P&P Optica secures funding to implement its Hyperspectral Food Safety Inspection Tech

CANADA – Canada’s P&P Optica (PPO), a food processing solutions company that provides industrial application solutions in food processing, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding for its food safety inspection technology, which uses hyperspectral imaging to gather quality metrics on the food inside of processing plants. The round was led by Ag Capital Canada, with new investor Synovus Family Office as well as existing investors Fulcrum Global Capital, Export Development Canada (EDC) and others. The Waterloo, Ontariro-based PPO says it will use the new funds to implement…

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FDA finds undetectable levels of PFAS in food, shifts focus to occurrence in seafood

U.S – The FDA has determined in a recent analysis that there are no detectable levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a diverse group of human made chemicals that have the ability to remain intact in the environment, in food. The 94 samples of a variety of food products collected found only one sample of cod to have detectable levels of two types of PFAS – perfluoro octane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluoro nonanoic acid (PFNA). The agency tested the samples as part of a broader effort to better comprehend…

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AgUnity’s block-chain technology to enhance quality, traceability of indigenous vegetables

KENYA – Virginia Tech’s Center for International Research, Education, and Development has partnered with Egerton University in Kenya and the Australian startup AgUnity to adapt a blockchain-based smartphone app that will help diminish barriers to consumption of better-quality nutritious vegetables. The app, known as AgUnity’s Version 3 App (V.3 App), tracks African indigenous vegetables from the producer to the end consumer. Information about how these vegetables are grown, transported to the market, or processed rarely makes it to the final buyer, which impedes sales especially with the increased demand on…

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Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture vouch for watermelon quality amidst contrary claims

MOROCCO – The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture has been put on the spot after rumors arose regarding the quality of watermelons sold in the country which has supposedly led to the “decline in their fruit exports.“ This comes just a few months after Morocco’s National Office of Sanitary Safety of Food Products (ONSSA), a public body responsible for the food safety and compliance of food imported into Morocco, under the supervision of the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, dismissed similar claims about the quality of watermelons produced in…

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FDA’s Kevin Smith to receive 2021 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award

U.S – Kevin Smith, senior advisor for food safety at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is the 2021 recipient of the Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. Smith will receive the award on July 15 at the virtual 2021 NEHA Annual Education Conference, as announced by National Science Foundation (NSF) International, an independent agency of the U.S government that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering ,and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) announced…

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