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Supply Chain Blogs

National Sustainable Food Summit – Cor Groenveld, LRQA Global Product Manager Food Services, talks about how food safety delivers on sustainability

30th Mar 2012

Food safety is, I think, still top priority in the food supply chain and I think for the coming years it will remain top priority in the food supply chain. But what you see more and more is that sustainability issues like food security, like child labour, like environmental issues, they become more and more important.

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LRQA Japan : FSSC 22000 will result in a robust and effective food safety management system

12th Oct 2011 by JChowdhury

Cor Groenveld, LRQA Global Product Manager Food Services reports live from the LRQA Food Event being held in Tokyo; “Today I am at the LRQA Food Event in Tokyo. This event has been organised by LRQA Japan to inform food organisations on the current status and new developments regarding standards, audits and certification in the [...]

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LRQA Japan: Global food retailers highlight of GFSI Japan Food Safety Day

11th Oct 2011

LRQA Japan: Global food retailers highlight of GFSI Japan Food Safety Day This event is organised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to provide information on their activities and new developments in the food supply chain. There are over 200 delegates representing several food supply chain stakeholders including manufacturers, retailers, food service, certification scheme owners, certification bodies, consultants and trading companies.

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LRQA Food Forum Japan: ‘How to leverage the FSSC 22000 for supply chain audit?’

10th Oct 2011 by JChowdhury

Yoshihisa Onishi, Consultant at Japan FSMS Assessment and Registration Body (JFARB), discusses the purpose FSSC 22000 and how it can improve food safety. “In Japan, the spread of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) was promoted by establishment of the “Total Hygiene Controlled Manufacturing Process Approval System”. When ISO 22000 was issued in 2005, [...]

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Industry leaders discuss FSSC 22000 at LRQA Food Forum Sao Paulo –

2nd Sep 2011

The third blog from the LRQA Food Forum, Vel Pillay, Manager Food Safety Programs, LRQA Americas, discuss FSSC 22000.

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LRQA Business Assurance Food Safety Blog, February 2011

28th Feb 2011 by Cor Groenveld

Certification was a recurring theme throughout the GFSI Conference in London. With “Developing” a food safety culture the overall theme of the conference, the links between the two topics is the focus of today’s blog.

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LRQA Business Assurance Food Podcast Series, Episode 3

3rd Feb 2011

LRQA Food Safety Podcast Series 2011, episode 3, is an interview with Cor which took place on the final day of the European Manufacturing and Safety Forum in Holland. Listen to the podcast below.

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LRQA Business Assurance Food Podcast Series, Episode 2

3rd Feb 2011 by Cor Groenveld

LRQA Food Safety Podcast Series 2011, episode 2, is an interview with Cor which took place at the end of day one of the European Manufacturing and Safety Forum in Holland.

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Wabtec/LRQA IRIS certification case study

8th Nov 2010 by Alex Briggs

The Wabtec Corporation is a leading supplier of value-added, technology-based products and services for rail, transit and other global industries. Wabtec has about 50 manufacturing plants, service centers and sales offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America and about 5,000 employees.

In this podcast, Bruce Thomas, Wabtec’s Quality Manager, talked to us about IRIS certification, how LRQA Business Assurance helps Wabtec meet stakeholder expectations and the importance of a robust assessment process.

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LRQA Food Safety Link of the Day – April 28, 2010

28th Apr 2010 by Alex Briggs

Dr. James L. Marsden is Regent’s Distinguished Professor of Food Safety and Security at Kansas State University. His blog post, “Ten things government can do to help small plants improve food safety”, is our link of the day today.
Find out how LRQA is actively helping organisations manage their food safety risks,

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LRQA Business Assurance Thought of the Day – 3rd Party certification = Trust

14th Apr 2010 by Alex Briggs

Saffron Rouge, the first retailer in the beauty industry to focus exclusively on organics, has conducted a customer survey on the value of 3rd party certification of a company’s organic and sustainability claims. Saffron Rouge’s study found that 77% of their customers have trust and confidence in third party certification, whereas 72% did not trust natural and organic claims made by brand owners.

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Business Assurance Thought of the Day, IT Security, Corporate Reputation and ISO 27001

12th Apr 2010 by Alex Briggs

Organisations are making the link between the security of their online data and the potential risk to their corporate reputation. In a recent Websense study 98% of organisations indicated that they are under pressure from clients to protect data.
So what tools are out there to help them deal with it?

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China to focus on Food Safety in 2010

16th Mar 2010 by Alex Briggs

China has vowed to clampdown on food safety issues across the supply chain. In this Food Quality News article, China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture Wei Chao’an said,

Our agricultural products overall are safe and of high quality, but we must also recognize that while we transition from traditional to modern farming, many of our operations remain scattered, production methods are still backward and our supervision lags behind.

