Food Safety

Export of Frozen Food to China Now Under Scrutiny

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Earlier this month, Chinese officials advised that traces of the Coronavirus were found on chopping boards used for cutting imported frozen salmon at the Xinfadi market in Beijing.  With 137 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Beijing, salmon was immediately removed from the supermarkets in major Chinese cities despite the fact that the National Health …

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What You Need to Know Today About Food Product Dating

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With home cooking on the rise due to the recent COVID-19 quarantine, many people are taking the opportunity to clean their food storage areas and check the use-by dates on canned, dried and frozen products in pantries, refrigerators and freezers. However, due to lack of understanding, many consumers are unknowingly tossing out perfectly safe and …

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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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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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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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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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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 …

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Are You FSMA Ready? Understanding the Similarities & Differences Between HACCP and HARPC

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Codex HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points.  It was developed by private industry rather than regulatory and has evolved into a standard for which food safety programs and hazards controls are measured and documented for prevention.  So, it actually started out private industry and then evolved into a regulatory requirement for specific …

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CONVERTING FROM HACCP TO HARPC GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

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A NEW ONLINE TRAINING COURSE FROM FSMA INTERNATIONAL If you are a U.S. food manufacturer or a global supplier processing food for export the United States, you must convert you existing HACCP plan to FSMA HARPC to comply with U.S. Regulation 21 CFR, Part 117 for human food or Part 507 for animal food. Noon …

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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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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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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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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 …

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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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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 …