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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.

Are You Ready for FSMA?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally getting around to finalizing proposed rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in 2011. Rules regarding preventive controls for human and animal food were recently finalized, and rules affecting produce safety and food imports are just around the corner. Compliance with the rules must be achieved as early as one year from now, depending on the particular rule and the size of your business.

A common refrain these days is that most companies, especially larger companies, are already doing what is required under the new and upcoming FSMA rules. I’ve been guilty of saying that myself. But any business—no matter how large or small—should be asking itself whether that is true. The new rules are lengthy and nuanced, and unlike with horseshoes and hand grenades, close enough does not count.

For example, are the records you are creating and maintaining sufficient? Are your policies and procedures robust enough to pass muster under the regulations? Are you properly ensuring compliance with, and re-analysis of, those policies and procedures? Do you have the right training programs? Have you truly scrutinized and mitigated the risks in your process? If you answered yes to these questions (and dozens of others that are raised by the new rules), how about one more: Are you prepared to demonstrate compliance to the FDA when an inspector knocks on your door?

Even if you are not one of the types of facilities covered by FSMA (one that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food), you may not be entirely in the clear. You still need to understand FSMA’s impact on your operations given the requirements imposed on covered facilities to understand their supply and customer chains. This includes technology and service providers as well as raw material suppliers. The impacts on you may be indirect, but they can be met and addressed with some careful preparation.

To make a long story short: Ask the tough questions and engage the right advisors now, while you’ve got the luxury of time to address issues outside of the context of an inspection, agency enforcement, or emergency.

Brandon NeuschaferBrandon W. Neuschafer
Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

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