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We Understand Lower Costs Help

NQAC Dublin’s commitment to customer satisfaction has allowed us to further improve our services while offering another year with no price increases!!

We are very happy to share that 2019 will be the sixth year in a row that we have not increased our prices for our testing services!

Allergen Cost Reduction & New Methods

We are continuously developing our Allergen Portfolio and are happy to announce that on December 10th 2018, we will be offering lower costs for these methods!

Additionally, we will now offer Crustacean and Hazelnut Allergens into our portfolio. Crustacean has been validated for finished food products, dairy products, cereal grains and environmental swabs. Hazelnut has been validated for cookies, chocolate bars, ice cream, cereals and environmental swabs.

Our NEW & EXCITING Allergen Portfolio is shown below:

New GMO Methods with Lower Costs

Our current qualitative GMO method (LI-00.038) will be replaced on December 10th 2018 with two NEW GMO methods that provide an array of benefits:

  • Lower cost for Non-GM Samples!
  • Increased ability to detect the widest range of GM-events!
  • Identification of additional events which includes 5 GM-maize and 5 GM-soya!

The new qualitative “GMO screening by FAST Real-Time PCR” (LI-00.047) will detect if the most common GM-markers are present. This screen can detect greater than 95% of plant GMO’s being cultivated today! If your results are found as “Not Detected”, no further testing will be required.

If one or more of the GM markers are “Detected”, we will automatically analyze the sample using “GMO Identification by RTi-PCR” (LI-00.386). This identification method allows for the qualitative detection of 6 plant species and 6 GM-markers in addition to the specific identification of 21 GM-maize events and 14 GM-soya events.

The turnaround time for the initial screen and identification method will be 14 days or 7 days rush, which includes the day of receipt and weekends.

Sesame Next Allergen Possibly Up for Labeling Requirements

Consumers are calling for more and more transparency about what constitutes their food. For those with allergies, knowing what is in their food is extremely important so that those foods can be avoided. To help those with allergies not to limit the foods that they are eating out of fear of exposure, the FDA is looking into measures to require the declaration of Sesame on labels. Allergy labeling is currently only needed for milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

NQAC Dublin has an extensive list of Allergen tests that we offer either at our laboratory or through a partnership with an approved third-party laboratory.

The available allergen methods include:

Almond, Cashew, Clam, Beta-lactoglobulin, Egg, Gluten, Hazelnut, Milk, Mustard,  Peanut, Pecan, Sesame, Shellfish, Shrimp, Soy and Walnut.

 

New Sensory Test and Conversion Tool Now Available

A new method offering of Robinson Sensory Analysis is now available at our location as Taint Transfer from Packaging to Food. The analysis is aligned to ISO 13302 and EN 1230 standards.

The Robinson test determines whether a flexible packaging material (e.g. paper or board) contains substances, which could potentially be transmitted through the air space into your product (e.g. chocolate) and affect its taste.

A packaging sensory panel will be used to score the intensity of the submitted sample from 0 to 4, compared to a reference test portion with an intensity value of 0. The median score is then reported, with samples scoring 2.5 or higher considered to be of doubtful quality.

Our Vitamin conversion tool is also now available online! Do you ever need help converting your results into different units of measure? We recently added the Vitamin Unit of Measure Conversion Calculator to make this easier for you!

By simply entering your reported results into the designated cell on the spreadsheet, the tool will automatically convert the reported results to your desired unit of measure. If you have any questions on where to find the tool or how to use it, please reach out to Customer Service and we will be happy to help.

The Vitamin Unit of Measure Conversion Calculator is now available with our other “Help Guides” within the education and resources page on our website and can be found here: https://nqacdublin.com/education-and-resources/.

 

Foreign Body Investigation? We’ve Got you Covered!

While microbiological and chemical hazards are the most well-known food safety risks, physical hazards pose a potential threat and are also a source of consumer dissatisfaction. These physical hazards can be pieces of product that are not properly homogenized, pieces of processing equipment that have broken off, or substances introduced by the consumer on accident. An incident related to a foreign body can cause a company significant financial losses resulting from lawsuits and loss of consumer trust.

