Researchers find lettuce from low-income communities to be contaminated

U.S – Researchers from the University of Houston have established that Houstonians living in low-income and urban neighborhoods are at a higher risk of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses, possibly linked to the lettuce they purchase from grocery stores in their community. The findings, published in the Journal of Food Protection, focus on loose-leaf romaine lettuce. According to the study, loose-leaf romaine lettuce, when purchased from supermarkets in low-income communities in Houston, was found to be contaminated with disease-causing microorganisms. Researchers said the discovery raises questions about quality and safety. “Looking at…

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Best Sanitizers Inc’s Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer gets OMRI listed

U.S – Best Sanitizers, Inc., a premier manufacturer of innovative alcohol-based hand and surface sanitizers, has announced that Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer is now OMRI listed. Founded in 1997, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of the products intended for use in a certified organic facility. OMRI Listed Products are allowed for use in certified organic facilities under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program. Organic food processors and food handlers in need of a surface…

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Biotech innovator AgBiome culminates funding round, raises US$116 million

U.S – AgBiome, a biotechnology company using new knowledge of the plant-associated microbiome to create innovative products for agriculture, has announced the completion of a US$116 million oversubscribed Series D funding round. The funding round was Co-led by alt protein impact investor Blue Horizon, as well as Novalis LifeSciences, to accelerate and expand AgBiome’s portfolio of microbial products and help establish a global presence. The new Series D funding will also allow the company to scale its scientific and commercial teams. Mission-driven investment disruptor Blue Horizon was drawn to AgBiome…

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FDA introduces new Office of Digital Transformation to back its public health mission

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the reorganization of the agency’s information technology (IT), data management and cybersecurity functions into the new Office of Digital Transformation (ODT), to better assure the safety of the nation’s food. The office has been realigned to report directly to the FDA commissioner, buoying up the office and its functions to agency-level. This reorganization will advance the agency’s information technology transformation with improved data and IT competencies that improve agency operations to support the public health mission. The restructuring is…

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NRA names John Zimmermann as 2021 Outstanding Food Safety Leader

U.S – The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has named John Zimmermann, Vice President of quality assurance and food safety at First Watch Restaurants, as the 2021 Outstanding Food Safety Leader. The award recognizes an individual’s dedication to food safety through personal and career accomplishments such as improving food safety systems or processes, introducing innovations to manage food supplies or foodservice operations, or mentoring other foodservice professionals. This year, the award also acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of food safety leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Restaurant Association is a restaurant…

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RizePoint debuts Platform Ignite for Supplier Certification Management

U.S – RizePoint, a technology leader in food safety, quality management, compliance, and social responsibility, has launched their innovative new product platform Ignite, a trailblazing software tool for quality managers.  The first offering on this new platform is a user-friendly, affordable Supplier Certification Management solution.Ignite Supplier Certification Management allows companies to gather, organize, and manage supplier documentation and information in a centralized location, track status and deadlines, ensure compliance, and reduce time-consuming administrative tasks. “RizePoint, the longest-lasting quality management vendor in the marketplace, is offering a simplified solution to manage…

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FDA reminds industry players on use of fluorinated polyethylene as food contact surfaces

U.S -The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), agency responsible for the safety and security of the United States’ (U.S) food supply, has issued a letter reminding food industry manufacturers, distributors, and users of fluorinated polyethylene food contact articles, that only certain fluorinated polyethylene containers are authorized for food contact use. The agency said it took this step to ensure that food packaging manufacturers that produce, use or distribute fluorinated polyethylene food contact containers are aware of FDA’s regulation pertaining to requirements for fluorinating polyethylene containers used with food. Susan Mayne,…

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Charm Sciences accorded ISO 9001:2015 Recertification

U.S – Charm Sciences, a world leader in food safety diagnostic tests, is over the moon on their International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) three-year recertification, for the design and manufacture of their patented Peel Plate microbial test products used in safety and quality testing of foods. Charm develops, manufactures, and quality tests the microbial detection products onsite at three facilities in Massachusetts. “Since our inception, Charm Sciences has been committed to customer-driven innovation, quality, and continual improvement. With the ISO 9001:2015 recertification, we demonstrate our…

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AFIA publicizes new SF/SF certification program website, SCS launches FSSC 22000 V5.1 training course

U.S – The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. Animal Feed Industry and its suppliers, has unveiled its new Safe Food/Safe Feed (SF/SF) certification program website. In 2004, AFIA launched the SF/SF Certification Program to establish comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to maximize food and feed safety. It is a voluntary, independently certified program administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), designed for both AFIA members and non-members across the U.S…

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AquaBounty expands its GE Salmon Project with US$ 200M investment as Arnarlax is awarded BRC Certification

U.S – AquaBounty, a biotechnology firm notable for its research and development of Genetically Modified (GM) fish, has publicized the details of a US$ 200 million expansion of its Genetically Engineered (GE) salmon. It has chosen Ohio, a state in the Midwestern region of the United States, for its next aquaculture farm location, where it expects to produce 10,000 metric tons of AquaBounty GM Atlantic salmon. AquaBounty plans to construct a 479,000 square foot facility in Pioneer, OH before the end of 2021. AquaBounty is set to kick off stocking…

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