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Posts Tagged ‘food safety’

Non basta lottare contro la fame

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 febbraio 2019

Di Donato Speroni. Gli africani hanno fame. Non soltanto chi chiede interventi per raggiungere l’Obiettivo 2 dell’Agenda 2030 che si prefigge appunto di sconfiggere la fame, ma anche tutti gli altri. Fame in senso metaforico, come denuncia la rassegna quotidiana dell’Economist, sotto il titolo “Hungry for change: food safety”. Hanno fame di sicurezza nell’alimentazione. Ogni anno nel mondo più di 600 milioni di persone si ammalano e 420mila muoiono per aver mangiato cibo contaminato da batteri, virus, parassiti, tossine e prodotti chimici nocivi. L’Africa, con 91 milioni di casi e 137mila morti, subisce l’impatto peggiore. Dice l’Economist Espresso:
Mercoledì 13 ad Addis Abeba alcuni soggetti, compresa l’Organizzaziome mondiale della sanità e l’Unione africana, hanno organizzato la prima International food safety conference per affrontare problemi collegati alla gestione, cottura e immagazzinamento del cibo. Un rapporto recente della Global food safety partnership (una piattaforma sostenuta alla Banca mondiale) ha studiato 500 progetti nell’Africa subsahariana, legati all’alimentazione e operativi dal 2010. Ha scoperto che gran parte degli investimenti erano orientati ai mercati di esportazione, senza considerare la vulnerabilità dei consumatori domestici. Molti africani ancora dipendono da mercati locali senza regole e senza protezioni sanitarie adeguate.
Nel 2030 la popolazione mondiale sarà di 8,5 miliardi, circa, un miliardo in più di oggi, e supererà i nove miliardi nel 2050. Come garantire cibo “decente” (oltre a un lavoro “decente”, come raccomanda l’Ilo) a una popolazione in costante crescita? Questo è un aspetto cruciale dell’Agenda 2030, che abbraccia problemi ben al di là dello specifico Obiettivo 2. (fonte: Newsletter ASviS)

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PAR Technology Releases SureCheck® 10.0 Platform for Cloud-Based Food Safety

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 maggio 2018

ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a leading global provider of point of sale (POS) and workforce efficiency solutions to the restaurant and retail industries, today announced the release of PAR SureCheck® Food Safety Solution 10.0. ParTech, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR).Building upon years of global food safety technology experience, over the last 18 months PAR has been building a new stack of cloud-based technology called SureCheck 10.0. With over 10,000 licensed clients installed in 14 different countries, PAR Technology has gathered vast experience and knowledge as a leader in food safety management solutions.SureCheck is designed to offer users an easy-to-use enterprise mobile application specifically for food safety and task management. The new platform is iOS and Android compatible, and allows users to quickly and efficiently; conduct, monitor, document and trend operations that affect food quality, temperature monitoring and HACCP compliance, which are necessary to protect brands and increase consumer confidence.Originally introduced in 2009, PAR is supporting some of the world’s largest companies to improve food safety and operational efficiencies in thousands of food service locations, with more than 35 million observations a month.

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Food Safety Patent Pending: Pre-harvest reduction of foodborne pathogens in food animals

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 settembre 2015

Food_SecurityCedar Rapids, IA Diamond V announces the patent-pending use of Diamond V Original XPC™ as a “method for foodborne pathogen reduction in livestock.” Feeding all-natural Original XPC as recommended during food animal production helps reduce the prevalence and numbers of Salmonella and Campylobacter in the animal, production environment, and food processing plant, as described in the pending patent and supported by numerous scientific studies. Reducing these pathogens pre-harvest can improve food safety.Over 125 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles describe how the pre-harvest technologies of Diamond V products support immunity, health, and performance of poultry, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, aquaculture species, and other food animals. Diamond V technology for pre-harvest reduction of foodborne pathogens deserves attention from all decision makers throughout the food supply chain, including executives, quality assurance personnel, veterinarians, and farmers.Consumers today are concerned about how their food is produced and accept the use of effective, all-natural products. Diamond V’s unique, all-natural, fermentation-based products offer safe, cost-effective, pre-harvest solutions for food animal production.“Our industry-leading research and ‘first in the field’ patent pending pre-harvest pathogen reduction applications give producers and consumers confidence that Diamond V technologies and expertise help provide additional security from food safety challenges,” says Jeff Cannon, Diamond V President and CEO.Diamond V’s pending patent is based on numerous studies at many research institutions that involved pathogenic challenges to healthy animals by several different strains of Salmonella and Campylobacter. The resulting body of scientific knowledge on the effects of Original XPC on foodborne pathogen reduction represents the largest known collection of pre-harvest food safety research projects. These projects are the replicable work of leading investigators using varying methods. The quality, consistency, and reliability of these multiple sources of data further support Diamond V’s unique pending patent.Most efforts to reduce pathogen numbers in food animals and products, including chemicals applied during processing, are not completely effective. Research shows that the pre-harvest pathogen contamination of animals correlates directly with the post-harvest presence of pathogens in food products. Research also indicates that, while there is no “silver bullet” to completely eliminate foodborne pathogens, a multi-step intervention plan — including pre-harvest mitigation at the farm level – is most effective.Original XPC and other Diamond V nutritional health products are manufactured in Diamond V facilities in the USA using proprietary microbial fermentation technologies that generate unique functional metabolites with proven beneficial effects on animal health, performance, and food safety. Scientific references appear in the attached white paper on food safety and are available upon request.Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, Diamond V is an international leader in nutritional health products for animals and people, with offices around the world and sales in over 60 countries. More than 70 years of science, innovation, technology, and quality have earned Diamond V the reputation of The Trusted Experts in Nutrition and Health®. The company’s Embria Health Sciences subsidiary in Ankeny, Iowa manufactures EpiCor®, the human nutritional supplement that provides research-proven immune support.