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Catherine Francois, Director of Food Programmes, Consumer Goods Forum, Interview

26th Feb 2010 by Alex Briggs

Catherine Francois, Director of Food Programmes, Consumer Goods Forum, Interview On the final day of February, LRQA’s Food Month, we bring you an interview with Catherine Francois, Director Food Safety Programmes, Consumer Goods Forum. Catherine is one of the most influential figures in the world of food safety. This podcast features her thoughts on certification, the GFSI’s role in harmonising global food safety standards and the Global Food Safety Conference.

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Words into Actions – moving from inspections to process based Assessments

18th Feb 2010

ISO 22000, PAS 220 and FSSC 22000 are changing the world of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) assessments.

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Food Safety and Business Assurance

18th Feb 2010

“Recently, a food manufacturing client asked me why they needed a FSSC 22000 management system certification and Business Assurance from LRQA. The conversation was all about “what could a certified management system approach offer that a checklist approach could not?” Read the full blog!

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TRUST comes by Food and leaves by Horse

12th Feb 2010

“A deliberate typo in relation to last week’s Global Food Safety Conference. Yet a relevant typo, as the issue is ‘who do you trust?’ I will explain later.”

Day Ten’s blogger is Ronald de Kok, LRQA.

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Final thoughts from the Global Food Safety Conference

12th Feb 2010 by Alex Briggs

This podcast is an interview with Robert DuPuy. Robert is the Vice-President of Sales and Training for LRQA USA. Robert joined LRQA in 2007. Robert has brought a revolutionary approach to the certification industry, with his insight and extensive IT experience helping shape Business Assurance in the USA. On the final day of the Global Food Safety Conference in Washington, D.C., we talked to Robert about his take on the event and organisations in attendance.

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GFSI, FSSC 22000 and Washington, D.C.

11th Feb 2010 by Cor Groenveld

Cor talks about his recent visit to the Global Food safety event in Washington and specifically talks about FSSC 22000, GFSI and more.

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Latest food scare raises call for traceability

26th Jan 2010 by Alex Briggs

The 1.25 million pound salami recall by Daniele Inc. and the associated outbreak have once again raised questions about traceability. This Food Safety News article highlights the seriousness of the issue.

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Retailer to save billions by purchasing more goods direct from suppliers

15th Jan 2010 by Sarah Whitworth

Wal-Mart Stores plans to squeeze billions of dollars out of its supply chain this year by purchasing more goods direct from manufacturers, cutting out third-party suppliers.

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More Ominous Signs of Supply Chain Structural Change

12th Jan 2010

Read the latest Blog By Bob Ferrari on Supply Chain Business Process and Technology.

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Lloyd’s Register Copenhagen Blog, December 18, 2009 – NGO’s, Shipping and an organisation turns 250 years old

18th Dec 2009 by Alex Briggs

Dr Anne-Marie Warris’ blog today is also an audio blog as she called us from outside of the Bella Centre last night to update us on the latest COP 15 happenings. The audio file is just above, and below is the transcript of her phone in. Just before this was uploaded, Anne-Marie called back to say,

The mood has definitely changed over the course of today, with optimism on both funding and the possibility of a deal being done creeping back into people’s thoughts.

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Lloyd’s Register Copenhagen Audio Blog, December 17, 2009 – Energy Efficiency and the Rebound Effect

17th Dec 2009 by Alex Briggs

Lloyd’s Register Copenhagen Audio Blog, December 17, 2009 – Energy Efficiency and the Rebound Effect Today’s blog was phoned in by Sean Cuthbert, the Lloyd’s Register Energy’s leading climate change expert. The blog post is available as an audio file or as the transcript below.

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Skeptics, Standards, and Peak “Everything” – Lloyd’s Register Copenhagen Link of the Day, December 16th, 2009

16th Dec 2009 by Alex Briggs

Today’s Lloyd’s Register Copenhagen COP 15 blog post is from Sean Cuthbert, one of our leading climate change experts. Sean attended an oil industry meeting at the COP 15 conference and here are his thoughts.

Skeptics, Standards, and Peak “Everything”

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Food Sector Key to Sustainable Supply Chain -Oxfam

27th Nov 2009 by Alex Briggs

In this FoodNavigator.com article, Dr Lea Borkenhagen, head of Oxfam’s Sustainable Livelihoods Strategy, said, “The food and beverage industry is at the forefront of change due to their reliance on agricultural goods at the top of the supply chain.”

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How to secure international trade?

2nd Nov 2009 by Richard Gunawan

How do we balance the priorities between the government’s interests and organisational objectives?
With the proliferation of trade security initiatives showing no sign of abating, there is an urgent need to adopt a common architecture to manage the assurance requirements essential to the public and private sectors.

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Episode 8, LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series

14th Sep 2009 by Alex Briggs

In Episode 8 of the 10-part LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series, Harriet Lamb, Fairtrade Foundation, Alan Knight, AccountAbility and Solitaire Townsend, Futerra Communications share their thoughts on what it will take for organisations and government to rebuild consumer trust.

