Imported Foods Must be Safe

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The Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 25 issued the F.D.A. Strategy for approach to ensuring certain imported foods are safe. the Safety of Imported Foods, a 17-page document that describes the agency’s multi-layered. The strategy outlined by the F.D.A. has four goals: preventing safety problems in the foreign supply chain prior to a food’s… read more

Can Restaurants Ditch Disposables?

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When John Shin launched the now two-unit fast-casual concept Prawn in Los Angeles three years ago, he looked for disposable foodware that was compostable. “Being in the food industry for so long and seeing the massive amounts of waste, I just wanted to make sure what we’re doing is sustainable,” he said. There have been… read more

Consumer Perceptions of ‘Clean’ are Changing

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The perception of clean remains a powerful force in food and beverage product development. What started as a trend focused on removal of specific ingredients from formulations has rippled through the supply chain and to the farm. Food and beverage manufacturers are advocating for improved production practices to enhance the functionality and sustainability of raw… read more

Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

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Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, on March 5 notified Alex Azar, secretary of health and human services, that he will resign from the agency he has led since May 2017.  Dr. Gottlieb said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Since taking the helm at the F.D.A., he… read more

Four Goals Guide the Strategy

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The Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 25 outlined the agency’s strategy for ensuring that imported foods are safe for consumption. Four goals guide the strategy: Food offered for import meets U.S. food safety requirements. F.D.A. border surveillance prevents entry of unsafe foods. Rapid and effective response to unsafe imported food. Effective and efficient food… read more

Transportation, Food Safety Seen in 2019 Regulatory Landscape

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The Food Safety Modernization Act created a sea change in the relations between government and industry in their collaborative pursuit of ensuring a safer food supply for Americans. With most FSMA rules well into implementation, the food industry has been able to direct increased attention to other regulatory issues it will confront in 2019. Food… read more

Traceability, Technology Top IFIC’s List of Food Trends for 2019

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Consumers want to know more about the entire journey, from the farm to the store, of food products, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation, which on Jan. 8 listed its top five food trends for 2019. “Consumer interest and awareness of the origins of their food used to start and stop at the… read more

Three Ways Inspection Technology is Evolving

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From flying cars to sustainable energy sources, visions of tomorrow’s most life-enhancing technologies invariably revolve around more efficient ways to operate. Although some of these solutions lie in a more distant reality, manufacturing’s pioneers have shaped cutting-edge forms of product inspection technology that help processors make significant gains in food safety while enhancing efficiency. Recent… read more

U.S.D.A. Announces G.M.O. Labeling Standard

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Dec. 20 announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, which requires food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to label foods containing genetically modified or bioengineered ingredients. “The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard increases the transparency of our nation’s food system, establishing guidelines for regulated entities on when and how… read more

2018 Key Issues in the Foodservice Industry

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A look at the most read stories from SmartBrief’s Restaurant and ProChef newsletters over the past year reveals a few key themes. Stories about restaurant revamps — whether that meant a new look or even a new name — caught readers’ attention. In culinary news, many of the dishes that garnered headlines in 2018 fell into one… read more