FSMA’s Preventive Controls For Human Food rule was published on September 17 and became effective November 17. Large food manufacturers must be compliant with it beginning next fall. A major part of complying with this rule is creating and implementing a Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) food safety plan. Here, Jennifer McEntire, Vice President of Science Operations at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), took some time to answer my questions about creating a HARPC-based food safety plan to comply with FSMA’s Preventive Controls For Human Food rule.
There are many factors to consider when selecting a compressed air system for food industry applications. Compressed air is widely used in the food industry for various applications, including instrument air, food transport, packaging, bottling, fermentation, control systems, and more.. In order to avoid safety hazards, eliminate the risk of product recalls, audit failures, and achieve the highest efficiency and reliability, the chosen compressed air system should meet the criteria outlined in this article.
No doubt, everyone is well aware of FSMA. And, for the most part, everyone understands what it entails in a general sense. When it comes to a more practical outlook, there is much less certainty. This article will draw the connection between BRC certification and the expectations around the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Many food products are dry and these present problems. The problems may not be more difficult filling problems than “not liquid” products but, at least the very least, they are different ones. This article will explain the process of choosing a dry-filling method based on your product type.
In order for a food manufacturing plant to run safely and effectively, the development and implementation of an Allergen Control Plan (ACP) is crucial. The avoidance of cross-contamination of allergy producing substances will prevent food recalls, bad publicity, or even worse, any human adverse physical reactions. Developing a method to systematically identify and prevent allergens from coming into contact with food being manufactured and/or the packaging of foods is a vital part of the process.
A large European pork producer contacted Steriflow regarding construction of a new factory and need for thermal processing equipment for this facility. Their goal was to evaluate the different pasteurization processing technologies available on the market: Cascading water, air steam retort and spray processing.
The trendy and growing ready-made-meal industry is very competitive. Customers reward quality and established brands with good revenue, but food-conscious consumers are demanding quality, new ingredients, and new products. A Swedish food producer has established itself well in this new market and in addition to its own products; they produced food for a large multi-national vendor’s private label.
A Germany-based pet and animal food producer decided to expand its business after experiencing significant growth with its premium products by word-of-mouth. The company owned its own farmland produced its own raw materials. This allowed the producer to create a pet and animal food product line. Because the company was able to control materials in-house, it developed high-quality products along with a stellar brand reputation that helped catapult it into an international presence.
Meat production is the largest food industry in Poland. The market is competitive and nearly all meat processing companies' products are homogenous. Because of this, brand value becomes highly valuable in this space and a product differentiator from competitors is difficult to come by.
Consumer demand for high-quality, better tasting products is steadily increasing in sauces, including dressing and soy. Identifying this growing trend, a well-known Chinese manufacturer in the sauces and dressings sector started looking for ways to increase its production.
Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid, sample, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. Its product range includes pipettes and automated pipetting systems, dispensers, centrifuges, mixers, spectrometers, and DNA amplification equipment as well as ultra-low temperature freezers, fermentors, bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers, and cell manipulation systems. Consumables such as pipette tips, test tubes, microtiter plates, and disposable bioreactors complement the range of highest-quality premium products.
Anton Paar is the world leader in several areas of scientific instrumentation. Density measurement, rheology, viscometry, and microwave synthesis are the main areas of our business.
Eriez is recognized as the world authority in advanced technology for magnetic, vibratory and metal detection applications. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in all of the process, metalworking, packaging, recycling, mining, aggregate and textile industries...
Schenck AccuRate is a complete solutions provider for metering dry ingredients or additives for food manufacturing companies. Focusing on our customer’s needs we've invented and continue to advance bulk solids material handling products and systems that have a proven track record for accuracy, reliability, price efficiency, and quality.
VAC-U-MAX is a premier manufacturer of custom pneumatic systems and support equipment for conveying, batching, and weighing materials.
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.
Both process and production engineers and technicians, along with marketing and business managers will find, case studies, white papers, and other technical solutions and product information on mixers, blenders, filling equipment, homogenizers, conveyors, sorters, graders, flow meters, pumps, tanks, valves, freezers, chillers, heat exchangers, moisture controls, pH meters, and sensors.
Food Online also covers quality control and quality assurance systems, information management systems, process control systems and equipment, as well as clean-in-place systems, measurement systems, sanitation systems, end-of-line packaging, packaging equipment, primary packaging, secondary packaging, and contract packaging. Transportation and logistics professionals will find valuable information concerning the supply chain, cold chain, traceability, and, sustainability.
The Pick&Place station is equipped with a two-axis Pick&Place module. Workpiece housings placed on the conveyor are detected by an optical diffuse sensor. The workpiece is transported to the pneumatic separator on the conveyor and detected by a second diffuse sensor. The Pick&Place module picks up a workpiece insert from the slide and places it on the workpiece housing. The complete workpiece (housing and insert) is released by the separator and transported to the end of the conveyor. A light barrier detects the workpiece at the end of the conveyor.
AL Series food & beverage manufacturing rotary lobe positive displacement pumps are an economical alternative to rotary piston pumps in certain applications. AL pumps offer a standard stainless steel gear case and a front loading seal design with superior CIP-ability and ease of maintenance. All AL pumps are EHEDG certified and in conformance with 3A sanitary standards.
SANICON is a high performance metal detection system that includes attention to Food Safety within the Sanitary design. SANICON metal detection systems detect all magnetic and non-magnetic metal contaminants (steel, stainless steel, aluminium etc ), even those which may be contained in the product.
The new Signum® industrial scale from Sartorius is a compact industrial scale in which a choice of two powerful technologies is used: SIWR and SIWA models work with a strain-gauge type load cell; the high-resolution SIWS models feature monolithic weigh cells based on electromagnetic force compensation. The new Signum® offers exceptional performance features and, despite its wide variety of functions, is a very easy-to-operate industrial scale. The Signum® is extremely rugged and resistant, and perfectly adapts to any ambient conditions in an industrial environment.
As the winter months approach, manufacturers must continue to take proper measures to decrease combustible dust accumulations as weather conditions during this season can increase chances of dust igniting. Freezing pipes and equipment pose major issues during winter months, however combustible dust risks need to be taken just as seriously, if not even more.