus a lot of energy on data analytics in the next two years. It also reveals some gaps between what food and drink consumers want, and what executives think they want. For their Seeking Customer Centricity report, KPMG and the Consumer Goods Forum surveyed 400 consumer retailers and manufacturers …

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Cornell Researchers Investigate New Microbe-Resistant Coatings

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

The Institute of Food Technologists reported this week that researchers at Cornell are investigating a new coating for food contact surfaces that offer even greater resistance to bacteria and other microbes. According to food science professor Julie Goddard, the polymer used in the coating can not only resist microbial adhesion, but also inactivate any microbes that do manage to adhere. …

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Put Food Data to Work with Attribution Technology

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Vermont’s new GMO labeling law and general consumer demand for transparency are two big reasons to get to know and learn to catalog your product data now, says Label Insight’s Dagan Xavier. Xavier urges food brands to waste no more time. Attribution technology systems can deconstruct and recontextualize your data so you can more quickly respond to consumer questions, increase your sales, …

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ConAgra Foods Expands Recall Of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Meals Due To Potential Presence Of Foreign Material

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 16, 2016– ConAgra Foods is expanding a voluntary recall of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products due to the potential presence of small metal fragments (2-9mm) in the sugar used in the sauce. This voluntary action is being undertaken because of impacted sugar from a supplier. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160716005012/en/ There …