Recent advances in technology have aided in the identification of foreign bodies. Two techniques used for identification at NQAC Dublin are Fourier Transform- Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF). FT-IR takes advantage of the reaction of certain chemical bonds in organic molecules with specific wavelengths of light. This pairing of chemical bonds to wavelengths of light produces a characteristic peak that is used to identify the composition of a sample. This technology is most useful in applications where the particle in question is suspected to be an organic material.

XRF, on the other hand, is more advantageous when looking at a foreign body suspected to be a piece of glass or metal. This technology takes advantage of the fact that each element causes X-rays to exhibit different energies when irradiated with an electron beam. Each element emits its own, unique energy which allows for the identification of different materials. Different manufacturers of these materials use different levels of elements which allows the source of the contamination to be pinpointed.

Our team can also go a step further and do line mapping in your factory to create a library that will be useful in determining the source of the foreign body in question and also be used if there is ever a future investigation needed. If you are interested in our Foreign Body Investigation, please reach out to us at nqacdublininfo@us.nestle.com.

Columbus State Students Visit NQAC Dublin

NQAC Dublin was pleased to host 30 honor students from Columbus State Community College this fall. During their visit, the students enjoyed a tour of the laboratories and spent time with our Chemistry Manager (Becky Melick), Microbiology Manager (Brittany Pace) and Human Resources Manager (Joe Walter).

Our team enjoyed meeting the students and focused on educating them on potential careers in food science. Also, we wanted to introduce the many career paths and opportunities available within Nestlé globally, in the US, and locally within NQAC Dublin.

This visit and the information exchanged will potentially help students understand and choose a career path in food science and will also help ensure Nestlé Quality Assurance continues to attract talent that delivers the highest quality analytical results to all customers.

Thank you Columbus State for this opportunity!

The Impact of a Salmonella Outbreak

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses a year. The severity of these illnesses range from symptoms resolving without treatment within a few days to hospitalizations and, in extreme cases, death.  Salmonella can infect anyone. Children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, and people with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk for severe illness.

So far this year there have been 12 reported Salmonella outbreaks. This is a significant increase from the amount of reported outbreaks in 2017. Salmonella is most commonly associated with raw or undercooked meat, eggs, and poultry. Many would be surprised to discover, that two of this year’s outbreaks are linked to breakfast cereal and pre-cut melon. The outbreaks linked to cereal and pre-cut melon have affected over 200 people in 38 states.

The impact of Salmonella outbreaks is not limited to public safety. To mitigate the food safety risk presented by these outbreaks, manufacturers often issue product recalls, which are likely to have financial and brand trust impacts as well.

Testing the ingredients and foods for potential food safety issues, such as Salmonella, other pathogens and physical hazards, are a large part of what we do here at NQAC Dublin.

Contact us at nqacdublininfo@us.Nestle.com for more information on how we can support your business.

Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/general/index.html

New Method Available and Updated LOQ for Multi B Vitamins

New Method for the Analysis of Aminoglycosides!

We are proud to announce that the Analysis of Aminoglycosides in Food by LC-MS/MS is now available. This method analyzes for 14 aminoglycosides and is applicable to the following sample types:

  • Milk-based products including milk fractions, infant formula, growing up-formula, adult formula, infant cereals, and baby foods
  • Meat- and fish-based products including powdered, fresh, cooked; infant cereals, and baby foods
  • Fatty matrices including animal fats, milk fats, and oil
  • Egg-based products including white and whole egg powders

Providing the Most Accurate LOQ Possible

In our continuous effort to provide the most accurate results possible we are updating our Multi B Vitamin method Limit of Quantification to match the below stated ranges:

If you have any questions about the above offerings, please reach out to our Customer Service team for assistance!

National Food Safety Month

September is National Food Safety Month (NFSM) and gives us a great opportunity to highlight the importance of food safety and our commitment to quality.

Food safety is at the forefront of everything we do. We understand the responsibility associated with food safety testing and the importance of ensuring that the food, beverages, and ingredients tested in our facility are held to the highest standards.

What is the cost of food safety? Whatever the investment might be to create a culture of food safety within your business, it does not compare to the costs of a food product recall and the potential loss of trust from consumers. The Food Marketing Institute estimated that the average direct cost for a food recall in the US was $10 million and this number does not include indirect costs such as those associated with lawsuits, loss of sales, or damage to reputation.

