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  • How Social Media Strategies Educate Consumers And Boost Consumer Confidence
    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.

Food Online's Top 10 Of August

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

FBI Workshop Offers Food Defense Rule Certification

FSMA’s Food Defense Rule establishes requirements for companies to create a food defense plan aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-spread harm to public health. The rule requires food companies to create and maintain a written food defense plan assessing all of their vulnerabilities and implement mitigation strategies to address these vulnerabilities. Because of this rule setting a new precedent, many companies are unsure of what is expected of them and how to successfully implement changes for compliance. Here Daniel Sturgill, weapons of mass destruction coordinator with the FBI, answers my question on food defense awareness, prevention, and response times. Sturgill will be hosting the FBI Food Defense TTX and Workshop at 2016’s AAFP annual conference held Sept. 15, 2016 in Fayetteville, AR. Attendees will learn about the Food Defense Rule, how to implement necessary changes for compliance with it, and can attain FBI certification at the workshop.

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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

Choosing The Best Red Meat Detection Process

Today’s red meat processor must keep up with the demands of high volume processing, food safety and meeting regulation parameters.

The Need For X-Ray Inspection In The Food Industry

Food producers, packagers, and distributors are under increasing scrutiny when it comes to the safety of their products. The complexity, scope, and speed of the supply chain have made it so that a localized issue involving food-borne contaminants can quickly balloon into a nationwide recall. The food industry has responded by implementing stringent inspection and safety processes. For detecting foreign objects in food products, X-ray technology is an established best practice

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.

Speeding Up The Pace Of CPG Product Innovation

The Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Industry relies on continuous product innovation to introduce successful new products and drive business growth. Formulations are the lifeblood of the CPG organization and key to product innovation, particularly when adding new attributes to an existing product can extend that product’s lifecycle as a revenue generator.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

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Pipeline Metal Detectors Pipeline Metal Detectors

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Explorer Connectivity Software Explorer Connectivity Software
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Eriez E-Z Tec® Pharmaceutical Metal Detectors Eriez E-Z Tec® Pharmaceutical Metal Detectors

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Eriez E-Z Tec® DSP Metal Detectors Eriez E-Z Tec® DSP Metal Detectors

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Grate Magnets Grate Magnets

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • How To Prevent Lumping During Dispersion Of Powdered Ingredients
    How To Prevent Lumping During Dispersion Of Powdered Ingredients

    When adding powdered ingredients into food processing lines, the use of the right mixing equipment not only can prevent lumping, but can also increase productivity, enhance product quality and reduce energy costs.

  • 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.

  • Food And Beverage Firms Can Utilize Lab Software To Help Expand Coffee’s Sphere Of Influence
    Food And Beverage Firms Can Utilize Lab Software To Help Expand Coffee’s Sphere Of Influence

    Coffee has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a simple breakfast beverage. In fact, you could say it’s grown beyond the basic purpose of providing a morning caffeine boost. These days, specialty coffee drinks have become signature seasonal offerings geared toward attracting new customers. Surely everyone’s heard of the pumpkin spice latte by now.

  • The effect of population growth on efficiency in food production
    The effect of population growth on efficiency in food production

    The global population has been expanding rapidly for many years, standing at around 7.3 billion in 2016, due to a number of factors, such as advanced maternity and healthcare.

  • Fresh To Market: Innovation Ensuring Faster, Safer Produce To Shelves
    Fresh To Market: Innovation Ensuring Faster, Safer Produce To Shelves

    Getting fresh produce to market while still ensuring quality and safety is often a paradox in the produce industry. The demand for more product with longer shelf life continues to rise as people try to eat healthier foods. However, public health data, recent recalls and outbreaks amidst increasing consumer awareness and changing regulatory requirements create a very challenging landscape for today’s growers, packers, retailers and other links throughout the supply chain. As a result, produce companies are turning to innovative solutions to help them meet the demands of producing and providing safe, quality products in a timely manner.

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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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