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LRQA Food Safety Webinar Technical PART 12

25th Aug 2009 by Alex Briggs

Part 12 of the LRQA Food Safety Webinar is also from the technical presentation of Cor Groenveld. Here he talks about sections 6-8 of PAS 220:2008. the sections dedicated to Utilities, Waste Management and Equipment suitability.

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Episode 7, LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series

24th Aug 2009 by Alex Briggs

In Episode 7 of the 10-part LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series, Sandy Sutherland, Head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs for Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) talks about trust, carbon footprinting and the “AccountAbility Gap.” The interview was conducted at the Launch of the What Assures Consumers in an Economic Downturn Report at the Lloyd’s Register HQ in London. The research is the latest in a series from AccountAbility, sponsored by the Co-operative and supported by LRQA.

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LRQA Business Assurance Quote of the Day, 18 August, 2009 FOOD SAFETY

18th Aug 2009 by Alex Briggs

Last year the world had a wake-up call with the sudden oil and food price rises. While we know the price of our food, the full environmental costs and the costs to our health are significant and hidden. We need a radical rethink of how we produce and consume our food.

UK Environment minister, Hilary Benn

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LRQA Business Assurance Quote of the Day, August 12, 2009 FOOD SAFETY

13th Aug 2009 by Alex Briggs

Third-party recognition is important for many of USDA’s audit-based programs. We understand the value of this step as we continue working to strengthen the integrity of the NOP and to build the organic community’s trust in the program.

USDA deputy secretary Kathleen Merrigan on the importance of independent, third-party auditing.

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Episode 6, Carbon Footprinting, LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series

11th Aug 2009 by Alex Briggs

In episode 6 of the 10-part LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series, carbon footprinting and “green issues” are discussed. Featured are Harriet Lamb, Fairtrade Foundation, Sandy Sutherland, LRQA and Solitaire Townsend, Futerra Communications.

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Episode 5 LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series

23rd Jul 2009 by Alex Briggs

In Episode 5 of the 10-part LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series, Dr Alan Knight, Head of Standards and Related Services at AccountAbility, one of the leading think tanks on corporate social responsibility and climate change issues, and Kate Ives, co-author of the What Assures Consumers in an Economic Downturn report and also from AccountAbility, talk about some of the key results from the latest What Assures Consumers research.

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Business Assurance in an Economic Downturn – Robert DuPuy Podcast

22nd Jul 2009 by Alex Briggs

The latest LRQA Business Assurance interview features Robert DuPuy, the Head of Sales and Training for Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, Inc. (LRQA). In this interview, Robert talks about some of the key issues that organisations are facing during difficult economic times. He talks about management systems, the characteristics of a good management system and the importance of having accredited independent third party certification of management systems.

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Episode 4, INDEPENDENT ASSURANCE, LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series

14th Jul 2009 by Alex Briggs

In Episode 4 of the 10-part LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series, the importance of independent assurance in restoring consumer trust in organisations and government is highlighted. Featured are Harriet Lamb, Fairtrade Foundation, Helen McTaggart of the Co-operative, Alan Knight and Kate Ives, AccountAbility, Sandy Sutherland, LRQA and Solitaire Townsend, Futerra Communications.

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LRQA Food Safety Webinar, Parts 5-8 Video Files

13th Jul 2009 by Alex Briggs

The recent LRQA Food Safety Webinar is now available in smaller segments, starting with the opening session, “Food Safety Issue and Standards” being broken down into 8 individual video files. This post contains 5-8. Click on any of the images below to view that section of the webinar. Here is also the link to sections 1-4 .

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LRQA Food Safety Webinar Parts 1-4 Video Files

9th Jul 2009 by Alex Briggs

The recent LRQA Food Safety Webinar is now available in smaller segments, starting with the opening session, “Food Safety Issue and Standards” being broken down into 8 individual video files. This post contains 1-4. Click on any

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LRQA Food Safety Webinar now available

8th Jul 2009 by Alex Briggs

The July 1st Food Safety Webinar from LRQA is now available for listening, viewing and downloading.
The entire session is available as a recorded Webex here.
You can also view the webinar in parts with each of the sections being uploaded individually. The first sections will be uploaded tomorrow, covering all of the opening session, “Food Safety Issues and Standards.”

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Risk Managers crucial to restoring Trust

1st Jul 2009 by Alex Briggs

Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (AIRMIC) next chairman, Paul Howard, was recently interviewed by Sue Copeland for this article in Strategic Risk Magazine.

At a time when resources are even scarcer, risk managers are going to have to be much smarter in the solutions we offer and really review the cost benefit of any situation.

