McDonald’s accused of purging its own norms, condoning antibiotic-raised cattle in processing products

U.S – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has published a report purporting that conventional beef producers are selling antibiotic-raised cattle to McDonald’s and other fast food outlets in the U.S. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) arises when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites change over time and cease to respond to medications, making illnesses more difficult…

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Soft Robotics receives U.S$26M in initial Series C close

U.S – To enhance the commercial deployment of its mGripAITM robotic picking solutions, Soft Robotics Inc. (SRI) has announced that it has received U.S$26M in an initial Series C close. Industrial robots can now mimic human hand-eye coordination thanks to mGripAI, an easy-to-integrate automation solution that combines quick 3D vision, artificial intelligence, and proprietary, IP69K-rated soft gripping. For the first…

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Food Testing Kits Market Forecast 2022-2028 shows growth of market

U.S – The Food Testing Kits Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis – by Sample, Technology, and Target, published by The Insight Partners, projects that the market will increase from U.S$ 20.73 billion in 2021 to U.S$ 34.14 billion by 2028, with an estimated CAGR of 7.4% from 2022 to 2028. To ensure the quality and…

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FDA approves cell-based chicken in U.S kicking off a new phase in cultured meat industry

U.S – The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Upside Foods the first “No Questions” letter it has ever issued for cultivated meat, poultry, or shellfish, confirming the safety of its cultivated chicken for consumption. Upside Foods grows meat, poultry, and seafood directly from animal cells. These products are not considered vegan or vegetarian but meat made without…

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FDA funds expansion of University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

U.S – The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition(JIFSAN) at the University of Maryland is expected to expand thanks to a collaboration arrangement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will cost U.S$41 million over five years. JIFSAN, an FDA Center of Excellence founded in 1996, brings together UMD researchers and federal agency knowledge. It supports the…

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Salvus LLC opens new facility in Georgia

U.S – Salvus LLC has opened a new facility in Valdosta, Georgia, to offer increased capacity for engineering, research, testing, and production of interferometric-based biosensors to find contaminants in chicken. Derived from the Latin word for safe, Salvus detection technology utilizes a lightweight, handheld, and easy-to-use device that offers many benefits. It can be used across multiple industries to detect…

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GrubMarket acquires software provider Fresh Software Solutions

U.S – San Francisco-based food technology company GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Fresh Software Solutions (“FSS”), a well-known and reputable enterprise software provider that specializes in building solutions for fresh produce distributors, wholesalers, repackers and food service suppliers across North America. Founded nearly 15 years ago, FSS is still run by its original owner Steve Reilly, a 20-year veteran…

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Washington State Department of Agriculture launches online tool to sensitize farmers on produce safety

U.S – To assist teachers and farm managers in reinforcing basic cleaning and sanitizing principles, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the University of Georgia, and New Mexico State University have created an online animation application with three learning modules. Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, such as tools and equipment, reduce cross-contamination and the possibility of spreading foodborne illnesses by…

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ADM expands testing capacity, opens new North American microbiology laboratory

U.S – ADM,  a leader in global nutrition, has doubled its present microbiology footprint with the opening of a new North American microbiology laboratory at the ADM specialty manufacturing site in Decatur, Illinois. According to the company, the new facility “significantly expands its testing capacity, as well as its footprint in the Decatur region.” “This new facility will drive productivity…

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FDA seeks to establish extra documentation requirements for foods on Food Traceability List

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the Agency has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List.  The regulator claimed to have fulfilled its duty by sending the FSMA Final Rule: Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods to the…

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