Traceability, Food Safety and Blockchain Technology Updates

PMA CEO Leads a Food-Safety Panel Focused on Traceability…

Fresh ProduceIndustry members, food safety veterans urge companies to invest in traceability.

Industry executives and experts urged produce suppliers to invest in technology that improves traceability during a panel at the Center for Produce Safety Symposium.

PMA CEO Cathy Burns moderated the discussion, which used recent romaine-related E. coli outbreaks as a jumping off point to explore the benefits of greater supply chain transparency.

“The low point as it relates to the media, for me, was actually when we made Saturday Night Live,” Burns said. “And typically when something in the news crosses over to satire, and especially late-night TV, that’s when you know you’re in crisis mode, honestly.”

Continue reading… https://www.produceretailer.com/article/news-article/industry-members-food-safety-veterans-urge-companies-invest-traceability

 

Baking Business Reports “Blockchain in ag is slow to gather momentum”…

Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology behind crypto currencies like Bitcoin, allows multiple computers to store identical transaction records, but it is still in its infancy. Yet interest in blockchain and enthusiasm about its bevy of potential benefits has led to a flood of investment and pilot programs from companies around the world as they race to harness its power to aid tracking and transparency.

Continue reading… https://www.bakingbusiness.com/articles/48713-blockchain-in-ag-slow-to-gather-momentum

 

N.J. growers gear up for new food safety rules…

Fruit and vegetable growers in New Jersey are ramping up efforts to ensure compliance with new rules taking effect under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Garden State is home to the first statewide system for third-party food safety audits for growers, which was then rolled into the USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program.

Continue reading… https://www.thepacker.com/article/nj-ag-department-independent-auditors-help-food-safety