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  • Assessing Risk And Preventing Food Fraud With A PRN System
    Assessing Risk And Preventing Food Fraud With A PRN System

    Food fraud is an easy term to define and understand: The fraudulent and intentional substitution, dilution, or addition to a product or raw material, or misrepresentation of the product or material, for the purpose of financial gain by either increasing the apparent value of the product or by reducing the cost of its production. While the idea is very easy to understand, it’s not so easy of an obstacle to overcome.

How Is JIFSAN Helping To Modernize Global Food Safety?

As the supply chain continues to expand its global reach, the need for improved food safety at every stretch of the globe becomes greater and greater. Here, Janie Dubois, laboratory program manager for the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), answers Global Food Safety Forum (GFSF) Chairman Rick Gilmore’s questions on behalf of Food Online about JIFSAN’s efforts to improve food safety on a global level. Dubois also addresses some of the latest technologies that are improving food safety.

Integrating Different Food Safety Cultures During Mergers & Acquisitions

You’re a food manufacturer, your company is growing, and the decision has been made to acquire a new company for your established brand portfolio. But, joining different food safety protocols with another company is going to trigger a change of culture. How can you implement food safety programs and develop a unified culture of food safety with that newly acquired company?

Food Online's Top 10 Of May

What was most important to our readers in May? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most-popular articles that appeared on Food Online

Navigating The Changing Import/Export Market And Its Impact On Food Safety

At the 12th annual North American Summit on Food Safety, SQFI Regional Representative for Canada and Pacific Northwest U.S., Frank Schreurs, served as Chair for Day Two of the conference. In this roundtable discussion, led by Schreurs, Tim Byrne, director of quality and product innovation at Ganong, Karen Mills, director of quality assurance at High Liner Foods, and William Thomas, CEO of Thomas Utopia Brands offer suggestions for traversing the constantly-changing import/export market and discuss how those changes affect their companies’ food safety processes.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration Rule: Mitigation Strategies Protect Consumers And Your Brand
    FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration Rule: Mitigation Strategies Protect Consumers And Your Brand

    On May 27, 2016, the FDA finalized the last of its seven foundational rules under FSMA. Titled “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration,” the rule is commonly referred to by industry as the “Food Defense” or the “Intentional Adulteration” rule. Published in the Federal Register last month, this rule imposes new requirements concerning food defense on many FDA-registered food facilities, both here in the U.S. and abroad.

  • FSMA’s Final Rule On Food Defense: What You Need To Know
    FSMA’s Final Rule On Food Defense: What You Need To Know

    The FDA has released a pre-publication version of the last of the major FSMA rules: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration. The objective of the rule is to thwart an intentional attack on the food supply that results in widespread public health harm, whether conducted by an outsider, or someone within your facility such as a disgruntled employee.

  • The FDA & CFIA Agree Their Food Safety Systems Are Similar… Now What?
    The FDA & CFIA Agree Their Food Safety Systems Are Similar… Now What?

    With FSMA’s final rules being published, the clock is ticking until enforcement of the legislation becomes a reality. So, how does the FDA implement enforcement and achieve the level of oversight prescribed by FSMA? And how does the FDA ensure foreign suppliers are meeting FSMA requirements? To answer that question, in part, we need to consider foreign food safety systems and how they measure up to FSMA.

  • FSMA’s Final Sanitary Transportation Rule Provides Greater Flexibility
    FSMA’s Final Sanitary Transportation Rule Provides Greater Flexibility

    With the publication of the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule, the food industry now has six of the seven foundational rules that establish a modern, risk-based framework for food safety. When compared with the original proposed rule, this final rule is flexible and takes into account the transportation industry’s existing best practices that prevent food safety risks. Taking into account comments from approximately 240 submissions from individuals, some of the major revisions address efforts to protect food from contamination during transportation.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • Preventing Product Recalls For Manufacturers

    Technological advances in production equipment have made significant contributions to the efficiency of modern production processes. This has occurred in response to a growing demand for products, with manufacturers competing to get their product to market as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. As production speeds increase, so too has the potential for defective products to reach retailer shelves. While it is certainly true that product inspection equipment contributes significantly to recall prevention, the manufacturing and safety processes involved are of equal importance. The combination of the two, proper equipment and proper processes, will greatly reduce product recalls.

How Data-Driven Insights Are Becoming a New and Vital Feedstock For Profitable Edible Oil Production

Producers of edible oils and related by-products are best served by designing new processing plants and upgrading existing ones with highly integrated, data-driven digitalization technologies, which can help lower fixed costs to boost operating margins.  

Saving Process Costs With Software Support Part 1: Practical Tips For Phases 1 – 3

Product life cycles are becoming ever shorter. Less and less time is available, whether for development of an installation or its possible modernization. Companies and their employees therefore try to continuously optimize their processes as that is the only way they can remain competitive and deal with increasingly demanding challenges. This white paper offers guidance on the challenges in the individual value creation phases, support tools, how you can become even more productive with networked tools, and tips about which functions can be used and when.

Saving Process Costs With Software Support Part 2: Practical Tips For Phase 4

The software tools provided by system and component suppliers can support them in this; they have been available for quite some time and their number is constantly growing. The short tips in this white paper are intended as a guide to selecting tools which will help you to save valuable time in the eight-phase model of the value creation process. This white paper offers guidance on the challenges in the individual value creation phases, support tools, how you can become even more productive with networked tools, and tips about which functions can be used and when.

