The Food Safety Modernization Act has overhauled food production regulations and calls for preventative measures for the safety of both human food and animal food. "The FSMA shifts the focus from responding to foodborne illnesses to preventing them and affects almost every business that must register with the FDA," writes Dileep Thatte, adding that since 48 million people are sick every year from foodborne illnesses, manufacturers have important responsibilities under the act.
New York City officials will require Farmer's Fridge fresh-food vending machines, which sell salads and bowls, to be inspected just as restaurants and receive a letter grade. "The Health Department worked with Farmer's Fridge to be sure their equipment would hold food at safe temperatures, and that foods were properly labeled and from approved sources," a statement from the New York City Health Department read.
Companies are looking to produce sustainable packaging for produce that is convenient, affordable and does not tamper with food safety. With recent innovations that focus on convenience -- known as last-mile packaging -- packaging must ensure that produce remains fresh and flavorful for as long as possible.
Veg-Fresh Farms will use a new solar photovoltaic system to produce more than half the electricity needed to power its distribution center in Corona, Calif. The system uses 4,177 solar panels and is expected to offset hundreds of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases over the next 25 years, the company said.
The Food Marketing Institute's Safe Quality Food Institute and GLOBALGAP announced Thursday that they are working on a combined audit checklist designed to facilitate a "high degree of harmonization between the GLOBALGAP and SQF 1000 on-farm standards." "Suppliers seeking SQF certification can now, at the same time, demonstrate they meet both the SQF and GLOBALGAP standards, saving time and money," said Tim Hammonds, president and CEO of FMI.