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Japan Introduces SICILIAN ROUGE HIGH GABA the World’s First Genome-Edited Tomato

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Japan’s Sanatech Seed has begun selling “Sicilian Rouge High GABA” tomato to consumers.  This is the first genome-edited tomato to be sold on the Japanese market.  The product was developed using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology to edit the tomato’s genome and remove the autoinhibitory domain that prevents tomatoes from increasing their GABA content. The tomato …

Food Safety

Local Grocery & Restaurant Deliveries Food Safety Protocol

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It’s so easy these days to have our food delivered from a local grocery store or restaurant.  During the recent covid pandemic, more and more consumers have began to rely on home-delivery services like Doordash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats rather than eating out or shopping for their weekly food supplies.  Yet, 18% of consumers still …

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Civilians in Space, Weed Killing Robots & a Cargo Ship Without Humans

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Some incredible things are happening these days.  On September 18, 2021, the Crew Dragon16 spacecraft splashed safely down off the coast of Florida after 3 days in orbit.  This was an amazing success with an all-civilian crew, preparing us for future private adventures in space and perhaps a new outpost on the moon. Back on …

Food Safety

Front-of-Package (FOP) Food Labelling Study – What Works and What Doesn’t

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A recent report on Front-of-Package (FOP) Food Labelling, from the Global Food Research Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is well-worth the study of anyone involved in the food industry today. Here are a few highlights of the report: Unhealthy changes in the foods we eat: An estimated 650 million adults worldwide live …

Food Safety

Listeria Control Specialist Certificate Program Adds New Freezer Management Online Course

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The Listeria Control Specialist Certificate is designed for food safety management in food manufacturing facilities whose responsibilities include preparation, production, packing and warehousing.  Once the 5-course certificate program is completed, you will be formally recognized as an “expert” designated to control Listeria Monocytogenes (Lm) within your facility. These five online courses are focused on review …

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Expect Food Shortages to Continue as Delta Variant Fears Increase

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Grocery stores in the U.S. continue to suffer supply problems.  By now the reasons are clear – shortages of labor and raw materials added to the continuing logistical problems make getting back to normal relatively impossible – especially for the smaller stores and chains.  Add stockpiling by consumers (when they can find the items they …

Food Safety

AFFI Recommended Practices for Food Safety Labeling

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The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) in July of 2020 approved new voluntary recommended practices for food safety labeling for not-ready-to eat (NRTE) frozen foods.  AFFI urges all companies to update their packaging to reflect these changes.  Many consumers consider frozen foods as RTE (ready-to-eat) and thus do not follow cooking instructions on the packaging …

Food Safety

New Rules from China for Food Importation

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If you export food and/or beverages to China, take note of the new rules recently announced by China.  AFFI has provided a synopsis of the two decrees – Decree 248 and 249 from Hogan Lovells.  Basically, all overseas food manufacturers, processors and storage facilities must be registered with the GACC – General Administration of Customs …

Food Safety

FDA Opens Industry Portal for FSVP Records Submission

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Reprinted from fda.gov – CFSCAN Constituent Updates On May 10, 2021,  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened the FSVP Importer Portal for FSVP Records Submission (Portal) for importers of human and animal and human food into the U.S. The FDA established the Portal to serve as a dedicated, streamlined way for importers to submit FSVP records electronically …

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Consumers Feel the Pinch of Rising Food Prices

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Most Americans have become used to low inflation, but all that is changing now.  Although the price increases are difficult for many, most are not surprised. Let’s look back over the last 12-14 months. In March 2020 most of the global economy slowed to a standstill. In the retail and hospitality industry many workers were …

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Severe Drought Condition Is Hurting California Agriculture

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United States Pea plantings are now completed, with green pea processing in the Northwest expected to begin end May /first week of June.   Sweet corn and green bean plantings now underway with about 20% to 25% of sweet corn in the ground in the Pacific Northwest.   Commodity prices on grain corn and soybean rose sharply …

Food Safety

FDA Updates Guidance on UFI (Unique Facility Identifier) And Extends Registration Update Period

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The FDA requires that facilities provide a UFI (Unique Facility Identifier) that is recognized as acceptable by the FDA when you submit your food facility registration or renewal in the Food Facility Registration Module (FFRM).  The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has recently updated the guidance on compliance. This latest guidance supersedes the …