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Using Scientific Methodology To Ensure Good Weighing Practices

Most food processing lines have some sort of system for ensuring weight uniformity, whether in-process or at the finish point.  While this may be adequate most of the time, failure to ensure accuracy can contribute to a higher than desired out-of-specification measurement rate.  Implementing scientific methodologies for check weighing can cut down on rejects and improve the bottom line

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Food Safety

Food safety is a scientific discipline that deals with making food safe for consumption. It is a process involving the handling, preparation, processing and storage of food that prevents contamination and any food borne illnesses. 

There are two considerations to food safety. The first is the safety of the manufactured product to the market and the second is the safety of the product from market to consumer.  Food safety covers the entire food chain from raw ingredients to consumer consumption.

Safety considerations in food manufacturing include food hygiene, food additives, identification and removal of contaminants, import, export and domestic regulatory requirements, labeling, and certification systems.

There are five key principles of food hygiene. The first is to prevent food contamination with pathogens from people, pets and pests. The second is to keep process and store raw and cooked foods separately.

The third is cooking temperatures. Food should be cooked for the correct length of time at the right temperature to kill pathogens. The fourth principle is food storage temperatures. Foods should be stored at the proper temperature. The fifth principle depends on the availability of safe water in which to cook food.

Food safety is taken very seriously and the CDC uses a variety of surveillance systems to constantly monitor the occurrence of food borne diseases.  Any outbreaks of food borne illnesses are immediately and thoroughly investigated. 

Most food manufacturers must have a food safety plan in place in order to meet regulatory requirements. These programs assess food risks and have actions in place to prevent and manage risks. All actions are documented giving peace of mind to the business owner by protecting the business and the brand.

Food safety programs also assist in reducing food waste and improving productivity.

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