January 24, 2022
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Food Safety News
FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas highlights the agency's progress on food safety with prevention, modernization and transparency, optimistically noting the continuous headway being made into a more secure future. "I believe that, working together, we WILL bend the curve of foodborne illnesses in this decade so that consumers in this country, and around the world, can lead better lives," Yiannas writes.
Full Story: Food Safety News (1/23) 
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Researchers urge revamped safety approach for berries
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Researchers in Norway are advocating for a new approach to combating parasitological risks after discovering Cyclospora, Toxoplasma and Cryptosporidium in berries. Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries were the foods studied.
Full Story: Food Safety News (1/21) 
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Required nutrition label information was uniformly displayed for online food items about 36% of the time, according to a study of nine major online grocery retailers published in Public Health Nutrition. Researchers found about 11% of products included potential allergens, and nutrition facts and ingredients were displayed about 50% of the time.
Full Story: Healthline (1/19) 
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Innovation & Technology
A General Mills restructuring has integrated its innovation teams as the food manufacturer aims to remain "relentlessly focused on consumer problems," said Jon Nudi, president of North American retail. The company is taking a deeper dive into consumer data analytics to understand "What are consumers almost ready for? What are they almost over?" according to Doug Martin, General Mills' new chief brand and disruptive growth officer.
Full Story: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (1/19) 
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Solutions & Best Practices
Discount supermarket retailer Lidl has signed onto the LEAF Marque initiative and committed to ensuring that all fresh produce suppliers meet the program's requirements for certification by the end of next year. To earn certification, growers must use regenerative farming methods, cut carbon emissions and take steps to improve biodiversity.
Full Story: The Scottish Farmer (Scotland) (1/21) 
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Regulations & Policy
Increased irrigation and pesticide use has allowed farmers to boost productivity amid rising hunger, but the practices are unsustainable and demand will only increase as the population grows, a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization warns. Farmers must adopt sustainable practices to reduce environment degradation and improve climate resilience, the agency says.
Full Story: Yale Climate Connections (1/19) 
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SQFI Update
Auditing the SQF Code Requirements - Spanish
Auditing the SQF Code Requirements - Spanish
Advance your food safety career with SQF auditor training. Gain a deeper understanding of the SQF Code Edition 9, auditor expectations, how to register and more in our 3-day virtual, comprehensive Auditing the SQF Code Requirements course March 7-9. Learn more.
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More on auditors and technical reviewers
More on auditors and technical reviewers
SQF auditors and technical reviewers are essential to maintaining food safety and quality at food businesses throughout the global supply chain. Learn more about their role in the food safety ecosystem.
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