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  • FSMA’s Produce Rule: Navigating The Agricultural Water Requirements
    FSMA’s Produce Rule: Navigating The Agricultural Water Requirements

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with the United Fresh Produce Association and Hogan Lovells, partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule. Here, Jennifer McEntire, VP food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association, and Maile Gradison Hermida, partner with Hogan Lovells join Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to discuss agricultural water requirements of FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of November

What articles were our readers most thankful for in November? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most-popular articles that appeared on Food Online in November.

Hormel’s Strategy In The Battle Against Microbial Contamination

Your CEO probably won't notice if you start a production run an hour late. But, if you start production on time without inspecting the environment, taking corrective actions, and sanitizing the environment, your product may be forced into withdrawal or a recall… and your CEO will know you in a very intimate and negative way.

Answering Your Questions About FSMA Inspection Readiness

In this segment of Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready, Elizabeth Fawell, a food law attorney at Hogan Lovells U.S., LLP; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, address unanswered questions from the FSMA inspection readiness web chat.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of October

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

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements
    Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements

    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes are being used as the base requirement for many supply chain verification and supplier approval programs, but are customers using them independently? In many incidences, I have noted customers are taking only the GFSI certificate as a verification step without fully understanding the challenges that the schemes are having. Here, I review some of those challenges.

  • Tackling Food Fraud: Inside The EU-China-Safe Partnership
    Tackling Food Fraud: Inside The EU-China-Safe Partnership

    Over the past decade, scandals related to adulterated and fake food have made international headlines and generated waves of consumer backlash. This column will explore a new partnership between China and The EU that aims to take down food fraud.

  • Germicidal LEDs: A Viable Light Source For Food Safety
    Germicidal LEDs: A Viable Light Source For Food Safety

    In addition to their use for Point-of-Use Water Disinfection, UV-C LED-based solutions have now been demonstrated to offer novel and unique approaches to food production sanitation.

  • 5 Ways Food Companies Can Win In The Digital Era
    5 Ways Food Companies Can Win In The Digital Era

    In 2017, the food industry was filled with disruption — from Amazon acquiring Whole Foods, to significant growth in the meal-kit industry. Because of this, food companies are taking a holistic look at customer bases and determining any possible competitive advantage for 2018. In the year ahead, we'll see five ways the food industry will become more agile and opportunistic in order to win consumer loyalty.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

White Paper: The Advantages Of Mixing Under Vacuum

Many of the advantages of mixing, blending and drying under vacuum have been recognized for years. But until recently, vacuum has also been widely misunderstood. Many processors have considered vacuum essential — and cost-effective — only for the most demanding applications.

5 Strategies To Modernize Legacy ERP

A common myth in the software market: large companies are not adopting new cloud and mobile solutions. Simply not true. This white paper will illustrate five strategies to modernize your ERP software.

How Meat Processors Can Gain Advantages With Fat Analysis Technology

This white paper discusses fat analysis, or Chemical Lean (CL), and its significance to meat processors, before exploring several current methods of measuring CL and their applications.

A Food Manufacturer’s Guide To Traceability Software

Food manufacturers and distributors are more than familiar with the steps and precautions they need to take in order to comply with global food safety initiatives like FSMA, GFSI and SQF. What they may not be aware of is how beneficial software can be in aiding initiatives around lot traceability, safety audits and recall readiness. This guide highlights the functionality and features food companies need from their business software to aid in their farm to fork traceability and food safety efforts.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

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Energy Performance Energy Performance

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Label Assurance Label Assurance

Undeclared allergen in food product causes detrimental effect on consumers who react adversely. It also leads to costly regulatory non-compliance penalties and loss of market share as consumer trust erodes. Label Assurance by Schneider Electric performs label inspection checks at the packaging line, helping food and beverage manufacturers avoid product recalls due to mislabeling and undeclared allergen. Simply put, Label Assurance ensures the right product is in the right packaging.

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XR75 Food X-Ray Inspection System:  Advanced Long Life Technology XR75 Food X-Ray Inspection System: Advanced Long Life Technology

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Xtreme® Vertical Drop: Gravity Free Fall Food Metal Detector Xtreme® Vertical Drop: Gravity Free Fall Food Metal Detector

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Preventing Microbiological Contamination with Product Inspection Equipment

    Every year almost 1 in 10 people worldwide fall ill after consuming contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) first global estimates of the burden of foodborne diseases in 2015.

  • 9 Features Every ERP System Should Have
    9 Features Every ERP System Should Have

    There are a number of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems on the market, which makes it hard to find the best solution for your needs. The key is to identify the features your food ERP system needs in order to address your most important requirements and challenges.

  • 4 Tips For Overall Equipment Effectiveness In Food Production
    4 Tips For Overall Equipment Effectiveness In Food Production

    Taking overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) into consideration provides clear guidance on maximizing productivity. But, which factors affect OEE and how do you get started on the path to optimization?

  • The Metal Detection Guide: Building An Effective Program
    The Metal Detection Guide: Building An Effective Program

    Most manufacturers and processors in the food and pharmaceutical industries recognize the need for metal detection systems and that they are an essential element of any efficient and effective quality-focused regime. There is an ever greater need for metal detectors in an increasingly competitive market-place driven by a growing range of complex factors including changing customer requirements, the tightening of industry standards, and the growth of regulatory and legislative bodies.

  • 5 Quality Audits Every Food Company Should Be Doing
    5 Quality Audits Every Food Company Should Be Doing

    If one low-quality food item makes it to a first-time customer, it could completely jeopardize your relationship with that customer forever. Quality audits are a great way to fight against compromised product quality. But, what "quality audits" should be completed and how are they done?

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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.

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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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