Versland Selection purchases Clever-Fresh-Box crates for fresh vegetable distribution

NETHERLANDS – Versland Selection, a Dutch vegetable wholesaler which specializes in leafy vegetables and radishes has invested in Schiphorst Clever-Fresh-Box folding crate made of 100% recyclable polypropylene to meet its everyday fresh quality products distribution needs. As Versland rotates its crates often, having their own proves more economical than renting, a factor which made it switch from pool crates to its own crate network two years back. After testing several models, the Clever-Fresh-Box emerged as the best value for money attributed to its high carrying capacity, ease in folding and…

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Health Canada amends nutrition, list of ingredients, food color requirements in pre-packaged food products

CANADA – Health Canada, a department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy and also Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has revised the nutrition labeling, list of ingredients, and food color requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations in Canada Gazette Part II on Dec. 14, 2016 with the changes to be implemented on a 5-year schedule. There are new requirements regarding the legibility of ingredient lists and food color declaration, grouping of sugars in the list of ingredients, various changes to information contained in the Nutrition…

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FDA publishes draft guidance on Systems Recognition Arrangement

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a notice of a new draft guidance document on FDA Oversight of Food Products Covered by Systems Recognition Arrangements, specifically adjustments to activities that include inspections, screening and sampling to enhance the safety of imported foods.  A Systems Recognition Arrangement (SRA) establishes a regulatory partnership between FDA and another food safety authority, in countries with systems the regulatory body has concluded operate comparable regulatory programs that yield similar food safety outcomes. It is not only an efficient way to…

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Food Corporation of India backs startups to develop grain-testing equipment

INDIA – State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI), an agency for procurement and distribution of food grains, is working with two Indian agri-startups to develop a simple and handy food grain-testing equipment, to be set up at the government-operated mandis to ease the manual grain testing process. Mandis are market yards of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), which are run and regulated by state governments. The food grains are usually subjected to a mandatory quality check against fixed central government standards using Bureau of Indian Standards procedures (BIS). Apart from…

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FDA releases Cyclospora Prevention, Response & Research Action Plan

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan as part of their ongoing efforts to combat foodborne illnesses, aligned with the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. Rising case numbers and the emergence of Cyclospora contamination in domestically grown produce impelled the FDA to create the Cyclospora Task Force in 2019. The task force is comprised of multidisciplinary experts across the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the goal of reducing the public health…

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