Maggi noodles back in Canada and future import risks to avoid
Originally reported by our sister brand Business Review Canada, we have good news for Canadians who happen to be Maggi Noodle fans: the food is safe to eat again!
Last month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency led a food safety investigation where no health risks associated with the consumption of Maggi brand noodle products in Canada was found—leading to the popular instant noodle to be deemed “safe” throughout the entire country.
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Imported from India, the Singapore food regulator also declared that Maggi noodles are safe for consumption, overturning the band that the product contained a high amount of lead and monosodium glutamate.
And while the noodle company will continue to be monitored by the food inspection agency to advice the public of any upcoming issues, Business Review Canada thinks it’s important to educate other imports on how to potentially avoid various health risks.
First and foremost, it’s vital for both suppliers and importers to have a CFIA Registration Number—that’s an FDA Registration Number for food companies that are in the United States. This number is needed if foods or beverages are manufactured, packaged, processed or held for consumption.
Furthermore, the following list can help ensure that health risks are avoided when it comes to importing food and beverage products in and out of different countries. After all, it’s important to keep consumers safe and healthy, right? These tips can help!
- The product name and description should always appear on the front of the package
- The Net Weight statement of the product should always be visible on the package
- If the product doesn’t have nutrition information on the package, then a Small Business Exemption needs to be filed
- The nutrition information of the product must always follow the rounding rules
And finally, and perhaps most importantly, it’s vital that the ingredients are permitted into the country in which the product is being shipped to. Most problems occur in the ingredients portion of the label. Specifically, translations are not always accurate.
Safety is a major issue in the food inspection industry — so always do your homework!
Specifically, when it comes to the importing and shipping of food and beverage products, if you do it the right way the first time, then you can save time and money. Not to mention, you don’t want any of your actions to hurt your reputation.
It should matter what particular product you’re shipping—food or drink—or which country you’re importing that product to—always follow protocol and always ensure that your actions promote health and safety.
New inclusive restaurant in New York, Contento
After a difficult year for the hospitality industry, a new New York restaurant, Contento, has raised the bar, by making it accessible to those with disabilities.
Contento beverage director, Yannick Benjamin, who uses a wheelchair, was tired of straining his neck each time he looked up at a customer. He and business partner George Gallego, who also uses a wheelchair, have designed a restaurant for people with disabilities to enjoy for a glass of wine or a night out, as the world gets back to normal.
Contento is a barrier free restaurant, inclusive of those with disabilities
Over the pandemic period, working from home has led to the evolution of hybrid working, an option which gives equal access to those with a disability.
Now as life gets back to normal, some hospitality businesses are adapting to make sure their buildings are inclusive.
Contento is a ‘barrier free restaurant’ where all customers are welcomed and catered for.
At Contento, half of the bar is low enough for people in wheelchairs to come up and order a drink, without the bartender looking down at them.
"There's a power dynamic that's quite annoying," said Benjamin. "I'm looking at [customers] and I've got to strain my neck."
But at Contento, customers who use a wheelchair can be eye-to-eye with Benjamin when they order. In addition:
- The space between tables is wide enough for wheelchairs to pass in between (which will also be useful for social distancing).
- Customers with visual impairments can scan a QR code on the menu, to have the menu read out loud to them.
The new normal is inclusive
15% of the world’s population lives with a disability. Each of these people deserve a seat at the table in their local bar.
"The key is that anyone who has a disability would be able to walk in here freely and comfortably," said Benjamin.
The world may be slowly getting back to normal, but for some, it will be even better.