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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...

Whitepaper: Safer food supply chains

The food industry is in the news and on the minds of consumers, manufacturers, regulators, and investors, and there is a new era of food safety on the horizon, which will potentially change the food manufacturing industry, and the ways they are regulated and assessed. The introduction of the FSSC 22000 has ushered in a whole new approach to risk management and quality assurance. In this article, you will gain an understanding of the changes taking place and learn how the food manufacturing sector can...

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Features: China Compensates Food Safety Whistleblowers

In the U.S., the Food Safety Modernization Act includes specific protections for whistleblowers who report food safety violations, but China has taken that one step further. On January 15, China’s State Food and Drug Administration announced that individuals who report food and drug safety violations could receive a reward ranging from 1% to 6% of the value of the products involved—up to 300,000 yuan (about $50,000).

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Features: Produce Safety Rule Leaves Lingering Questions

Introduced nearly a year after it was first due, a new FSMA safety proposal regulating produce has already led to perhaps as many questions as answers.

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