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Danisco sees Sustainability leading Triple Bottom Line

26th Jun 2009 by Alex Briggs

According to this FoodNavigator.com article, Danisco’s new sustainability chief, Jeffrey Hogue, will look to build more value from company policies and seeing results on the bottom line – as well as for the environment and local communities.

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Business Assurance Thought of the Day, June 23, 2009 – Supply Chain Planning during the Economic Downturn

23rd Jun 2009 by Alex Briggs

This Infosysblogs post takes a closer look at where organisations are investing across their supply chain, breaking it down by location and sector.Interestingly, over 50% of organisations that took part in a recent poll inidated that forward planning was their focus, not maintenance.

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Business Assurance Thought of the Day – Guardian Climate Change Summit Notes

16th Jun 2009 by Alex Briggs

Here is a collection of notes and thoughts from Guardian Climate Change Summit 2009 in London yesterday, most of which were posted yesterday on our www.twitter.com/lrqa page.

First session thoughts and notes
Quote from Gavin Neath, Senior VP Unilever “Organisations need to learn humility.For the past 30 years, environmental groups were right, businesses were wrong.”
Mars looking to work with PAS 2050 the carbon Footprinting for products, according to Fiona Dawson, Managing Director, Mars, UK

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Episode 1 LRQA Business Assurance Trust and Transparency Podcast Series

9th Jun 2009 by Alex Briggs

The 10 part “Trust and Transparency” podcast series is here! Harriet Lamb of The Fairtrade Foundation starts the series with her insight on what it takes for organisations to rebuild consumer trust. She also talks about Fairtrade and how they have done during the current economic downturn. She also shares her thoughts on the What Assures Consumers in an Economic Downturn report, the latest in a series from AccountAbility, sponsored by the Co-operative and supported by LRQA.

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May 22, 2009 Thought of the Day – Food Safety

22nd May 2009 by Alex Briggs

Our Business Assurance Thought of the Day today helps bring the US Food Safety situation into perspective. According to Ohio.com,

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US government agency solely responsible for auditing food manufacturing locations across the US did not conduct any audits at all in 2007-2008 in California, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

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Business Assurance Thought of the Day, May 5, 2009 – Asia

5th May 2009 by Alex Briggs

Today’s quote focuses on the potential of Asia. A book released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ADB Institution on Monday at the 42nd ADB annual meeting in Bali provides us with our Business Assurance Thought of the Day:

“Asia has enormous untapped economic potential,” said ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda, adding “Connecting its diverse economies and peoples through seamless infrastructure will help in achieving an integrated, poverty-free, prosperous, and peaceful Asia and the world.”

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Business Assurance Link of the Day, April 29, 2009 : Supply Chain

29th Apr 2009 by Alex Briggs

Today’s link of the day is from a leading supply chain blog. This post is titled, “Seven Habits of Effective Supply Chain Managers.”

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Business Assurance Link of the Day, April 29, 2009 : Supply Chain

29th Apr 2009 by Alex Briggs

Today’s link of the day is from a leading supply chain blog. This post is titled, “Seven Habits of Effective Supply Chain Managers.”

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Business Assurance Thought of the Day, April 17, The Cost of Getting it Wrong

17th Apr 2009 by Alex Briggs

With Food Safety at the top of the agenda for governments, organisations and individuals, the risk to brands that get it wrong has never been greater. The costs of assuring the food supply chain have been seen by some as “too high” or “not necessary.” The example of the Plainview Peanut Company’s $14.6 million fine highlights once again the true costs of “getting it wrong.”

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Supply Chain Managers Fear Protectionism

15th Apr 2009 by Alex Briggs

Supply chain managers in North America, Europe and Asia by a wide margin worry that increasing trade protectionism could push the global recession into a global depression, according to a survey released today.

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Business Assurance Thought and Link of the Day, March 31st, 2009: Food Safety

31st Mar 2009 by Alex Briggs

Todays thought and link of the day both refer to a new report, Keeping America’s Food Safe.

Only one percent of imported foods are currently inspected, even though approximately 60 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables and 75 percent of seafood Americans consume is imported.

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Business Assurance Thought and Link of the Day, March 25, 2009: Supply Chains

25th Mar 2009 by Alex Briggs

Today’s thought and link are related to global supply chains and are from the same source, Bob Ferrari’s blog.

Tata didn’t set the price of the Nano by calculating the cost of production and then adding to margin. Rather it set $2500 as the price that it thought customers could pay and then worked back, with the help of partners willing to take on a challenge, to build a $2500 car that would reward all involved with a small profit.

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NASA Supply Chain Under Attack

6th Mar 2009 by Alex Briggs

If the general public wants an example that makes ISO 28000 relevant, they need look no further than NASA. In this Houston Chronicle article, the acting administrator of NASA told the US Congress yesterday that some of the cost overruns from the space agency stem from counterfeit parts inadvertently installed on space craft.

