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Food Safety and Traceability: Business updates

01/18/2013 10:03:00 AM
Jim Offner

Brooks Tropicals fills food safety position

Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals LLC has hired Clara Sarmiento to lead its food safety program, said Mary Ostlund, marketing director.

Sarmiento oversees the company’s food safety initiatives worldwide, Ostlund said.

Sarmiento, who was an assistant to company owner Pal Brooks, has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Pontificia Javerianan University of Cali, Colombia, and a master’s in business administration in international business from St. John’s University, New York.


Center for Produce Safety wants proposals

The Center for Produce Safety, Davis, Calif., is scheduled to issue its annual call for research proposals Feb. 1, said Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, executive director.

The center anticipates having $2.5 million to $3 million in grant money available for research projects, Fernandez-Fenaroli said.

Grants are awarded in late summer.

“I expect we’ll have, in addition to core research questions that can pretty much apply to any crops, we’ll have specific commodity questions on mangoes, leafy greens, pistachios, tree fruit and cantaloupes,” Fernandez-Fenaroli said.

The center will have its annual symposium June 24-25 at Wegmans Conference Center in Rochester, N.Y.

It will be the first time the program is two days, Fernandez-Fenaroli said.

It’s also the first time that it will be held in a northern region of the U.S., Fernandez-Fenaroli said.


FoodLink buys Truetrac, signs new customer

Los Gatos, Calif.-based traceability service provider FoodLink, which in November acquired another Web-based tracking company, TrueTrac, announced Jan. 7 that it had signed Florida-based fresh berry distributor Dave’s Specialty Imports to its network.

“We looked at other solutions, but FoodLink stood out as the most flexible, cost-effective way for us to connect with our growers in Central and South America, and to achieve our goals in terms of labeling and traceability,” Mike Bowe, Dave’s Specialty Imports’ vice president, said in a news release.

FoodLink’s acquisition of TrueTrac has created a Web-based network directly linking information from a field all the way through packing, shipping and purchasing by retail category managers, ultimately bringing full visibility to shoppers in the store, said Kevin Brooks, FoodLink’s chief marketing officer.


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