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  • Supply Chain Risk Management: Are You Doing Enough?
    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 Traceability: Enabling Timely Emergency Responses And Protecting Consumers

Traceability gives food manufacturers an effective way to track products, and their attributes, as they move through the supply chain. But, even with the best traceability practices, recalls — and other food safety events — can occur. Here, Brian Perry, SVP Food Safety & Quality at TreeHouse Foods, answers my questions about ensuring consumer confidence with traceability endeavors and how traceability aids food manufacturers during crisis situations, such as a recall.

Food Online's Top 10 Of February

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

How Whole Genome Sequencing Is Impacting The Food Industry

Regulators are increasingly using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for foodborne illness investigation and regulatory enforcement activities. However, the food industry is at a crossroad on whether or not, and how, to use WGS. Here, Ai Kataoka, scientist in microbiology at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), answers my questions on WGS’ influence of the food industry.

How To Prepare For FSMA Preventive Controls Inspections

With Preventive Controls for Human Food inspections now underway, the food industry is beginning to observe trends with inspections. These trends are enabling improvements in current programs and documentation management practices, in addition to helping the food makers become prepared for future inspections. Here, Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, answers my questions on what is being seen during the first round of FSMA’s Preventive Controls inspections and how the industry can further prepare.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Rapid Pathogen Detection Methods — What To Consider
    Rapid Pathogen Detection Methods — What To Consider

    Rapid methods of pathogen testing have been gaining acceptance in the food industry. Recent advances in technology result in faster detection and identification of pathogens, more convenient, more sensitive, more reproducible, and more specific than conventional methods.

  • Food Defense Requires A Collaborative Offense
    Food Defense Requires A Collaborative Offense

    Bridging the gaps between the food industry and law enforcement, along with creating long-lasting, mutually-beneficial partnerships is essential in food defense efforts. This article will explain some of those efforts, their benefits, and how the food industry can continue to collaborate to protect the food supply chain.

  • What’s Next In Continuous UV Light Technologies For Liquid Products?
    What’s Next In Continuous UV Light Technologies For Liquid Products?

    Short-wave ultraviolet irradiation (UV-C, 200−280 nm) offers one of the most promising, non-thermal technologies that could provide food processors with a safe, energy-efficient, and cost-effective way to gain an added measure of safety and extended shelf life for their products. This article will discuss pros and cons of the existing UV units and introduce new commercial UV unit that can be used to treat products with low and extra low UV-C light transmission (UVT).

  • Ensuring Confidence In GFSI: Maintaining Value And Credibility Of Benchmarked Schemes
    Ensuring Confidence In GFSI: Maintaining Value And Credibility Of Benchmarked Schemes

    In early March, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel discussion with several GFSI stakeholders, representing all aspects of the GFSI certification process. The panel was moderated by Neil Marshall, global director of quality & safety strategy policy and programs at Coca-Cola; and Chris Lomauro, quality manager at General Mills. Our conversation rotated around this scenario: a brand owner found an issue with a supplier who has been previously audited and certified to a GFSI benchmarked program.

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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. Ensuring effective measures to prevent contamination of food products is a major concern for food manufacturers. Not only do contamination accidents require production line stoppages and incur huge recall costs, they also involve vast amounts of time and money to regain consumer confidence.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Food Manufacturing - Vision Inspection Equipment Food Manufacturing - Vision Inspection Equipment

The METTLER TOLEDO V24 vision inspection series is designed to provide rapid and accurate quality control inspections of labels and packaging on container types which have historically been challenging. Our unique un-oriented inspection techniques are able to locate and verify important label information no matter the direction the camera is facing. In addition, the V24 series performs packaging quality inspections such as cap presence/position and integrity as well as fill level.

Food Packaging -  Vision Inspection Equipment Food Packaging - Vision Inspection Equipment

The V26 series features standard vision inspection systems built to support the creation of a vision program for the quality assurance of flat, oriented products. The V26 series ranges from specialized systems for top and bottom label inspections to simple smart camera solutions.

Food Vision Inspection Equipment for Rigid Plastic Containers Food Vision Inspection Equipment for Rigid Plastic Containers

The METTLER TOLEDO V27 series of inspection systems are designed to ensure the proper formation of rigid plastic containers.

