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  • Everything You Need To Know About FDA Registration Renewal
    Everything You Need To Know About FDA Registration Renewal

    October 2016 marks the beginning of the third-ever FDA registration renewal period. Registration renewal was mandated by FSMA in 2011. Being a fairly new requirement, the FDA's registration renewal is often overlooked. To assist facilities with compliance during this year's renewal period, I compiled a list of need-to-know questions for Mary Hancock, senior regulatory specialist at Registrar Corp.

Can You Combat Food Fraud And Maintain Brand Integrity?

Food fraud is a widespread problem in the food industry with many meat and seafood products being mislabeled due to counterfeiting. Fraud in the supply chain can be detrimental to consumer trust, which, in turn can also harm your brand. Here, Robert Trudel, director of quality assurance and sustainability at Bento Sushi, answers my questions about what food manufacturers can do to fight counterfeiting products and maintaining brand integrity. Trudel will be speaking at the upcoming 7th Annual Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit held October 18-19 in Toronto, ON.

How Social Media Strategies Educate Consumers And Boost Consumer Confidence

Consumer advocates are adept at organizing online campaigns to air concerns about regulatory issues. Your social media presence can provide a quick and thorough means to address these concerns and win new customers. Here, Julie Miguel of Daily Tiramisu answers my questions about social media’s role in educating consumers and maintaining brand reputation. Miguel will be speaking at the upcoming 7th Annual Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit held October 18-19 in Toronto, ON.

What's Lacking In Food Safety Education & Training?

Food manufacturers spend endless hours and dollars on continuous improvement and educating staff on food practices. But, recent evidence suggests not much has improved in food safety education and training over the last few years. Recently, Principal at Cultivate Food Safety and former Director of Food Safety and Operational Learning at Maple Leaf Foods, Lone Jespersen took some time from her day to speak to me about her experiences with food safety training and education. Specifically, Jespersen details three missing elements from food safety education and training that, if addressed, could provide a needed jolt to how food manufacturers approach food safety training.

FSMA’s Recall Requirements: Are You Ready?

With FSMA compliance looming just around the corner, many food manufacturers don’t know what the regulations are requiring if and when a recall happens to them. Here, Vickery Brewer, consumer safety officer at FDA/CFSAN, and Warren Stone, senior director of science policy at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), answer my questions about FSMA’s recall requirements and the biggest challenges food manufacturers are facing in becoming compliant with the regulations.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Metal Detection Systems: Still A Safe Bet For Food Manufacturers
    Metal Detection Systems: Still A Safe Bet For Food Manufacturers

    Robust product inspection systems are most successful when they are designed with many support methods and principles. My previous column describes one such inspection method: X-Ray inspection. A second, and just as critical, method is metal detection.

  • SQF Edition 8: What To Expect
    SQF Edition 8: What To Expect

    SQF has gone through many changes to keep up with industry standards and the benchmarking requirements of GFSI. When the eighth edition of SQF comes out next month, will you be ready for it?

  • Facing Food Waste Head On
    Facing Food Waste Head On

    The food manufacturing and processing industry has changed since I began my career 35 years ago, but the persistent problem of food waste has remained a constant challenge. The statistics are quite staggering. According to the USDA, an estimated 12.7 billion pounds of meat, poultry and fish are thrown out by consumers each year. Even before food can reach consumers, an estimated 2.7 billion pounds of meat, poultry and fish — valued at $8.8 billion, or about 5 percent of all such inventory — are thrown out by retailers each year. Food waste is an intimidating challenge and one that processors, retailers, and consumers all play a part in tackling.

  • How X-Ray Inspection Can Bolster Your Food Safety Program
    How X-Ray Inspection Can Bolster Your Food Safety Program

    Product inspection is a critical and indispensable part of responsible food production. If it isn’t already, it truly needs to be embedded in HACCP and prerequisite program(s) for food producers. Food contamination with foreign matter and/or impurities can have serious implications to food producers as they are the entities directly responsible for any issues posing health and safety risks to consumers. Additionally, there are always increasing quality and safety demands from regulatory bodies, direct customers, as well as consumers to provide food of impeccable integrity. To have these safeguards built in will only strengthen a company’s overall business platform.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • The Effect Of FreshPax Oxygen-Absorbing Packets On The Shelf-Life Of Foods The effect of FreshPax oxygen absorbing packets (product of Multisorb Technologies, Inc.) on the shelf life of perishable foods was investigated. Fresh baked bread and mozzarella cheese were each inoculated with mold spores and packaged with or without the packets in moderate and high barrier flexible pouches. Pouches were stored at 23°C and mold counts determined weekly. The packets substantially inhibited the development of mold in both moderate and high barrier pouches. By Multisorb Technologies
Cutting Costs In Submicron Processing - Is There A More Productive Way

Today there are numerous consumer products on the market that take advantage of the benefits submicron emulsions or dispersions have to offer. Reduced droplet sizes can have various desirable affects on the characteristics of an emulsion. Fluidity or the optical properties of a mixture may be altered, while improving stability and reducing the need for thickening agents to avoid the sedimentation of ingredients. By Brady Veitch, Quadro Engineering

Foreign Body Detection Of Metals

A metal detection system can represent a significant capital investment. Equipment must be designed for the intended application and used in an effective manner to ensure ROI.

