IDSN Creates Industry-leading
Safety Registration Platform
On the heels of the largest product recall in
U.S. history, IDSN Inc. ( www.foodcertificates.org)
and its technology partner GeoDecisions, an information technology company specializing in
geospatial technology, have created a registration
database to identify every business associated
with America’s domestic and international food
supply chain through the Food Industry Safety
Registration Agreement. The database is an open
platform that allows for easy upload of documents and document management. It will be a
centralized and scalable database of the entire
food chain universe where companies can register their operations and products.
Intralox Honored with a 2009
European FoodTec Award
The European Food Tec Awards,
sponsored in part by the European Federation of Food Science
and Technology (EFFoST), recognize food processing companies and suppliers that have
developed products that contribute significantly to improving
functions or processes. Intralox re-
ceived the Silver Medal for its well-reputed line of hygienic conveyance solutions. The Silver Medal is awarded for existing products that have undergone
further development to achieve a significant improvement in function or
CIES Releases Its Annual
CIES, the global food business network, affirmed through its survey that
the number one priority for the food industry in 2009 is the economy and
consumer demand. The survey was based on a sample of nearly 600 retail and
manufacturing decision makers across food and consumer goods industries in
54 countries. Food safety is the number two concern. The number three concern is corporate responsibility, missing second place by only 0.5%. Many industry observers have asked whether the best-laid sustainability plans of
corporations would survive in a downturn. This survey suggests that sustainability can indeed survive in a global recession.
CIES is seeing its retail members take steps to limit cost risk in “
over-re-tailed markets,” via store closures where necessary and efficiencies or downsiz-ing in operational, logistics and back-office functions. Those retailers are also
taking steps to address margin imbalance by increasing their private-label activities, presenting a risk for brand manufacturers.
The economic news is not all bad however. While the UK, for example, is
deeply affected by the credit crunch and currently grappling with recession
and a dwindling currency, the country’s food retail sector posted positive results over the December trading period, in spite of massive price cuts. While
some premium players are suffering during the downturn, the “big four” supermarket groups made bullish announcements of job creation during 2009.
Grocery retail can, therefore, potentially be a serious community employer
and consumer advocate, even when the chips are down.
Dairy Industry Consortium
The dairy industry has unveiled a major initiative to build business value and meet the growing
consumer demand for
products by committing
to a 25% reduction in
greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020.
The announcement was
made by the Innovation
Center for U.S. Dairy, an
organization that brings
together leaders from
across the dairy value
chain, including pro-
ducer groups, dairy cooperatives, processors and manufacturers. The
industry-wide effort launches with a focus on the
fluid-milk value chain—from farm to table—and
includes a series of projects that will reduce energy use, increase efficiency and help the industry tap into new sources of income.
AOAC Research Institute Launches ERV Program
In recent weeks, many consumers have been sickened and nine have died from an outbreak of
Salmonella in peanut butter and peanut butter products, resulting in the biggest food recall in U.S.
history. The AOAC Research Institute, a subsidiary of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, has launched the
Emergency Response Validation (ERV) program, which is designed to respond immediately to emerging food contamination crises by rapidly evaluating candidate methods once a crisis is identified. The
ERV program takes advantage of the existing pool of performance-tested methods and AOAC Official Methods of Analysis that have been extensively tested, but may not have been evaluated for the
specific contaminant and food type associated with the emerging contamination crisis.
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