During the second month of 2014, The FDA issued nine warning letters to food manufacturers and processors. As FSMA implementation approaches, expect the number of issued warning letters to rise.
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION CASE STUDIES
Cultivating An Appealing Packaging Operation
Although food safety issues may be the lead headlines of evening news programs with highlights about Congress’ consideration of several proposals to reform the food safety system, including creation of a single food safety agency, food industry professionals are no strangers to the ongoing discussion about food safety and food safety standards.
Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor (HPV) Bio-Decontamination Of A Food Production Facility
Abnormal bioburden levels of Salmonella and Listeria were observed in a food processing plant. Bioquell’s Professional Services team was commissioned to undertake hydrogen peroxide vapor (HPV) bio-decontamination.
Snack Food Package Integrity Testing
Maintaining shelf life for packaged snack foods is a continuous challenge. Most snack foods are moisture and oxygen sensitive.
Eriez® E-Z Tec® DSP Metal Detectors Help Basciani Foods Achieve High Rankings For Total Quality Assurance And HACCP
Among Basciani Foods’ main mushroom farm in Avondale, Pennsylvania and its satellite processing operations, the company ships 1.5 million pounds of freshly-harvested mushrooms per week to its hundreds of foodservice and retail customers.
Eriez® E-Z Tec® DSP Metal Detectors Help Drew’s LLC Earn SQF 2000 Code Of Food Safety
Today’s consumers are demanding safer, healthier foods. That demand moves down the chain with retailers and food service providers asking manufacturers to provide verifiable proof that food safety systems have been effectively implemented.
Brewing Company Assures Fill Levels With Checkweigher System
At Matt Brewing Company, attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to quality are the signature trademarks of the company and their award-winning Saranac beers. By Kyle Thomas, Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION ARTICLES
Guide for Quality Control Methods For UK Food Packers
In the UK, food packers must comply with the requirements of the Weights & Measures Act. This document attempts to bring out the more important aspects and considerations for those involved with the specification, procurement and introduction of checkweighing equipment.
Why Choose X-ray Inspection?
Today, consumers and retailers are better informed and more focused on purchasing quality products. A contamination issue can impact on the brand image and long-term success of a business. X-ray inspection systems are much more accurate than metal detection and checkweighing systems, and Loma systems incorporate sophisticated sensor technology and detection software and feature advanced image processing.
Food Safety: Tips For Finding The Right Industrial Vacuum
The food and beverage industry recalled about 8.5 million units between July and September 2012 alone. That translates into about four recalls each day, according to the (FDA) Food and Drug Administration. At a closer look, 74 percent of these recalls stemmed from concerns about product contamination from pathogens including Salmonella and E. coli; similarly, 18 % were initiated out of fear of contamination from undeclared allergens.
Food Safety Modernization Act and e-Pedigree With Intelleflex' Temperature Monitor
The Food Safety Modernization Act (signed by President Obama in January 2011), and the e-Pedigree law, set to take effect in January 2015 should drive demand for Intelleflex’ solutions, and asset tracking technologies in general
Product Inspection: Current Challenges And Future Outlook
In this Q&A, Mike Odom, general manager, product inspection business unit, Thermo Fisher Scientific, gives his insights into the challenges of product inspection, the advantages of inspection technology, the FDA recommendations for inspection, and how product inspection will evolve in the future.
How Vacuum Conveying Works
In vacuum conveying, no moving parts contact the materials, no dust escapes into the atmosphere and no contamination can enter the system.
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION
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.
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION NEWS
Obtain Guidance On Metal Detection’s Role In Food Safety
A well-designed metal detection system will help manufacturers keep potentially damaging metal contaminants out of their production processes and finished consumer products, avoiding litigation, adverse publicity and damage to the reputation of the manufacturer
FOOD SAFETY & INSPECTION MULTIMEDIA
Detect Contaminants At High Line Speeds: RAYCON Bulk X-ray Sorting
The RAYCON BULK product sorting system detects all metals. Iron, stainless steel, and non-ferrous metals.
Consistently And Precisely Detect Contaminants: RAYCON
The RAYCON X-ray system has an integrated conveyor belt that is designed for use in wet or dry applications and inspects packaged food product for contaminants or other unwanted defects.
UltraScan® VIS Spectrophotometer The New UltraScan® VIS is a high-performance color measurement spectrophotometer that measures the full range of human color perception in less than one second.
Dehumidification Systems Create a more comfortable environment, reduce energy consumption and increase productivity and the quality of life in commercial buildings.
VAC-U-MAX Mini Hopper VAC-U-MAX Mini Hopper with a nominal capacity of about 1/8 cubic foot will convey material up to 500 pounds per hour.
Micro Leak Testing Of Filled/Sealed Bottles, Cups, Rigid Containers VeriPac systems provide non-destructive micro leak testing and container closure integrity inspection for vials and ampoules, bottles, cups, and many types of drug packaging used throughout the pharmaceutical industry.
Opti PipeChek X-Ray Inspection System The new Marlen/Mett ler Toledo Safeline Opti PipeChek X-ray inspection system was designed specifically to meet the unique high-speed inspection needs of processors of boneless whole muscle, trim and ground poultry and meat products.
Metal Detector and Checkweigher Combo System: CoSYNUS
CoSYNUS is a member of the SYNUS checkweigher family and combines the electronics of a metal detector with our well-known checkweighing technology. Operation of the metal detector is fully integrated in the familiar user interface of the field-tested SYNUS checkweigher.
Cold Chain Monitoring: Food & Retail
Do you actually know what happens in your suppliers’ operations and how the transport is arranged? Does the storage time of your products fall within the limits during every step of the preparation process?
CIP 150 Alkaline Detergent CIP 150® Alkaline Process and Research Cleaner is specially formulated to meet the unique cleaning demands found in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The blend of alkalinity, surfactants, and oxidizing agents were developed for the most challenging protein-based process residues.