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Three things to expect during unannounced FDA inspections

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It’s not a question of if, but when, officials with the Food and Drug Administration will show up at any given food company for an unannounced inspection, with any violations outlined in a Form 483 that is handed off to company representatives as inspectors head out the door. While the Form 483 itself is essentially… Continue Reading

More delay for Produce Safety Rule as industry balks over water testing

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Water testing standards that are a key part of the produce safety requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are undergoing a quiet review that could extend the compliance date for the Produce Safety Rule beyond January 2018. Produce industry leaders learned  in mid-February during a meeting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials… Continue Reading

Food industry wants Congress to fund FSMA enforcement

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Food safety appropriations for last year are like the high water marks for the next fiscal year budget and congressional appropriators are now being urged not to back off just as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) just as it is being implemented. A couple dozen major food companies and trade associations Wednesday dropped a… 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

Food Safety Summit 2017 preview

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

IoT = Smarter kitchens, smarter business, safer food for all

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

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Lunch rush is just hitting full swing as a party of four walks into a buzzing fast-casual restaurant for a quick bite. After placing their orders, one of them is handed a coaster sized sensor. Hitting up the soda fountain before finding a seat, the group decides to escape the crowded indoors for the outdoor… Continue Reading

Food, agricultural events could get agro-terrorism treatment

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Agro-terrorism, which has been around as a fear since 9/11, is getting new attention with the introduction in Congress of the Securing our Agriculture and Food Act. Text of the bill is not yet available, but it is said to include high-risk events involving food, agriculture and livestock. It was jointly introduced into the House… Continue Reading

Virginia Senate prefers state, not FDA, to inspect produce farms

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If your business was subject to an unannounced, warrantless inspection, would you rather it be state or federal officials knocking on your door? That very question is being raised in Virginia for about 400 farms that produce more than $25,000 in annual income from fresh fruits and vegetables. Those farms are subject to the rules and regulations of the… Continue Reading

State ag leaders put food safety on priority list for 2018 farm bill

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Before it wrapped up its meetings this week in Washington D.C., the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) agreed to priorities for the 2018 farm bill. If that seems a little pre-mature, it’s not. Congressional leaders plan to get to work on the 2018 farm bill later this year. And food safety, specifically… Continue Reading

Candidates for FDA top job focus on drugs, not food, so far

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Just ahead of the anticipated appointment of an FDA commissioner by President Donald J. Trump, there’s a bit of a buzz about a new candidate who is the fourth to be seriously considered for the job of regulating more than $1 trillion of annual economic activity. All the candidates for FDA commissioner are focused on the processes… Continue Reading