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    Today, the United States spends $218 billion a year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce food waste.Click here to read IFT Achievement Awardee Edward Hirschberg’s solution for how we can address food loss due to poor transportation and storage. Link available in bio or copy/paste this link: http://bit.ly/IFTFoodWaste Today, we are celebrating women in science for International Women's Day! The International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. These particular five women have been at the forefront of some of today’s most complex and controversial scientific issues including genetic engineering and lab-grown meat. In addition to highlighting their work, these interviews explore the influence of gender in food and science. Click link in bio #IWD2017 #internationalwomensday #womeninstem #foodscience http://hubs.ly/H06wKB60 Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. Fruits and vegetables have the highest wastage rates of any food. What can we do with spilled, wilted, blemished produce? Click here to read IFT Achievement Awardee Edward Hirschberg’s solution for bringing life back to the "ugly" lettuce. Link available in bio or copy and paste the following to view solution: http://bit.ly/IFTFoodWaste #Repost @hanna_instruments ・・・
The Hanna Texas team had a great time at @iftfoodscience's Lunch & Learn at @nasajohnson on 2/23. Hanna USA proudly sponsored this event featuring a talk by @nasa scientist Dr. Shannon Walker, a tour of the food lab facility, and behind-the-scenes tour of Mission Control! Thank you again to IFT and NASA for an incredible event.

Lack of Visibility + Product Recall = Perfect Disaster

The rising number of large-scale food recalls in recent years is not going unnoticed. Incidents such as the recent beef recall from Huntington Meat Packing and the January 2009 peanut butter Salmonella outbreak are all stacking up, adding to the lack of consumer confidence, growing scrutiny from regulators, unprecedented demand for food from emerging nations, and increased demands for brand-protection assurance.

The impact of food recalls alone, in both human and financial terms, can be quite staggering. The financial costs associated with the recall of peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America are believed to have topped $1 billion.  The human cost was even more profound: Nine people died and hundreds became sick from eating contaminated peanut products. In response to widespread incidents of food contamination like this, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) issued a new study recommending guidelines for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a comprehensive product system to track the movement of food products effectively from farm to table.

Food processors are also doing their part to address this complex challenge by leveraging enterprise software to automate and integrate traceability across all steps in their supply chains. Just as accounting systems act as financial systems of record, these enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems create an operational system of record.

Newer, more powerful ERP systems also contain product lot-tracing capabilities that allow a business to trace the source of all ingredients, and project the distribution of all food products made and sold within just a few minutes, if not seconds. The increased confidence provided by this level of tracking enables food processors to establish a competitive advantage and save thousands of dollars. With proof of “in-control status” for customers, auditors, and regulatory inspectors, such systems can also help prevent the potentially catastrophic consequences of a failed safety audit or comprehensive recall of all lots (and potentially products) on store shelves or consumers’ pantries.

Considering the ever-growing regulatory pressures worldwide, greater consumer awareness, and the increased safety risks inherent in the extended global supply chain, having the right technology in place is no longer a luxury.  It’s a strategic differentiator that is imperative for surviving and thriving today and in the years ahead.

Jack PayneJack Payne
Director of Solutions Consulting
CDC Software

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