FDA proposal would unify traceability programs | Study links Halloween, Easter to higher nut allergy risks | Gordon Food Service teams up with Trust20 food-safety group
September 23, 2020
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Food Safety News
The FDA has proposed traceability rules that would enable officials to quickly determine food origins during an outbreak. The regulations would create a single tracing method for foods that are more likely to cause foodborne illnesses.
Full Story: Food Dive (9/22) 
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A study published in the CMAJ found serious anaphylaxis due to peanut exposure increased 85% when children with food allergies were trick-or-treating for Halloween, while serious reactions from unknown tree nut or peanut exposures increased 70%, compared with the rest of the year. Easter also was associated with significantly higher anaphylaxis risk from nut exposures, researchers said, while Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Eid al-Adha were not linked to an increase in serious reactions among children with food allergies.
Full Story: HealthDay News (9/21) 
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Innovation & Technology
Food company Princes is piloting a blockchain traceability program that will bring on-pack QR codes to products in its Napolina brand. "Our consumers can now clearly see how these products are made, where they come from and who was involved," says Neil Brownbill, Italian products commercial director for Princes.
Full Story: FoodNavigator (9/21) 
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Food tech startups in Singapore are seeking innovative solutions to food insecurity as the threat of climate change grows. Shiok Meats is making cell-cultured shrimp, TurtleTree Labs is creating lab-grown milk and Life3 Biotech is working on a plant-based protein called Veego that's made to taste like chicken.
Full Story: CNBC (9/20) 
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Solutions & Best Practices
Half of the plastic used to bottle brands such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Powerade in Great Britain is now made from recycled content, according to Coca-Cola European Partners. CCEP will feature this news on labels as well as reminders to recycle.
Full Story: FoodBev (9/22) 
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