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Posts from the ‘Traceability’ Category

Mann Packing recalls minimally processed vegetable products because of possible health risk

fda.gov: Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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US: Food safety for the 21st century

Stephanie Neil / Automation World: Farmers and manufacturers are turning to automation for prevention-based control throughout the supply chain. The technology will help them comply with the looming deadlines of the Food Safety Modernization Act. On a little farm in Peterborough, N.H., students are using advanced sensor instrumentation in a greenhouse growing tomatoes to collect valuable data around the taste and quality of the fruit.

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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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CA: Protect your brand from food fraud

Global Food Safety Resource: The global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy is estimated to reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, and account for the loss of 5 million jobs.

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NZ: Could barcodes be a thing of the past?

Fresh Plaza: Dataphyll is a start up company in New Zealand which has been developing a product for the horticultural industry called Binwise.

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US: Industry takes stock on food safety, PTI [Produce Traceability Initiative]

The Packer: If there is a “Holy Grail” of produce safety, it is a kill step that would remove any threat of pathogens on fresh produce.

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NZ: Traceability key for China trade

Stuff Business Day: In short, New Zealand producers and exporters need to get really serious about the “T” word. Traceability in its fullest sense: The capacity to track and trace every batch of a product (and perhaps every item in the batch) for rapid recall if needed, and to provide discerning consumers with all the answers about the product when it is on offer to them.

Read the full article at Stuff Business Day

US: Wal-Mart tackles food safety with test of blockchain

Seattle Times: Like most merchants, the world’s largest retailer struggles to identify and remove food that’s been recalled. When a customer becomes ill, it can take days to identify the product, shipment and vendor.

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US: Challenges of food traceability

Food Safety Magazine: There are many challenges to the successful implementation of food traceability. The Global Food Traceability Center has identified the following commonly encountered issues that are faced when trying to execute food traceability...

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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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