The PBFY Blog

Mitigate Food Fraud with Digital Traceability

The world is greedy, and it seems like everybody’s out to make an extra dime on the side, whether it’s via shady dealings or not. The one area you think you are pretty safe is the food industry, but we have all read about how companies take shortcuts every now and then to cut on production costs. The news has been plastered with scandals involving horse meat, fake olive oil and honey, and many other fraudulent products. However, companies that have a good name are fighting to keep their good reputation by implementing tangible strategies to mitigate food fraud. Food fraud [...]

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Drinking Coffee Doesn’t Raise The Risk of Death

For many years, coffee has been one of the dark horses in the beverage world. Surpassed by only sugary drinks, coffee has been labeled as a drink that is associated with heart, liver and kidney disease. A drink that is synonymous with death. However, new studies have emerged that is starting to break down the stigma that revolves around coffee. These studies are showing that coffee lovers need not fear the adverse effect of coffee on their health, but rather embrace it as an elixir of life. A recent study, done by The U.S. cancer researchers, found that even drinking as [...]

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How Natural are Natural Products?

Marketers favor the term ‘natural’ as a selling point for their products. But how much value should consumers place on the term? And what types of legal implications should there be for companies that use the term without any basis? It is used on so many products that it’s become cliched and no one takes it seriously anymore. This is especially true for those who go so far as to read the label and discover the ugly truth. FONA International, a flavor manufacturer, is advising that manufacturers refrain from using the term ‘natural’ in their products. It lends itself to [...]

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What Makes Food ‘Healthy’?

In 1994, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave a definition of the word ‘healthy’ for use on food labels. It defines whether a food is ‘healthy’ or not on the basis of saturated fat content. This is not necessarily the best way to distinguish healthy from unhealthy. The beginning of a key debate How can it be that colorful fruit cereal is healthy whereas avocado is not? The current situation was brought into focus when Kind Snacks received a warning from the FDA that its bars would be declared ‘unhealthy.’ Why? Because it contained a high level of saturated fats. [...]

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Inaccurate Product Labeling and the Bill to Remedy it

A passionate fight for the rights of consumers has been ongoing for many years. It relates to the accuracy of the food labels on products. When food labels make misleading promises or do not give accurate information, they result in consumers making bad choices. As with any other decision, a decision made with half the facts is a decision that has half a chance of being right. In the end, in accurate labels don’t help anybody in the supply chain. Consumers may be harmed, and manufacturers may face lawsuits. The Accurate Labels Act Lawmakers introduced The Accurate Labels Act in June 2018. [...]

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Smart Packing by Intelligent Design and the Future of Food Safety

The future of food packaging is shifting rapidly. This is a pivotal time during which much change is needed. The problem is that, until now, food packaging was designed with the grocery store shelf in mind. The surging prevalence of e-commerce means a paradigm shift in food packaging is due. It is important to revolutionize food packaging to ensure that it survives its trip to the warehouse. From the warehouse, it must travel in the delivery van to the customer’s home. At all stages of the journey or supply chain, protecting the integrity of the food is critical. This is [...]

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The 6 Most Important Food Trends You Should be Watching in 2018

Consumers take more time now to find out what they’re eating than ever before. It’s becoming of more concern to them that they eat the right foods. This increased consumer awareness is having an impact on the food industry and food trends. Several trends are starting to dominate the food industry. It is expected that these trends will gain traction and become more important in the future. Thomas Griffiths is the Vice President of Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute. He believes that the 6 identified trends are important, and consumers should try and include them in their food purchasing and [...]

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