Food Contamination: Reputations on the Line

Food safety scares often make national and international headlines and a well-publicized incident can destroy the worth of a brand name in an alarmingly short period of time. Moreover, product recalls caused by physical contamination can cost millions of pounds to execute – with fines and compensation claims on top. Frank Borrmann, product inspection specialist, explains why product inspection technologies are a critical investment in the fight against physical food contamination.

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Addressing the Organic Challenge Through Transparency

In recent years, many new food labels have taken the world by storm, becoming a popular topic of discussion in the food industry. But of all the food trends—non-GMO, gluten free, local, whole grain, dairy-free, and more—organic is perhaps the first of them all, having been a mainstay on grocery shelves for decades. Yet the organic label still poses a challenge for supply chains. How can transparency help?

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How do I get a Certificate of Acceptability - COA?

So, you want to start a food business? A business licence is generally required for businesses that need to comply with health and safety regulations. As making, selling and serving food can impact on public health, you’ll need a licence to do so.

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How to reduce food waste

Did you know that approximately one third of the food produced in the world gets lost or wasted? This affects around 1.3 billion tonnes of food -  fruits and vegetables especially have the high wastage rates. Wrong storage methods, misunderstandings regarding storage life or disorganized grocery shopping are just some of the reasons why food gets thrown away. However, reducing food waste is anything but difficult.

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The dangers of a raw food pet diet - for you and for them

In the last few months we have had a lot of advice given about ensuring we cook food thoroughly to ensure that we don’t become ill from pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes. The potential risks associated with raw foods including poultry and meat have been repeatedly highlighted, and these risks are not just for humans.

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The Importance of Packaging

By producing tons of waste every year, we intensify environmental pollution. Especially plastics and non-recyclable materials compound the situation. As the production of waste rises year by year, it is necessary to find a solution. Nowadays a variety of so-called zero-waste grocery stores and supermarkets open their doors to ban all kind of packaging. However, is this the right way? The following article covers all aspects of zero-waste stores and states why packaging remains important and indispensable.

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What's in a name - Certification versus accreditation

There is still much incorrect use of the term accreditation in the food industry in the context of food safety and quality systems. The intent of this article is to try and clarify the correct use of the word.

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Industry response to Listeriosis outbreak: clean, clean, clean!

One of the primary reactions to the current Listeriosis outbreak has been to clean, clean, clean... and rightly so. But given the effort and expense it takes to clean, it is essential that cleaning is undertaken in the correct way to ensure the maximum benefit.

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GFSI 2018 - safe food for consumers everywhere

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) aims to improve food safety through industry collaboration and knowledge sharing by bringing representatives of the world’s biggest food companies, governments and standards owners together to discuss industry challenges.

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Lab-grown meat: When futuristic food becomes real

2018 could be the year when cultured meat finally becomes marketable. After many years of research, field trials and production improvements, manufacturers expect that lab-grown meat could make its way to restaurants by end of 2018. However, there are still some issues which have to be solved before the first lab-grown chicken nuggets, are ready to be sold.

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FDA, USDA partner to improve food safety

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have worked closely over the years with the view to oversee US food supply. On January 30, 2018, they have announced a formal agreement to increase interaction and collaboration on food safety and biotechnology activities. This is a major step towards food safety improvement but what does it mean in detail?

 

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