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  • Food Online's Top 10 Of November
    Food Online's Top 10 Of November

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

How Do You Evaluate Food Safety Education & Training?

It’s no secret that food safety education and training is immensely important to food makers. It’s an on-going process, and sometimes, it’s even a struggle. As the food industry evolves, so do the ways companies become educated on food safety practices. To get a good idea of how food safety education and training has evolved, and continues to evolve, some comparisons are needed to draw parallels.

Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About F&B Traceability

Food Online and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Traceability But Were Afraid To Ask. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., vice president food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association joined Kristen Spotz, senior manager of food safety & quality assurance at GMA to talk all things traceability related to the food industry. While the session was educational and informative, there wasn’t enough time in the session to answer every audience member’s questions. Here, Jennifer and Kristen address the unanswered questions from the live web chat.

Food Online's Top 10 Of October

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

How To Overcome The Challenges Of Food Industry Traceability

Traceability is both a necessary and complicated endeavor for the food industry. Beyond knowing where your products are and assisting your food safety efforts, traceability undertakings can help your company become more efficient and can help bolster its profits. But, getting to a point where traceability works to do all those things for you can be a long, winding road filled with questions. Luckily, there are an abundance of resources to help get you where you want to go. Here, Dr. Jennifer McEntire, VP of food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association, answers a few of my questions about traceability in the food and beverage industry.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Weighing In On F&B Industry Checkweighers
    Weighing In On F&B Industry Checkweighers

    Food inspection systems using state-of-the-art technologies are most successful when they are designed with many support methods and principles. I’ve written articles on how this is true with metal detection technology, X-Ray inspection machines, and vision inspection systems. This article will explore checkweighing systems, how they add support to food safety methods and principles, and the benefits implementing them can provide food manufacturers.

     

  • 3 Must-Have Qualities Of A Successful Food Safety Program
    3 Must-Have Qualities Of A Successful Food Safety Program

    Food safety is a team sport; you can have the best programs in the world, but it takes people to carry out those programs. Many food safety programs fail for one very simple reason: there is not a culture fostered that promotes food safety at every level. From the very top, throughout the entire organization, there needs to be a commitment to food safety and a commitment to continuous improvement. 

  • Food Safety And Brexit: What Lessons Are Being Learned?
    Food Safety And Brexit: What Lessons Are Being Learned?

    Earlier this year, the U.K. voted to leave the EU. Ensuing events of the Brexit vote have been characterized by frustration and uncertainty in the near and far future as the U.K. will now go at it on their own after 43 years in the EU. This represents a distinct turning point in European history and the implications on the U.K. are expected to be radical. One particular issue, food safety, did not receive much consideration during the Brexit campaign. What will be done to fill in where the EU left off? Ambivalence over what the U.K.’s legislative framework will resemble has caused more than a little anxiety, but along with the bigger political issues there is still opportunity for the U.K. to enhance food safety regulation and re-instill confidence in its food system.

  • Whole Genome Sequencing: Affirmative Or Adverse Outcomes For Food Safety Management?
    Whole Genome Sequencing: Affirmative Or Adverse Outcomes For Food Safety Management?

    Whole Genome Sequencing is a scientific breakthrough we first thought would remain confined to the halls of medical science for the treatment of human diseases, such as cancer and previously undiagnosed ailments. Nevertheless, it has quickly entered and impacted the realm of microbiologists, food safety managers, risk managers, lawyers and CEOs in the food industry. But is this for better or for worse?

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

Properties Of Magnetism In Mass Standards
A number of issues surrounding the measurement of magnetism in mass measurement has created frustration for mass calibration laboratories and for accreditation bodies. NCSLI recently met to bring together interested parties to discuss issues with the intent of coming to some resolutions on how to handle the various issues. Submitted by Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Moisture And Ash Testing In Food Processing
Moisture content has been established as an important indicator of shelf life for foods. Moisture can determine the aesthetics of food, giving estimates to product shelf life regardless of sample properties in a wet or dry state. By Arizona Instrument LLC
More Syrup, Less Downtime: pH Control In Starch Sweetener Deashing
In order to meet purity and storage stability requirements of dextrose (D- glucose) and fructose syrups, ionic impurities are removed in ion exchange columns. In syrup deashing, a bed of acidic cation resin is followed by a bed of alkaline anion resin to extract ionic loads made up of salts and mineral acids. By Mettler-Toledo AG, Process Analytics, Inc.
Properties Of Magnetism In Mass Standards
White Paper: Properties Of Magnetism In Mass Standards
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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Improve Safety In Your Mixing Room

    In the processing world, safety management cannot be overemphasized. In particular, the mixing room, where raw materials are combined to produce the final formulation, is a source of many potential health and operational hazards.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Microwave Reaction System: Multiwave PRO Microwave Reaction System: Multiwave PRO

The Multiwave PRO microwave reaction system delivers the sample preparation solutions you need to obtain excellent trace analysis results, even with complicated, demanding samples.

