United Fresh to host food safety meet-up for assessing suppliers
Food safety is key right now
Consumers’ number-one priority right now is to ensure their food is safe to eat. This is the perhaps unsurprising finding of certification body DNV GL’s ViewPoint survey, which interviewed 4,500 consumers from across the globe about their food purchasing habits. The study found that food safety (55%) and health issues (53%) are what most concern consumers right now, rather than more global issues such as the environment (38%) and social aspects (35%) relating to food purchases.
DiMuto Joins International Pineapple Organization (IPO) as Trade Technology Partner
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DiMuto, a tech-based trade solutions platform, is now the official Trade Technology Partner for International Pineapple Organization, a global trade organization. The new partnership will see DiMuto providing support to IPO members to digitalize their produce and supply chains while strengthening the IPO’s presence in Southeast Asia.
Safety accreditation for Vietnamese vegetables
Vietnam’s farmers now have an accreditation programme (VietGAP) to guarantee the safety of their produce and help them enter the lucrative markets of Hanoi and abroad. The north-western areas of Moc Chau and Van Ho in the Son La province are highly dependent on agriculture. There has been a rise in demand among Hanoi’s urban population for the products of the north-western mountains as they are viewed as “authentic”, safe and high-quality with taste and nutrition.
France bans imports of cherries produced with dimethoate
Interview of the Month: the US Food Marketing Institute’s Rick Stein
The voice of food retail in the United States is the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Here the trade association’s vice president for fresh foods, Rick Stein, pinpoints what’s happening in his country on major issues for the sector. Stein was previously vice president of retail merchandising and marketing execution for Safeway, where he led marketing activities for the company’s eastern division spanning 180 locations and 20,000 employees.
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Analytica Alimentaria aids food safety across the globe
Analytica Alimentaria’s is a high-end laboratory that is a leading provider of independent food safety services across the globe.
“We offer sampling and high-end laboratory services for fresh produce, especially fruit and vegetables,” explained CEO and founder Udo Lampe.
Analytica Alimentaria laboratories have been doing direct sampling and inspections in production areas worldwide since 2008. It operates in more than 15 countries and is directly established in Spain, Germany, Peru, Italy and India. The lab provides reliable, on-time analysis.
Two dead, 151 sick in UK E.coli outbreak
Authorities in the UK are investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157.
In a press release, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the outbreak has been linked to eating mixed salad leaves, including rocket leaves, but a specific food source is yet to be confirmed.
The FSA said it is working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and local authorities to investigate the outbreak.
French pesticide ban could aid US cherry exporters in other EU markets
France’s ban on cherry imports from countries where the pesticide Dimethoate is used has left fruit importers and traders fearing the country may soon apply similar bans involving other EU-approved pesticides or chemicals, according to a report by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Should their fears come true, this would be akin to a “de-facto shutting down the free movement of EU and third-country fruits and vegetables into France,” the report says.
New produce safety rule in the US
New testing and other standards for producing sprouts – which have been associated with various foodborne illness outbreaks – is one of the key elements of the now final FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule in the United States.
According to the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), the measures on sprouts aim to prevent contamination with dangerous microbes, such as Listeriamonocytogenes. It said other key elements of the new rule are: