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The Impossible Burger or a Beyond Burger? The Popularity of Plant -Based Proteins is Growing

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Nothing is impossible. Well, almost nothing…but have you tasted an Impossible Burger yet? If not, you’re in for a treat.  They recently changed and improved their product formulation and it’s even better than before!  As of April 2019, all restaurant partners should now be selling the new,updated recipe. Their aim with the new formulation is …

Food Safety

FSMA Compliance Even More Important As Frozen Berries Come Under Scrutiny For Norovirus & Hepatitis A

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Norovirus is a contagious virus causing vomiting and diarrhea nausea and stomach pains and outbreaks are quite common. It spreads easily and quickly through contaminated food products as well as from other people and contaminated surfaces.  Since one in six Americans gets sick from eating contaminated food each year, it is in everyone’s best interest …

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Superfood Smoothies A Popular & Healthy Trend That Continues To Grow

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Everyone loves a smoothie!  And why not?  These creamy, smooth and frosty concoctions are not only healthy and energizing, they are highly nutritious, delicious and convenient as well. Smoothies continue to gain popularity today globally across many market segments with sales projected to reach US$17 billion by 2024. Here’s why.  Smoothies satisfy many needs; they …

Food Safety

Unblanched IQF Vegetables – Can Microbiology be Controlled? Part 2

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This is part 2 of a 2-part series on alternatives to blanching. There are typically 5 common blanching alternatives.  We outlined 2 of them in our May Food Safety section and as promised, this month, we outline the remaining 3 which can be considered microbiological reduction steps: Peracetic acid treatment Peracetic acid, also known as …

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Tariff & Non-Tariff Trade Barriers They’re Not Good For Anyone

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On May 18, 2019, an agreement was reached between Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico that ended all US Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.   In return, Canada and Mexico eliminated the retaliatory tariffs they had put in place such as the 20% duty on U.S. frozen potatoes sold into Mexico (Mexico is the third …

Food Safety

Unblanched IQF Vegetables – Can Microbiology be Controlled?

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It has been recognized since the 1930’s that water and/or steam blanching vegetables is necessary to inactivate enzymes prior to freezing. Without inactivating enzymes such as lipoxygenase, products can oxidize, develop off-flavors, and experience color-degradation during frozen storage. In more recent years, blanching for food safety purposes has become relevant, especially as it relates to …

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Sweet Potato In, Sweet Corn Out!

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Figures released last month by the U.S.D.A. Census of Agriculture show that trends behind America’s farms and diets are changing.   Leafy Greens, including kale, along with sweet potatoes, once thought to be fads are now changing America’s terrain. Sweet potato acreage increased almost 38% from 2012 to 2017.   White potatoes along with white flour and …

Food Safety

FDA Introduces New Strategies for Evaluating the Safety of Imported Foods

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In February 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published “Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food,” a new resource designed to ensure food safety. The resource is just one part of the larger plan for food safety in 2020 as the FDA requests $6.1 billion to improve its ability to detect and respond …

Crop News

Late Plantings For Green Peas and Potatos

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United States Green Pea plantings are finally underway!  Plantings began, depending on the area, between March 18 and March 25th.   It is the latest start to pea planting in recent memory for the Pacific Northwest region.    The frequent bouts of snow, rain and extreme cold prevented on schedule pea plantings.  Many growers would not contract …

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Frozen Food Is Making a Strong Comeback

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As consumers search for healthier alternatives to their favorite foods, frozen food producers and grocery retailers are taking note. Although virtually all households purchase frozen food–spending nearly a collective $57 billion annually–consumers may not be aware of the full range of healthy products now available to them. Grocery retailers sell more frozen entrees than any …

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 …