Our commitment to quality and reliable results is embedded in our work and demonstrated daily by our staff, so that our customers can feel confident in the results they receive from NQAC Dublin. NFSM was created with a focus of increasing awareness of the importance of food safety through education. Check out our upcoming webinars, educational materials & resources page, to learn more about important food safety related topics.

WEBINARS

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS & RESOURCES

 

 

Sources

  1. “Create A Culture Of Food Safety.” National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association, 30 Aug. 2017, www.restaurant.org/Pressroom/Press-Releases/National-Food-Safety-Month-  Highlights-How-To-Creat.
  2. Ostroff, Stephen. “The Costs of Foodborne Illness, Product Recalls Make the Case for Food Safety Investments.” Food Safety Magazine, Food Safety Magazine, 2018, www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/junejuly-2018/the-costs-of-foodborne-illness-product-recalls-make-the-case-for-food-safety-investments/.

NQAC Dublin’s Expansive Testing Portfolio

Is there a test that you need but you do not see it offered in our already extensive testing portfolio? Just ask us!

We are continuously reviewing our method portfolio to meet customer requests and the changing market regulations. We take pride in listening to our customers and improving our services offered based on the feedback we receive. We strive to be the one stop shop for all your testing needs.

If you have any testing suggestions or questions, please contact us at nqacdublininfo@us.nestle.com. One of our team members would be more than happy to assist to you!

Packaging Materials and Food Safety

When most consumers think about food safety risks, their first thoughts are typically pathogens or unwanted chemical contaminants. And, yes, those are potential food safety risks, things we don’t typically want in the foods we eat and feed our families. Testing the ingredients and foods for these potential food safety issues are a large part of what we do here at NQAC Dublin.

But have you ever thought about the packaging materials that are meant to protect the foods you eat? Have you ever considered that those packaging materials could be impacting the safety and quality of the food you buy? No? Well, we have.

At NQAC Dublin, we have a portfolio of packaging tests used to identify potentially unsafe chemicals that could be coming into contact with the foods you eat. We perform packaging testing on an array of materials, including plastic, flex and cans. Our lab uses a variety of technologies to ensure the packaging that comes into contact with your food products are safe.

If you have questions about testing your packaging and the food products that packaging has come into contact with, reach out to us at: nqacdublininfo@us.nestle.com and one of our team members will provide additional information.

IAFP 2018

This year’s annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) was another great success. Every year, the IAFP hosts an event focused on the latest food safety issues and the science and solutions centered on the problems facing our industry.

Our team enjoyed networking and discussing pressing food safety issues with other professionals from all over the world. It’s always a great opportunity to connect with others in our industry and focus on new technologies that are available to help combat food safety risks. And once again, the agenda for the event did not disappoint. The presentations were led by renowned experts and covered a wide range of current food safety topics.

We are looking forward to not only attending IAFP 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky, but also participating as an exhibitor. Our team is very proud to be a part of such an important organization.

MCPD Studies

A collaboration between the FDA, SGS, Health Canada, and NQAC Dublin completed a comparison of analytical methodologies for the analysis of bound MCPD and Glycidol. This was presented by the FDA at the 2018 American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Annual Meeting in May.

Comparison of Analytical Methodologies for the Analysis of Bound MCPD and Glycidol in Edible Oils and Infant Formula

Process-induced chemical contaminants 3-monochloro-1,2-propanediol (3-MCPD) esters, 2-monochloro-1,3-propanediol (2-MCPD) esters, and glycidyl esters are formed in refined edible vegetable oils during the deodorization step of the refining process. As they are considered potentially carcinogenic and/or genotoxic, their presence in refined oils and foods may pose a potential health risk. For this reason, research efforts over the last several years have focused on developing methodology for the extraction and quantitation of these contaminants in oils, infant formula, and other complex food matrices in an effort to estimate levels of exposure. In addition, proposed EU regulations for bound 3-MPCD and glycidol concentrations in infant formula highlight the need for accurate analytical methodologies. Currently, there is no standard infant formula reference material containing known MCPD and glycidyl ester concentrations; therefore, verifying the accuracy of analytical methods has been difficult. This work compares a number of analytical methodologies for the analysis of bound 3-MCPD and glycidol in an attempt to confirm method performance.

