United Fresh releases third edition of the Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, referred to as the Tomato Guidelines. This document lays the foundation for a forthcoming update to the Tomato Metrics, a suite of audit standards specific to growing and packing tomatoes. The guidelines outline recommendations for all parts of the fresh tomato supply chain: from outdoor and greenhouse growing to harvesting, field packing, packinghouse operations, repacking, fresh-cut operations through to retail and food service. While the format of the document is similar to the previous version, the content has been wholly reviewed and updated. Key changes include recommendations around field packing, antimicrobial use and wash water monitoring, and re-use of cartons. The guidelines also reference the applicable provisions of the Produce Safety Rule in the context of fresh tomato practices. The Tomato Guidelines can be downloaded for free at www.unitedfresh.org.
The certification body Perry Johnson Registrars Food Safety, Troy, Mich., is now accredited under FDA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program for the following program scopes: Produce Safety; Preventive Controls for Human Food; Juice HACCP, and Seafood HACCP.
Intertek Group acquires Alchemy Systems.
Stay Fresh Foods adds beverage co-packing services to its HPP tolling center in Pennsauken, N.J.
Matthews Marking Systems donates a food label printer to the University of Holy Cross Food Science Program to assist the New Orleans food manufacturing industry with printing expiration dates.
RSSL opens a dedicated acrylamide laboratory.
Solus Scientific opens its first overseas operation: Solus Scientific Solutions Inc. in Cincinnati.
Hygiena completes acquisition of Biomedal’s Food Safety division and enters into a strategic partnership with Charles River Laboratories to market, distribute, and support the Celsis dairy, food, and beverage product line.
United Fresh Produce Association expands its industry relations team to serve members in the following sectors: grower-shipper, wholesaler-distributor, fresh-cut processor, retail and foodservice, as well as industry service providers.