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Posts from the ‘Distribution Chain’ Category

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 The Recall service — designed to minimise the impact and cost of food and beverage products recalled and withdrawn from the supply chain — has been certified as ‘effective and suitable for businesses that operate a HACCP based Food Safety Programme’.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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US: FDA issues final food defense regulation

NZ Foreign Affairs: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. While such acts are unlikely to occur, the new rule advances mitigation strategies to further protect the food supply.

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AU: Olives painted with copper sulphate top largest-ever Interpol-Europol list of fake food

The Age: Italian olives painted with copper sulphate solution, Sudanese sugar tainted with fertiliser, and hundreds of thousands of litres of bogus alcoholic drinks top Interpol's annual tally of toxic and counterfeit food seized by police agencies across the world. The haul of bogus diet supplements, adulterated honey and formalin-drenched chicken guts makes for stomach-churning reading.

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SA: Microbiological food safety status of commercially produced tomatoes from production to marketing

Journal of Food Protection: Tomatoes have been implicated in various microbial disease outbreaks and are considered a potential vehicle for foodborne pathogens. Traceback studies mostly implicate contamination during production and/or processing. The microbiological quality of commercially produced tomatoes was thus investigated from the farm to market, focusing on the impact of contaminated irrigation and washing water, facility sanitation, and personal hygiene. A total of 905 samples were collected from three largescale commercial farms from 2012 through 2014.

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AU: Frozen berries still on the shelf after Hep A scare a year ago

Sydney Morning Herald: In the middle of February last year, the frozen berry lost some of its sweetness. Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services decreed - very publicly - that the popular Nanna's Frozen Mixed Berry 1kg bag had been linked to multiple cases of hepatitis A.

While Patties Foods is getting out of berries, it's not out of trouble. Law firm Slater & Gordon remains committed to action they started on behalf of more than 20 clients.

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US: New study will focus on food safety in stone fruit packinghouses

Growing Produce:Made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Center for Produce Safety, Dr. Steven Pao, department chair, and Dr. Erin Dormedy will oversee a one-year study to evaluate and improve sanitizing treatments in stone fruit packinghouses. The study will begin this month and will be conducted in partnership with the California Fresh Fruit Association and area stone fruit producers.

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NZ: AsureQuality inSight and Authenticateit sign agreement to bring together traceability, food safety and quality a ssurance

Australian Food News: New Zealand government-owned food safety and quality assurance company AsureQuality has officially signed a strategic alliance with Australian product authenticity, protection and traceability technology firm, Authenticateit.

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US: PMA members respond to draft FSMA implementation strategy

Dr Jim Gorny, PMA: With the first five final rules for the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act regulations anticipated this August and October, and with the recent call for comments on FDA’s proposed FSMA implementation work plans, we’re shifting focus toward implementation of the final rules that are set to transform food safety for our industry.

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