These analytical methodologies include those used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, SGS Germany, and Nestlé for the quantitative analysis of bound 3-MPCD and glycidol in various samples of oils and infant formulas. In addition, data will be presented comparing the results of the use of direct and indirect detection methods with the infant formula extraction procedure developed by the FDA. A summary of the quantitative results obtained using each analytical method was presented.

In addition, our very own Greg Jaudzems will be presenting at the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Boston on August 19th to talk about the influence of industrial process on 3-MCPD esters and Glycidyl esters in finished products.

Influence of industrial process on 3-MCPD esters and Glycidyl esters in finished products

The presence of fatty acid esters of monochloropropanediol is a food safety concern due to the carcinogenic properties of their fat-soluble components. 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters are process contaminants formed during industrial process. Their formation has been studied over the years and it is clear that the process conditions such as time, temperature and pH play a significant role. The presence of suitable precursor is also an important part. Research and studies have focused mainly on the analysis of raw material such as vegetable oils. Indeed, high concentrations of 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters have been found in this type of raw materials, mainly due to the deodorization step of the refining process. However, the influence of the process in finished products is relatively unknown due to the complexity of the process and number of ingredients involved.

In this study, infant formulae and their respective mixes of oils used for production have been analyzed. The objective is to relate 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters content from the raw material to the corresponding finish products. The results and effect of the process will be presented and discussed.

New Fiber Methods

The FDA has released new guidance on Dietary Fiber. The definition of Dietary Fiber has been expanded to ensure only fibers with beneficial effects on human health can be declared as Dietary Fiber on the food label.

You’ll need to ensure the testing methods you are using meet the challenges of the expanded definition. Our Dietary Fiber methodology is based on enzymatic-gravimetric-liquid chromatography and meets the requirements.

We offer the following AOAC methods:

2011.25 – Insoluble, Soluble and Total Dietary Fiber in Foods (CODEX Definition)

2009.01 – Total Dietary Fiber in Foods (CODEX Definition)

991.43 – Insoluble, Soluble and Total Dietary Fiber in Foods

These analyses meet the FDA’s definition for Dietary Fiber that can be declared on the Nutrition Facts label. We can help you select the correct Fiber Testing, contact nqacdublininfo@us.nestle.com and one of our team members will assist you.

ZERO Audit Findings!

NQAC Dublin is proud to announce three consecutive years of audit success. We received zero findings in our most recent external audit, which included:

-Environmental Management System – Certification to ISO 14002:2015

-Safety Management System – Continued Certification to OHSAS 18001:2007

-Quality Management System – Continued Certification to ISO 9001:2015

In 2017, we renewed our ISO 17025 Accreditation with zero deficiencies. Over 99% of our analyses are accredited under our ISO 17025 certification.

Our commitment to quality and reliable results is embedded in our work and demonstrated daily by our staff, so that you can feel confident in the results you receive.

Thank you for visiting us at IFT 18!

Over 23,000 professionals from all areas of food science including ingredients, safety & quality, suppliers & buyers, packaging, R&D and manufacturing attended IFT 18! It was great connecting with other food safety and quality professionals and learning more about the latest in our industry.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth just to say hello or to learn more about our expanded services. We are proud to be a part of this industry and look forward to working together and supporting your food safety testing needs in any way we can. If you would like more information on how we can support your business or if you missed us at the show and want to learn about our services, contact us at nqacdublininfo@us.nestle.com.

We look forward to seeing you at IFT 19 in New Orleans!

Veterinary Drugs in Food Products

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 400,000 people become ill annually due to an infection caused by antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern for public health and food safety since an infection with an antibiotic resistant microorganism is typically more difficult to treat and may result in hospitalization or death.2

The use of antibiotics in agriculture is a contributor to the prevalence of antibiotic resistance. Livestock farmers use antibiotics in food-producing animals to promote growth and prevent the spread of illness between the animals. Even though these antibiotics may only be given in small doses in the food industry, this use contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance.3 In fact, in the United States, there are more kilograms of antibiotics sold for food-producing animals than for human use.1

To assist with monitoring the level of veterinary drugs within your products, NQAC Dublin has recently implemented a new analytical method. This new method covers a wider range of compounds and product types while offering a quicker turnaround time for results.

