Food Safety

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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How Millennials Are Changing the Food Industry

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How Millennials Are Changing the Food Industry Yes, it’s the largest living generation and there are an estimated 80 – 95 million millennials living in the United States today. While opinions vary concerning the age span of millennials, most agree it includes those born between 1980 and 2000 making them between 19 -39 years old …

U.S. and Japan reach initial trade agreement

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The United States and Japan announced that the two countries have agreed to an initial trade agreement. The agreement will provide U.S. manufacturers with additional market access to America’s third-largest export market. As a result of AFFI’s proactive efforts during the negotiation process, a number of frozen products will be favorably impacted in the Japanese tariff …

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Inside Erewhon Where the Food is Healthy and Crazy Expensive But Shoppers Love it

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If you think Whole Foods is expensive…how about four dollars for an avocado?  Or $24 for Macadamia nut cheese? You won’t find as many of these items at Whole Foods today as Amazon continues to cut prices and offer deals to its Prime members.  Gone are the days when people referred to Whole Foods as …

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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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The Impossible Burger or a Beyond Burger? The Popularity of Plant -Based Proteins is Growing

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Nothing is impossible. Well, almost nothing…but have you tasted an Impossible Burger yet? If not, you’re in for a treat.  They recently changed and improved their product formulation and it’s even better than before!  As of April 2019, all restaurant partners should now be selling the new,updated recipe. Their aim with the new formulation is …

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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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Superfood Smoothies A Popular & Healthy Trend That Continues To Grow

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Everyone loves a smoothie!  And why not?  These creamy, smooth and frosty concoctions are not only healthy and energizing, they are highly nutritious, delicious and convenient as well. Smoothies continue to gain popularity today globally across many market segments with sales projected to reach US$17 billion by 2024. Here’s why.  Smoothies satisfy many needs; they …

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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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Tariff & Non-Tariff Trade Barriers They’re Not Good For Anyone

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On May 18, 2019, an agreement was reached between Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico that ended all US Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.   In return, Canada and Mexico eliminated the retaliatory tariffs they had put in place such as the 20% duty on U.S. frozen potatoes sold into Mexico (Mexico is the third …

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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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Sweet Potato In, Sweet Corn Out!

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Figures released last month by the U.S.D.A. Census of Agriculture show that trends behind America’s farms and diets are changing.   Leafy Greens, including kale, along with sweet potatoes, once thought to be fads are now changing America’s terrain. Sweet potato acreage increased almost 38% from 2012 to 2017.   White potatoes along with white flour and …

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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 …