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FDA extends comment period for the intentional adulteration rule draft guidance

The FDA is extending the comment period for the third installment of the draft guidance designed to support compliance with the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FDA asks for voluntary reporting of temporary closures during COVID-19 pandemic

While most food production and supply chains have been resilient during the pandemic, there are FDA-regulated food establishments that have closed temporarily or face challenges that could lead to closures because of COVID-19.

Barry Callebaut to acquire GKC Foods in Australia

The Barry Callebaut Group, a manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products, has signed an agreement to acquire GKC Foods (Australia), a producer of chocolate, coatings, and fillings, serving many consumer chocolate brands in Australia and New Zealand.

Report identifies regenerative agriculture opportunities

A just-released report from the nonprofit group Forum for the Future highlights ways in which regenerative agriculture can help make the food system more resilient.

U.S. restaurant industry continues its slow recovery

Customer transactions at major U.S. restaurant chains declined by 21% in the week ending May 17 compared with the same period last year, a slight gain from the previous week’s 23% decline and the fifth consecutive week of improvement, reports The NPD Group.

International scientists propose eight elements to accelerate innovation in the food system

An international group of almost 50 scientists identified 75 emerging innovations and drew up eight action points to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and healthy food system.

Apeel Sciences receives $250 million in financing

Startup company Apeel Sciences has announced $250 million in new financing led by GIC.

Farms experience animal backlog, small U.S. meat processors overrun

According to The Washington Post, coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants across the United States have forced temporary closures and resulted in a backlog of hundreds of thousands of animals that were ready to be slaughtered weeks ago but increasingly have nowhere to go.

FDA provides flexibility to farms

The FDA has announced that it will provide flexibility regarding eligibility criteria for the qualified exemption under the Produce Safety Rule during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Fresh Del Monte Produce opens fresh-cut plant in Japan

Fresh Del Monte Produce has announced that its subsidiary Fresh Del Monte Japan has begun operations in its newly completed plant in Yokohama, Japan.

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