If you would like to learn more about our testing options for veterinary drugs in food products, please contact us at nqacdublininfo@us.Nestle.com.

 

Sources

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report and Foodborne Germs. CDC.gov . [Online] April 14, 2014. https://www.cdc.gov/narms/resources/threats.html.
  2. —. Antibiotic Resistance, Food, and Food-Producing Animals . CDC.gov. [Online] July 24, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/features/antibiotic-resistance-food/index.html.
  3. Barsky, Benjamin. Regulating the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis. theregreview.org. [Online] June 18, 2018. https://www.theregreview.org/2018/06/12/barsky-regulating-antibiotic-resistance/.

Food Fraud – Threats, Impacts & Combat – Fabien Robert at the Food Safety Supply Chain Conference

Fabien Robert, Director, Nestlé Quality Assurance Center (NQAC Dublin) spoke about food fraud at the Food Safety Supply Chain Conference in Rockville, MD.  Food fraud is the alteration, concealment, dilution, mislabeling or counterfeiting of any food product at any point in the supply chain. The impact of fraudulent products in the food and beverage industry is substantial, just one instance can lead a business to bankruptcy and have dramatic consequences on public health. The cost of food fraud for the food industry exceeds $10 billion per year and impacts 10% of commercial products sold.

This symposium with attendees from across the food industry, including the FDA and food safety consulting companies, offered a great platform of discussion through multiple presentations. About 100 participants throughout the country reviewed the different aspects of food fraud and the corresponding best practices to fight it. The FDA explained in detail how Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) impacts this as well as the current actions being taken by authorities.

The presentations provided the perfect opportunity for conference participants and viewers to gain an understanding of FDA expectations and examples of food safety programs designed to protect a company from vulnerabilities in the supply chain. Food safety programs are very important for food manufacturers as food fraud negatively impacts everyone in the food supply chain.

At Nestlé, we take food fraud extremely seriously. We, like other multinational and national food companies, are engaged in the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) program and have established a global food fraud prevention program dealing with economically motivated adulteration.

To keep food fraud risks under control it is critical to identify, review and set a management system in place. This system includes understanding the risk factors by building awareness internally and externally, promoting best practices, developing of prevention plans with vulnerability assessment, mitigation plan and continuous review. Transparency in the supply chain, supplier audits and raw material specifications, as well as robust analytical set-up, are additional elements to consider. Analytical techniques when implemented with statistical analysis help to prevent food fraud today and will continue to do so with the evolution of technology. These advancements, however, will never fully replace transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain.

At NQAC Dublin, we offer a portfolio of analyses to assist with identifying adulterated food products. Contact us today to learn more about our available authenticity testing to support your business needs.

Did you know undeclared allergens are the leading cause of food product recalls?

In a recent study, the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service investigated trends in food product recalls in the US from 2004 through 2013. The study found that between 2004 and 2008 the US averaged 304 recalls a year, while between 2009 and 2013 the average increased to 676 recalls per year. Based on the data, researchers were able to determine that improved pathogen and risk detection, as well as increased regulatory enforcement, were factors that contributed to this increase.

When researchers analyzed the recalls by type of risk, undeclared allergens were the leading cause of food recalls. Undeclared allergens accounted for 27.4 percent of all recall events. Due to the serious health risk to children caused by not accurately labeling allergens, legislation enacted in 2006 played a huge role in the increase of undeclared Allergen recalls. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) ensures that food manufacturers comply with practices to reduce or eliminate cross-contamination of allergens.

To help our customers remain compliant with federal regulations and to keep consumers safe, NQAC Dublin’s capabilities for allergen testing include:

Almond

Beta- Lactoglobulin (BLG)

Egg

Gluten

Milk Traces

Mustard

Peanut

Soy Traces

 

Contact us at nqacdublininfo@us.Nestle.com for more information on Allergen Testing. 

