More than 60 members of the American Baker’s Association (ABA) gathered in Denver this week for the summer Federal Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee (FTRAC) meeting.
On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule to modernize the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The FDA set compliance dates of July 26, 2017 for large companies to meet the new requirements, and an extra year for smaller companies to comply. Then-First Lady Michelle Obama lauded the announcement as a way to help families make healthier choices and reduce their risk of heart disease and obesity.
Innovation comes in many forms and from a variety of sources. At TraceGains, we challenged our team to think differently – to think outside the box (pardon the cliché).
This morning TraceGains customers were the first to hear about a new strategic partnership between TraceGains and ESHA Research.
Where can you find a concentration of TraceGains customers? In Colorado at TGCon, of course!.
The food industry is expected to deliver food to the public that is free from any amount of Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The fact that these pathogens are naturally found in the environment and are potentially present in all raw animal or plant agricultural produce, make this expectation a tall order to meet. Based on recent outbreaks and subsequent recalls, applying HACCP alone is not sufficient for meeting this challenge.
Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination. According to TechTarget, the primary objective of SCV is to improve the availability of data to stakeholders and customers alike, ultimately strengthening and improving the supply chain.
One way to determine the efficacy of attending any food safety convention, tradeshow, or conference is to consider the media partners at the event. Dairy Foods, Food Engineering, National Provisioner, Prepared Foods, and Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery are just some of the media outlets at the upcoming Food Safety Summit held May 8 – 11, 2017 in Rosemont, Illinois.
Purchasing ingredients from suppliers does not ensure sources are equally stringent about allergen management. To reduce this liability, food manufacturers are requiring suppliers to have a unique allergen map and lettered documentation declaring that the items being purchased are free from contact with food allergens. The FDA food label law currently recognizes the top eight (Big 8) food allergens as:
The FDA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation was published on September 17, 2015. It applies to facilities required to register with FDA under section 415 of the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act, and these facilities must comply if they manufacture, process, pack, or hold human food. Compliance with this rule became mandatory for large firms in September 2016, and compliance deadlines for “small businesses” (September 18, 2017) is quickly approaching. For this particular FSMA regulation, food companies are required to have a food safety plan in place, and this plan needs to be developed by a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).