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Industry Round-up (10/16/20): Third COVID-19 Surge in the US Means Food Industry Must Stay Agile


FoodLogiQ's industry round-ups aggregate the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

This week the rise in COVID-19 cases has made headlines and renewed focus on how food businesses ought to cope with risk and consumer concerns. As reported in the Atlantic, “The third surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is under way. Outbreaks have been worsening in many states for more than a month, and new COVID-19 cases jumped 18 percent this week, bringing the seven-day average to more than 51,000 cases a day.” While “coronavirus fatigue” is reportedly being felt across the globe, concerns for how to navigate the pandemic safely during winter months—when outdoor gatherings are less practical and seasonal flu peaks—are also increasing.

Friday Round-up (10/9/20): US and Europe Push for Food Safety Data and Records Keeping Advancements


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

The importance of data and the adoption of advanced technologies continues to be underscored by regulators, researchers and thought leaders within the food industry. And, with new proposed legislation and substantive studies released this year, the calls for systemic food supply chain data digitization and normalization are being heeded by suppliers, operators, manufacturers, distributors and retailers alike.

Friday Round-up (10/2/20): Key Industry Players Pledge to Reduce Food Waste


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

Numerous news outlets have been reporting on major food companies pledging to cut their food waste in half by 2030 as part of the 10x20x30 initiative. The aggressive goal has brought nearly 200 suppliers to the table, including Ahold Delhaize, Walmart, Kroger, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and General Mills, according to the Food Dive.

What You Need to Know About the FDA’s New Proposed Traceability Rule


The FDA has formally released the proposed traceability rule for FSMA section 204. Learn how the drafted legislation may apply to your own food safety, data and product tracing programs.

On September 21, 2020 the FDA released a long awaited proposed rule to achieve farm-to-table traceability in the food system. The drafted legislation falls under section 204 of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011, and signals a major milestone for the agency’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative to accelerate transparency and consumer protection innovation within the food industry. Learn what requirements your business may become liable to, proposed timing of compliance dates and how to take the first steps to ensure your team is prepared to evolve with more advanced industry requirements. The full 55 page document will be available until January 21, 2021 for public comments and recommendations.

Friday Round-up (8/21/20): Food Industry Events Remaining Virtual


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

The coronavirus crisis continues to pose new and continued challenges for individuals and industries. Wherever possible, organizations are opting for risk reduction and attempting to accommodate distanced pandemic life. As we approach the fall, it’s no wonder the food industry is continuing a trend that started in the Spring: the virtual conference. From the digital edition to the annual GS1 Connect conference, to newer events like Attricon put on by Attribytes. Elements of the virtual conference have been vehicles for industry engagement long before the COVID-19 health crisis. Webinars, on-demand videos and virtual meet-and-greets are not altogether new. However, food industry institutions are bundling these elements in new ways to fill the conference void—a void carries on into the latter half of 2020.

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