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News: Evidence-Based Approach to Farm Practices Urged

Farm practices meant to improve food safety should rely on science-based management approaches in order to conserve biodiversity in surrounding areas, a recent study suggests. Pressure from produce buyers to adopt additional precautions not mandated by government or industry may damage local ecosystems without clear increases in food safety, the study’s authors say.

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News: Rat Meat Sold as Lamb in China

The Chinese government has arrested 904 people in a crackdown on food safety violators, according to news reports. Those arrested include 63 people involved in an operation that bought rat, mink, fox, and other meat that had not been tested for quality and safety, added gelatin, nitrates and pigment, and sold it as lamb, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported.

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Features: FDA Releases Report on Traceability Pilots

On March 4, the FDA released its report on two product traceability pilot projects launched in 2011 as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The two pilots, carried out by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), focused on foods recently linked to foodborne illness outbreaks—tomatoes in one pilot and chicken, peanuts, and spices in processed foods in the other. The goal: To identify potential methods of improving product tracing of foods in the supply chain and of...

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Features: Packaging That Tests Food Freshness?

Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed what they say is the final piece in the puzzle of developing a smart sensor that could be integrated within food packaging to provide a readout of that food’s freshness: A plastic analog-to-digital converter. The invention was presented in late February at the ISSCC in San Francisco, an important conference on solid-state circuits.

Departments: Growing Need for Food Allergen Training

With the number of consumers threatened by peanuts, soy, and other ingredients on the rise, manufacturers and processors must consider training a priority.

Departments: Despite Regulatory Reform, China’s Food Safety Remains Problematic

Chinese consumers continue to be weary of domestically produced foods, even those sold under international brands.

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Features: Food Fraud on the Rise, New Report Finds

Whether it’s diluted olive oil, mislabeled fish, adulterated spices, or any of a number of other counterfeits, the instances of food fraud in the U.S. are on the rise, according to a new report from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), which sets quality standards for food and medicines.

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Features: Quantifying Kids’ Increased Risk for Foodborne Illness

It’s long been known that young children account for a disproportionately high percentage of foodborne illness cases. But public health experts have questioned whether that’s because kids are more susceptible to pathogens or because parents are more likely to take a child for a doctor visit, thus generating an official report of illness.

Whitepaper: Top 10 considerations for building a robust food safety management system

In this article, LRQA’s food safety expert, Vel Pillay, discusses the importance of looking beyond operational requirements to ensure food safety management systems are effective. You will learn the importance of having both a functioning management system and a robust HACCP program and gain insight from his step by step, simple and logical approach to building a robust food safety management system.

Whitepaper: Committing to a food safety culture

The food industry has come a long way in its practices to ensure that the supply of food is safe, and organizations like the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have been instrumental in promulgating and benchmarking food safety programs to ensure consistent application. However, more needs to be done to gain confidence and trust in the supply chain. In this article, you will gain an understanding of the importance of a culture-based approach to educating and training employees, and how this can help to...

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