Food Safety

Canada Enacts New Food Safety Law

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Beginning on January 15, 2019, Canada gained access to new food safety enforcement tools. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will enhance the Canadian government’s ability to proactively prevent food safety issues. Instead of 14 different sets of regulations, SFCR condenses regulations to one central resource that is currently being enforced. The regulations apply …

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Experts Call for a US-Japan Bilateral Trade Agreement

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Two years after the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the United States and Japan have reopened negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement. The talks are a welcome development, especially in light of the Japan – European Union Trade Agreement which went into effect on February 1st of this year. That agreement will remove …

Food Safety

Federal Shutdown Impacts Food Inspections

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With the partial government shut down on December 22, 2018, FDA inspectors were among thousands of federal employees who were furloughed halting regulation policy work and eliminating key food inspections. During a typical week when the government is fully functioning, FDA inspectors visit approximately 160 domestic food manufacturing and processing plants. The FDA is responsible …

Food Safety

FSVP – It’s Still Personal

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We at Noon recently came across an article in “Food Safety Magazine, titled “Managing Food Safety Risk in a Foreign Supplier Verification Program”, by Dr. John W. Reade.  Dr. Reade’s article was captivating and brought to the forefront the reasoning behind FSVP (Foreign Supplier Verification Program) as well as key elements to have a successful …

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Rising Tinplate Costs May Spike Prices for Canned Goods

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Canned corn prices are on the rise – there are numerous reaons including labor and energy costs, however one area of concern is the rising tin plate cost. Tinplate is made primarily of steel or sometimes iron and contains 1-2% tin. This blend of metals resists corrosion, making it safe to store even highly acidic …

Food Safety

Produce Industry Still Facing Food Safety Challenges

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On November 20, 2018, the FDA warned consumers to avoid romaine lettuce after linking it to a new outbreak of foodborne illness. People began reporting illness between October 8 and October 30, with 32 reported illnesses across 11 states at the time of the first announcement. This includes 13 people who were hospitalized. This latest …

Food Safety

FDA Releases Report on 2016 Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program

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Among many safety concerns of consumers regarding food supply is that of  cancer causing chemicals to be found in their food.   Here to put your mind at rest are the findings of the most recent FDA study of the Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program for 2016. The FDA began the Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program in 1987 …

Crop News

Both Mexico And Europe Struggle With Crops This Season

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United States Corn harvest is now completed.  Most suppliers came in on budget, with favorable quality, however the market is still tight due to demand.   The cooler weather at the end of harvest slowed growth down and some report that yields did suffer during the last days of harvest. The pea market has continued to …

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China Imposes New Trade Tariffs on $60 Billion of American Products

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This month, China announced new trade tariffs that will affect $60 billion worth of products produced in the United States. China’s announcement is in response to recently imposed duties on $200 billion of imported Chinese goods. Earlier this year, the United States also upped fees on Chinese products valued at $34 billion and imposed a …

Food Safety

Do You Know What Clostridium Perfringens Is?

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If you’ve ever fallen victim to food poisoning, you probably remember the meal that caused it. But you’re probably not sure which underlying bacteria caused your symptoms and discomfort. Clostridium perfringens is a common culprit. Caused by a bacteria that thrives at room temperature, C. perfringens commonly affects cafeteria settings, where food is prepared in …

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Limited Potato Supply Out Of Europe This Season

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United States It has been an unusually warm and sunny summer in the Pacific Northwest and crops came on quickly.Green Peasarrived fast and furious causing the season to begin early and end early. Some manufacturers had a difficult time keeping up with the crop and some peayields were lost.  A few suppliers report good yields …