 

 

Source: https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/88497/eib-191.pdf?v=43206

Food Quality & Safety Magazine: Nestle Expands Food Safety and Quality Support to Industry

NQAC Dublin announced at the Food Safety Summit 2018 that we opened our doors to other companies in the food industry.

Check out this article in Food Quality & Safety Magazine to learn more about our expanded services announcement:

http://www.foodqualityandsafety.com/article/nestle-expands-food-safety-and-quality-support-to-industry/

 

Contact us at nqacdublininfo@us.Nestle.com for more information!

New Methods Now Live

AOAC 2009.01 Total Dietary Fiber in Foods

As of May 29, 2018, the analysis of Dietary Fiber by the CODEX Definition is available at NQAC Dublin as the official method AOAC 2009.01 Total Dietary Fiber in foods. This method provides an improved capability for Fiber analysis. The turnaround time is 14 days including the day of receipt and weekends. AOAC 2009.01 has been verified at our location with a quantitation limit of 0.5 g/100g. The method is applicable to foods, food ingredients and raw materials consistent with CODEX Definition 2009 including naturally occurring, isolated, modified and synthetic polymers. This analysis meets the FDA’s definition for Dietary Fiber declared on the Nutrition Facts Label.

 

LI-00.608 Vitamins A, E, D, K by UHPSFC-MS/MS

As of May 29, 2018 a new method for Vitamins A, E, D3, D2, K1 and K2 was implemented. This new method, LI-00.608 Vitamins A, E, D, K by UHPSFC-MS/MS, replaces our previous methods. The new method provides our customers with lower detection limits and utilizes supercritical fluid chromatography with a turnaround time of 7 days routine or 5 days rush including day of receipt and weekends.

The sample preparation for food products is identical to ISO 20633:2015 for the determination of Vitamins A and E, and AOAC 2016.05 for Vitamin D and AOAC 2015.09 for the analysis of Vitamin K1. The combined method allows streamlined bench work for gained efficiency. Reported units will be: Vitamin A as µg RE/100g, Vitamin E as µg TE/100g, Vitamin D and K as µg/100g.

AOAC INTERNATIONAL OMB Technical & Scientific Excellence Award Winner!

We are proud to announce that AOAC INTERNATIONAL has selected one of our own, Greg Jaudzems, for the Official Methods Board (OMB) Award for Achievement in Technical and Scientific Excellence for his study AOAC Official Method 2016.03 Chloride in Milk, Milk Powder, Whey Powder, Infant Formula, and Adult Nutritionals Potentiometric Titration Method First Action 2016. He has been invited to accept the award, along with his co-authors, at the upcoming AOAC INTERNATIONAL 132nd Annual Meeting and Exposition on Toronto, Canada on Monday, August 27, 2018.

 

Chloride in Milk, Milk Powder, Whey Powder, Infant Formula, and Adult Nutritionals by Potentiometric Titration Method: First Action 2016.03

The article discusses the AOAC International Inc. official method of potentiometric titration of chloride in milk, milk powder, and whey powder of infant formula, and adult nutritional formula. The methods are based on the standard performance requirements. Topics include the preparation of solutions, calculation of silver nitrate concentration for verification, and chemicals and reagents content.

30TH ANNUAL FOOD LABEL CONFERENCE!

NQAC Dublin attended the 30th Annual Food Label Conference hosted by Prime Label Consultants in Washington, DC on May 21-22. The conference is one of our favorite events which is always great for networking and keeping up to date on the very important regulations and labeling changes in our industry.
The conference has key speakers in the morning such as the FDA and USDA and allows the attendees to ask any questions they may have. In the afternoon, there are breakout sessions focused on various topics where you can learn in a classroom type atmosphere.

This year’s sessions included important topics like Trends in Clean Labeling, FDA Nutrition Labeling & Regulations Updates, USDA Update on Mandatory Bioengineered Food Labeling, Natural Labeling, Allergen Labeling and Nutrition Label Reform.

The 30th year celebration was a great year to attend, network, gain insights that you can put into practice and have your all questions answered! We learned so much and are very happy that we participated!

Thank you for visiting us at the Food Safety Summit!

