Cold Connection

New Push by FSIS to Reduce Undeclared Allergen Food Recalls

Written by Joel Taylor

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has begun discussions to address the rising number of food recalls relating to undeclared allergens. FSIS held a public meeting on March 16, 2017, at which GCCA representatives were able to participate in the dialogue between government, industry, and research leaders, learning about what GCCA members can be doing to improve their activities, reducing industry-wide allergen recalls. Continue reading

GCCA Visit to East Timor Leads to Upcoming Cold Chain Assessment

Written by Meghana Venkatesh

Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) Vice President of International Programs Richard Tracy traveled to East Timor in December 2016 to explore new project opportunities. After meeting with a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded agriculture project based in the capital of Dili, Tracy made a number of recommendations to reduce postharvest losses and strengthen the nascent cold chain. Based on his input, the project requested proposals to complete a cold chain assessment. After submitting a proposal in February, GCCA was selected to complete the assessment and will send a team consisting of a refrigeration engineer and a fresh fruits and vegetable expert, to East Timor in March 2017. Continue reading

Cold Chain Professionals Gather in Santiago de Chile for Cold Chain Executive Connection

On Tuesday, 14 March 2017, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) held a Cold Chain Executive Connection Breakfast in Santiago de Chile. The event, sponsored by RefrigiWear, was a tremendous success with the participation of 14 general managers and directors of refrigerated warehouses in Chile, and with the presence of Manuel Cabrera, Director of Frío Puerto Investment, and board member of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), a Core Partner of GCCA, who discussed the evolution of the temperature-controlled logistics industry in both Europe and the United States. Continue reading

Company Input Needed on PHIS Export Module Implementation

The Public Health Inspection System (PHIS) Export Module (electronic export certificate) has been in a lengthy process of development. Once implemented, the module will give exporters the ability to use a Web-based entry application to obtain a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Export Certificate (9060-5), or companies may choose to use a company-computer-to-FSIS-computer application to generate the certificate. Continue reading

GCCA Member Cold Hubs Ltd Selected to Take Part in Project to Reduce Food Loss in Nigeria

Cold Hubs Ltd, a member of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), provides solar-powered cold storage for developing countries and is one of the first businesses selected to be a part of the Nigeria Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN). The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) created PLAN, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to bring together numerous public and private actors to collectively reduce the waste of nutritious food. GCCA is PLAN’s cold chain partner, providing industry knowledge and matching selected PLAN businesses with GCCA members who provide technical training, mentorship, and overall skill development. As part of GCCA’s efforts to grow the cold chain globally, PLAN specifically will help Nigerians to access safe, high-quality food. This is especially important as the country seeks to reduce its economic dependency on oil by diversifying its exports. Continue reading

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