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A new international standard for traceability

4th Mar 2009 by Cor Groenveld

ISO 22005 is the new international standard for traceability in the food and feed supply chain. Traceability is a must throughout the whole feed and food supply chain, in particular as a part of the emergency management process when quality or food safety problems with raw materials or finished products occur. When an organisation is able to rapidly trace back ingredients or finished products, risks and costs involved with quality and food safety defects will be reduced. The standard is part of the ISO 22000 family and it provides tools to implement an effective traceability system as part of a food safety / quality management system.

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US Food Safety Consumer Confidence at all time Low

2nd Mar 2009 by Alex Briggs

Consumer confidence in the safety of the US food supply has dropped sharply in the wake of the current salmonella outbreak, with fewer than one in five now saying that they feel the supply is safer now than a year ago.
With only 22.5 percent saying that the nation’s food supply has become safer, confidence in American food is the lowest it has been.

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Using BS 25999 to reduce risk and lower compliance costs

27th Feb 2009

A recent research report, comprising of interviews conducted by IBM, with over 1200 chief financial officers from 79 countries, concluded the following points mentioned in the article.

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How Prepared Are You? Business Continuity Management Toolkit

27th Jan 2009

In the event of a business disruption, Business Continuity Management (BCM) helps you to identify and prepare for critical business operations. This may be more important for organisations with global complex supply chains or where there is a single-point of dependency from either the supplier or customer side.

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Food Terrorism tops 2009 Safety scare list

11th Jan 2009 by Alex Briggs

For 2009, Bill Marler, food safety advocate and managing partner of law firm Marler Clark, asked the food safety community to weigh in on the most pressing food safety challenges.

Top of the list was globalization, including the possibility of “economic or chemical terrorism”, which may not directly intend to scare people but is the intentional adulteration of the food supply motivated by profit, as in the case of the recent melamine scare in China.

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What is Supply Chain?

9th Jan 2009 by Kevin Roberts

An article which explains the term Supply Chain, and what it means to businesses all over the world.

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Credit Crunch Supply Chain Predictions

18th Dec 2008 by Alex Briggs

i2 Technologies has published their economic downturn supply chain predictions:

1. SaaS and other engagement models will dominate in 2009
Software as a service (SaaS) and other engagement models will dominate the market in 2009 as companies seek to focus technology budgets on gaining a competitive advantage quickly without additional infrastructure. Outcome-based service engagements will be encoded into contracts in 2009 utilizing a managed business process services approach.
2. Risk becomes real and so does risk management

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Is your supply chain at risk?

17th Dec 2008

Bob Ferrraris Blog about Supply Chains, this post talks about Supply Chain risks today.

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Collapse of Big Three would be a threat across the supply chain

9th Dec 2008 by Alex Briggs

The future of any of the big three U.S. automakers lies both in world-class, competitive products, but also in a vibrant supplier network that can drive higher levels of innovation and time-to-market.

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Shoring up supply chain security

5th Nov 2008

In a blog by Volkan Sevindik, it looks at the supply chain and how security breaches can damage brands, break down partnerships and, ultimately, hurt the bottom line.

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Ethical Supply Chain Video Podcast Series Episode 1

27th Oct 2008 by Alex Briggs

Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director for Marshalls in the UK is on the cutting edge of CSR, ethical supply chain initiatives, carbon labelling, workers rights and stakeholder engagement. In the first episode of our Ethical Supply Chain Video Podcast series. Chris talked to us during the recent Ethical Supply Chain Summit in Berlin.
Chris shares his thoughts on some of the key topics that are facing global brands today, with the conversation ranging from competitive advantage for businesses embedding CSR as part of their business practice to Marshalls work with the Carbon Trust in becoming the first brand to carbon label their entire product range.

Chris shares his thoughts on some of the key topics that are facing global brands today, with the conversation ranging from competitive advantage for businesses embedding CSR as part of their business practice to Marshalls work with the Carbon Trust in becoming the first brand to carbon label their entire product range.

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Business Continuity Risks for China, India and Asia overall

27th Oct 2008

According to Forbes Calamity Prevention “the business impact of planning to mitigate, respond to and recover from earthquakes will be significant all over Asia, even if no more earthquakes occur for many years.”
Recent earthquakes around the Pacific Rim in the last four months have registered 6.0 or higher on the Richter scale, the magnitude at which earthquakes are generally considered destructive.

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Milk Scandal Spills over to Food Safety and Consumer Trust

14th Oct 2008 by Alex Briggs

This New York Times Media Group article raises the question “Is there more tainted food out there?”

The melamine scandal has heightened fears that the food business is racing ahead of the ability of governments to detect health-threatening contamination, whether accidental or deliberate.

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www.BusinessAssurance.com to interview experts at Ethical Corp Supply Chain Event

13th Oct 2008 by Alex Briggs

Our editor will be on hand at this week’s gathering of some of the world’s leading supply chain experts and directors .