Food Label Printing and Inspection Equipment Food Label Printing and Inspection Equipment

The V28 series of inspection systems is METTLER TOLEDO's solution for manufacturers who require both label printing and inspection to take place in the same system. Available in both in-line and stand-alone configurations, the V28 series is particularly ideal for manufacturers performing small batch runs of products.

X-Ray Inspection Equipment for Canned Foods: Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-Ray Inspection Equipment for Canned Foods: Mettler-Toledo Safeline

Safeline X-ray inspection systems provide superior contamination detection for manufacturers producing food, beverages and pet food products packaged in a wide variety of metal cans. With x-ray inspection solutions for products packaged in cans of all shapes and sizes, applications include canned baby food, ready meals, fish and seafood, meat, tinned fruit and vegetables, pet food and beverages in cans.

Food Sorting Equipment for Bacon Bits Food Sorting Equipment for Bacon Bits

Bacon bits, used in salads and other dishes or as food toppings by consumers, can be sorted by TOMRA's Nimbus free-fall laser sorter

In-Line Sorting and Analysis Equipment for Diced Meat In-Line Sorting and Analysis Equipment for Diced Meat

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for in-line fresh and frozen diced meat analysis

Food Sorting and Product Inspection Equipment for Hot Dogs Food Sorting and Product Inspection Equipment for Hot Dogs

ViskoTeepak and TOMRA Sorting Food joined forces in order to develop a casing solution that would make it easier for hotdog producers to detect pieces of casing in peeling operations, while still being able to track the color formation of the sausage during processing. The result of this synergy is a completely new patent pending innovation in the world of casing and hotdog casing detection

IQF Meat Sorting and Product Inspection Equipment IQF Meat Sorting and Product Inspection Equipment

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting IQF meat. IQF meat, used as pizza toppings and ingredient for ready meals, can be sorted on a TOMRA Nimbus free-fall laser sorter

Sorting and Product Inspection Equipment for Salami Sorting and Product Inspection Equipment for Salami

ViskoTeepak and TOMRA Sorting Food decided to join forces in order to develop a casing solution that would make it easier for mini-salami producers to detect pieces of casing in peeling operations, while still being able to track the color formation of the sausage during processing. The result of this synergy is a completely new patent pending innovation in the world of casing and mini-salami casing detection.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain, Environmental Monitoring, And Distribution Centers For The Preventive Controls For Human And Animal Food Rules (Part One Of Three)
    FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain, Environmental Monitoring, And Distribution Centers For The Preventive Controls For Human And Animal Food Rules (Part One Of Three)

    In the previous FSMA Fridays series, SafetyChain’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jill Bender, was joined by the Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson and Rolando Gonzalez to discuss the final rules regarding FSMA’s preventive controls for human and animal food. The same topic will be the subject of this month’s FSMA Fridays' discussion, as Jill Bender is joined by The Acheson Group’s David Acheson and Melanie Neumann to explore best practices within the supply chain, environmental monitoring, distribution centers, and more under FSMA’s preventive controls for human and animal food rules.

  • FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain Controls — How Preventive Controls for Human Food And FSVP Fit Together (Part Three Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain Controls — How Preventive Controls for Human Food And FSVP Fit Together (Part Three Of Four)

    In Part Two of FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain Controls — How Preventive Controls for Human Food And FSVP Fit Together, SafetyChain’s Jill Bender, The Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson and Rolando Gonzalez discussed how FSMA evolved with regard to supply chain regulatory requirements. Here, in Part Three of the series, the trio will discuss exactly what FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) requires.

  • FSMA Fridays: FSMA Compliance Implementation Challenges And Guidance (Part Four Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: FSMA Compliance Implementation Challenges And Guidance (Part Four Of Four)

    In Part Three of FSMA Fridays: FSMA Compliance Implementation Challenges And Guidance, the Acheson Group’s Dr. Peyman Fatemi and Christopher Snabes, along with SafetyChain’s Jill Bender, began addressing questions from the webinar’s live audience around FSMA implementation challenges. Here, in the fourth and final portion of the series, the trio will continue answering the audience’s questions in real time.

  • FSMA Fridays — What's Ahead In 2017? (Part One Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays — What's Ahead In 2017? (Part One Of Four)

    SafetyChain Software’s VP of Marketing, Jill Bender is joined by The Acheson Group’s (TAG) President and CEO Dr. David Acheson to share insight on what 2017 will bring the F&B industry in regards to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

  • 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:

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