U.S. researchers have come up with a quick, more accurate way to detect dangerous Salmonella bacteria in food samples. Using artificially contaminated food, the researchers used Salmonella-specific antibodies coupled with a signal amplification technique (tyramide signal amplification) after only 15 hours, instead of the two to three days it takes using a Petri dish culture. The test provides a simple monitoring system for foodborne pathogens, especially in beef and poultry. Contamination of food with pathogens causes 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
"Magnetic Bead-Based Immunoassay Coupled with Tyramide Signal Amplification for Detection of Salmonellain Foods", Journal of Food Safety, September 22, 2016
Unilever plans to invest more in Pakistan, according to Jeannette Seppen, The Netherlands' ambassador to the country. During a meeting with Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Seppen also thanked the government for creating a business environment that is friendly for multinational companies.
"Unilever planning further investments in Pakistan", Daily Pakistan, September 18, 2016
Unilever is cutting its workforce in Switzerland by 100 jobs, due to its move to relocate logistics operations to Rotterdam. Scheduled to take effect in summer of 2017, the layoffs will affect a third of employees at the company's location in the country's northern canton of Schaffhausen.
"Unilever cuts 100 additional jobs in Switzerland", swissinfo.ch, September 17, 2016
The USDA has launched a free online resource that contains nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores. The Branded Food Products Database was created for families, the food industry and researchers by the USDA with the help of the International Life Sciences Institute North America (ILSI North America), GS1 U.S., 1WorldSync, and Label Insight. The database has a user-friendly interface to make it easier for private food companies to add and update data. Common consumer health and nutrition apps may use the data to inform consumers on a phone or watch in real time while shopping or dining out.
"USDA Announces New Open Data Partnership for Public Health", News release, USDA, September 16, 2016
Acknowledging healthful eating trends and consumer concerns about processed food ingredients, Nissin has reduced the sodium content of its Cup Noodles – to 45 percent of a person’s recommended daily salt intake from 60 percent – and eliminated artificial flavors and colors. The move follows on the heels of last year’s decision to enlarge the styrofoam cups and make them microwaveable. Nevertheless, the soup still contains more than a third of the saturated fat an adult should eat in a day.
"Cup Noodles Dials Down the Salt", The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2016
Swiss chocolate and cocoa products maker Barry Callebaut said it will buy the Mondelēz International chocolate factory in Halle, Belgium. Mondelēz will then supply Barry Callebaut with 30,000 tons of liquid chocolate. Barry Callebaut will in turn manufacture certain consumer products for Mondelēz that are already produced at the Belgian chocolate plant. The deal is expected to close by December; no financial details were disclosed.
"Barry Callebaut to Extend Strategic Supply Partnership with Mondelēz International in Belgium", News release, Barry Callebaut, September 15, 2016
Target Corp. does not want to become a full-service grocery store, according to company CEO Brian Cornell. Since 2014, when Cornell became the retailer's chief executive, the company has focused on several important categories, such as style, baby, children, and wellness, to help drive sales growth. Grocery is one of Target's important categories, accounting for 20 percent percent of its $74 billion annual revenue.
"Target CEO Says Retailer Won’t Become Full-Service Grocer", The Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2016
Whole Foods Market opened its third 365 by Whole Foods Market store in Bellevue, Washington. Smaller than the retailer's regular stores, the 30,000 sq ft store has lower operating costs and offers products at lower prices than its bigger counterparts. Through the retailer's Friends of 365 program, the store works with external suppliers to offer more foodservice options.
"Third 365 by Whole Foods Market Opens", Retail Analysis, September 14, 2016
A year ago, the FDA issued final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. The rules established enforceable safety standards for produce farms and made importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards. It took a while but the agency is now making available to states financial aid to help them assist farmers in complying with the FSMA rules. FDA announced $21.8 million will be allotted to 42 states to help them plan, establish and enhance produce safety programs.
"States Get $21.8 Million from FDA to Help Farms Comply with Produce Rule", Food Safety News, September 13, 2016