We will be blogging from the event, as well as providing our audience with some insight from some of the key topics discussed at the event.

We will be interviewing some of the supply chain world’s most influential thought leaders.

Starting with Monday, October 20th, we will be posting each day next week with either a blog post or an interview.

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Measuring your Supply Chain Performance

22nd Sep 2008 by Alex Briggs

This Supply Chain Market article takes an in-depth look at supply chain performance, asking some of the tough questions. Supply Chain Assurance is all about ensuring that your supply chain is functioning at maximum capacity and efficiency. The role of management efficiency is highlighted here.

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Are Standards helping or hurting workers rights?

17th Sep 2008 by Alex Briggs

Two workers rights experts have held an insightful debate into Supply Chain standards and human rights for workers. Jeff Ballinger, academic, former union and NGO activist is clearly against standards as the end all solution for factory abuses, while Doug Cahn, consultant and formerly of Reebok, is in favour of standards and audits in bringing about change in supply chain factories around the globe.
This Ethical Corporation article features the full debate.

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Supply Chain Security/Food Safety Video

16th Sep 2008 by Alex Briggs

This link is to a flash movie on the key issues surrounding food safety and supply chain security.

The presentation is from O. Keith Helferich, Ph.D. -Professor, Supply Chain Management at Central Michigan University and
Instructor, Supply Chain Management, Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, and John Spink, MS., Director
Packaging for Food and Product Protection Initiative.

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Are Standards the answer to the Biofuels Debate?

15th Sep 2008 by Alex Briggs

The Gallagher Review, commissioned by the UK government and released in July, concluded the EU’s biofuels target of 10% of all fuels by 2020 could not be met sustainably and advised that targets be scaled back.

The report concluded that, while the current targets are not realistic under the existing regulations,

if robust, comprehensive and mandatory sustainability standards are implemented now, a genuinely sustainable industry could evolve.

This ClimateChangeCorp.com article goes on to discuss existing standards, as well as introducing the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels “Version Zero” proposed standard.

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Compliance driving Global Supply Chains?

8th Jul 2008 by Alex Briggs

This Retail Bulletin article discusses the results of a recently published survey on supply chain issues. According to the 100 UK supply chain professionals surveyed, supply chain managers spend up to 52 days a year keeping abreast of, and complying with regulation and legislation relating to the supply chain.
The research found 84 per cent spend up to 52 days a year on compliance while 16 per cent claim even more time. More than half (58 per cent) claim to be either concerned or very concerned about operating in an increasingly regulated environment.

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Wal Mart to pay more for sustainably sourced products

4th Feb 2008 by Alex Briggs

Lee Scott, CEO and President of CEO commented,

“The drive will see the retailer favour – and in some cases even pay more – for suppliers that meet our standards and share our commitment to quality and sustainability”.
“Paying more in the short term for quality will mean paying less in the long term as a company. Higher quality products will mean better value, fewer problems, fewer returns and greater trust with our customers,”

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Complex supply chains

31st Jan 2008 by Gail Van Den Bos

We see a lot in the media about product recalls and product safety scares: these impact on brand reputation and cause customers to lose confidence.

And the items concerned come from supply chains that are a network of many unrelated organisations. These operate locally, nationally or internationally, all contributing to the delivery of a product or service to the end user, the consumer.

And these supply chains can be very complex. You may not realises it but:

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Sustainability in the Food Supply Chain: Hype or Trend?

25th Jan 2008 by Cor Groenveld

A roundtable discussion was recently organised by LRQA’s Netherlands office. The focus was on sustainability in the Food Supply Chain.
Here is a brief synopsis of the topics covered and the key points raised.

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TAPA Supply Chain Standard

30th Nov 2007 by Alex Briggs

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is an association of security professionals and related business partners from various high technology manufacturing and transportation companies who have come together for the purpose of addressing the emerging security threats that are common to the relevant industries. The TAPA EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) brochure contains relevant information on the organisation, the TAPA FSR Standard and a list of the members and associate members.

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Supplier of a supplier still the problem of the manufacturer

30th Oct 2007 by Gail Van Den Bos

A recent article in The Observer newspaper in the UK, highlighted how a supplier to Gap Inc. had sub-contracted their work to another supplier where child labour was apparently found in use.

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Is your beer safe?

30th Oct 2007 by Alex Briggs

Anheuser Busch has denied serious allegations by Greenpeace that their Budweiser beer contains traces of a genetically engineered strain of rice known as “Liberty Link”.
Liberty Link is a series of strains of GM rice from Bayer CropScience. Some of the strains are banned in a number of markets around the world for human consumption, but not in the US.
Due to Anheuser Busch’s position as the largest single purchaser of American rice, Greenpeace claims that the group had a responsibility to ensure it was fully aware of how it is sourcing ingredients.

