According to a recently-released USDA survey, over 92% of retail stores had the required Safe Food Handling Labels on meat and poultry products. Because such labels are mandatory, USDA failed a store if one item within one category was found to lack the appropriate label.
San Diego-based Van Camp Seafood's Chicken of The Sea® is believed to be the first tuna brand to be processed within a facility adhering to the federal government's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program.
In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.
Culminating a two-year cooperative program, Avery Dennison's Decorating Technologies Div. (Framingham, MA) and Krones (Franklin, WI) have developed Thermocol, a new patent-pending system to apply heat-transfer decorating onto glass, plastic and metal containers at speeds to 500/min.
In response to a petition from the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), FDA has proposed several changes in its food labeling regulations. After reviewing all its health claims rules, the agency is poised to propose simplified, flexible model claim language for some of the existing longer health claims.
As the U.S.Department of Agriculture moves towards implementing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based inspection system, nearly three-quarters of existing regulations could be simplified or even eliminated, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
It's certainly not the size of Sutter Home. But Arcadian Estate Vineyards in Watkins Glens, NY, proved it could be pretty resourceful recently when it faced an order of 3길 bottles of chardonnay that had to be custom labeled for a Buffalo Zoological Gardens fund raiser.