FDA has issued a notice of a public meeting on the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food. The meeting will be Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel.More meeting specifics, including information on how to register, will be made available early February through a Federal Register Notice, and on the FDA public meetings website.
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced the latest evolution in its longstanding commitment to animal welfare – an initiative that represents a key component of the company's mission.
Together with Compassion in World Farming USA and The Humane Society of the United States, Chipotle has been working to address growing concerns about how chickens are raised and processed. With Chipotle purchasing roughly 140 million pounds of chicken annually, this initiative represents a major undertaking for the company and its chicken suppliers.
The most critical issues are: welfare outcomes resulting from fast-growing chickens, environments in the facilities that house chickens, the space allotted to each chicken, and the manner in which chickens are slaughtered. To address each of these issues, using standards aligned with the new requirements of the Global Animal Partnership's standard for broiler chickens, Chipotle will work to achieve the following goals by 2024 or sooner:
- Improved breeding. Transition to strains of birds bred for measurably improved welfare outcomes.
- Providing more space. Provide animals with more space by reducing maximum stocking density to 6 lbs. per square foot.
- Living conditions. Provide chickens with housing that includes improved lighting, litter and floor enrichments that allow chickens to express natural behaviors.
- Slaughter. Process chickens in a manner that utilizes a multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system.
Suppliers also will be required to demonstrate compliance with these standards via audits by Chipotle's internal Animal Welfare team as well as third party auditors.
"This is one more step forward for Chipotle, and one giant leap for chickens," said Humane Society of the U.S. Senior Food Policy Director Matthew Prescott.
"Chipotle has long been at the forefront of animal welfare issues and enlightened sourcing for our restaurants, and we're proud of our commitment to the evolution of our already high standards for chicken," added Joshua Brau, Food with Integrity Program Manager at Chipotle.
Additional information about Chipotle's chicken protocols is available at Chipotle.com/chicken-welfare.
Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) today announced its course schedule for food safety training for the upcoming year. FSNS offers certified training programs to assist the food industry in meeting food safety and quality measures within plants and processes and among personnel. The course offerings also provide companies access to technical authorities.
FSNS will offer training sessions taught by industry experts on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), Safe Quality Food (SQF), Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), Preventive Controls for Human Food, British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety - Issue 7, Internal Auditing, Microbiology and Food Safety, and Reshaping your HACCP Plan with Preventive Controls.
Courses will be offered on multiple dates throughout 2017 at FSNS facilities across the U.S. In addition, SQF training sessions will be available through webinar access. Course dates are:
HACCP Training Course:
- January 24-25, 2017 | Phoenix, Arizona
- March 28-29, 2017 | Fresno, California
- April 25-26, 2017 | San Antonio, Texas
- May 10-11, 2017 | Amarillo, Texas
- July 17-18, 2017 | Boise, Idaho
- September 12-13, 2017 | Atlanta, Georgia
Reshaping your HACCP Plan with Preventive Controls:
- February 14-16, 2017 | San Antonio, Texas
- June 6-8, 2017 | Dallas, Texas
- August 22-24, 2017 | Columbus, Ohio
Microbiology and Food Safety Course:
- February 21, 2017 | San Antonio, Texas
- March 6, 2017 | Phoenix, Arizona
- April 4, 2017| Los Angeles, California
- April 18, 2017 | Dallas, Texas
- May 2, 2017 | Fresno, California
- June 16, 2017 | Amarillo, Texas
- July 6, 2017 | Columbus, Ohio
- August 4, 2017 | Green Bay, Wisconsin
- August 18, 2017 | Boise, Idaho
- September 5, 2017 | Atlanta, Georgia
- October 3, 2017 | Springdale, Arkansas
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food:
- April 11-13, 2017 | Fresno, California
- May 23-25, 2017 | Denver, Colorado
- After August 2017 | Boise, Idaho
- November 13-15 | Atlanta, Georgia
Implementing the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety - Issue 7 / Internal Auditing:
- May 16-18, 2017 | San Antonio, Texas
- June 27-29, 2017 | Columbus, Ohio
- After July 2017 | Atlanta, Georgia
- After August 2017 | Boise, Idaho
- September 19-21, 2017 | Springdale, Arkansas
SQF Training Course:
- After August 2017, Webinar
- After September 2017, Webinar
- October 17-18, Webinar
Detailed course descriptions are available at http://fsns.com/docs/fsns_training_schedule2017.pdf.
On January 10, Sanderson Farms opened a 180,000-square-foot big bird-deboning facility in St. Pauls, N.C. The new facility, the company’s third in North Carolina and 11th nationwide, will provide the company greater access to the entire East Coast market. Built on a greenfield site, the St. Pauls poultry complex will complement Sanderson’s existing 65,000-square-foot hatchery located in Lumberton, N.C., and its 20,000 tons per week capability feedmill in Kinston, N.C.
The facility features the latest technology in the poultry industry, including that for food safety and employee welfare, along with environmental innovations, including a mechanical wastewater treatment facility. Once the wastewater from the plant is processed, it will be re-used at an adjoining 1,500-acre plot of land owned by Sanderson.
When operating at full capacity, the St. Pauls facility will employ 1,100, in addition to the 1,600 workers the company already employs in North Carolina.
Sanderson Farms chose North Carolina for its new facility for several reasons including:
- Location: With access to more than 200 million people within a two-day drive of North Carolina, the facility will provide the company with greater access to the entire East Coast market. Additionally, North Carolina is well-connected, with more than 90,000 miles of state-owned highway (the second largest state-owned high way in the country), and access to deep water sea ports and rail systems, making getting product from the facility to consumers easier than ever.
- Business Environment: Major support from the government, from the Governor’s Office to the local economic development office, played a major role in Sanderson’s decision to move forward with plans for a new facility in North Carolina. With a reduced corporate income tax rate of just three percent (the lowest in the Southeast), North Carolina consistently ranks well for business due to its strong labor force, low taxes and strategic location. In fact, in 2015, Forbes ranked as the No.2 Best State for Business.
- Established Food Manufacturing Industry: Sanderson Farms is part of a robust and well-established food manufacturing industry in North Carolina. The state’s more than 960 food and beverage manufacturers—including other poultry processers Butterball and Tyson—benefit from convenient access to local and regional suppliers, as well as low utility and construction costs. The state’s food processing industry is the second largest in the U.S., generating $16.3 billion of the states GDP in 2015, and the state ranks second in the country for farm cash receipts for poultry.
3M Food Safety Petrifilm Plates won a Top Product of the Year Award at the Environmental Leader 2016 Conference in Denver, hosted by Business Sector Media, publisher of Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today. Scores were determined by a panel of experts in environmental and sustainability management serving as independent judges.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious designation,” said Silvia Perez, vice president of 3M Food Safety. “It’s our belief that being environmentally responsible and delivering business results do not have to be at odds with each other. 3M Petrifilm Plates serve as a reliable alternative to traditional test methods and allows users to make their testing operations more efficient and less taxing on the environment.”
3M has developed an portfolio of 3M Petrifilm Plates that serve as fast, accurate, and efficient quantitative microbial indicator tests, the company said, adding that the tests provide food and beverage manufacturers with critical data that enables them to better monitor and control production processes to avoid quality and safety issues.