Daily Archives: November 15, 2013

Gluten-free goal: Get under 20 p.p.m.

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The U.S. food industry finally has a gluten-free rule to follow. Heeding the rule may involve trusting ingredient suppliers, or those who pay attention to farmer contracting, certification, handling practices and transportation issues. As evidenced by increasing sales and national surveys, reasons to enter the gluten-free category remain plentiful.

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Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam confirms its commitment to sustainable cocoa industry

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Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam inaugurated its Cocoa Collection and Fermentation Plant in Ben Tre province in Vietnam, the first of its kind in the country. This plant also includes a Cocoa Development Center that was opened in collaboration with Mars Group. Both initiatives confirm the strong commitment of Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam towards long-term investment in the Vietnam cocoa industry.

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Barry Callebaut begins production in new, relocated factory in Japan

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Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, today officially announced that it has completed the move of its Japan’s chocolate factory from Amagasaki to Takasaki, as announced in June 2012. The new and larger facility, which was officially inaugurated today, offers an initial annual production capacity of 22,000 tonnes of chocolate and compound products. The total amount invested is CHF 18.5 million (JPY 2,081 million / EUR 15.4 million / USD 19.4 million).

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Mentoring programme leads to new guidelines to control foodborne diseases

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As production systems change and the food chain lengthens to meet the needs of a globalized industry, the potential for contamination at different points along that chain also changes. To address this, the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 2009 began updating its guidelines for establishing and implementing criteria to help ensure the microbiological safety of foods. These efforts quickly reached an impasse, however. Many countries, especially developing ones, felt unsure about the technical aspects and questioned how the guidelines would affect their food and trade sectors. In response, and with the support of FAO staff, Codex established a novel mentoring programme, setting up teams through which experienced country mentors worked with less-experienced mentees to simplify the setting of safety criteria. As a result, new guidelines were finalized by the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene in November 2012.

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