April 23, 2021
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Food Safety News
Jacqueline Southee and Melody Ge explore the formula to attaining success at home and work as part of the Women in Food Safety series. Several of the food safety professionals interviewed cited setting boundaries with both personal and work schedules as key to their work-life balance, as well as asking for help from their support network.
Full Story: Food Safety Tech (4/22) 
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A report from a coalition of European agencies and researchers found a high correlation between ready-to-eat fish products and Listeria monocytogenes. The study encourages fish processing centers to review their microbiological protocol to reduce contamination and food-related illnesses.
Full Story: Food Safety News (4/22) 
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Innovation & Technology
Amazon is developing computer vision technology to check fruit and vegetables for defects as well as grade and sort the pieces based on ripeness and sweetness. Gradient pack machines could save up to 78% in grading costs compared to manual grading.
Full Story: Business Standard (India) (tiered subscription model) (4/17) 
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Farmers adopt new drones, robots as labor costs rise
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As the cost of labor rises, more farmers are investing in sophisticated tech solutions like weed-eliminating and fruit-plucking robots to keep costs down and harvests up, writes Dalvin Brown. Autonomous farming can improve efficiency while drones and robots do the monotonous labor, which unions support as long as job opportunities don't disappear and the tools create "a production method that's less taxing on the [human] body," said Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/22) 
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Solutions & Best Practices
Tyson Fresh Meats has become the first beef processor to put its support behind the US CattleTrace program, which was developed by cattlemen's organizations in several states to create a national infrastructure to trace animal disease outbreaks. "Animal health and disease traceability are critical issues for the meat industry and we're hopeful our involvement will help advance industry efforts to implement this program across the country," said Tyson's Shane Miller.
Full Story: Supermarket Perimeter (tiered subscription model) (4/21) 
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Indiana producer Pure Green Farms' robotic greenhouse doesn't have to contend with the rising labor costs or labor shortages many farmers are facing. The 174,000-square-foot, automated, hydroponic greenhouse produces consistent fresh lettuce that uses 90% less water than field-grown lettuce.
Full Story: The Packer (Lenexa, Kan.) (4/21) 
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Kroger's sustainability program made gains in 2020
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Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste campaign helped divert 81% of waste from landfills in 2020 and fueled expansion of the grocer's recycling programs, which grew from 2,120 stores in 2019 to 2,285 stores last year, the company reports. Kroger also contributed $213 million through the program to fight hunger in the communities it serves, while its associates rescued 90 million pounds of food that would have gone to waste in 2020.
Full Story: Supermarket News (free registration) (4/20) 
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SmartBrief food and beverage readers were interested in news of PepsiCo's Positive Agriculture sustainability initiative and a Reese's-themed makeup collection this week. Stories covering Kellogg's Pride Month cereal and Tetra Pak's new cheese production solutions also gathered reader interest.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Food & Travel (4/23) 
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