Provision Analytics raises US $4.75 million for product development

CANADA – Provision Analytics, a startup with a software platform that simplifies food safety audits and analytics, has raised $6 million CAD (USD $4.75 million) for product development and sales expansion. The round which closed in late November was spearheaded by Level 46 Investments, a private special-purpose entity established by the co-founders of TriWest Capital Partners. Other participants were Trailhead Capital, Serra Ventures, Waterpoint Lane, and Voyager, along with other private investors. A representative from Level 46 is set to join Provision’s board of directors. Provision also announced that DNV…

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Center for Produce Safety funds 12 food safety research projects

U.S – The Center for Produce Safety (CPS), a food safety research institute, has provided funding for 12 new research projects collectively valued at just over US$3.9 million to help answer some of the industry’s most pressing food safety questions. Among the topics included in the 12 projects are risk evaluation and mitigation of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, Cyclospora control, and sanitation for harvesting bins and picking bags. Ranging from commodities such as leafy greens to tree fruit to onions, the research has been vetted by industry experts on the…

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ORIVO, Imprint Analytics partner to provide seafood products’ authentication

AUSTRIA/NORWAY – ORIVO and Imprint Analytics, both of which are food testing and authentication companies, have tied up to provide transparency to the sea food market through highly advanced chemical fingerprinting analysis. Imprint Analytics came up with the method that uses multi-isotope fingerprints for product authentication. According to Dr David Psomiadis, Chairman of Imprint), the technical solution created by the Austrian authenticity team is superior than any other available. ”Until now, there has not been a published or validated method to provide a reliable assessment of the origin of omega-3…

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Mérieux NutriSciences expands footprint in dietary supplements industry, acquires Dyad Labs

U.S – Mérieux NutriSciences, a world leader in food safety, quality and sustainability, has announced the acquisition of Dyad Labs, an independent ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited contract laboratory, dedicated to the dietary supplements industry. This acquisition diversifies Mérieux NutriSciences’ service offering and expands its footprint in the US to better serve the dietary supplements industry. Mérieux NutriSciences is part of Institut Mérieux, a French Holding company that imagines and develops new approaches in the fields of diagnostics, immunotherapy, food safety and nutrition. “We are enthusiastic about having the talented team at…

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Neogen Corporation ties up with multinational conglomerate 3M

U.S – Neogen Corporation, an international developer of food safety solutions, has announced a definitive merger with 3M, an American multinational conglomerate corporation, that will see 3M’s food safety business tie up with Neogen. The combination will create an innovative leader in the food safety sector with a comprehensive product range and a strategic focus on the category’s long-term growth opportunities. According to Neogen’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John Adent, this combination will enhance Neogen’s position in this new era of food security, equipping them with an expanded product…

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Diversey finalizes acquisition of Birko Corporation, Chad Equipment LLC

U.S – Diversey Holdings, Ltd., a leading provider of hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions, has announced it has concluded the acquisition of Birko Corporation, a North American manufacturer of food safety chemical solutions for the food and beverage industry, and Chad Equipment LLC, a subsidiary of Birko Corporation. Chad Equipment manufactures food safety equipment for the protein industries, with approximately 100 employees in total. With estimated 2021 sales of more than US$40 million, this acquisition strengthens Diversey’s market presence in the United States and Canada, enhancing its scale, service…

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Canada’s pork industry receives boost to help fight African Swine fever

CANADA – Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced an investment of more than CA$4.6 million (US$ 3,589,150) for three projects to grow the pork industry within Canada and in international markets, and to help farms continue to ensure high levels of safety in the face of the threat of African swine fever. These investments build on Canada’s internationally-renowned reputation as a supplier of high-quality and sustainably-produced pork products. Through an investment of more than $3.2 million, Canada Pork International will undertake export market development initiatives to maintain and…

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Neogen Corporation acquires UK-based chemicals company Delf

U.S — Neogen Corporation, a developer and marketer of a range of products and services dedicated to food and animal safety, has announced that it has acquired Delf, a United Kingdom-based manufacturer and supplier of animal hygiene and industrial cleaning products. Since Delf’s founding in 1928, the company has grown from one of the main soap manufacturers in Liverpool to offer a wide range of animal hygiene and specialty chemical products. Delf is a select member of the Iodine Registration Group (IRG), allowing it to supply Article 95 PVP-iodine and…

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Canada’s government announces funding for meat processing plants

CANADA – The government of Canada have availed up to Canadian$ 7 million (US$ 5,592,125) to rapidly increase processing capacity in meat processing plants across the Ontario province and enable continuous production of safe and high-quality meat. The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will provide up to CA$150,000 (US$ 119831) per project for handling and processing equipment that increase efficiency, productivity and food safety. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, CA$3-billion (US$ 2396625000) joint funding initiative of the federal and provincial governments to support…

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Agriculture Victoria funds groundbreaking traceability project for high-value exports in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Agriculture Victoria, an organization that works with the agriculture industry on research, development and extension to improve production, is funding an innovative AU$ 770,000 (US$ 574,693.35) traceability pilot for high-value exports, which will be led by peak industry body Citrus Australia. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s Food to Market program, announced by Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas. “The Food to Market program is an excellent example of how we are providing timely support to agribusinesses impacted by the pandemic, while capitalizing on opportunities to expand…

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