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Supply Chain metrics and benchmarking

18th Oct 2007 by Gail Van Den Bos

Is there any value to benchmarking in supply chains? And how reliable is the information? Is the only organisation that benefits the one that does the number crunching and writes a report?
Where a set of metrics is issued to a company showing how they sit against their competitors, do they do anything with the information? From my experience, I’m not sure that they do.

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What’s new for Supply Chains?

10th Oct 2007 by Gail Van Den Bos

There’s a great deal of information available about supply chains. And increasingly, it’s highlighting new areas. No longer limited to product safety recalls and logistical headaches, we’re now hearing more about green supply chains, ethical supply chains, carbon management in supply chains, reverse outsourcing, supply chain security and so on.

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Changes in supply chain collaboration, management and security

9th Oct 2007

Changes in supply chain collaboration, management and security The @ Supply Chain Management blog points to a new supply chain report, which presents the results of comprehensive longitudinal research into supply chain management and supply chain security.

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Is local food safer?

9th Oct 2007

Is local food safer? A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University suggests that US consumers believe that local food is safer than that from further afield.

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China cracks down on food producers

2nd Oct 2007 by Cor Groenveld

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald addresses the food safety concerns in China. The Chinese Government revoked the production licenses of hundreds of companies. It is known that food safety is very high on the agenda of China’s government. Reasons for that are the coming Olympics and the negative publicity from several food scandals. [...]

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Wal-Mart addresses climate change and supply chain

25th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

The key issues of risk management, supply chain and climate change have made their way to the top of media and corporate agendas recently.

A Wal-Mart and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) joint effort will measure the climate change effects across the Wal-Mart supply chain.

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Mattel apology to China not the end of it

25th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

When big brands started to manufacture their products in “cheap labour” markets, it was believed that the brands had all the power, with governments doing everything they could to create favourable economic incentives to those brands.

The latest in the Mattel “lead paint” story seems to have indicated that the situation has drastically changed.

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More consumer calls for transparency

21st Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

In a food safety environment that is being increasingly driven by consumer awareness and outcry, soft drink manufacturers are taking steps to assure consumers that they are reducing additives in their products.

This Foodqualitynews.com article

A recent Food Standards Agency (FSA) report stated:

“eating or drinking certain mixes of additives together with the preservative sodium benzoate, could be linked to a negative effect on children’s behaviour.”

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Supply Chain Risks, One Year Later

21st Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

A Forbes article on growing supply chain risks, published a year ago this week, stated:

The three most cited disruptions to their supply chains were the supply of raw materials, the performance of supply chain partners (specifically in delivery and quality) and volatile fuel prices.

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Green Supply Chains and consumer pressure

20th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

Successful consumer led campaigns against companies using cheap labour may be the blueprint for upcoming campaigns aimed at brands not paying enough attention to the “greenness” of their global supply chain. This Supply Chain Digest article once again shows that brands cannot afford to get their supply chain wrong. It is no longer enough for [...]

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Import Supply Chain Checklist

20th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

Despina Keegen of JP Morgan Global Trade Services has written a guest column for Supply and Demand Chain which features a supply chain checklist. Interestingly, the column talks about a possible “import czar” position being created at the cabinet level of the US government. A sign as to how important supply chain safety, supply chain [...]

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Harmonisation of food standards: a step closer

20th Sep 2007 by Cor Groenveld

Will we ever have a “one size fits all” food safety management system? The Food Safety section editor, Cor Groenveld, provides an informative update on the initiatives that are all trying to bring some uniformity to the food industry. This blog post makes sense of a very complex situation.

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Supply Chain Security

17th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

A recent study has shown that 90% of all global exports are transported by shipping. The DTZ study has raised the importance of supply chain security for ports. So, where is the threat to the security of the supply chain coming from? The research identified four key areas of threat with terrorism becoming increasingly important. This [...]

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Supply Chains: Who’s to blame when it all goes wrong?

17th Sep 2007 by Gail Van Den Bos

China’s manufacturing sites come in for a lot of bad press… maybe deservedly, but they are part of a chain of responsibility that starts with the customer at one end of the chain. Quite a few questions need to be asked before identifying culprits who contribute to product failures.

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New white paper shows Chinese food exports safest in world

17th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

An article on a new white paper has shown that Chinese food exports are the safest in the world, with the EU accepting 99.8%, the US 99.1% and Japan accepting 99.42% (better than the EU and the US rates of acceptance for Japan). With the recent food safety scares originating largely in China, the Chinese government [...]

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AP article finds little change despite E Coli outbreak

14th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

The Arizona Republic ran a story on a recent Associated Press study indicating that the anticipated wave of government and industry regulation following last year’s E Coli outbreak has not materialised. AP’s review of data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act found that federal officials inspect companies growing and processing salad greens an average of just [...]

