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From: Food Quality & Safety magazine, December/January 2014

Industry News: Global Food Traceability Center, Food Protection Program Portal, and More

Global Food Traceability Center

In September, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) officially launched the Global Food Traceability Center at a press conference with IFT president Janet Collins at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Center will serve as an authoritative, scientific, and unbiased source for food traceability. Guided by an Advisory Counsel, the Center will generate knowledge that addresses research gaps and deliver applied research, objective advice, and practical expertise about food product traceability and data collaboration for private benefit and public good.

Food Protection Program Portal

The Association of Food & Drug Officials’ (AFDO) Food Protection Program Portal is available to all food safety regulatory officials. The portal is located at and can be used by food safety regulatory officials regardless of their AFDO membership status. It is designed to provide officials with useful information about food safety regulatory programs, pending and/or recently passed state legislation relating to food safety. Currently the portal contains license fees, inspection frequency policies, inspector to establishment ratio, 2012 and 2013 enacted state food safety laws, proposed state food safety legislation, and updates on federal legislation.

SCS Global Testing Services

According to SCS Global Services, its newly created SCS Global Testing Services will showcase expanded laboratory capabilities and competitive pricing, offering faster and more comprehensive laboratory services. SCS Global Testing Services will help growers, packers, shippers, distributors, and retailers achieve their product and process analytical and certification objectives. Lab testing and analytical services include pesticide residues, industrial contaminants, microbiological contaminants, nutrients and antioxidants, facility/environmental, GMO, gluten free, and food quality/sensory evaluations. Certification programs that can take advantage of testing include Organic, Pesticide Residue Free, and more.

Diseases of Poultry

Published in partnership with the American Association of Avian Pathologists, Wiley’s latest edition of Diseases of Poultry examines the many aspects of poultry health and diseases, including pathogenesis, diagnostics, epidemiology, and control methods. The 13th Edition adds new diagnostic methods and a chapter on the importance of zoonotic infections for poultry pathogens, in addition to new photographs and discussion of conceptual operational biosecurity and disease control in organic production systems. The book is organized by disease type and offers detailed coverage of the history, etiology, pathobiology, diagnosis, and intervention strategies, as well as the economic and public health significance.

Creation of The Acheson Group

David Acheson, MD, former associate commissioner for foods at FDA and chief medical officer at the USDA FSIS, forms The Acheson Group (TAG)—a strategic consulting firm for food and beverage companies and those providing technical support to the food industry. TAG’s service offerings are focused on four areas: Strategic Consulting and Regulatory Support, Crisis and Recall Support, Supplier Risk/Raw Material Risk Management, and Facility Risk Management.

IFPTI and RAPS Receive FDA Grant

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) and the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) receive a grant from FDA to address the workforce capacity issues facing food and drug regulators around the world, particularly among low-and middle-income countries. The 12-month project will focus on three major outcomes aimed at building a competent global regulatory workforce: Define the core competencies of a regulatory professional, develop a competency based curriculum framework, and create a gap assessment tool. RAPS and IFPTI will work closely with the World Health Organization and other global organizations.

Business Briefs

Silliker, a Mérieux NutriSciences company, celebrates the grand opening of its new analytical lab in Querétaro, Mexico.

Alchemy Systems merges with Catalyst Awareness, a loss prevention and health and safety communication company, to enable Alchemy to increase its offerings to the food retail market.

LabCentral, the fully equipped and ­resourced lab and office facility in the Cambridge Biotech Innovation Hub, adds Eppendorf North America as a major sponsor.

BT9 expands its international cold chain monitoring business with the opening of a new office in Los Angeles, Calif.

Chobani and Cornell University partner together to promote innovation in dairy and food science, made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Chobani to the ­University.

The Food Marketing Institute and United Fresh Produce Association ­announce a three-year agreement to co-locate the organizations’ respective trade shows: United Fresh 2014 and FMI ­Connect.




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