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Posts from the ‘Distribution Chain’ Category

US: What do food facility auditors really want?

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

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US: Can the FSMA improve safety of frozen berry production?

FPSC: Can the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) provide a framework to improve practices and boost exports for Chilean raspberry producers?

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US: The human element of food safety

Food Business News: Frank Yiannas, author and vice-president of food safety for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said he believes the “soft sciences” outlined in his newest book, “Food Safety = Behavior: 30 Proven Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance,” hold the answer to changing the face of food safety for the better.

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US: Food hub provides local fruit and veggies

Lisa Cownie / KEYC News: Now there is really no excuse not to eat your vegetables. The MVAC Food Hub in Mankato cleans and preps the veggies for you, all you have to do is pick them up each week. Even better, they all come from local producers.

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VN: Ho Chi Minh City embraces farmer-run safe produce market

Tuoi Tre News: A farmer direct market organized in Ho Chi Minh City is providing consumers with more reliable access to safe food.

Nguyen Thi Loan recently took part in a market session along with her three neighbors, offering for sale their 30-kilogram carload of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)-certified produce.

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US: Farm-fresh food preference not without risks

Mary Ann Thomas / Tribune-Review: Susan Kreinbrook feeds only local, farm-fresh eggs to her family and she buys local poultry as often as she can.

“I talk to my local farmer and I know what I am buying,” said Kreinbrook, a Harrison resident. “You're right there and you are buying eggs that came from across the street rather than across the country.”

However, the wholesome image of small, local farms does not ensure a less-contaminated product, researchers say.

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US: Finalised US sanitary rule requires more scrutiny from food shippers

Journal of Commerce / Lara L. Sowinski: On April 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule establishing requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor vehicle and rail, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including animal food, to use sanitary transportation practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport. The final rule is part of the FDA’s larger effort to focus on...

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US: Why supply chain transparency is more important than ever

Food Safety Magazine: Food quality and safety risks are at the forefront of many consumers’ minds, thanks to the spate of recent food contamination incidents in the U.S. Improved food quality and transparency have become increasingly important to many manufacturers as consumers increasingly seek these qualities in the food they buy. Social media has raised the bar too, making it far too easy for consumers to force transparency on manufacturers who do not embrace this movement in a way doesn’t always reflect well on them. Of course, these channels also provide an opportunity for brands to build new brand equity with consumers by demonstrating the qualities consumers seek—transparency and openness.

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AU: Electronic recall system receives HACCP certification

Food Processing: GS1 Australia’s electronic product recall notification management system has received certification from HACCP Australia. The Recall service — designed to minimise the impact and cost of food and beverage products recalled and withdrawn from the supply chain — has been certified as ‘effective and suitable for businesses that operate a HACCP based Food Safety Programme’.

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UK: Silence is far from golden

The Business Continuity Institute: Farzad Henareh explains how an effectively managed product recall event can serve to enhance brand loyalty, but preparation and constant communication are key.

In the past, companies have been reluctant to enter the recall process, worried that their brand will suffer by being associated with a problem. In fact, the opposite is now true, and if a recall is handled efficiently and quickly customers will understand the situation and may even be impressed by the quality of customer service.

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