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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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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Working Closely Together The U.S. & Mexico Strengthen Food Safety Ties

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The FDA is hard at work in collaborative efforts with the Mexican government and food producers of Mexico in order to strengthen food safety measures.  And it’s no wonder since “about one-third of all agency-regulated human food imported into the U.S. is from Mexico, including 60% of our fresh-produce imports.” The agencies in Mexico responsible …

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The Cause of Covid-19 Investigation Continues As China Still Blames Frozen Food and Refuses to Reveal Critical Data to W.H.O.

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If China has nothing to hide, why do Chinese scientists continue to refuse to share data that could shed light on the origin of the coronavirus? Recently, a group of independent investigators visited Wuhan, China on behalf of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in an effort to learn more about the early days of the …

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Smarter Food Safety: It’s More Than Just Technology

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One of the most important and necessary focuses for food manufacturers in 2021 is their commitment to a strong food safety culture. This has become even more evident due to the challenges faced during this covid-19 pandemic. Food Safety Culture has been included in the most recent standards of the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) …

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China Claims Evidence of COVID-19 on Imported Frozen Foods Crackdown on Imports Draws Criticism Worldwide

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“COVID19 did not start in central China’s Wuhan but may come through imported frozen food and packaging” experts said on November 24th Facebook post by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily. It is clear from this statement and a recent stepped-up media campaign by the Chinese government that they will do whatever is necessary …

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Food Safety Becomes Political in Taiwan

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Just a few weeks ago Taipei’s streets were filled with thousands of protestors gathered for the “Autumn Struggle”, an annual march organized by various Taiwanese labor groups.  The anger of the marchers was fueled by a recent decision of the current government to allow the importation of U.S. pork that contains the additive ractopamine. This …

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FDA PROPOSES NEW RULE FOR FOOD TRACEABILITY

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The FDA has proposed a new rule “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule).  This is a key part of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint and would implement Section 204(d) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This was prompted by the many produce recalls over the …

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Getting Smarter About Food Safety

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The FDA is initiating a new approach to smarter FOOD SAFETY that will use technology and other methods in order to create a more digitized traceable food system. Simplicity and modernization are also keys in the development of this “smarter food safety” along with effective leadership and additional education in the area of food safety …

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Truth and Transparency: Is Your Product Label “Clean” Enough for COVID Consumers?

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In the food industry, there is really no definition for “clean label”, yet its importance cannot be underestimated. It has taken on even greater significance with the impact of COVID-19 and more buyer demand for truth and transparency. And the global market for “clean” labelled food sales this year will be worth $180 billion – …

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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 …