Food Safety

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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Rising Tinplate Costs May Spike Prices for Canned Goods

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Canned corn prices are on the rise – there are numerous reaons including labor and energy costs, however one area of concern is the rising tin plate cost. Tinplate is made primarily of steel or sometimes iron and contains 1-2% tin. This blend of metals resists corrosion, making it safe to store even highly acidic …

Food Safety

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 …

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Both Mexico And Europe Struggle With Crops This Season

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Mexico The drought conditions earlier in the year and then the excess rain during the planting season has continued to give challenges to the Mexican broccoli and cauliflower industry.   The rain continued in Mexico during September and October when the rainy season should usually end.   The total precipation in the state of Guanajuato has surpassed …

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China Imposes New Trade Tariffs on $60 Billion of American Products

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This month, China announced new trade tariffs that will affect $60 billion worth of products produced in the United States. China’s announcement is in response to recently imposed duties on $200 billion of imported Chinese goods. Earlier this year, the United States also upped fees on Chinese products valued at $34 billion and imposed a …

Food Safety

Do You Know What Clostridium Perfringens Is?

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If you’ve ever fallen victim to food poisoning, you probably remember the meal that caused it. But you’re probably not sure which underlying bacteria caused your symptoms and discomfort. Clostridium perfringens is a common culprit. Caused by a bacteria that thrives at room temperature, C. perfringens commonly affects cafeteria settings, where food is prepared in …

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Limited Potato Supply Out Of Europe This Season

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Europe The European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors have reported another tough summer season for Europe’s vegetable crops. In the North of Europe a very warm and dry summer with lack of rain since May is resulting in lower pea,corn, and potato yields.   In addition winter lasted longer than usual and the spring was …

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Drought Conditions in Europe Worse Than Expected!

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Earlier this summer, temperatures hit record highs across Europe as heat waves swept the continent. A summer with extreme dryness and heat has left normally green fields a disturbing shade of brown. Drought settled over Europe with a high pressure weather system remaining in place for much of the summer. Vegetable growers/producers are facing the …

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Japan and the European Union Sign Major Free Trade Deal

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In July, Japan and the European Union signed a groundbreaking free trade deal that eliminates over 90% of tariffs on goods exchanged between Japan and European countries. Trade between the European Union and Japan represents more than 600 million consumers and is valued at approximately $150 billion, or approximately one-third of the global economy. Notable …

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Sweet Corn Linked To Listeria Outbreak in Europe

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A recent listeria outbreak in the European Union has been linked to a frozen vegetable facility in Hungary through whole genome sequencing.  The facility has stopped all production and sales due to this recent information. To date approximately 50 people have been reported infected with 9 deaths. Countries affected are Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and …

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Del Monte Vegetables Linked to Outbreak That Has Sickened More Than 200

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More than 200 people have been infected by an intestinal parasite after reportedly eating vegetables from Fresh Del Monte Produce vegetable trays, the federal authorities said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there were 212 cases of the infection, cyclosporiasis, in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin as of Thursday. According to the C.D.C., …

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FSMA Seeks to Prevent Intentional Adulteration of Food Supply

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The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act now contains requirements that aim to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. Intentional adulteration refers to attempts to purposely harm consumers by contaminating the food supply. This form of attack could be perpetrated by terrorist organizations or other enemies who access the food supply through domestic facilities or …