Global Food Safety Initiative: Over the last 17 years the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements have evolved considerably. As the food industry adapts and changes, we’re always looking to keep up to date and reflect best practices. If I had to sum up the key additions to this latest version in a few words, I’d say “improved auditor competency” and “covering the supply chain from farm to fork”.
Read the full article at the Global Food Safety Initiative website
Department of Industry, Innovation & Science: This series of webinars provides small to medium businesses from the food and agribusiness sector with information on the government planned changes to mandatory origin labeling on food products to help businesses comply with the new requirements.
Read the full article at the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science website
Hotelier Middle East: Spinneys has partnered with leading agricultural assurance organisation GlobalG.A.P., to introduce a new labelling system to provide customers with traceability on the food they are purchasing. The trial, which will initially be on a selected number of stone fruits, will see a GlobalG.A.P. Number (GGN) label added to applicable products showing the origins of the food, resulting in farm to fork transparency.
Read the full article at hoteliermiddleeast.com
Food & Beverage: Food safety scares and product recalls are unfortunate facts of life in the food sector. GS1 Australia provides the standards to enable organisations to effectively keep track of where our food comes from and help implement recalls quickly and efficiently.
Read the full article at foodmag.com.au
fda.gov: Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
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.
Read the full article at automationworld.com
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.
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.
Fresh Plaza: Dataphyll is a start up company in New Zealand which has been developing a product for the horticultural industry called Binwise.
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.