Accurate Weight Data Leads To Detailed Progress Tracking
HealthSouth is taking great "strides" in stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation with a revolutionary new device that simulates walking — the AutoAmbulator™. HealthSouth incorporated an RL1250 load cell into the AutoAmbulator's design to provide weight data that helps detail patient progress. Submitted by Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Managing Profitability When Raising Your Prices Is Not An Option

From the merging of grocers to the decreasing options of food distribution channels, industry consolidation puts downward pricing pressure on food manufacturers. The recent trend has been consistent and shows no sign of slowing down. When faced with decreasing profits due to pricing pressure, it’s common for food processors to turn to internal costs and processes looking for efficiencies that may restore lost margins.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Spray Drying - 3” SpiralAir 3101 Customers often purchase BETE SpiralAir nozzles for air-atomized spray drying. The use of air-atomized SpiralAir nozzles allow high product flow rates while still maintaining a relatively small particle size, usually less than a 100 micron Sauter Mean Diameter (D32). By BETE Fog Nozzle, Inc.
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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

PROx X-Ray Inspection Systems PROx X-Ray Inspection Systems
Thermo Scientific PROx X-Ray Inspection Systems come with a full suite of image filters and analysis tools to locate hard-to-find contaminants in packaged/bulk/piped products; also verify correct package assembly.
ANATEL TOC600: On-Line Total Organic Carbon Analyzer ANATEL TOC600: On-Line Total Organic Carbon Analyzer

Anatel TOC analyzers are the industry standard for purified water and ultrapure water. The Anatel TOC600 provides online TOC analysis for a range of applications requiring USP Chapter <643> and EP Chapter 2.2.44 for TOC requirements and USP Chapter <645> for conductivity measurement.

Food X-Ray Inspection for Tall, Rigid Container and Cans- X3720 Food X-Ray Inspection for Tall, Rigid Container and Cans- X3720

The X3720 x-ray inspection system is suitable for the inspection of food packaged in tall, rigid containers including composite cartons, large diameter plastic containers and metal cans.

HPA-S - High Pressure Asher HPA-S - High Pressure Asher

Anton Paar has developed and produced sample preparation instruments to the highest standards for over 30 years.

ERP Software For Food Manufacturing: Enterprise ERP Software For Food Manufacturing: Enterprise

JustFoodERP Enterprise provides food companies a software and services package to address the complexities of large food processors and distributors dealing with high transaction volumes and multiple locations. It’s more capable than our Foundation and Professional editions, but comes with a food-only focus, broad customization options, a smooth learning curve and a total cost of ownership the biggest ERP names simply can’t match.

Compact Metal Detector Compact Metal Detector
SAFELINE Compact metal detectors are an effective and economic inspection solution for dry and light wash down environments in a variety of industries. Incorporating Mettler-Toledo Safeline patented “zero-metal-free-zone” (ZMFZ) technology, detectors can be installed in the smallest of spaces to minimize overall line length.
High Performance Metal Detector: APEX 500 High Performance Metal Detector: APEX 500
The Thermo Scientific APEX 500 metal detector offers unrivaled sensitivity to meet the food industry’s toughest requirements.
Modular Compact Rheometer (MCR) Series Modular Compact Rheometer (MCR) Series

The two new members of the renowned Modular Compact Rheometer (MCR) series – MCR 72 and MCR 92 – are the two wisest choices for quick and easy rheological measurements. These real rheometer “pearls” from Anton Paar are streamlined for your daily lab routine, easy to use in a Plug and Play fashion and available at an accommodating price.

Circular Bin Discharger

The Stock Circular Bin Discharger (SCBD) is a well proven and established positive discharge aid for hoppers and silos where the material to be handled has characteristics which make it difficult to discharge or control.

Inline Original Extract Monitor for Beer Inline Original Extract Monitor for Beer

The Inline Original Extract Monitor provides highly accurate measurement of the original extract and temperature of beer. Its short response time enables you to immediately adjust the production conditions to prevent out-of-spec production. The measurement results are automatically corrected for temperature.

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