Day: December 1, 2015

US: SQFI announces the 2015 SQFI quality achievement award winners

Safe Quality Food Institute: The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) recently announced the SQF Quality Achievement Awards at their 2015 International Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. These five awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute to and improve the SQFI program’s global mission to provide a rigorous and credible food safety management system. Finalists in each category were honored and recognized during the conference.

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Day: December 1, 2015

NZ: Growers Show MPI Their Food Safety Practises

Horticulture New Zealand: Horticulture New Zealand hosted a tour last week for Ministry for Primary Industries’ staff working on the new Food Act. The tour visited growers in the Horowhenua region to discuss food safety practises. The MPI staff wanted to discuss the practicalities of food safety requirements, harvesting, and packing of fresh fruit and vegetables within each unique business.

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Day: December 1, 2015

AU: Is double-dipping a food safety problem or just a nasty habit?

The Conversation: What do you do when you are left with half a chip in your hand after dipping? Admit it, you’ve wondered whether it’s OK to double dip the chip.

Maybe you’re the sort who dips their chip only once. Maybe you look around the room before loading your half-eaten chip with a bit more dip, hoping that no one will notice.

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Day: December 1, 2015

US: Projects follow Salmonella‘s route through irrigation water

Center for Produce Safety: A pair of research projects that focus on Salmonella and its relationship to irrigation water are designed to help Southeastern producers better understand associated risks and steps they can take to address them. The first one, led by George Vellidis, Ph.D. and a professor in the University of Georgia’s Crop and Soil Sciences Department, looked at whether Salmonella moves through irrigation systems of Southeastern produce farms. Part of the project … examined water sampling methods.

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Day: December 1, 2015

NZ: Increased surveillance of imported frozen berry products

Ministry for Primary Industries: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Director General has issued a statement warning of a potential risk associated with imported frozen berries, following 4 human cases of Hepatitis A thought to be linked to packaged imported frozen berries.

The Ministry has instituted a surveillance programme, including additional testing, focussed on imported frozen berries.

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