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  • What’s Senior Leadership’s Role In Food Safety Culture?
    What’s Senior Leadership’s Role In Food Safety Culture?

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF) and Cultivate Food Safety partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: Establishing, Maintaining, And Improving Food Safety Culture. Here, Lone Jespersen, principal at Cultivate and former director of food safety and operations learning at Maple Leaf Foods; and Brian Bedard, executive director of the GMA SEF, discuss senior leadership’s role in food safety culture, how food safety culture can be evaluated and/or measured, and how it can be incorporated into food safety management systems.

Listeria Control Programs: A Journey Of Sampling To Prevention

As the food industry shifts its focus from reacting to adverse events to preventing them, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is becoming the new mantra. At the 13th Annual North American Summit On Food Safety, Nandini Natrajan, Ph.D., senior director of science operations at Keystone Foods, shared her insights on how both the FDA and USDA FSIS are approaching listeria control, as well as what those companies can do to mitigate their listeria risk and prevent listeria contamination-related recalls.

Building Food Defense Plans: Why HACCP Isn’t Enough

On Tuesday, May 23, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Warren Stone, senior director of science policy, compliance, and inspection at GMA, and Clay Detlefsen, VP of regulatory affairs and counsel at NMPF joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic, including why HACCP isn't enough to ensure you comply with FSMA's Food Defense Rule.

11 Critical Components Of Improving Food Safety Culture

The Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF) and Cultivate Food Safety partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: Establishing, Maintaining, And Improving Food Safety Culture. Here, Lone Jespersen, principal at Cultivate and former director of food safety and operations learning at Maple Leaf Foods details 11 points every company should consider when thinking about food safety culture.

FSMA's Food Defense Rule: Answers To Your Questions

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Warren Stone, senior director of science policy, compliance, and inspection at GMA, and Clay Detlefsen, VP of regulatory affairs and counsel at NMPF join Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Avoiding Recalls Through Physical Hazard Prevention: Are You Doing Enough?
    Avoiding Recalls Through Physical Hazard Prevention: Are You Doing Enough?

    Preventing physical hazards in food continues to be challenging, and frequently, the reason for companies and/or regulatory agencies issuing recall notices. A brief review of the recalls viewable online at Recall.gov indicates that the number of recalls for physical hazards per month ranges from zero to eight involving USDA and FDA amenable products. Wood, plastic, glass, rubber, glass, and stones have been found in food products as evidenced by the various recalls over time. Recently, many reported recalls involve various types of plastic. The amount of food products recalled could encompass millions of pounds and put numerous consumers of all ages at risk.

  • 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. 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.

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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.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Tabware For The Food And Beverage Industry Tabware For The Food And Beverage Industry

Food & Beverage industry is challenged with effectively maximizing asset performance, increasing uptime and controlling costs while meeting product demand. The Processing and Packaging sectors must adhere to strict regulations, and with the focus on lean manufacturing and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), operators are handling more equipment maintenance tasks such as intermediate cleaning, lubrication and equipment inspections TabWare Computerized Maintenance Management System / Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS / EAM) solution is designed to help Food & Beverage manufacturers manage maintenance, spare parts inventory and purchasing operations. TabWare provides support for complex food equipment maintenance and also helps improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). TabWare specifically helps the Food & Beverage industry by:

Packaging Checkweigher for Larger Products (Boxes, Bags, Etc.) Packaging Checkweigher for Larger Products (Boxes, Bags, Etc.)

The HC-WD-SL is the ideal checkweigher when it comes to weighing larger products such as crates, boxes, bags and containers in wet and areas of frequent and intensive cleaning.

Compact Checkweigher with Data Capture Technology: EC-E Compact Checkweigher with Data Capture Technology: EC-E

Reliability and transparency of production data are the basis of all planning. The EC-E checkweigher from WIPOTEC-OCS guarantees 100% data capture in ongoing production.

Compact Checkweigher: EC-C-VA Compact Checkweigher: EC-C-VA

The EC-E-VA model has an innovative design with weigh cells, drives, and belt construction in stainless steel (protection class IP65) and is recommended for use in light to average humidity environments.

Checkweigher For Heavy Applications: EC-E-SL Checkweigher For Heavy Applications: EC-E-SL

A practical addition to the ESSENTIAL series, the EC-E-SL is designed for high precision weighing of larger or heavier product formats.

Sideshoot X-ray Inspection System for Food Manufacturing and Packaging:   XPert ™ Sideshoot X-ray Inspection System for Food Manufacturing and Packaging: XPert ™

Meet the challenge of detecting foreign objects anywhere in cans and bottles with the Thermo Scientific™ Xpert™ Sideshoot X-Ray Inspection System.

Line Performance Line Performance

Line Performance is a comprehensive OEE and monitoring software solution for Food & Beverage/CPG companies, providing the means to visualize and control packaging, optimize output and better manage quality.  

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Managing the transformation of materials into finished products in real time.

System Platform System Platform

System Platform 2017 is the world’s only responsive, scalable platform for Supervisory, SCADA, MES and IIoT applications that integrates the process with the Enterprise. System Platform provides a collaborative, standards-based foundation that unifies people, processes and assets for continuous operational improvement and real-time decision support.

Workflow Workflow

Advanced software delivers advanced workflow solutions and a complete set of tools for creating, executing, and optimizing business processes. 100% embeddable web-based architecture and strong integration capabilities ensures collaboration throughout the Enterprise.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • How X-Ray Inspection Technology Can Save Your Brand And Reputation
    How X-Ray Inspection Technology Can Save Your Brand And Reputation

    In the world of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), brand image is everything. For the food and beverage industry, competition is fierce and the quality associated with a brand is critical to a company’s success.

  • Top X-Ray Inspection Systems For Product Quality And Safety
    Top X-Ray Inspection Systems For Product Quality And Safety

    Engineered with precision and high-sensitivity detection, our HD systems are the superior choice for food safety inspection but, with so many models to choose from, distinguishing between each can be overwhelming. Are you debating which top x-ray inspection system is right for your processing needs? Here is a digestible overview comparing our new, XR75 advanced long life technology models:

  •  Prevent Unplanned Downtime With Preventive Maintenance
    Prevent Unplanned Downtime With Preventive Maintenance

    Optimizing production line efficiency is essential to maximize output and increase profitability. Product inspection systems are often designated as Critical Control Points (CCP's). If the equipment fails, manufacturers face a risk of significant unplanned downtime resulting in reduced output and lost revenues. Preventive Maintenance programs can reduce the risk of unplanned downtime by ensuring parts and systems are overhauled, refurbished or replaced before they break down.

  • Changing Consumer Behavior: 5 Easy Ways To Practice Food Safety For Produce At Home
    Changing Consumer Behavior: 5 Easy Ways To Practice Food Safety For Produce At Home

    When there is notice of an outbreak or a recall related to produce, we can all agree that it is not something that we want to be associated with, whether it was caused from produce sent out by our operation or whether it is produce that we have consumed. With buyer specifications and the new FSMA rules, produce operations are guided on how to prevent food safety issues at the operation level. However, do you ever consider how you are preventing food safety issues while buying, storing and preparing produce at home? 

  • 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.

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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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