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May 13, 2016

The FDA recently released its final FSMA rule, which applies specifically to food transportation. While many food safety professionals have implemented HACCP or similar plans, they’ll need to review their current plans to ensure they comply with FSMA.


Only 8% of IT decision makers believe IoT has nothing to offer their company. With companies rapidly embracing IoT technologies to streamline their operations and develop new services, is CIOTO the next C-level position?

With IoT technologies in such high demand, it’s imperative that the technology is both reliable and secure enough to get the job done. NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has released a draft document pushing for a more holistic cybersecurity process.

Pharmacy Safety

In an effort to prevent medication errors, ASHP (The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) is launching Standardize 4 Safety to standardize concentrations for IV and oral liquid medications.

Florida’s usually divided congressional delegation closed ranks around the state’s growing Zika crisis, urging the passage of a Zika funding bill. At the same time, the NACDS Foundation is launching a Zika prevention campaign in Puerto Rico to help stem the spread of the virus.

Zipline, a Bay Area robotics startup, in partnership with Gavi and UPS plans to use drones to deliver vaccines and blood for transfusions to hard-to-reach areas of Rwanda.

Food Safety

The German Agricultural Minister revealed that the EU won't sacrifice food safety for the TTIP deal. At the same time, both the U.S. & Canada agree their food safety systems are comparable.

Chipotle has hired two leading food safety experts - one of them being a strong critic of the company - as it redoubles its food safety efforts. Perhaps they’ll focus more on preventive strategies, under the direction of FSMA, which experts argue is more valuable than testing.

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