Technology has helped grocery stores and restaurants bolster food safety protocols by integrating wireless systems with temperature checks and data tracking for food temperature monitoring, writes Derek Stangle. Digital technology also allows employees to track their food safety initiatives and send out reminders of tasks that need to be completed.
Oxford University researchers have determined that chicken is the leading source of most campylobacter jejuni and campylobacter coli outbreaks, with sheep being identified as the second root of infections. "We will use these findings to better understand the causes of campylobacter infection, and to inform further work on foodborne transmission," said Food Standards Agency head of research Rick Mumford.
New Holland's MyPLM Connect system has integrated the company's NutriSense system, allowing farmers to view crop nutrition data via the MyPLM portal. The data helps farmers calculate rates of fertilizer applications for current and future crops.
A group of farmers in the Netherlands has partnered to create a hydrogen-powered field robot called the E-robotiller with funding from the Dutch government. The automated machine, which is designed to perform a variety of functions in the field, is expected to launch this autumn.
More than one billion people are employed in the agriculture industry worldwide, many of them small farmers with less than 2 hectares of land in countries where agtech could be a solution for food insecurity, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The United Nations Capital Development Fund's Agritech Challenge 2021 is seeking tech-centric solutions for ag issues related to climate change, supply chain glitches and productivity.
Unilever's plans to spin off its Tazo and T2 tea brands, Instacart's entry into grocery microfulfillment and Walmart's 100% tuition assistance for employees caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week. Campbell's Soup's redesigned labels and its sale of 100 nonfungible tokens to support Feeding America led this week's Top 10 list.
Food safety is straightforward and simpler to implement in comparison to food quality. What constitutes as "safe" can be outlined objectively and monitored. "Quality" is much more difficult to outline and is often defined within the eye of the beholder. SQFI breaks down the principles of producing quality food into three simple concepts. Continue reading.