Researchers look into superheated dry steam as new sanitation method for low-moisture foods

U.S – Researchers at Cornell University are looking into the use of superheated, dry steam to clean food manufacturing facilities in places where the use of conventional wet sanitation is constrained. Abigail Snyder, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Food Science at Cornell University, is the study’s principal investigator. V.M. Balasubramaniam, Ph.D., an Ohio State University Professor of Food Science and…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards to sensitize food service providers on importance of food standards

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is embarking on a special campaign to enlighten food service providers on the significance of adhering to food standards, after discovering that there aren’t enough verified food service providers in Dar es Salaam. Acting Manager of the TBS’ Food Risk Assessment Unit, Dr. Ashura Kilewela, reports that there are currently more food-related…

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Danfoss partners with Lizard Monitoring to assist North American stores reduce food waste

DENMARK/U.S – To assist North American stores reduce food waste, Danish multinational company Danfoss has established a cooperation with U.S retail technology company Lizard Monitoring. The Alsense monitoring system from Danfoss is reported to be supplemented by The Lizard’s sensor networks to enable continuous temperature monitoring and deliver in-depth information on environmental compliance and refrigeration performance to store managers and…

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposes regulation to expand Seafood Import Monitoring Program

U.S – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has made public a proposed regulation to expand the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), a risk-based program for specific species of seafood imported into the U.S., to minimize the risk of mislabeling and product substitution that is used to bypass SIMP requirements. The estimated 1,100 species currently included in the…

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South Africa releases draft labeling regulations envisioned to encourage better food choices

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s Department of Health has published a massive 238-page document referred to as the Regulations Relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs that seeks to make significant changes to the way food items are labeled on store shelves in South Africa. The proposed changes reinforce many of the regulations that are already in place in…

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Samunnati Agro Solutions joins Global G.A.P to promote large-scale sustainable farming in India

INDIA – Samunnati Agro Solutions, one of the largest agri-enterprises in India, has partnered with GLOBALG.A.P, a German organization that sets international standards for agricultural products to work on creating standards for crucial Indian crops like grains, pulses, and oilseeds. Many of the largest companies engaged in international trade of agricultural products frequently use the GLOBALG.A.P. standards as benchmarks for…

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Kerry acknowledges guilt in 2018 Salmonella poisoning outbreak, consents to forfeit U.S$19.228 million

U.S – Kerry Inc., a firm that produces food and ingredients, has pleaded guilty to a charge that it produced breakfast cereal in an unclean environment at a Gridley, Illinois, factory that was connected to a salmonellosis epidemic in 2018. Kerry pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of distributing contaminated cereal advertised as Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in accordance with a…

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FDA traceback shows hygiene issues at Big Olaf Creamery

U.S – According to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) probe, employees at Big Olaf Creamery, the Florida-based creamery responsible for a multistate Listeria outbreak last year, had no place to wash their hands before going into the production room. The outbreak which affected 11 states, left at least one person dead and 27 others hospitalized. “It was observed that there was…

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Study shows significance of front-of-pack nutrition labels in promoting informed food choices

INDIA – A study on the acceptance and potential application of various front-of-pack nutrition label designs in promoting informed food choices by the ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition has revealed that “warning labels” can discourage consumers from choosing and consuming even moderately unhealthy foods. Additionally, it demonstrated how “summary ratings” like the health star or Nutri-Score may be used to find…

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Consumer Brands Association urges FDA to make bold reforms that incorporate full unification of its Human and Animal Foods Program

U.S – The Consumer Brands Association (CBA), a United States-wide trade association for manufacturers of consumer packaged goods, has reiterated the need for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make bold reforms that incorporate full unification of the Human and Animal Foods Program under an expert leader. This follows the agency’s announcement regarding recommendations in the Reagan-Udall Foundation report…

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