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Posts from the ‘Food (Safety) Standards’ Category

US: Produce Safety a hot topic at Global Food Safety Initiative’s 2017 Conference

Chicago Tribune: Last month, Deirdre Schlunegger, Stop Foodborne Illness' CEO, joined a panel of experts at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) 2017 conference to discuss produce safety, a hot topic for food industry professionals. The Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, (first proposed in January 2013) is now final and farms are implementing the rule's mandates.

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US: China’s food safety plan includes alignment with international standards

World Grain: China has outlined steps it plans to take to ensure food safety, including aligning its standards with international standards and launching a risk alert system, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) said in a March report.

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AU: Updated Safe Food Australia guide now available

FSANZ: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released the third edition of Safe Food Australia.

Safe Food Australia is a guide to the food safety standards in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

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NZ: High performing horticulture needs a skilled workforce

Rural News Group: Horticulture and viticulture are, together, New Zealand’s fourth-largest export industry. To maintain this growth and high performance requires two things: labour for harvest and pruning and internationally accredited assurance programmes.

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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: Florida tomato conference: unified safety audit close to reality

The Packer: Audit fatigue may be close to ending. Growers and packers participating in food safety training at the Florida Joint Tomato Conference heard some good news about the ending multiple audits.

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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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AU: Vegetable sector works to standardise food safety and quality assurance

ABC Rural / Sarina Locke: The horticulture sector is hoping to save $40 million by streamlining quality assurance on farms and in the supply chain. A trial of the more standardised process is happening at Coastal Hydroponics, which produces green leafy salad vegetables from its base on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

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US: GFSI: 16 Years Later

Quality Assurance & Food Safety Magazine: It has been 16 years since food retailer CEOs from around the world joined together in an attempt to increase food safety and reduce the number and inconsistencies of audits to which the food industry was being held. It was the beginning of the Consumer Goods Forum (then called The Food Business Forum) and the founding of its non-profit foundation, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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AU: Sale of raw apricot kernels prohibited

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: The retail sale of raw apricot kernels is prohibited from today, when changes to the Food Standards Code come into effect.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ has found that raw apricot kernels (both with and without skin) pose an acute public health and safety risk.

“Raw apricot kernels contain cyanogenic glycosides, which are broken down to release cyanide when eaten,” Mr McCutcheon said.

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