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The YouTube! ISO14001 video

11th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

For those of you who haven’t seen it, ISO has put a promotional video on YouTube! The video is an overview of the environmental management standard, ISO 14001, and has over 5,400 downloads so far!
Further, there are supply chain videos on YouTube!, including this promotional video from Cisco and Ford, as well as Food Safety videos, including this one on Food Safety and China.

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Supply Chain Conference in Prague

10th Sep 2007 by Gail Van Den Bos

At the recent Global Food Safety Summit inPrague, a number of key messages emerged. These included the importance of effective risk assessments across all of the supply network, of the need to have processes in place to prevent emergencies (product recalls, security incidents), and also to be prepared to respond if the worst happens. Whilst the [...]

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Dow Chemical and Union Pacific Railroad Working on Supply Chain Security

7th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

Dow and Union Pacific have joined together with emergency responders across California to improve and test their safety and security skills in chemical rail transportation.The exercises are taking place all over California, as part of a road show.”We take very seriously our obligation to responsibly manufacture and move our  oducts,” said Henry Ward, director of transportation safety [...]

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Supply Chain problems linked directly to financial performance

7th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

Supply Chain Digest, in their graphic of the week have proven a direct link between supply chain disruptions and a negative impact on a company’s stock prices. The importance of a company being able to effectively manage their supply chain, from beginning to end, has never been more relevant.  Recent high-profile media cases, have highlighted the [...]

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Thoughts from the Global Food Safety Summit, Prague

7th Sep 2007 by Cor Groenveld

I just got back from the Global Food Safety Summit 2007 in Prague. The event featured stakeholders from the food manufacturers, retail, food services and suppliers of food ingredients. It was a series of presentations, interactive sessions and individual meetings, all based around the issues of food safety in the supply chain. The attendees and [...]

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Consumers increase call for transparency in food labeling

6th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

A Greener Choice Blog post has highlighted a recent Consumers Report poll has found that 92 percent of Americans want their food products to be labelled with the country of origin. In line with the recent What Assures Consumers report which focused on UK and US consumers and their attitudes toward climate change, the Consumers Report poll [...]

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Trust in the Food Supply Chain

6th Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

Canadian Blogger Robert Paterson has linked three key Business Assurance issues into one post: Food Safety, Supply Chain Assurance and the importance of transparency. Have a look at his “know your farmer, trust your farmer” point of view.

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Internal testing reveals latest Salmonella scare in US

3rd Sep 2007 by Alex Briggs

Fresh Metz, a California based “grower and shipper specializing in year-round custom-grown spinach” has voluntarily recalled 8,000 cases of its products after an internal test found traces of salmonella on some of their products. Coming on the back of new guidelines rolled out just five months ago, the latest recall of spinach has shocked the industry [...]

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Think beyond the carbon label

2nd Jul 2007 by Tim Kitchin

If we are to trade our way out of climate change, consumers are going to need to make much better environmental choices.

Realistically, they will need a lot more information; honestly produced and simply presented.

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The challenge facing carbon markets

16th May 2007 by Anne-Marie Warris

We are at the beginning of a new era, of a new exciting place to be. But we’re also facing a huge level of challenge.

We as individuals have to start making carbon choices that we’re not prepared to make yet, but that we’re beginning to think about.

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Times highlights need for Food Assurance

16th Apr 2007 by Tim Kitchin

UK newspaper, The Times has highlighted a growing scandal as demand for ‘ethical’ and sustainable products outstrips supply, and unscrupulous suppliers are pushing farms.

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The value of provenance: Part 2

30th Nov 2006 by Tim Wilson

“Degrees of shoparation” is the extent to which I don’t know the provenance of a product — it might be that I don’t have any connection with it at all.

How does this affect brands and branding?

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Effective supply chain management

22nd Nov 2006 by Andrew Kakabadse

One of the most critical applications facing management systems, is their deployment across complex supply-chains, where the same ‘rules and processes’ will need to be adapted into different cultures and risk management frameworks.

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The value of provenance: Part 1

21st Nov 2006 by Tim Wilson

The difference in value between a tired, stage-battered, old Fender Stratocaster previously owned by my mate Chas, and one owned by Eric Clapton could be more than £50,000. Why is that?

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Competing supply chains are the future

8th Nov 2006

In an article in the FT today, David Barnes, CIO at UPS argues that supply chains will soon overshadow companies in terms of their impact on business success.

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Risk of unrest increasing in China, say Maplecroft

30th Oct 2006

According to Maplecroft the risk of social unrest in China is on the rise, following the revelation that the poorest 10 per cent of the population in China has actually become worse-off despite the economic boom.

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E. coli on the march

6th Oct 2006 by Tim Kitchin

The number of cases of E. coli in spinach continues to multiply in the US, displacing more serious governance concerns like HP’s alleged employee-spying from the front pages of newspapers.

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Organic is no more healthy

20th Sep 2006

The traditional association between organic foods and health is being steadily eroded, and replaced, with greater consumer association with the environmental benefits.

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