SEATTLE — Atomo announced its selection as one of the most innovative beverages in Time's Best Inventions of 2022. Atomo's beanless cold brew was called out by Time as "a shockingly close coffee dupe at a fraction of the environmental cost." Focused on creating a great tasting coffee that is better for the planet, Atomo said its cold brew contributes 93% less carbon emissions and 94% less water usage than conventional coffee.
"The Atomo team has spent the last four years developing the best coffee for the planet and it's an honor to be recognized alongside a league of other incredible inventions," said CEO Andy Kleitsch.
Atomo Coffee has released 3 SKUs of cold brew this year and continues to exceed consumers expectations through blind taste tests vs traditional cold brew options.
"We appreciate TIME's recognition and are honored to be selected," says COO, Ed Hoehn. "As more people become aware of and try our cold brew, they understand we have made something special."
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The USDA organic regulations contain detailed requirements about how to produce and label organic products. Part of the regulations, the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), describes what can and cannot be used in organic — like what materials are allowed in organic food production and processing.
- Paper-based planting aids, also known as “paper pots,” for transplanting crops on organic farms.
- Low-acyl gellan gum for use as a thickener, stabilizer, or gelling agent in organic products like beverages, icing, dessert fillings and confections, and capsules for supplements.
The rule also corrects a spelling error on the National List, changing “wood resin” to “wood rosin.” Changes to the National List require a recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and rulemaking by USDA. The NOSB is the federal advisory board that advises USDA leadership about the National List and other policy matters impacting the organic industry.
View the final rule here.
The Acheson Group (TAG) has announced the addition of three employees to the team of food safety and public health experts. TAG said each individual brings a plethora of experience and specific expertise that will help advance TAG’s services offered to clientele. Added to the team are Food Safety Manager Dr. Karla Acosta-Beran, Senior Food Safety Manager Kate McInnes and Director of Accounting Shanna Robinson.
Karla Acosta-Beran, Ph.D., has worked as a health inspector in Houston, Texas, for five years. Acosta’s expertise specializes in retail food safety, but specifically, food safety training and delivery for low-literacy and underrepresented individuals. Acosta has developed multifaceted food safety training materials for food establishments, special events, farmers markets and retail establishments. She has conducted USDA-funded research at Hilton College’s food microbiology lab to explore whether the layout at farmers’ markets affects microbial cross contamination as well as research in food safety culture for hospitality establishments. Acosta has been the recipient of numerous competitive scholarships and research funds by the USDA and other external agencies to pursue food safety-related research; she is the author and co-author of more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings/presentations.
Kate McInnes joins TAG with over 10 years of experience in quality assurance working in analytical labs, mining and food safety. McInnes has worked in dairy, poultry, agriculture and most recently entomophagy (insect consumption for humans) as a food safety quality assurance manager, achieving BRCGS food safety certification, in an emerging industry with minimal regulation. With a strong focus on continuous improvement, McInnes has gained expertise in the areas of HACCP development and implementation, internal audit, allergen management, risk assessment, vulnerability assessment, organic certification, root cause analysis and working under CFIA, FDA and USDA regulations. She is PCQI and HACCP certified, is a BRCGS internal auditor and certified in BRCGS validation and verification, BRCGS vulnerability assessment and is working towards her BRCGS professional designation.
Shanna Robinson has over 20 years of experience serving a variety of industries and financial positions while continually moving up to positions of increasing responsibility. She has a strong desire to take on new responsibilities and aid the company in its growth and continued success. Robinson will manage all of TAG’s accounting operations including application of financial management policies and procedures, preparation of the annual budget, cash management, and enhancement of internal controls for financial reporting.
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Today, FDA said it met its obligation to send the FSMA Final Rule: Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) by the Nov. 7, 2022, deadline. Publication is managed by the OFR and the FDA anticipates publication within one or two weeks after submission.
FDA is proposing to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements (beyond what is already required in existing regulations) for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the Agency has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List. The proposed rule, “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods” (Food Traceability Proposed Rule) is a key component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint and would implement Section 204(d) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed requirements would help the FDA rapidly and effectively identify recipients of those foods to prevent or mitigate foodborne illness outbreaks and address credible threats of serious adverse health consequences or death. The comment periods for the proposed rule and information collection provisions ended Feb. 22, 2021.
At the core of this proposal is a requirement for those who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL) to establish and maintain records containing Key Data Elements (KDEs) associated with different Critical Tracking Events (CTEs). While the proposed requirements would only apply to those foods on the FTL, they were designed to be suitable for all FDA-regulated food products. FDA would encourage the voluntary adoption of these practices industry-wide.