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ST. PAUL, Minn. – April 19, 2018 – 3M Food Safety today announced it has completed the integration of Elution Technologies, a Vermont-based manufacturer of test kits that enable food and beverage processors to test their products and manufacturing environments for potential food allergens, such as peanut, milk and gluten.

These products are now available through 3M’s worldwide sales and distribution network as 3M™ Allergen Protein Rapid Kits and 3M™ Allergen Protein ELISA Kits, with newly redesigned packaging. All AOAC® Research Institute Performance TestedSM certificates have also been transferred to 3M.

Being able to detect potentially harmful allergens in products and manufacturing environments is a trend of growing importance for food and beverage processors. “Food allergen testing is one of the fastest growing segments of the food diagnostic industry,” said Eric Amann, 3M Food Safety business and integration manager. “We’re excited to offer the industry one of the broadest portfolios of allergen solutions and make them available through our worldwide sales and technical service network.”

The integration adds 33 allergen specific lateral flow and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test kits to 3M Food Safety’s product line. These kits are designed to detect both processed and unprocessed allergen proteins in a variety of sample types including environmental swabs, rinse water and food products.  The line complements 3M’s existing total protein swabs and hygiene monitoring system to offer a full range of allergen testing solutions. 

In addition, 3M’s network of global technical service professionals is now assisting with allergen-related questions and providing customers around the world with knowledge and support resources for its full complement of food diagnostic solutions, including quality indicator testing, pathogen detection, hygiene monitoring and management and now, allergen testing.

Food processors, reference laboratories and other parties interested in evaluating or ordering these test kits should contact their regional 3M Food Safety representative or visit www.3M.com/foodsafety. Technical service questions can be directed to the department’s normal support line at (800) 328-1671 or online at 3M.com/foodsafety/allergens. 3M Food Safety is a leader of innovative solutions that help the food and beverage industries optimize the quality and safety of their products to enable consumer protection and improve bottom lines.

 
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April 19, 2018

More than 1,000 exhibiting companies will gather in Chicago July 16-18 for the IFT18 Annual Event and Food Expo where they will share their latest product developments and innovations.

The IFT18 Food Expo is the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all in one place to help you be the first to learn what’s next in the science of food. And this year the Expo is bigger than ever, expanding into a second exhibit hall at McCormick Place.

Highlights include:

  • IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley, powered by Ingredion, where you can meet one-on-one with leading entrepreneurs developing innovative products and solutions,
  • New Exhibitor Pavilion designed to make it easy for attendees to locate the newest products and technologies,
  • Organics Pavilion showcasing the latest products and trends in organics and naturals by suppliers from around the globe,
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance Pavilion showcasing what’s next in food safety and quality assurance technologies, processes, services, and packaging,
  • On Trend, powered by Innova Market Insights, a true attendee favorite for both product development and marketing teams alike, this showcase is the place for you to get the latest insights on trends driving the industry and see the products that address these trends,
  • Exclusive consumer trends and insights at the Mintel Intelligence Zone,
  • Cooking Up Science Ingredient Showcase featuring live cooking demonstrations highlighting one special ingredient.

Interested in learning more about the new product trends we're seeing so far?Take a look at our recent IFT Blog post Food and Ingredient Trends to Watch at the IFT18 Food Expo.

IFT18: A MATTER OF SCIENCE + FOOD
Event: July 15-18  I  Food Expo: July 16-18
McCormick Place - Chicago, Illinois

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GUELPH, ON, April 19, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has received a generous grant of $520,049.40 USD from the Walmart Foundation to probe Canadian attitudes on food waste and to assist food and beverage businesses make measurable food waste reductions in their facilities. This grant is part of the Walmart Foundation's $15 million USD commitment to prevent food waste and support food banks.

With this funding, the Canadian Centre for Food integrity will work with Provision Coalition to connect with food and beverage manufacturing companies across Canada to drive food loss and waste prevention and reduction strategies in facilities. Approximately 18% of food wasted across the supply chain occurs within Canada's 6,500 manufacturing facilities, while almost 50% continues to be wasted by Canadian consumers. To better understand the Canadian consumer and how best to implement successful food waste awareness and reduction strategies, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity will conduct first of its kind public trust research into attitudes and perceptions of food waste.

"Our thanks to the Walmart Foundation for recognizing the importance of preventing and reducing food waste across the supply chain in Canada. Together with the Walmart Foundation, the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing industry, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity and Provision Coalition can make real headway in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for food waste reduction," said Cher Mereweather, Executive Director, Provision Coalition.

"The Walmart Foundation is excited to support the work of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity to reduce food waste in manufacturing, an important part of the supply chain," said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. "For over ten years, through philanthropic and business initiatives, Walmart has been working to reduce food waste and strengthen charitable programs to accelerate food recovery and get food to those who need it most.  Today we commit to accelerating progress in Canada. We hope this grant, combined with additional grants we are making to other leading non-profits, will catalyze collective action to reduce food waste all along the food chain, from farm to fork."

Project Summary

  • New public trust research will be conducted by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity to probe Canadian consumer and food company leadership attitudes and perceptions of food waste.
  • 50 manufacturing companies across Canada will be eligible for facility assessments to assist them in preventing and reducing food loss and waste.
  • Provision Coalition's Food Loss + Waste Toolkit 2.0 will be used by manufacturing companies to identify, quantify and address food waste within facilities.
  • Collection of food loss and waste data from manufacturers will provide support for supply chain and government reduction commitments and build trust with consumers through communications.
  • Canadian content and experts on food loss and waste will populate www.BestFoodFacts.org for sharing with Canadians to debunk myths and help shape the public conversation.

To learn more about the food systems transparency research for release at the 2018 Public Trust Summit or the Food Loss + Waste Cost-Share Program for Food and Beverage Manufacturers go to http://www.foodintegrity.ca/programs/walmart-partnership-project/ or https://www.provisioncoalition.com/programs/tacklingfoodlosswaste

 

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