Food Safety

FDA Announces the Final Rule for Food Traceability Under FSMA

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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on food traceability designed to facilitate faster identification and rapid removal of potentially contaminated food from the market, resulting in fewer foodborne illnesses and/or deaths. Foods subject to the final rule requirements appear on the Food Traceability List (FTL). The FTL includes fresh cut fruits …

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Westcoast Container Back-Up is Over But Still, Lots of Problems

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In January this year, the number of ships in line waiting to unload at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was 109 stretching 60 miles into the Pacific.  This week, it dropped to just four according to the Wall Street Journal. In pre-Covid times the queue was usually zero to one container ships …

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FDA Proposes Changes and New Guidelines to Label Foods as “Healthy”

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The current definition of “healthy” that you will find on many packaged foods is up for revision and it’s about time.  The definition of “healthy” as a claim for nutrient content was established in 1994 and hasn’t been updated since. Avocados and Salmon Don’t Qualify as “Healthy”? Here’s something you may not know.  The current …

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New Ready-Made Meals Trending in China

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Hiking and exploring the great outdoors are popular among the young people in China today and new-style ready-made meals fit the bill when it comes to satisfying their hunger.  Unlike conventional ready-made meals you may be familiar with, these are just a little bit different.  Fanhu, a creative Guangzhou based start-up, entered this market in …

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Taste a Luscious “Ruby June” Strawberry! Sourcing Locally Makes Good Sense

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Just when I thought I knew most of the varieties of strawberries, I see yet another is about to make its appearance!  It’s called the “Honeycrisp of Strawberries” – a Ruby June variety that is a deep dark red color and, according to Seal the Seasons, has a “sweet, luscious flavor.” My mouth is already …

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House Bill Calls for Single Food Safety Entity Under FDA

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by Keith Loria A new bill, introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), looks to create a single food safety agency under the department of Health and Human Services that would be responsible for keeping all food safe for market. The legislation, known as the Food Safety Administration Act, would ensure that a …

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AFFI’s Continued Efforts on Alternative Approach to Listeria Monocytogenes

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The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) continues to work on behalf of frozen food manufacturers to address the control and prevention of Listeria Monocytogenes (Lm).  On Friday, July 8, 2022, AFFI sent an update on this subject to all members prompted by an outbreak of Lm in Florida over the July 4th holiday believed to …

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Flowers, Funding and A New Ice Cream

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Ever Wonder Why Supermarkets Sell Flowers? In almost every grocery store across the USA from Whole Foods to smaller shops you’ll find a flower section loaded with cut flowers, plants, and orchids.  I’ve always wondered why flowers have such a large presence in this type of retail environment but it’s a planned and strategic move …

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Tech-Facilitated Indoor Farming Finds a Home in Ocean Shipping Containers

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Here at Noon International over the past few years we’ve been struggling to obtain 8×40 foot ocean shipping containers to get your orders to you, yet there are others who have happily been using retrofitted shipping containers for indoor farming and new business ventures. Indoor farming is nothing new.  Hydroponics (the no-soil method of growing …

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Summer is Here! Food Safety Guidelines to Avoid Foodborne Illness

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On June 21st, we officially welcomed summer – a season of picnics, barbeques, and outdoor eating. While camping, hiking trips and family vacations abound so does the chance for foodborne illness to occur if proper food safety guidelines are not followed. Warm weather is the perfect breeding ground for foodborne bacteria to multiply rapidly, thus …

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The FDA’s Role in Food Safety of Imported Foods

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was created to ensure a safe food supply in the United States using specific measures which include the FDA’s authority to mandate additional preventive controls to this end.  Such preventative standards are applicable to both foreign and domestic food growers, manufacturers, processors, and packers.  For example, the preventive …

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Vegetables and Upcycling Top the Trending List

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The Covid 19 Pandemic along with supply chain disruptions over the past two years has changed the way we eat, what we eat, how chefs in restaurants source and prepare foods, and the popularity/trending of certain foods and ingredients. Massively disrupting supply chain issues forced restaurants and homemakers to turn to local suppliers and farmers …