Food Safety

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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …