content tagged as Food Safety & Defense

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How Does the Sanitary Transport of Human and Animal Food Impact Our Supply Chain?

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S404D

The final rule on the Sanitary Transport of Human & Food was issued in April of 2016. The implementation of this rule has had some far reaching implications as it has been rolled out into the industry. The FDA web site states: “This rule is one of the seven foundational rules that were proposed in 2013 in order to create a modern risk-based framework for food safety. The goal of this rule is to prevent practices during transportation that create food safety risks.” The new Sanitary Transport Rule has added a fair amount of complexity into the way we do business. This panel discussion will give insight into how audit organizations (GFSI), manufacturing companies (Coca-Cola), suppliers (Ingredion), and carriers (Carry Transit) have put programs and processes in place to make sure they are in compliance with this rule. Each person will provide a brief overview of how their groups or company have addressed implementation and then allow time for the audience to ask the group questions in a panel format.
Food Fraud: Addressing New Standards and Current Challenges

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 01:15 PM - 02:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - N427ABC

Food fraud or economically motivated adulteration (EMA) is defined as the intentional misrepresentation of the identity or contents of a food ingredient or product for economic gain. It has been estimated that up to 10% of the food supply is affected by fraud, with some of the major targets being dairy ingredients, seafood products, meat and poultry products, olive oil, spices, coffee and tea, and honey. Food fraud can have significant impacts in areas such as food safety, consumer confidence, food quality, brand integrity and business revenue. In order to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food and new food standards established by the Global Food Safety Initiative, the food industry must be prepared to develop food fraud mitigation plans for susceptible food products. The United States Pharmacopeia and other organizations have developed a number of resources to assist the food industry in developing these mitigation plans. This session will begin with a presentation on the topic of food fraud and its effects on the food industry. The current regulatory requirements and standards related to food fraud will be discussed, with a focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative. The presentation will also provide information on how to comply with these requirements, including currently available resources. Presentations 2 and 3 will be focused on providing examples of specific food commodities that are particularly vulnerable to food fraud: seafood, coffee, and tea. These presentations will examine the specific issues affecting these commodities that make them vulnerable to fraud; the food safety and food quality effects of fraud; commonly used methods for detection of fraud; and how organizations are working to address fraud within these commodities. This symposium will also bring together USP, the leading provider of ingredient standards and Eurofins, the global leader in authenticity testing, to address provide a comprehensive review of the state of food fraud mitigation strategies. Introducing the topic of food fraud, giving background on incidents of food fraud, provide examples on the various types of food fraud and provide guidance on resources which are available to develop a food fraud program. Describing the expectations and requirements from customers through the Global Food Safety Initiative recognized standards, including the documentation requirements for vulnerability assessments and mitigation strategies. We will also review the current capabilities of authenticity testing in detail, including specific analysis types for different products and recommendations on testing strategy for a mitigation plan involving testing.
Whole Genome Sequencing: An Industry Perspective

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S404D

As WGS becomes more prevalent in surveillance and regulatory compliance operations, and foodborne illness attribution, there are, however, several areas of continued debate surrounding the use of WGS-based tools. These include but are not limited to standardizing methodologies to determine similarity; appropriateness of retrospective linking of illnesses, establishing insanitary manufacturing conditions; and continued need for reliance on epidemiological and consumption evidence. The session will include a panel of speakers representing academia, government, and industry who will share their technical and regulatory perspectives, and the real-world opportunities and challenges related to the growth of WGS in food safety applications.

This panel will discuss the application of a highly advanced and promising tool in our food production system and consider science and risk-based regulatory approaches and policies to drive public health objectives.
Debate: Utilizing Blockchain for Improved Traceability

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Where: IFTNEXT Stage

Technology is changing at a revolutionary pace. Think about how the commoditization of the internet changed the retail and banking sectors. A similar trend is being observed in the world of food traceability. It’s not just that we are collecting more data about our global food system but we are getting smarter about how we leverage technology to get smarter about utilizing the data we collect. Data collected for traceability is helping anticipate issues in food quality and respond more effectively to issues in food safety. IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center has studied and evaluated several novel traceability technologies that show potential, from the use of whole genome sequencing to trace foodborne outbreak pathogens and contamination sources to the use of synthetic DNAs sprayed on packaging to prevent temperature abuse. Lessons learned from other industries can help accelerate the rate of adoption of traceability best practices such as RX360 in the pharmaceutical sector or electronic patient records in the healthcare sector. One exciting technology that is promising the potential to bring our food safety systems into the 21st century is blockchain based on lessons learned from the financial sector.

Blockchain is a transformative technology that could finally enable the traceability and the transparency that the industry has been working toward. This holistic view of information could enable better execution in the supply chain itself to drive improved food safety, better sustainability, reduction of waste and other key benefits. Blockchain isn't a silver bullet, but its unique characteristics as a trusted, shared system of record allow us to solve both the underlying technology problem and the fundamental social problem that have hampered previous efforts. With blockchain we can improve how we digitize and distribute all of the information on the food ecosystem. In addition, we can provide the trust that allows entities to actually participate. By enabling the participation of the entire ecosystem with the creation of a trusted record of the food system, the food ecosystem will be transparent and traceable, and in a way that supports the business interests.

The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically as it has the potential to do so today. Whether we live in Shenzhen, Santiago, Sheffield, or Chicago, we can choose to buy local or enjoy the best products from the best producers anywhere in the world without regard for the season. We go online and get whatever we want to be delivered directly to our door or local store. While this modern food system has resulted in more choice, affordability, and convenience, in some instances, it also has resulted in consumers being far removed from where food comes from and how it’s been produced. As a result, there is a need for even greater collaboration regarding food traceability and transparency solution. Blockchain, as new and emerging technologies, have the potential to enable a new era of end-to-end transparency in the global food system that will further promote responsible actions and behaviors.