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Posts from the ‘Distribution Chain’ Category

NL: “Turning point in use of laser technology almost reached”

Fresh Plaza: The laser technology for fruit and vegetables has more and more product applications. The cost price of lasering fresh produce is now equal to the use of stickers or plastic packaging.

US: FDA: Voluntary importer program will benefit importers and agency

The Packer: Seeing benefits for both the agency and for importers, officials at the Food and Drug Administration expect to soon begin accepting applications for the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP). The program is voluntary and fee-based, to allow for quicker reviews and importation of foods into the U.S. for approved applicants who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains.

Read the full article at The Packer

AU: Setting the standard in traceability

Food & Beverage: Food safety scares and product recalls are unfortunate facts of life in the food sector. GS1 Australia provides the standards to enable organisations to effectively keep track of where our food comes from and help implement recalls quickly and efficiently.

Read the full article at foodmag.com.au

UK: Unilever teams with big banks on blockchain for supply chain

greenbiz.com: Over the summer, more than a dozen food companies and retailers — including Walmart, Nestle and Tyson Foods, and motivated by tech giant IBM — formed a consortium dedicated to using blockchain technology to gather better information on the origin and state of food.

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AU: Blockchain beefs up security against food fraud

Cosmos magazine: A new cryptocurrency-based project aims to provide certainty in the beef supply chain. Ever wonder exactly where that delicious steak on your plate came from? Well, now you can find out —thanks to a new food research project called BeefLedger […]

Read the full article at cosmosmagazine.com

Fraudulently labeled “Japanese” melons found across Asia

FreshPlaza: Asian food manufacturers have been tapping into growing demand for Japanese products by mislabeling local goods to make them appear authentic. A survey of products sold in six Asian cities by Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry found 927 items confirmed as being falsely labelled as being Japanese.

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US: Does your food safety auditor have the right stuff?

Heena Patel / SCS Global: It goes without saying that the best food safety auditors are those with lots of experience in the field. Experienced auditors take an early read on whether senior management treats the audit seriously…

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US: Why companies should do internal audits during off hours

Food Engineering: Third-party auditors rarely come into food plants during night shifts, which really is a mistake, as this is when many conduct cleanup.

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US: What do food facility auditors really want?

Food Safety Tech: Third-party audits are critically important to food companies.

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Masterclass: Building capability and safety in fresh produce; Hobart AU

A masterclass was hosted in Hobart on 30 November 2016 by two food safety research centres— the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Food Safety Centre, and the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand.

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