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Who Rome office closes at the end of 2011

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 dicembre 2011

The Rome office of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health is due to close at the end of December 2011. WHO’s work on environment and health in Europe remains a priority and is being consolidated in Bonn, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. This will allow the WHO Regional Office for Europe to maintain and strengthen its technical capacities in this area for the benefit of the 53 Member States of the European Region.The presence of the Rome office in Italy was regulated by an agreement between the Italian Government and WHO/Europe. The agreement was renewed in 2007 by the Italian ministers of health and environment on behalf of the Italian Government. In spring 2011, however, the former Italian Government informed WHO/Europe that owing to changes in its priorities, it would no longer be in a position to continue its support.“While we regret the closure of the WHO Rome office, we would like to express our gratitude for the critical support provided by Italy during the 20 years of activity of the office, since its opening in 1991. The excellent collaboration that exists with numerous Italian institutions will continue under the new arrangements,” said Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “We also highly appreciate the additional support that the German Government has provided, recognizing that this is a valuable opportunity to consolidate WHO/Europe’s work on environment and health.”The Italian support has contributed to WHO’s achieving its goals of helping European countries to address the challenges of environmental factors to health. The Rome office has been instrumental in bringing the importance of environmental determinants of health to the forefront of the public health agenda in collaboration with many countries over the past decades.
Since the late 1980s, when the First European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health took place, there has been a need to facilitate dialogue between the health and environment ministers and other sectors. This dialogue, discussion and policy-making led to what is known as the European environment and health process (EEHP), which has been in place for over 20 years.In 1991, recognizing the need for more of an evidence base for the EEHP, WHO/Europe accepted the Italian Government’s offer to set up the European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH) in Rome. Since then the ECEH in Rome has operated as a centre of scientific excellence, providing European Member States with the latest evidence on the nature and magnitude of existing and emerging environmental health risks, and assisting them in identifying and implementing policies to address these risks. Ten years later, and with the generous support of the German Government, another ECEH office was opened in Bonn, expanding the Centre’s technical capacity. Over its 20 years of existence, the ECEH has had offices also in Nancy, France and Bilthoven, the Netherlands.
Five ministerial conferences have taken place to date to ensure political commitment from all European countries at the highest level to address environmental hazards and to lead policy development and action. The last ministerial conference took place in Parma, Italy in 2010 and was hosted by the Italian Government. Through the ECEH, WHO/Europe provides scientific and organizational support to this process. This includes developing and compiling the scientific evidence underpinning the political agenda of the conferences and coordinating the participation and contributions of all key partners.
The Rome office of the ECEH addressed specific environmental hazards to health, such as through water quality or food safety, the prevention of violence and injuries, and the health dimension of policy decisions in other sectors such as transport or energy that influence environmental quality, and emerging threats such as climate change. It also supported countries in building up and implementing methods for the integrated assessment of the health effects of policy interventions, so as to identify potential risks to health from different options, as well as to manage and mitigate their effects. It paid particular attention to communication, both through traditional media and Internet-based platforms, and assisted countries in addressing numerous environment and health emergencies.This work will now continue in the ECEH’s Bonn office, with managerial and strategic support provided by WHO/Europe’s head office in Copenhagen.

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