April 9, 2021
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Food Safety News
The FDA has identified trends and made recommendations in its report on the E. coli outbreak last fall that was linked to leafy greens grown in California's Central Coast area. The report urges growers to take precautions to prevent foreseeable causes of contamination like growing greens downhill from cattle areas and identifying likely contamination routes.
Full Story: Food Safety Tech (4/6) 
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Canada is adding C$12.2 million to the Emergency Processing Fund to help 42 meat processing companies in Ontario bolster food safety with initiatives that include the purchase of safety equipment and protective gear, as well as the expansion of facilities. "Through these investments, we are helping meat processors here in Ontario keep their workers safe so they can continue delivering quality meat products to our grocery shelves," said Canadian minister of agriculture and agri-food Neil Ellis.
Full Story: Meat & Poultry Online (4/8) 
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Innovation & Technology
Bayer tests machine learning for optimizing inputs
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Scientists at Biome Makers and Bayer Crop Science have used machine learning technology to test soil microbiomes for potato crops before the application of Minuet, a biological fungicide from Bayer. Crop yields improved as much as 40% in one Idaho field as a result.
Full Story: AGDAILY (4/7) 
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Solutions & Best Practices
SC Johnson's role in a Plastic Bank initiative to capture ocean-bound plastic has stopped more than 500 million bottles from entering the ocean ecosystem since 2018. The partnership aims to collect more than 1.5 billion bottles by next year, with Plastic Bank already hitting the 1 billion mark.
Full Story: HAPPI online (4/6) 
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Whole Foods adds seal to assure sustainable sourcing
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In an effort to make responsibly sourced products easier for shoppers to identify, Whole Foods Market has rolled out a program featuring a "Sourced for Good" seal, which can be found on more than 100 of the grocer's products including produce and seafood. The seal indicates sourcing has been certified by international groups that include Fair Trade USA, the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade America, the Fair Food Program and the Equitable Food Initiative.
Full Story: Supermarket News (free registration) (4/7) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief's Top 10 list.
Tales of Kroger's digital sales and ghost kitchen expansion made waves on this week's list of most-read stories. Walmart's pandemic marketing, Trader Joe's upcoming grilled cheese challenge and a "Cravy" concept from Heinz and Ocean Spray also made the list.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Food & Travel (4/9) 
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Regulations & Policy
The FDA's recently unveiled "Closer to Zero" action plan aims to work gradually toward removing heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead, from baby food. "[F]ederal standards regarding these elements in baby food should be evaluated by FDA and guided by science," FMI said in a statement.
Full Story: FoodNavigator (4/9) 
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SQFI Update
2021 FMI Foundation Scholarship
2021 FMI Foundation Scholarship
The FMI Foundation sponsors scholarships to food and agricultural students who have a true interest in the field of accredited food safety auditing. Showcase your leadership potential, motivation and passion for the food industry. The 2021-2022 application period is now open -- get details on how to secure a scholarship.
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Quality Code Summary of Changes document
Quality Code Summary of Changes document
Are you currently certified to the SQF Quality Code or thinking about becoming quality certified? Be in the know about the changes to the SQF Quality Code Edition 9 and download the Summary of Changes. Learn more.
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