The food supply chain extends from growers and ranchers to food processors to distributors to retail foodservice outlets to consumers. The food supply chain is commonly referred to as “farm to fork” and includes every step or link in the chain.
Growers include agricultural producers and fruit growers. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a voluntary certification program that uses audits to verify that sound food safety practices are being used at agricultural operations.
The cold chain describes the management of food-specific storage temperatures for perishable foods to maintain safety and quality from the point of origin through the distribution chain to the consumer.
Traceability is one of FDA's main goals outlined in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety. Enhanced traceability of food products will help speed foodborne illness outbreak response and prevention, as well as increase the speed and efficiency of recalling contaminated or mislabeled food from the market.
The Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is opening a new stakeholder consultation today under the Technical Equivalence Program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) Harmonized GAP Plus+ version 4.0.
As part of the agency’s Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a report detailing the results of targeted inspections and microbiological testing of leafy greens grown in Salinas Valley, California during the region’s 2022 harvest season.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the results of its targeted surveillance sampling of retail food products for 2022, and found that 81 percent of foods tested were compliant with regulatory requirements.
Traceability for Better Supply Chain Visibility and Regulatory Adherence helps you understand how to achieve January 2026 compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Food Traceability Final Rule—also known as FSMA 204—regardless of how far along your company is in its traceability journey.
A recent study has mapped the edible insect supply chain to identify the main points for potential food safety hazards and food fraud, and concluded that, in general, substantial food safety and authenticity gaps need to be addressed before edible insects can be considered safe and sustainable protein sources for Western markets.
The highly regulated food industry has recently reached major milestones in its food safety culture journey. In addition to general acceptance of the key concepts, a unified language and framework has been developed. The local food movement is characterized by short supply chains, typically involving direct sales to consumers. The majority of businesses in this category have a handful of employees and include small-scale farmers and processors, as well as cottage food producers. The concepts of food safety culture are at the infancy stage, gaining traction as the rest of the food industry settles into the new normal of behavior-based food safety practice. This article explores the question: To what extent do the established food safety culture cornerstones apply to the local food segment of the food industry?
FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) require importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards. More specifically, FSVP requires that importers verify that their suppliers are producing food using processes and procedures that offer the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls requirements in the Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rules and the Produce Safety Rule, and that the food is not adulterated and properly labeled with respect to allergens. As the program progresses, FDA remains committed to fulfilling its public health mission. Through continuous monitoring, FDA targets high-risk products and supply chains to ensure the efficient use of resources and the most impactful FSVP inspections.
Seafood traceability solutions providers Trace Register and Wholechain recently announced that they have achieved interoperability between their two different traceability systems based on Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) compatibility standards
On Demand: From this webinar, you will learn an invaluable understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 204 from the architect of Rule 204, Frank Yiannas, which will demystify its nuances and progress.