“Across the world, most food industry employees dare not report information about safety concerns externally because of the consequences of their employer finding out who they are. Some employees follow their conscience and the consequence is, that while saving people from harm, they often lose their job and may possibly suffer worse consequences. That is still the fate of many whistleblowers. For that reason, the GHI has developed an anonymous food safety incident reporting site. The emphasis is on anonymous and we have taken web-based privacy safeguards to ensure this. While filling in the online report, the reporter is also frequently reminded not to reveal anything that would make it possible to identify themselves” said Huub Lelieveld, GHI president.
“Having an impact on a whole industry is a function of focus and strategy and our winners have certainly shown that,” said Carl Ford, reporter at large for IOT Evolution World and community developer, Crossfire Media. “We are so pleased to be able to name these five companies our Business Impact Award winners for 2021. They deserve our congratulations.”
Bayer was chosen for its Rodent Monitoring System (RMS) while Bell Laboratories was recognized for iQ Products, powered by Bell Sensing Technology.
The Bayer RMS is a wireless, tireless network of high-tech sensors added to traps strategically placed around your facility. High-tech sensors in each trap monitor and broadcast their status through radio signals. These radio signals are then transferred to the cloud via cellular communication. The cloud software sends real-time notifications to users (email, text message) whenever a rodent is caught. Alternatively, with our latest release, users can direct the system to count bait station activity rather than issue immediate alerts. The Bayer in real time RMS portal displays the network of monitors and the current status of each individual monitor. This enables the operator to focus on proper inspection and the area of the infestation and eliminates the need to spend hours manually checking every trap.
iQ products, powered by Bell Sensing Technologies, is Bell Laboratories' line of smart rodent devices that was launched at PestWorld in 2019 and can now be found throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia at some of the largest PMPs in the business. “When we created our Bell Sensing Technologies division, our goal was to provide pest management professionals around the globe with the ability to efficiently and accurately protect their customers from disease and damage caused by rodent populations. iQ products allow technicians to accomplish these goals, all from the palm of their hand.” says Patrick Lynch, senior vice president of sales, Bell Laboratories and general manager for Bell Sensing Technologies.
Other winners were:
|Kloudspot, Inc.||Kloudspot Situational Awareness and Intelligence Platform|
|MachineQ, a Comcast Company||MachineQ, an IoT Network Connectivity Platform for LoRaWAN|
We caught up with Petran, the former research, development and engineering senior corporate scientist and vice president of food safety and public health at Ecolab, and now an independent consultant, to talk about what she hopes to achieve during her time as president, what she enjoyed most at this year’s annual meeting and more.
Ruth Petran: A big push for this coming year is going to be whatever it means to emerge from the pandemic. We’ve got to follow the science. And I think that's part of the job of the board, to help guide IAFP in that right direction that's in line with public health and food safety principles. Another thing that was formed in the past year was the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council. The board will support their efforts and make sure that as IAFP goes forward, that we're always as tuned in as we need to be to the diverse needs of our members culturally and globally.
QA: That’s kind of like what you did for this year’s hybrid meeting in Phoenix. You met the needs of members who might not necessarily feel comfortable traveling yet by offering the chance to connect remotely. How do you think the meeting went?RP: We were just thrilled to pieces to be out in the world again interacting kind of normally. And I loved the interaction with other people. I feel like I got to know many more students this year, and overall, it was easier to have those more meaningful conversations. Having been a student eons ago, it's always fun for me to meet the new folks coming up the ranks, so to speak, and learn more about where their focus is and how IAFP can best support them.
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a letter to industry reminding manufacturers that that only certain fluorinated polyethylene containers are authorized for food contact use. The letter is intended for food packaging manufacturers that produce or distribute these types of containers and food manufacturers that use them.
The agency said it took this step to ensure that food packaging manufacturers that produce, use or distribute fluorinated polyethylene food contact containers are aware of FDA’s regulation pertaining to requirements for fluorinating polyethylene containers used with food. Analytical studies indicate that fluorination processes that are not compliant with its regulations can result in the formation of certain types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), some of which are associated with adverse health effects.
Fluorination allows for improved chemical barrier properties in containers. Recently, based on testing performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), FDA said it has become aware that certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can form and migrate from some fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE – a type of polyethylene) containers. The EPA’s testing was conducted on containers that are not regulated by the FDA (containers intended to hold mosquito-controlling pesticides not approved for direct use on food crops).
“The FDA is committed to ensuring that food containers are safe for consumers," said Susan Mayne, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "We are encouraging manufacturers and distributors to consult with us regarding the regulatory status of any manufacturing processes used to produce fluorinated polyethylene containers for use in contact with food. We issued this letter out of an abundance of caution to remind industry that only certain fluorinated containers may be used in contact with food. It is important to note that there is no evidence of unlawful manufacturing processes being used for food containers. We will continue to work to ensure that substances used in contact with food comply with FDA regulations and are safe for their intended use."