U.S. FDA’s 2020 budget proposal highlights tech revolutions in food safety

Focusing on 2020 may feel premature when so much of 2019 lies ahead of us, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has explained the rationale behind its 2020 budget proposals, and their points illustrate well the technological developments that are about to revolutionize food safety culture both within and outside of the U.S.

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FDA updates its imported food safety strategy: What importers need to know

As more links are added to the global food supply chain, not only do food industries become more intertwined, but so too do regulatory landscapes. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) may be a U.S.-based law, but it has enormous implications for suppliers overseas who might wish to do business with a U.S. company, introducing […]

First International Food Safety Conference highlights need for global partnership

The first International Food Safety Conference kicked off this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with participating world leaders hoping to promote greater global cooperation surrounding sustainability and unsafe food.

The conference was organized by the African Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Trade Organization and the World Health […]

Walmart to implement blockchain in the food supply chain

Blockchain: from the tech industry to the food industry, it seems like all anybody’s talking about anymore. The technology’s role in food supply chain traceability has been a hot topic for the past year or so, and now it’s starting to transition from the realm of discussion to reality.

Walmart has announced that by September […]

Blockchain: Cryptocurrency’s tech could optimize food safety in a globalized food chain

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that has seen an exponential soar in price over the last 30 days, pushing its underlying technology further into the mainstream. The technology, which supports Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like it, is called blockchain, and it could revolutionize food chain traceability in the coming years.

According to The Economist, “(Blockchain) in […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

Using light to neutralize livestock odors — Iowa State University Researchers have literally, and figuratively, shed new light on the odor problems arising from livestock facilities. Using black light, a team of scientists could neutralize […]

Undeclared allergens in a global ingredient supply chain

These days, simply eating a meal is like taking a journey around the world, whether you realize it or not. Thanks to increasingly interlocked global trade, there might be ingredients in your food from another hemisphere.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, between 10% and 15% of all food consumed in the U.S. […]

Avoid these 5 things: Most common ways food is contaminated in a restaurant

The restaurant industry holds the health of its customers in its hands. Poor food safety practices can harm many diners in a short period of time, so it’s important to be alert for red flags. Seemingly simple mistakes can quickly add up to big costs in food waste and brand reputation damages.

To that end, […]

Food safety at every step of the supply chain

Being at the top of the food chain is one thing. Being at the top of the food safety supply chain is another. It can be a precarious position to be in.

As any food industry professional knows, food safety can’t be guaranteed just because the practices used within one company’s facilities are spot-on. Top-notch […]

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Genomic analysis highlights history of domesticated corn – UPI Scientists recently sequenced the genome of one of the oldest corn cobs in the world. Analysis of the newly sequenced 5,310-year-old corn […]