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Center for the Global Food Value Chain Blog

Welcome to the Center for the Global Food Value Chain Blog.

This forum supports the fluid and dynamic exchange of ideas between industry professionals and Deloitte thought leaders. The goal is to discuss emerging trends, leading practices, and hot topics with your peers and Deloitte professionals.

We encourage you to comment, share experiences, and provide feedback for topics you would like to see discussed.

Recent blog posts

Deli deals

Posted by Debarati Bhattacharya, October 25, 2013

Listeriosis cases attributed to deli meat are resultant of cross-contamination primarily linked to sliced deli meat …continue reading

Who let the pigs out?

Posted by Debarati Bhattacharya, October 4, 2013

BBC news reported “China fishes 900 dead pigs out of Shanghai River.”…continue reading

Can you pass the sawdust please?

Posted by Debarati Bhattacharya, August 1, 2013

I often wonder about the authenticity of my spices. Lately, I can’t shake this nagging feeling that I’m buying “fake” food… continue reading

Sustainability and suspect seafood: What am I really eating?

Posted by Terry Levee, July 15, 2013

If some species are disappearing, how do consumers know if they’re getting the product they paid for…continue reading

Clean it up: Why you should have an effective sanitation program

Posted by Terry Levee, July 1, 2013

With the news of foodborne illnesses and outbreaks happening almost weekly, desperate searches for the reason often come down to one reoccurring theme: Sanitation…continue reading

Food safety alone is no longer sufficient to protect our food supplies

Posted by Joel Radford, June 17, 2013

What if the food is contaminated on purpose? How do we protect people from intentional attacks on the food system? …continue reading

The devil is in the details: Minimizing the risk of allergens

Posted by Joel Radford, June 3, 2013 

If your company is inspected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the state, having an effective allergen control program is important for compliance…continue reading

Nanotechnology in food : Emerging issues and potential uses

Posted by Christie Gray, May 15, 2013

The potential benefits of using nanotechnology are vast and far-reaching, but potential issues and unknowns still remain...continue reading

Arsenic in rice: An old issue that’s still emerging

Posted by Christie Gray on May 1, 2013

Have you ever thought about arsenic while feeding your baby her first rice cereal? The EPA estimates that 17 percent of inorganic arsenic exposure comes from rice, which absorbs arsenic from soil or water…continue reading

What on earth is acrylamide and why is it in my food?

Posted by Faye Feldstein on April 17, 2013

I take my coffee with cream and my fries with ketchup. Recently, it was brought to my attention that both come with a helping of “acrylamide” as well. What on earth is acrylamide?... continue reading

I’ll have a PB&J sandwich, hold the S please

Posted by Faye Feldstein on April 01, 2013

Working in the food industry, it’s hard to miss the numerous peanut butter outbreaks and recalls that have happened over the past few years. Many were caused by Salmonella contamination... continue reading

Fresh fruits and vegetables: Eating healthy shouldn’t be hazardous

Posted by Dr. Mahipal Kunduru on February 25, 2013

Many of us are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. While this is an encouraging trend, there is an increased awareness of the role of produce in food safety related incidents... continue reading

Improving nutrition labeling: What you need to know

Posted by Christie Gray and Caitlin Hickey on February 11, 2013

U.S. consumers aren’t eating the way they used to, and the FDA is aware of this. Innovation and improved manufacturing processes means consumers are eating different foods and in quantities that may be quite different than current labeled serving sizes... continue reading

Upping the game on food safety

Posted by Debarati Bhattacharya on January 28, 2013

As a microbiologist within the food safety business, I’m familiar with food pathogens and their risk. However, my instinctive reaction to hearing about a food recall is, “not again!”... continue reading 

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