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Food Online's Top 10 Of March

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

Answering FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule’s Biggest Questions

On Tuesday, March 14, GMA and ATA partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Jon Samson, Executive Director of AFTC at ATA and Samantha Cooper, manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at GMA joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

Supply Chain Risk Management: Are You Doing Enough?

Supply chains in the food industry are more complex than ever before, and with that complexity comes greater vulnerability. Here, Greg Sommerville, Director of Supply Integrity at McCormick Global Ingredients, answers my questions about holistic supply chain risk management and the tools and strategies available to enhance it. Greg will be speaking at the upcoming Food Safety Americas 2017 held April 4-5 in Orlando, FL.

Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule

On Tuesday, March 14, GMA and ATA partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Jon Samson, Executive Director of AFTC at ATA and Samantha Cooper, manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at GMA joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • 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.

  • Recall Communications — How To Interact Effectively With The FDA
    Recall Communications — How To Interact Effectively With The FDA

    Unfortunately, food recalls aren’t a matter of “if one happens,” they are a matter of “when one happens.” And when one happens to your company, will you be able to quickly and effectively communicate it with the FDA? This article will illustrate the recall process and offer suggestions to help you get through it.

  • Building & Maintaining A Strong Food Product Portfolio
    Building & Maintaining A Strong Food Product Portfolio

    When it comes to developing a new food product, there are two main categories: new-to-market concepts and new flavors of existing products. Of the two, new flavors often require less legwork to make the sale, but the innovative products (if done properly) may have the larger return on investment. Both categories of products are risky though, in their own ways.

  • Practical Tools For Getting Ahead Of Food Fraud
    Practical Tools For Getting Ahead Of Food Fraud

    Food fraud, or Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA), costs the food industry billions of dollars annually. Fraudsters intentionally misrepresent the true identity of food ingredients, artificially enhancing them with illegal dyes, concealing the use of undeclared banned biocides, or palming off counterfeits while evading detection. But, you can fight food fraud with powerful proactive tools that can help you anticipate and reduce your company’s vulnerability to EMA.

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

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The globally successful SC product line meets the highest standards of modern quality management. Nothing is left to chance in terms of process safety and hygienic design. A high performance camera detector equipped with HD-TDI technology ensures high resolution and sharp X-ray images, while providing the optimal basis for the image processing software developed at OCS. The minimal faulty rejection rate combines with the maximal detection accuracy to provide the greatest possible safety.

X-Ray Inspection for Cans, Bottles and Containers X-Ray Inspection for Cans, Bottles and Containers

If you have to check standing products for impurities by means of X-rays and ensure the correct fill levels, then the models of the SC-S series are the perfect choice. These models follow a component design that enables an easy, space-saving integration with any existing production line. The side view scanner reliably checks cans, bottles, composite packaging, paper, or plastic containers. Either a belt or a chain conveyor can pass through the scanner’s housing.

Product Inspection of Raw Bulk Materials: SC-B Model Product Inspection of Raw Bulk Materials: SC-B Model

The optimal technical support for starting your production process with a quality control check of the raw goods -the SC-B model. The scanner provides a very high detection sensitivity that checks loose materials of any kind for the presence of foreign objects. You can be sure that if there is an impurity in the product, it will not be allowed to enter your production process.

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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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