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  • Sumfood explains foodborne illness outbreaks

    Posted on Oct 29, 2018

    Sumfood explains what happens where there is a foodborne illness outbreak

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  • Misalignment

    Posted on Oct 25, 2018

    In one image, the clash of the conferences and perhaps a metaphor for why food systems will struggle for connection and cohesion: raw oysters available to taste at the Food on the Edge (FOTE) conference in Galway, where the quality and diversity of food available in Ireland is celebrated by chefs and food enthusiasts alike. In contrast, you would never find a raw oyster at a food safety conference (in fact, raw oysters have the dubious honour of making food safety stalwart Bill Marler’s list of foods to never eat).

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  • Fraud: when something is not what it promises

    Posted on Oct 17, 2018

    There is something quite disappointing about ordering a coffee only to be served something that does not meet our expectations. Anticipation and then unmet expectations. A first world problem and one that we can shrug off as a quirk of our indulgent western lifestyle; it is not something that will impact our health, our work, nor our future. It’s a quality issue not a food safety one. But, what if the factors or inputs are different? Instead of a mid-afternoon coffee, the item is malaria medication or a bowl of rice for a hungry child? Circumstances that do have severe consequences.

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  • The cost of a recall

    Posted on Oct 10, 2018

    Food recalls happen for a myriad of reasons with contamination, failure to declare allergens, and mis-labelling as the usual culprits. The consequences of these human errors (or system failures) are both a risk to human health, and food wastage, as food, unfit for human consumption, is withdrawn from the supply chain.

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  • Why would someone want to mess with food?

    Posted on Oct 08, 2018

    As long as food has been traded there have been those who have sought to gain more out of the trade equation that their trading partners ... but, it's time to talk about something different, something far more dangerous, and dark. Something that threatens all of us who eat... food terrorism - deliberate tampering with the food system to cause harm.

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  • Food Dates

    Posted on Oct 05, 2018

    Confused about "use by" and "best before" - a short video to explain the difference

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  • Sumfood explains Food Fraud

    Posted on Oct 02, 2018

    A short explainer video about food fraud from the Sumfood team

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  • Michael Pollan: From food guru to psychonaut

    Posted on Jul 12, 2018

    It's not often we get to link to Stephen Colbert's Late Show on the Sumfood blog but this short chat with Michael Pollan humorously captures the unconventionality—some would say outlandishness—of his latest headline-grabbing venture.

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  • Absence labeling: Still not here.

    Posted on Jul 10, 2018

    This image of a McCormick label comes from an article we recently linked to on Sumfood's Twitter page. It's an outstanding example of a practice called 'absence labeling' and is summed up nicely by the article's central question: "What’s the rationale behind the creation of a non-GMO line of spices for which there are no GMO alternatives?"

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  • Transparency IQ @ Hamburger U

    Posted on Jul 04, 2018

    Sumfood attended the recent Transparency IQ conference at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's original Hamburger University. As much a museum to American fast food as a conference center, Hamburger U offered plenty of distractions during the day-long gathering focused on the 'revolutionary force of product transparency

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