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  • How To Prepare For FSMA Preventive Controls Inspections
    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.

Implementing FSMA: What Do I Need To Know And Do?

Several of FSMA’s major rules are now in effect, but that doesn’t mean all food makers are clear on what is expected of them. There are thousands of pages of regulations for the law, which can be confusing and daunting, not to mention the rules present food companies with a plethora of new challenges. Here, Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, CFS, VP of food safety programs at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), answers my questions on what food makers need to know to comply with FSMA’s requirements and offers guidance on how they can achieve it.

How Crystal Creamery Is Becoming A Zero-Waste Facility

Crystal Creamery began its sustainability voyage back in 2014. The company wanted to create a sustainability program promoting accountability in environmental practices, was socially responsible, and rewarded the company’s efforts with profitability — a triple bottom line. The company developed and implemented a plan to achieve its goals, and early this year, received well-deserved recognition for its efforts. On January 10, 2017, the EPA presented Crystal Creamery with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge Innovation Award, citing the company as frontrunner in sustainability advancements.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of January

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

From HACCP To FSMA: The Evolution Of Global Food Safety & Quality

Food safety and quality certainly have changed in the last two decades. But, what are those changes and how are they ensuring consumer safety? Here, Gaurav Tewari, director of quality assurance at Sargent Farms, answers my questions about the evolution of food safety and quality management systems (FSQMS), GFSI, FSMA and how they help keep the global food supply safe.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • U.S. & Canadian Food Imports/Exports: What You Need To Know
    U.S. & Canadian Food Imports/Exports: What You Need To Know

    With FSMA, and accompanying rules, now finalized, the countdown to enforcement is on. In order to make food available to consumers in the U.S. market, it is important to ensure food is exported according to applicable laws.

  • Implementing The New Nutrition Label: Challenges, Uncertainties, And Opportunities
    Implementing The New Nutrition Label: Challenges, Uncertainties, And Opportunities

    Many stakeholders are involved in the implementation of the new nutrition label requirements including raw ingredient suppliers, nutrition labeling software vendors, graphics design and packaging companies, food manufacturers, and private label brand owners. For a successful implementation, it is imperative that each of these key stakeholders develop a comprehensive knowledge of the new requirements.

  • Time To Update Your Listeria Playbook: The FDA’s Draft Guidance Is Making Waves
    Time To Update Your Listeria Playbook: The FDA’s Draft Guidance Is Making Waves

    The FDA recently released draft guidance (the “Guidance”) on controlling Listeria monocytogenes (LM) and ready-to-eat foods (RTE) in conjunction with the final rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF rule). Any FDA-regulated facility that manufacturers, processes, packs, or holds RTE foods needs to take the time to read this new draft Guidance. Why?  For three reasons. First, as we all know, draft guidance can often take years before it turns to final guidance, and in the interim, FDA inspectors still rely on it as gospel. Second, whether it’s considered draft or final by the FDA, we all know the reality is guidance is often treated like directive, which in turn is often treated just like regulation. If we don’t follow it, we have a lot of explaining to do. Third, there are a few waves contained in this guidance that we, as an industry, all need to be aware of now!

  • A Food Recall’s Ripple Effect: What We’ve Learned From Valley Milk Products
    A Food Recall’s Ripple Effect: What We’ve Learned From Valley Milk Products

    The Valley Milk Products recall resulted in a subsequent ripple effect of recalls affecting over 30 companies. As this food safety event has played out over the last several months, it has also raised several questions on how the industry should react and handle these types of chain-reaction-like recalls.

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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

Magnetic Separators: 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. Manufacturers of food industrial magnets have adopted standard testing equipment that measures the holding force of a magnet. 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. By Bill Dudenhoefer, Separation Manager, Eriez

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

Building Consumer Appetite With Food Product Label Building Consumer Appetite With Food Product Label

Split-second consumer decisions count. And so does brand perception. That’s why the high production quality and design potential of pressure-sensitive food product labels is key to marketing opportunities on the shelf and beyond.

Filtration Project Management & Engineering Surveys Filtration Project Management & Engineering Surveys

When it comes to finding the perfect air filtration system for your specific application, Schenck Process has over 40 years of experience in designing and managing dust collection projects for customers throughout the world.

Negative Airlift System Negative Airlift System

The Schenck Process CleanLine Supplied Air Extruder Negative Airlift System is designed to safely convey extrudate from the extruder to the dryer in pet food manufacturing processes. Using HEPA filtered or treated convey air instead of potentially contaminated air from the extruder room floor helps reduce the potential of product contamination. This is important to all pet food and food producers concerned with avoiding finished product bacteria contamination after the extrusion kill step.

GCA Airlock GCA Airlock

The Global Cleanable Airlock (GCA) is ideal for applications where dry raw or finished products are being handled in the process and where inspection or system clean-out are required. Because the GCA is designed for high process rates and possesses a number of features suited for sanitary processes the airlock is perfect for food and pet food applications.

ERP Software for Food Manufacturing ERP Software for Food Manufacturing

Cloud manufacturing software for modern manufacturers—keeping the shop floor and the top floor in sync.

CRM Software for Food Manufacturers CRM Software for Food Manufacturers

NetSuite’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is the only cloud solution that delivers a real-time, 360-degree view of your customers. NetSuite CRM provides a seamless flow of information across the entire customer lifecycle—from lead all the way through opportunity, sales order, fulfillment, renewal, upsell, cross-sell and support.

Supply Chain Management Software for Food Processors Supply Chain Management Software for Food Processors

Virtually every company that manages a modern supply chain will be doing so across multiple continents and time zones, but how do you do that with a single application? NetSuite’s manufacturing, distribution and supply chain management capabilities are all built on the premise that the physical location that a product is made or stored in should be irrelevant to your decision making process—it may add to your lead time, but we let you manage all with ease.

Production Management Software for Food Processors Production Management Software for Food Processors

NetSuite’s production management capabilities enable organizations to run their manufacturing operations efficiently. From sales order to work order processing, routing and scheduling, order fulfillment and product costing, NetSuite’s manufacturing solution provides real-time visibility into every step of the production process to help you make better-informed decisions. Get your products to market quickly and cost-effectively anywhere in the world with an end-to-end manufacturing software solution designed to run your entire business.

Financial Management Software for Food Processors Financial Management Software for Food Processors

SuiteBilling transforms billing from a stodgy, back-office function into a strategic differentiator by placing it at the core of your business. NetSuite’s unified, billing framework equips businesses to offer transaction, subscription, usage-based billing, and any hybrid model thereof while managing that revenue accurately and in accordance with the latest revenue recognition standards—all from NetSuite’s cloud-based system.

Warehouse and Fulfillment Management Software for Food Manufacturers Warehouse and Fulfillment Management Software for Food Manufacturers

Smart businesses understand that controlling inventory, fulfillment and shipping costs is essential for success. Companies are constantly striving to improve their warehouse operations by increasing agility, visibility and labor efficiency. This requires use of best practices combined with a sophisticated Warehouse Management System (WMS) that optimally manages all resources within the distribution operations while minimizing the total cost of operation or ownership (TCO).

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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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