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  • Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule (Part Two Of Two)
    Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule (Part Two Of Two)

    Food Online hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule featuring Jon Samson, executive director of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference at the American Trucking Association; and Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Samson and Cooper answered the audience’s questions about FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. While the session was educational and informative, there wasn’t enough time to answer every question. Here, Samson and Cooper address the unanswered questions from the live web chat.

How Do You Foster A Food Safety Culture?

Nearly every food industry conference holds a workshop or panel discussion on food safety culture and those discussions tend to focus on the need for food manufacturers to assess, manage, and communicate food safety risks to foster a strong food safety culture. Here, Lone Jespersen, principal at Cultivate, answers my questions on taking the necessary steps to foster a culture of safety at your company.

5 Current Events Impacting The Food Industry

Current events outside of the food realm can have a lasting impact on how the food industry approaches business. At the 13th Annual North American Summit On Food Safety, Miriam Maxwell, senior principal regulatory scientist, corporate scientific and regulatory affairs at Ocean Spray Cranberries offered her insights into some current world and U.S. events and how they’re impacting the food industry.

Inside Kraft Heinz’s FSMA Inspection Readiness

While compliance with FSMA and being ready for FDA inspections may seem like a sprint to satisfy FDA directives, the path to complying with the regulations is a long, methodical, marathon-like endeavor. At the 13th Annual North American Summit On Food Safety, Lauren Di Menna, scientific & regulatory affairs manager at Kraft Heinz, explained how Kraft Heinz has prepared for FSMA and gave insight into the company’s experience with FDA inspections.

Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule (Part One Of Two)

Food Online hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule featuring Jon Samson, executive director of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference at the American Trucking Association; and Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Samson and Cooper answered the audience’s questions about FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. While the session was educational and informative, there wasn’t enough time to answer every question. Here, Samson and Cooper address the unanswered questions from the live web chat.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Whole Genome Sequencing Will Make Food Safer… Just Not Immediately
    Whole Genome Sequencing Will Make Food Safer… Just Not Immediately

    For years, there has been a buzz about how genome sequencing is revolutionizing food safety. It is definitely an incredible tool giving an immediate understanding of the genetic composition of microbial pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. However, there are still gaps needing filled regarding how pathogens produce disease and survive in foods. For that, we have made several advances in DNA-based technologies that translate to a more sophisticated understanding of how bacterial pathogens work. So yes, genome sequencing brings us more tools to further characterize pathogens, but do not expect any other parts of food safety to be forgotten soon because of WGS.

  • 9 Ways Technology Aids FSMS Implementation And Continuous Improvement
    9 Ways Technology Aids FSMS Implementation And Continuous Improvement

    There are many aspects of resource allocation to consider when developing a food safety management system (FSMS) for a business and there are efficiencies to be gained in almost every area of an FSMS. Technology and software can provide your team with the tools to monitor production targets and deviations in real-time and more efficiently than visual inspection.

  • 3 Ways Food Manufacturers Can Tackle Combustible Dust
    3 Ways Food Manufacturers Can Tackle Combustible Dust

    Most people don’t consider pantry staples, such as flour, sugar, and corn starch, as hazardous materials. However, for food manufacturers, combustible dusts constitute a serious safety concern for manufacturers and their employees and these hazards are generally not as well recognized as they should be. This column will explain three ways food companies can begin tackling the challenge of combustible dust within their manufacturing facilities.

  • Trump And Food Safety: How The Industry Is Responding To Executive Orders
    Trump And Food Safety: How The Industry Is Responding To Executive Orders

    Back in January, Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, penned a column covering a few predictions for the food industry in 2017. One of these predictions was the impact President Trump would have on the FDA, FSMA, and other food safety policies and legislation. In this column, I will illustrate the influence the President’s Executive Orders have had on the industry over the last several months, as well as how the industry is responding.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • White Paper: Mixing Emulsions Made Easy

    The virtually infinite number of combinations of emulsion systems necessitates the continuing effort to study them and the processes by which they can be prepared efficiently.

White Paper: Mixing Equipment And Applications In The Food Industry

Recent advances in mixer and blender designs have contributed to the growing success of food companies, meeting their requirement for consistency and developing new products while also lowering production costs. This white paper discusses both traditional and new specialty mixing technologies available to food manufacturers today. Phase and viscosity are used to classify different mixing categories. Sample applications are presented as well to illustrate certain processing challenges and the mixing technologies used to resolve them. By Charles Ross and Son Company

Label Mix-Up Prevention: Using Vision To Improve The Labeling Process

In the U.S., food producers and processors provide food and beverage products consumed by 250 million people each day. Each of those consumers relies upon the correctness of the labels to inform them and keep them safe. According to an American Institute of Baking (AIB) report, the number one reason for food product recalls is mislabeling. Mislabeling violates FDA regulations and renders the packaged product the object of a mandatory recall. This white paper explains how vision inspection systems can help protect consumers and your brand. By Mettler-Toledo

What Are The Proper Steps To Test Magnetic Strength?

Food manufacturing companies invest millions of dollars annually into food magnetic separation equipment, proactively reducing the risk that any foreign object or contaminant will be embedded into a food product sold to grocery stores, restaurants, retailers, or general consumers. Here are some rules to follow to make sure you are using standard operating procedure when field testing magnetic strength to attain the most accurate results.

