Tech Flash Vol 7, No. 13 -- Food Engineering's E-Newsletter
FDA puts FSMA provisions into first gear
The FDA issued an anti-smuggling strategy developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which will help identify and prevent smuggled foods from entering the
“The Food Safety Modernization Act requires the agency to build a new food safety system,” says Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael R. Taylor. “This new system, overall, will better leverage the resources of federal agencies, and it will make industry an important partner in safeguarding the health of US consumers.”
FDA will work with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in DHS to review historical data and better identify products, processors and countries of origin to establish food smuggling targeting criteria. The FDA and CBP will also share information on import shipments and conduct joint examinations, when appropriate, to identify shipments that may contain smuggled food. When possible, the agencies will work together to publicize food smuggling enforcement actions to deter others from attempting similar acts.
“Safeguarding the American public from unsafe or potentially harmful imported goods is a priority for US Customs and Border Protection,” says CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin. “CBP and FDA are working closer than ever to identify and prevent smuggled foods from entering the country, as well as streamline the flow of legitimate products.”
The FDA also issued draft guidance clarifying agency expectations on new dietary ingredients for industry, which is an important preventive control to ensure consumers are not exposed to unnecessary public health risks from new ingredients with unknown safety profiles.
Dietary supplement manufacturers are required to notify the FDA in advance when they intend to add a new dietary ingredient to their products, except in certain situations when the ingredient has been part of the food supply and has not been chemically altered for use in supplements. The notifications must identify the new dietary ingredient and be accompanied by evidence on its safety. The draft guidance is intended to inform and assist manufacturers, distributors and others in deciding when a pre-market safety notification for a dietary supplement containing a new dietary ingredient is necessary, as well as preparing pre-market safety notifications.
For more information:
- Federal Register Notice for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues
- Federal Register Notice for Interim Final Rule on Criteria Used to Order Administrative Detention of Food for Human or Animal Consumption
- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- Consumer Update: FDA Meeting FSMA Food Safety Goals
Pilot trucking program cuts Mexican tariffs by 50 percent
The tariffs have been in place since 2010 as a result of the
“We commend the administration for reaching this agreement that will pave the way for an immediate 50 percent reduction in
Under the terms of the agreement,
Canada expands organic market from US to Europe
This is the world’s second such agreement. In June 2009, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture signed the very first “organic equivalency arrangement,” which opened the significant
The global organic trade is now estimated at over $55 billion per year, with 96 percent of this represented by the
“This is an absolute game-changer for Canadian farmers and food manufacturers,” says Matthew Holmes, COTA executive director. COTA is an organic sector advisor to the government of
Developing markets pushes Tang to $1 billion status
“In 2006, Tang was just over a $500 million brand,” says Sanjay Khosla, president, Kraft Foods Developing Markets. “And over the past four years alone, we’ve nearly doubled that, making Tang Kraft Foods 12th billion dollar icon.”
Package size was an issue, both in acceptance and sustainability. In many markets, traditional canisters of the product were too big. The processor designed smaller, more affordable sizes, such as two-liter packs in Mexico priced below $.50 (USD) and a single-serve packet in the Middle East.Tang already uses less packaging than liquid beverages since it’s powdered. The company standardized its powdered beverage pouch size and structure across
Food safety, economy dictate consumer food choices
9th Annual Replacement Parts Survey
Engineering R&D: The insect management challenge
Robots speed delivery of fresh-baked goods
OEE keeps coffee process perking
People, Plant and Industry News
Deacom, Inc. promoted Amanda Mackedanz to vice president of sales.
SPX Corporation’s Flow Technology segment was awarded a contract to custom design, build and install a new powder processing line for Arla Foods Ingredients of
Plug Power Inc. is supplying Kroger’s food distribution center in
Matt Glicken, formerly an executive at PepsiCo, Pepsi Bottling Group, and 3M, joined SensiBlend as the its new VP of sales and marketing.
Piab appointed Russ Blackburn as its area sales manager for a newly created
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation appointed Fabio Sandri as its chief financial officer.
American Lorain Corporation, an international processed snack food company based in the Shandong Province, China, signed a joint venture agreement with Hisaya Ltd., a premium roast chestnut retailer from
Industrial Magnetics, Inc. celebrates its 50-year anniversary as a manufacturer of magnetic components and assemblies.
PE INTERNATIONAL, a provider of sustainability management software and expert consulting services, and Five Winds International, a sustainability management consulting firm, have merged.
Alan Traylor has joined MOCON, Inc. as its business manager of food safety products.
Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc. appointed George Reyher as director of international development.