Over 2,000 food safety professionals attended the 20th Annual Food Safety Summit in Rosemont, IL this year.  It was great connecting with other food safety and quality professionals and an excellent opportunity to share the exciting news of our expanded services.

      

We look forward to seeing you again at the Food Safety Summit in May 2019!

Nutrition Labeling Date Finalized and GMO Rule Proposed

Labeling Compliance Deadline Concerning Nutrition Facts

In 2016, the FDA announced new requirements for what food manufacturers need to include on the Nutrition Facts labels of their products. This is in response to consumers wanting more information about the nutrition content of their food to make more informed choices.
Recently, the deadline for compliance was extended from July 2018 to January 1, 2020 for manufacturers with over $10 million in annual sales and for smaller manufacturers until January 1, 2021.

Original Label              New Label

Proposed GMO Labeling Rule

Congress passed a law in 2016 establishing a mandate of the need to disclose the presence of food and ingredients from bioengineered (BE) foods. This was also in response to consumers wanting to make more informed decisions about the food they ate and what it was actually derived from. Manufacturers have several means through which they can disclose the inclusion of the BE foods: via text, icons containing “BE” or via a website.

In accordance with the new Nutrition Label deadline, large manufacturers with over $10 million in annual sales will have until January 1, 2020 and smaller manufacturers until January 1, 2021 to comply with this new labeling requirement on their product.

New Improvements to Laboratory Reports

In our ongoing Based on feedback from our customers, we have made changes to how the partial and final laboratory reports are received.

  • The ability to opt out of Partial Reports is now an option.
  • You now have the ability to customize the name of your report to make it easier to locate. To take advantage of this new feature, the Manual Microbiology Analysis Request Form (ARF), the Chemistry ARF and the Stability Protocol forms have new fields to insert a project description
      • With this feature, the laboratory report will be received with a unique identifier followed by the project number. For example, the report will be received displaying Project Splash # 1816-0026. If this field is left blank, you will continue to receive reports in the same manner reading Final Laboratory report #1816-0026

        • Any testing that is In Progress (IP) is now in bold, blue text for easier identification.

Method Portfolio Expansion

In our ongoing efforts to be our customers’ one stop for all their analytical needs, we are proud to announce the addition of three new methods to our portfolio of over 150 analytical methods. These methods have been brought internally to shorten the turnaround time for our customers.

The analyses of Chlorate and Perchlorate were made available April 23, 2018. With our commitment of service improvement, we brought this method in-house leading to a cost and turn-around time reduction with results available by seven days after receipt of sample. This method can be requested via LI-00.043.

Another method that was previously outsourced that has now been brought in-house beginning April 30, 2018 is the sensory analysis of packaging materials (Olfactory) under LI-80.017. With the addition of this method, the cost and turn-around time for our customers has been significantly reduced.

Based on the comments received from our customers to bring more allergen testing in-house, we are proud to announce the addition of Mustard Allergen testing to our portfolio on May 7, 2018. The launch of this method also reduces the turn-around time and cost.

Quality Assured: NQAC Dublin partners with the Ohio Department of Agriculture

NQAC Dublin is pleased to announce our partnership with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Check out this article in Ohio Farmer to learn more about our partnership:

http://www.ohiofarmer.com/technology/quality-assured-nestl

 

Contact us at nqacdublininfo@us.Nestle.com for more information!

Ohio Valley Institute of Food Technologists

Our team had the pleasure of supporting our local IFT section by volunteering at the Annual Golf Outing as well as the 2018 Suppliers’ Night Expo.

The Ohio Valley IFT Golf Outing took place at the Hamilton Elks Golf Course in Liberty Township, OH. Nearly 50 OVIFT members braved the wind and grey skies to enjoy networking and a round of 18 holes with fellow members.

The 2018 Suppliers’ Night Expo was at the beautiful Savannah Center in West Chester, OH. Over 80 vendors and 250 attendees enjoyed a day of networking.

NQAC Dublin is looking forward to attending the 2018 Great Lakes IFT Suppliers Expo on 5/2 as well as the 2018 Lake Erie IFT Expo on 5/22. If you are attending either event this month, let us know, we’d love to say “Hello!”.