Trends In Metal And X-Ray Detectable Plastics In Food/Food Processing

Food safety vigilance and increasingly stringent government guidelines continue to drive the importance of keeping foreign material out of food and food ingredients. More often than not, the threat to food safety comes when some unwanted element — a fragment of metal, piece of rubber, plastic, or grain husk — enters a food ingredient or its package. This article describes some of the latest trends in food inspection that prevent foreign body contamination in food products. 

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Non-Destructive Package Inspection System: VeriPac FLEX Non-Destructive Package Inspection System: VeriPac FLEX

VeriPac FLEX Systems are versatile non-destructive package inspection systems designed for pouches and other flexible packaging.

X-Ray Inspection Technology from Wipotec-OCS X-Ray Inspection Technology from Wipotec-OCS

The prerequisite of a successful detection of foreign bodies are X-ray images of the highest quality for food and pharmaceutical manufacturers. It begins with the selection of the optimal X-ray source in combination with the best sensors and high performance image processors running the software. The modular system of WIPOTEC-OCS X-ray technology encompasses air-cooled monoblocks as well as water-cooled metal ceramic tubes with beryllium windows.

In-Line Fat Analyzer for Meats In-Line Fat Analyzer for Meats

TOMRA’s new FatScan fat analyzer allows for the continuous analysis of meat to precisely determine its fat content. This functional and compact machine can be easily integrated in production lines and is specifically designed to assist smaller meat processors in delivering a consistent and uniform product.

AS950 Peristalitic Samplers AS950 Peristalitic Samplers

Hach AS950 Automatic Samplers collect and store unbiased representative water samples for laboratory analysis. AS950 automatic samplers are available in three base types: portable, indoor refrigerated, and all-weather refrigerated, and are compatible with a variety of bottle sets of varying size, quantity, and material. The AS950 is configurable to meet all sampling needs by combining a controller, a base, a bottle set, accessories and sampling program features.

Hach BioTector B7000i Dairy TOC Analyzer Hach BioTector B7000i Dairy TOC Analyzer

The Hach BioTector B7000i Dairy Online TOC Analyzer is the most innovative, maintenance-free TOC analyzer on the market, designed specifically to detect product loss, decrease and conserve water usage and improve production processes.

Industry studies show that lost product can be reduced by over 15% in Dairy Processing Plants by using accurate, reliable and continuous TOC measurement. Further savings of up to 40% can be made in the operating cost of the treatment plant by reducing energy and water consumption.

Real Time Control DAF Treatment Real Time Control DAF Treatment

Hach’s RTC (Real Time Control) solutions are complete off-the-shelf systems that adjust treatment processes in real time, keeping your facility compliant while reducing treatment costs. Controlling your process has never been so simple.

DR 3900 Spectrophotometer DR 3900 Spectrophotometer

Compact benchtop VIS spectrophotometer with RFID technology for reliable and traceable measurement results of routine analysis and user applications. This system is designed to deliver accurate results by supporting the operator from sampling to sample preparation, sample analysis and documentation.

TNTplus® Bar-Coded Chemistries TNTplus® Bar-Coded Chemistries

Hach has more than 60 years of history dedicated to formulating and packaging high-quality reagents for water analysis. We understand your applications and formulate our reagents to ensure exceptional performance and deliver results you can trust, time after time. Our expertise extends beyond chemistry formulation to the complete reagent system. Hach chemistries are rigorously tested in combination with our packaging and instruments to ensure the highest possible system performance. No other company can offer these advantages.

Hach BioTector B7000i TOC Analyzer Hach BioTector B7000i TOC Analyzer

A patented self-cleaning oxidation technology enables the B7000i analyzer to easily handle difficult samples and significantly reduce the maintenance schedule and costs associated with traditional on-line measurement. This TOC analyzer eliminates build up issues from salts, particulates, fats, oils and greases that lead to drift and high maintenance.

X-Ray Inspection and Optical Control Systems:  SC-V Model X-Ray Inspection and Optical Control Systems: SC-V Model

The SC-V model represents the most advanced inspection technology. It combines reliable detection of product impurities by means of the high performance X-ray scanner with additional optical control systems developed in-house at OCS.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • 5 Steps For Effective HACCP Reassessments
    5 Steps For Effective HACCP Reassessments

    HACCP Plan reassessments are required to be performed at least once a year. It is not only mandated by USDA and FDA regulations, but also by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for companies certified under SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 or IFS.

  • How To Protect Your Brand From Food Fraud With BRC 7
    How To Protect Your Brand From Food Fraud With BRC 7

    During our recent vacation trip through Europe, it was very common to see designer brand handbags for about 100 dollars, I tried convincing my wife to let me buy her the Prada bag she desires, but she would not let me off that easy. While most astute shoppers would quickly identify these products as counterfeits, most consumers would not suspect a thing. What is troubling is that counterfeiting isn’t exclusive to fashion – it also happens with food.

  • Back To Basics: Q&A With Safe Quality Food Institute
    Back To Basics: Q&A With Safe Quality Food Institute

    Why is the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program important?

  • How To Plan For USDA HACCP Validation: Q&A With Food Safety Consultants
    How To Plan For USDA HACCP Validation: Q&A With Food Safety Consultants

    In 2015, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) released the final requirements for Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems validations. The new HACCP regulations go into effect January 4 for large establishments (500+ employees), then in April for smaller (<500 employees). Will your company be ready in time to avoid non-compliance and enforcement actions?

  • 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).

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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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