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New testing methods account for some increases in illness stats

CDC reports Campylobacter, Salmonella cause most bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016

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The winners for the dubious distinction of causing the most food borne illnesses for 2016 is out. According to preliminary data recently published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Campylobacter and Salmonella caused the most reported bacterial foodborne illnesses in 2016. The finding is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance… Continue Reading

Not the first rodeo for Food Safety Summit’s Hot Topics

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There’s a rodeo in Cheyenne, WY, every summer that is called the “Daddy of Them All” because it’s been happening since 1897 and has grown into one of the biggest and best. The 19th Annual Food Safety Summit coming up May 8-11 in Rosemont, IL, near Chicago is also not the first rodeo for the… Continue Reading

New advice for European Union on added sugars due in 2020

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is on schedule to provide new scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority plans to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources that are not associated with adverse health effects. Denmark, Finland, Iceland,… Continue Reading

A new era of food transparency with Wal-Mart center in China

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Wal-Mart fresh food delivery trucks in China provide temperature-controlled transportation to help ensure the safety of the food.

Editor’s note: Depending on which hemisphere you are in while reading this column by Wal-Mart Vice President for Food Safety Frank Yiannas, the retailer’s new Food Safety Collaboration Center is opening today or tomorrow (March 29) in Beijing, China.  The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically… Continue Reading

4 ways IOT is supporting the food industry

This is the last in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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A sensor, internet connection and the ability to communicate: These are the three ingredients that make up the Internet of Things technology. IOT is gaining rapid steam, with companies such as global communication giants, Ericsson and Cisco, making projections of as many of 50 billion devices connected by IOT by 2020. While estimations vary to… Continue Reading

Hot topics front and center at Food Safety Summit 2017

Impact of President Trump's 2-for-1 regulation rule, Listeria control are of high interest this year

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The largest Food Safety Summit in the event’s history was the 18th annual summit in 2016, but attendee registrations and show floor booth reservations are on track for year 19 to set new records. Scheduled for May 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare International Airport in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL, the… Continue Reading

On a clear IoT day, you can see data forever and evermore

The second in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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It doesn’t matter whether a grower or food packing facility is 5 or 5,000 miles away from Megan Arnold’s office at Robinson Fresh, because within seconds her food safety analysis can begin with pinpointed data at the tips of her fingers. A decade ago, the food sourcing sister to C.H. Robinson, a third-party global logistics… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Carnac the Magnificent tells all about Salmonella

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Johnny Carson as Carnac the Magnificent

And now, Carnac the Magnificent will use his mystical powers to answer the riddle before hearing it: “An Aztec warrior, a couple of eggheads from Cornell and a middle schooler from Utah.” The question in the envelope has, of course, been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ porch since noon today…. Continue Reading

Researchers zap noro on fresh lettuce with blast of ionized gas

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When you put one of the toughest bugs on the planet in a match-up with some of the most delicate fresh foods, it doesn’t take a Vegas mathematician to figure the odds are against the food making it through a sterilization process undamaged. Among the most delicate and most prone to carry foodborne illnesses are… Continue Reading

Is it time to get your head — and data — in the cloud?

The first in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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They are everywhere, taking reliable measurements on a rigorous schedule in storage facilities, shipping containers and retail refrigerator units across the globe. From multiple temperatures at pinpoint times during transportation, to appliance maintenance of freezers at the supermarket, massive amounts of data are collected and automatically sent off to a central cloud database. For the… Continue Reading