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.
Brookfield is the world's leading manufacturer of viscometers and rheometers for the pharmaceutical industry. The rotational method of viscosity measurement enables complete flow curve characterization for pharmaceutical materials.
VAC-U-MAX is a premier manufacturer of custom pneumatic systems and support equipment for conveying, batching, and weighing materials.
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.
Sesotec has an extensive knowledge of the industries that we serve. Sesotec covers North America , as well as International markets with total responsibility for all engineering, sales and service operations; we operate both directly and through business partners.
Alchemy is the global leader of innovative solutions that help food companies engage with their workforces to drive safety and productivity. Over two million food workers at 15,000 locations use Alchemy’s tailored training, coaching, and communications programs to safeguard food, reduce workplace injuries, and improve operations.
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.
Changing regulatory requirements and higher customer demands require major improvements to food safety programs. We work closely with your team to create and implement world-class food safety and quality systems while saving you time and resources.
The ORBISPHERE 510 offers precise, powerful process monitoring capability. Connected up to 3 ORBISPHERE high quality Electro Chemical sensors to measure O2, O3, or low levels of H2 and Thermal Conductivity sensors for selective measurement of CO2, N2 or H2, these instruments provide accurate, repeatable trace level gas analysis and an impressive level of data management.
CombiMEKI is an automated and integrated product quality control system. CombiMEKI uses the latest X-ray image processing technology combine with check weighing option. By integrating the MEKI X-ray, which detects foreign objects such as stones, glass, bones and dense plastic, with a check weight system you will have a complete product quality system, which also detects and removes weight irregularities of your product. By removing these irregular weighted products and feeding information about your products weight errors, you can improve your products quality, customer satisfactory and also save resources by detecting redundant material in your product.
Hach BioTector TOC Analyzers provide maximum uptime and reliability due to a patented self-cleaning oxidation technology that easily handles difficult samples and significantly reduces maintenance. Unlike traditional TOC analyzers, the BioTector eliminates build up issues from salts, particulates, fats, oils and greases that lead to drift and high maintenance. With reliable, continuous monitoring and real-time process control, plant operators can optimize their processes to lower overall plant operating costs. The most advanced system in its class, BioTector products achieve precise results from the simplest to the most demanding applications.
This is another example of how a modest investment in vacuum conveying equipment can eliminate backbreaking labor, speed up operations and keep work areas cleaner
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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.