According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, roughly one in six Americans become ill from eating contaminated food. Furthermore, according to the online magazine Food Safety News, food withdrawals, rejections and recalls cost the food industry $7 billion annually. Food tracking and tracing is one of the issues that has drawn considerable attention. FSMA requires that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agency establish standards, monitoring and testing requirements, and recordkeeping practices, based on lessons learned after conducting several studies and pilot projects. In addition, the FSMA expands the conditions under which FDA has access to company records containing sensitive product-related information. What is product tracing? Product tracing is the ability to know where a product came from and went to in the supply chain. Product tracing systems involves documenting the Cloud Mining of food so that in the case of contaminated food, the product can be traced back to its source. These systems enable food producers and retailers to take action more quickly and prevent illnesses. In the event of a product contamination, it is critical to have records that show where all products were distributed so that the product can be removed. FSMA contains some references to product traceability, including: recommendations for food traceability, including pilot programs for high-risk foods; analyses of the economic and global trade impacts of track-and-trace systems on the food supply; enhancing FDA's authoriry to incorporate traceability. Under the FSMA, the FDA has the authority to require companies to maintain records and conduct ongoing monitoring which exposes whether the company has adopted an effective system for controlling hazards on an ongoing basis. Many food producers and retailers have already implemented product tracing systems but there is no standardization as to how this is done. In each company, different amounts of information recorded will be recorded by their system, different forward or backward supply chain tracking can be implemented and different technologies will be used to maintain records. We advise businesses from the food and beverages industry to evaluate the implications of FSMA requirements for existing regulatory compliance programs, and the legal risks associated with potential noncompliance under the law. FSMA wants to ensure that you can track and trace your products. Product tracking and tracing is critical at all levels of the food chain in order to protect public health by proactively isolating products that can create a food incident.
People often struggle to make the step to going vegan. Here is some advice which I can give based on my personal experiences. 1. Encourage the people around you to join you on your journey. For example, if you convince your parents to join you using all the facts presented on my 'Why Go Vegan?' page, it will be easier to make dinner and do groceries. You can all help and encourage each other. If not your parents, then convince your friends! It will make going out for lunch or dinner easier if there are other vegans with you. 2. Take it one step at a time. You can start off by first going vegetarian, and then slowly ease out of eating dairy and eggs. Or you can take a different approach by first cutting out certain meats such as fish or chicken, which feel the most pain. Find out which approach works best for you. 3. Don't give up if you make a mistake. It's okay to mess up every once in a while, don't be too harsh on yourself. You are already helping the environment a lot more than the people around you. Just make sure to keep going and stay determined! 4. When going out to eat, check the menu of the restaurant before you go so that you can see if there are any vegan options. You can always call the restaurant to see if they have any options that you can customise to be vegan. 5. When ordering coffee, almost all places nowadays will have soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk to go in your coffee, making it a lot easier. Otherwise, you can always order black coffee, which normally doesn't contain any calories. You will get better at it along the way. It's a journey to improve the world and improve your health. Don't be embarrassed of being vegan, be proud of it! Good luck :)
Nowadays, all supermarkets sell non-dairy milk such as oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk. Therefore, it makes it very easy to go dairy free. The same goes for yoghurt and cheese, however vegan cheese can be harder to find in Sweden. Some supermarkets sell it, but if you can't find it, Goodstore (mentioned in the Store section of my Find Restaurants page) on Södermalm always sells a large assortment of it. Vegan meat alternatives can always be found in the freezer sections of supermarkets such as Coop or Ica. Many brands such as Ben & Jerry's have recently developed vegan options as well, and McDonalds now offers a McVegan on the menu, which tastes amazing. Being vegan is not difficult at all in a big city such as Stockholm, with a large variety of alternatives.