How Laser And Optical Sorting Are Crossing Out Contamination

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 600 million people — almost 10 percent of the global population — fall ill after eating contaminated food. With safety regulations and global demand for food on the rise, optical and sensor-based sorting has become a necessity rather than a luxury for many producers who have previously relied upon manual sorting and inspection.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Packaging Powder Ingredient Products Presents Challenges In Finding The Right Equipment Solution

    A leading nutritional ingredients manufacturer, with its headquarters in the United States and one of its locations in Italy, contacted Umbra Packaging regarding a special project for packaging powder products. This customer had experienced several critical issues in one of its production facilities, which caused serious problems for that facility. They identified each of these issues to develop a specification required to bring in a new bagging machine line.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Food Sorting Equipment For Raisins Food Sorting Equipment For Raisins

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting raisins. TOMRA’s sorters detect cap stems, stems, stalks, stones, mold, discolorations and all types of foreign material such as plastic, glass etc.

Food Sorter For Dried Fruits And Figs Food Sorter For Dried Fruits And Figs

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting dried figs. TOMRA’s fig sorters detect and remove discoloration, aflatoxin and foreign materials.

Food Sorting Equipment Of Apricots Food Sorting Equipment Of Apricots

TOMRA Sorting has a sorting solution for dried apricots. TOMRA’s sorters detect discoloration, burnt apricots and all types of foreign material in whole and diced apricots.

Food Sorting Equipment For Dates Food Sorting Equipment For Dates

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting Middle East dates (Medjools) and Chinese dates jujubes (Chinese dates/red dates). TOMRA’s sorters detect discoloration, different grades in size and color, unwanted objects and different dry levels of dates.

Food Sorting Equipment For Dried Fruit Food Sorting Equipment For Dried Fruit

TOMRA Sorting Food offers multiple sorting solutions for dried fruit.

Food Sorting Equipment For Prunes Food Sorting Equipment For Prunes

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting prunes. TOMRA’s prune sorters detect pits inside, loose pit and pit fragments and all types of foreign material. Cracks, scabs, skin blemishes, mold, stains, rot and insect damage in plumes are also detected and rejected.

Food Sorting Equipment For Cranberries Food Sorting Equipment For Cranberries

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting cranberries. TOMRA’s cranberry sorters detect rotten, bruised, discolored fruit and foreign materials in fresh or frozen cranberries, as well as soft fruit and poppers in fresh cranberries.

Food Sorting Equpiment For Gummy Candy Food Sorting Equpiment For Gummy Candy

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting gummy candy. TOMRA's gummy sorting equipment detects cross contamination, starch, foreign material, under filled, clumping and gummmies that are malformed.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC (Part Four Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC (Part Four Of Four)

    In Part Three of FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC, SafetyChain’s Jill Bender was joined by The Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson and Dr. Peyman Fatemi to detail what the FDA expects regarding compliance to a HARPC-based food safety plan and when the agency will begin expecting it. Here, in the fourth, and final, segment of the series, the trio will begin handling questions from webinar’s live audience.

  • FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC (Part Three Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC (Part Three Of Four)

    In Part Two of FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC, SafetyChain’s Jill Bender was joined by The Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson and Dr. Peyman Fatemi to offer insight on the migration from a HACCP-based approach to food safety to HARPC. Here, in part three of the series, the trio will begin detailing what the FDA expects regarding compliance to a HARPC-based food safety plan and when the agency will begin expecting it.

  • Countdown To FSMA: 5 Things You Need To Know Now
    Countdown To FSMA: 5 Things You Need To Know Now

    If you’re like most food safety professionals, you first heard about the Food Safety Modernization Act when President Obama signed it into law in 2011.  Five years later, the first FSMA compliance deadline is only months away and many businesses are still scrambling. What will FSMA look like for our company? What do you need to do before the first compliance deadline in September 2016? And, most importantly, how will FSMA impact your organization?

  • How Is Cream Cheese Filled Into Cups? An Interview With Managing Director Karl Angele
    How Is Cream Cheese Filled Into Cups? An Interview With Managing Director Karl Angele

    High-performance, reliable, and unique are three words you would want to describe your filling and closing machine. Why do so many customers put their trust in these filling systems? What is so special about them? And are there finite limits when it comes to customers‘ requirements? We wanted to get to the bottom of this success story and so we approached the Managing Director of Hermann WALDNER – Karl Angele to find out.

  • FDA Labeling Changes: A Survival Guide
    FDA Labeling Changes: A Survival Guide

    Labeling changes can keep you awake at night—literally. Whether it’s an update to a company logo or a minor change to an ingredient statement, changing labels will raise your stress level. Using labels out of sequence, obsolete labels, or just plain wrong labels can be costly. Labeling mistakes will take a chunk out of your bottom line, lead to loss of customer and consumer confidence, or trigger a recall.

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ABOUT FOOD ONLINE

Welcome to Food Online, the premiere Internet resource, helping build a community to advance the production of safe and healthy food and beverages. We provide best practices and solutions in food safety, food processing, automation, packaging and the supply chain. 

The site is designed for plant engineers, production managers, manufacturing engineers, processing technicians, operations supervisors, and business managers, it provides daily news updates, reports, and solutions on business and technology trends vital to the industry.   We provide plant managers, quality control/quality assurance technologists, and research and development experts with up-to-date information and industry solutions in the areas of food safety and regulatory issues, metal contamination, x-ray inspection, check weighing, and bacterial detection.

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