When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative in April 2019 and then released the blueprint in July 2020 outlining our goals, we put both in the context of doing our work differently, leveraging new and emerging technologies and approaches to
Continue Reading FDA challenges stakeholders to help develop tools for better traceability

The FDA has updated its materials about a proposed food traceability rule — “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule).

Traceability in the food supply chain is crucial during outbreaks and recalls, according to food safety experts in the public and private sectors.
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Six in 10 people said they would never go to a restaurant again if they contracted a foodborne illness while eating there, according to a survey.

Surveyed consumers said their top food safety concerns included restaurant kitchen and wait staff hygiene, foodborne outbreaks, illness from contaminated food, and recalls.

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The World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for Africa has called for smarter investment and design of supply chains with a focus on food safety.

Matshidiso Moeti said all parts of the supply chain, from farmers, to vendors and consumers have a role in ensuring food is safe. He said
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In his welcoming remarks at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference last week, Peter Freedman, managing director of the Consumer Goods Forum, which convenes the annual conference, asserted that building consumer trust is at the very foundation of GFSI. Curiously, a perusal of the conference agenda would reveal
Continue Reading Discussions on building consumer trust probably should involve consumers

Lloyd’s Register Foundation has identified three areas of focus for its future efforts and investment.

A foresight review revealed a roadmap for food safety which focuses on funding and research for education and training, traceability and the ocean of food.

It follows months of research in which more than 100
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Food safety, plastic packaging and blockchain were key topics discussed at an industry event this past week. The Future Food Conference was hosted by the British Standards Institution (BSI) in London, United Kingdom.

In opening remarks, Richard Werran, BSI director for food, said the industry is often reactive and not
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Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a four-part series on how companies can use electronic record keeping to enhance food safety efforts. The series is sponsored by PAR Technologies.    

As companies transition from paper-based food safety records to digital platforms, managing the increased amount of data can become
Continue Reading Now that you’ve got the data, what are you going to do with it?

When it comes to food safety, being able to identify traits of what is considered “normal” for a food ingredient, helps producers detect when something is “abnormal.” IBM and Cornell University will be collaborating to help keep the global milk supply safe.

Specifically, next-generation genetic sequencing combined with bioinformatics analytics,
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