Aerobic Bacterial Screening System Aerobic Bacterial Screening System

The GreenLight™ Model 930 system is ideal for companies looking for the benefit of same-day resultsTM when processing large numbers of samples for aerobic bacteria counts.

High Voltage Leak Tester High Voltage Leak Tester

The HVLD testing process consists of a set of electrode probes which scans a sealed container made of a non-conductive material.

Aluminum Tray Packaging Machine: Airline Menu Containers Aluminum Tray Packaging Machine: Airline Menu Containers

Constantia Aloform, a leading producer of deep-drawn aluminum packaging, makes optimal use of the material properties of aluminum for airline containers. High thermal diffusivity enables simple cooling for transport, and easy heating—to keep those meals above the clouds delicious!

Aluminum Cup & Tray Packaging Aluminum Cup & Tray Packaging

Constantia Aloform is the leading producer of deep drawn aluminum packaging for food products, pet food, chemical and medical products.

E-finity™ Low Pressure Dense Phase Conveying System E-finity™ Low Pressure Dense Phase Conveying System

Mac Process E-finity™ is a patented continuous dense phase convey system for fragile materials. Precise pressure monitoring and airflow corrections allow the system to operate efficiently under all conditions, while gently inducing materials through the convey line in slug form. E-finity™ is ideally suited for granular and pelleted materials, and has proven itself on many projects for pet foods, cereals, nuts and grains.

Cleanable Round Airlock (CRA) Valve Cleanable Round Airlock (CRA) Valve

The CRA (Cleanable Round Airlock) valve Mac Process has taken an important step in a visionary Clean Design Initiative, which will supply a complete line of engineered and manufactured cleanable solutions for food and pet food customers. 

Cleanable Side Entry Filter Receiver (CSER) Cleanable Side Entry Filter Receiver (CSER)

The Cleanable Side Entry Filter Receiver (CSER) revolutionary design will help food and pet food producers comply with today’s challenging industry sanitation requirements, while minimizing operating and maintenance costs. The Sentry is a side entry cartridge filter with tool-free cartridge removal..

MCF PowerSaver™ Air Filtration Solution MCF PowerSaver™ Air Filtration Solution

The MCF PowerSaver™ is a sustainable, low maintenance air filtration solution which operates with low pressure cleaning air (7-9 psig). It consumes less horsepower than any other bag filter and requires no integrated plant compressed air. 

SpaceSaver™ Dust Collector SpaceSaver™ Dust Collector

The patented SpaceSaver™ dust collector is the smallest on the market. The SpaceSaver™ is up to 75% smaller than traditional baghouse collectors, freeing up valuable space and allowing a fit in tight spots.

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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: What Does Being FSMA Compliant Really Mean? (Part Three Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: What Does Being FSMA Compliant Really Mean? (Part Three Of Four)

    In the second portion of FSMA Fridays: What Does Being FSMA Compliant Really Mean? SafetyChain’s VP of Marketing, Jill Bender, and the Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson discussed what exactly FSMA is trying to achieve and what the food industry is currently doing regarding FSMA’s documents and record keeping requirements. Here, in part three of the series, Bender and Acheson will continue addressing questions from the webinar’s live audience regarding FSMA compliance.

  • Four Key Steps On The Journey From HACCP To HARPC
    Four Key Steps On The Journey From HACCP To HARPC

    The Food Safety Modernization Act will soon have a dramatic impact on the food safety and regulatory landscape for facilities producing products regulated by the FDA. The Preventive Controls for Human Foods proposed rule, which is expected to be published as a final rule this month, will significantly change the way food manufacturing companies document their food safety systems. The traditional approach of using the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system will transition to the new HARPC (Hazard Analysis Risk-Based Preventive Controls) system. The change will be required by the new FDA regulatory standard defined in 21 CFR 117.26(a).

  • FSMA Fridays: Building A FSMA-Ready Food Safety Plan (Part Three Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: Building A FSMA-Ready Food Safety Plan (Part Three Of Four)

    In the second portion of FSMA Fridays: Building A FSMA-Ready Food Safety Plan, SafetyChain’s Jill Bender and The Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson discussed the elements needed to create a FSMA-ready food safety plan. Here, in part three of the series, the duo will continue that conversation and explore what the FDA is expecting in regards to recordkeeping and documentation under FSMA.

  • FSMA Fridays: Environmental Controls (Part One Of Three)
    FSMA Fridays: Environmental Controls (Part One Of Three)

    SafetyChain Software’s VP of Marketing, Jill Bender is joined by The Acheson Group’s (TAG) VP of Scientific Affairs, Dr. Peyman Fatemi, and TAG’s Senior Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Gurjit Shergill, to share insight on the latest news with FSMA, the importance of an environmental controls program, and the key principles of environmental controls.

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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.

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.

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