Food Safety

FDA Issues Temporary Policy Change for FSMA

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On Sight Audit Requirements Due to COVID-19 On March 17, 2020, the FDA issued a temporary policy for the supplier verification onsite audit requirements as outlined in FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).  This has been enacted to minimize disruptions in the supply-chain due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, at a time when grocery stores nationwide …

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BEING SMALL…Just might be better

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Noon International is a small international trading company that specializes in buying and selling frozen fruits and vegetables globally as well as in the U.S. domestic market. Looking at our volumes, you really wouldn’t call us “small” in our particular category of the import and export of frozen and canned fruits and vegetables; but compared …

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How Chinese Companies Have Responded to Coronavirus

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As the Covid-19 crisis spreads to new epicenters in Europe and the U.S., companies are scrambling to mobilize responses. There are no easy answers, due to the unpredictability of disease dynamics, a lack of relevant prior experience, and the absence of plug-and-play instructions from government or international authorities. Clearly each local situation is different, but …

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Can the COVID-19 be transmitted thru food?

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Today, Thursday, March 5th we got the following announcement from the American Frozen Food Institute https://affi.org/: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Last week, the FDA announced that there have been no …

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CHINESE FARMERS TURN TO ALIBABA FOR HELP

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Alibaba is helping China’s farmers survive the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak. Many brick and mortar businesses in China have recently turned to video live streaming on “Taobao Live” to sell their products…and it’s working. Livestream sessions in February increased by 110% compared to same period last year.  With physical businesses closed in many cities and …

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Costco Wholesale Corp Approved for VQIP Status

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The FDA has just announced that Costco Wholesale Corporation is the first approved participant in the FDA’s VQIP – or Voluntary Qualified Importer Program.  This is a voluntary fee-based program that provides importers an expedited review and import entry of both human and animal foods into the USA under FSMA, the Food Safety Modernization Act. …

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What’s Trending In Specialty Foods?

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If you’re interested in what’s trending in the food industry, you probably attended the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, January 19-21, 2019.  Not only were there hundreds of exhibitors from throughout the world displaying a multitude of products, but also some excellent presentations and/or sessions from the experts… like “CBD in Foods & Beverages”, …

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Washington State’s Red Raspberry Crop Reduced

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United States The overall vegetable season in the Pacific Northwest was good with no major hiccups to report, however the market is fairly tight due to demand from the Midwest region and Europe. Potatoes in the Northwest began about a week later than usual.   Autumn wet and cool weather set in during the last days …

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Peak Cauliflower and Broccoli Season Underway In Mexico

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United States The  overall vegetable season in the Pacific Northwest was good with no major hiccups to report, however the market is fairly tight due to demand from the Midwest region and Europe.  Diced Carrots are now completed and production plants in Oregon and Washington will be down until new season begins up again in …

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Safe, Natural and Organic Trending for Babies in China A Great Opportunity for Foreign Suppliers

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been eleven years since the Chinese milk scandal took place…and some families and young teenagers (who survived) are still suffering today.  Ren Che, a thirteen-year-old boy who lives in southern Hunan province is on three sessions of kidney dialysis a week. Doctors found his kidneys full of stones when …

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Plant Explosions & Selling Dead Pigs Food Safety and Worker Safety Continues to be a Problem in China

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I was recently traveling in China and South East Asia and noticed a small article in the Global edition of CHINA DAILY dated Dec 4, 2019 and a similar one in the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) of the same date. The headlines read: “Blast at Food Factory Kills Four, Injures 10” and “Four …

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Regenerative Agriculture Makes Whole Foods Top 10 Food Trends for 2020

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Whole Foods Market, headquartered in Austin, Texas, annually reveals what it considers to be the “Top 10 Food Trends” for upcoming year.  The top food trend predictions for 2020 are as follows:  regenerative agriculture, flour power, food from West Africa, out-of-the-box-into-the-fridge snacking, plant-based beyond soy, everything butters and spreads, rethinking the kids’ menu, not-so-simple sugars, …

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Peak Asparagus Season Continues In South America

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United States Diced Carrots are being processed and to date the yields and quality are normal.    Our overall vegetable season in the Pacific Northwest was good with no major hiccups to report, however the market is farily tight due to demand from the Midwest region and Europe. Potatoes in the Northwest began about a week …

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Taking A Closer Look
The New US-Japanese Trade Agreement And Japan Tariff Schedule

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On September 25, 2019, the U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal that will eliminate certain tariffs and allow market access to specific agricultural products, as well as industrial and digital products.  Japan is America’s third largest export market and imported more than 14.1 billion dollars in U.S. products in 2018. From a trade …

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DON’T MISS THIS!
NEW FOOD SAFETY COURSE OPENED OCTOBER 28, 2019
BY NANCY SCHARLACH, FSMA INTERNATIONAL

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We are proud to offer this exciting NEW course created by Nancy Scharlach, Chief Technical Director, FSMA International.  Noon International has been working with Nancy for the past several months and her latest course, How to Convert Your HACCP Plans to HARPC to Meet FSMA Requirements is now available! Many of you may already know …