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  • Hormel’s Strategy In The Battle Against Microbial Contamination
    Hormel’s Strategy In The Battle Against Microbial Contamination

    Your company’s CEO probably isn’t going to 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. Here, Doug Craven, corporate manager of sanitation at Hormel Foods, discusses the steps Hormel takes to ensure its food processing environments and food contact surfaces are properly sanitized, aren’t harboring microbial pathogens, and safe products are reaching its customers.

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.

FSMA Inspections & Recordkeeping: What Are The FDA’s Required Documents?

In this segment of Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA discuss FSMA’s recordkeeping requirements regarding Preventive Controls, Allergen Controls, sanitation, as well as FSVP.

FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door

In this segment of Food For Thought: FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells, and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA, discuss differences between current and past FDA inspections, as well as what goes into an FSVP inspection.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • 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

    Looking back at the unprecedented amount of disruption in 2017 — from Amazon acquiring Whole Foods, to significant growth in the meal-kit industry — food companies are taking a holistic look at customer bases and determining any possible competitive advantage to be developed in 2018. In the year ahead, there are five ways we’ll see the food industry become more agile and opportunistic in order to win consumer loyalty, or “share of stomach.”

  • FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: Dissecting Recent Announcements
    FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: Dissecting Recent Announcements

    A recent Food Online article provided tips for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule, but some provisions in the rule are clearer than others. Over the past several months, the FDA has announced various reconsiderations related to the rule that can be difficult to interpret. This article will review and explain a few of them.

  • Modernized cGMP: The Nuts And Bolts Of A Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan
    Modernized cGMP: The Nuts And Bolts Of A Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan

    Many HACCP plans are not well-integrated with prerequisite programs. Because of this, the food safety system isn't robust. In the first article of a two-part series, I will show that focusing on prerequisite programs, starting with cGMPs, is the best starting point for converting a HACCP plan into a Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

White Paper: New High Speed Mixer Designs Allow More Efficient Development and Scale-Up
Work in a typical lab is aimed at achieving a long list of goals in product development. But every aspect of business in the lab is also driven by a collection of chronic shortages. Space for equipment in the lab is always tight, and virtually every lab manager will tell you that his lab is under-funded. During the last few years, new directions in product development have added to the challenge of managing R&D
Situational Awareness – The Next Leap In Industrial Human Machine Interface Design

The end users of modern industrial systems are constantly searching for methods of improving the availability and maximizing the efficiency of those systems without compromising the quality of their offerings or safety of their operations teams. One of the areas where improvements can have significant impacts in this pursuit is quite literally staring them in the face; the human machine interface used to control and operate these systems. By implementing improvements in the mechanisms used to control and operate industrial systems, operations teams can significantly improve both the business value and the safety of their industrial systems.

White Paper: How To Select Critical Control Points For X-Ray Systems
Manufacturers typically install an X-ray inspection system at the end of the production line, although it can be installed at any point during the production process. Some of the questions are: which are the best locations for x-ray inspection? Where are the critical control points to ensure the highest levels of product safety? By Mettler-Toledo Safeline
Choosing The Right Food Processing Vacuum

Industrial vacuums come in many different forms to satisfy specific applications for the food processing industry — portable vacuums for intermittent and general cleaning, wet/dry vacuums, stainless steel vacuums — or you can decide on a powerful central vacuum system. This white paper provides guidance to choosing the right food processing vacuum for your operation’s needs.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Safety and Engineering Services Safety and Engineering Services

At CRB, we believe that Safety and Quality are key requirements for the success of every project. Nowhere is our dedication to zero INJURIES more evident than in our Safety and Quality Programs.

Operations Improvement: Consulting Services Operations Improvement: Consulting Services

Reducing annual operating costs by $5 - $15 Million... Achieving 70% faster response time to market... Providing adaptable capacity for introduction of new products/processes...

Energy Optimization: Consulting Services Energy Optimization: Consulting Services

As is the case in most advanced technology facilities, efforts to reduce operating costs must be mindful of operational complexity as well as risk to production efforts. Highly specialized, advanced technology facilities call for specialists familiar with unique and complex process requirements to create an effective energy-saving strategy.

Architectural and Construction Services Architectural and Construction Services

A full range of architectural services from initial pre-design strategic planning through construction administration.

Energy Performance Energy Performance

Energy expenditure is one of the highest operating expenses in most manufacturing plants, reducing energy consumption helps companies reduce operational costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Adopting an effective energy management system is imperative for improved profitability and sustainability. Based on Schneider Electric’s world-class energy management solution, Energy Performance provides comprehensive visualization tools to reduce energy consumption, optimize equipment utilization and improve electrical network reliability.

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.

X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Glass Containers X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Glass Containers

Glass Container Applications

X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Canned Foods X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Canned Foods

Improved Container Inspection

X-Ray Inspection for Meat / Poultry:  RMI 400 X-Ray Inspection for Meat / Poultry: RMI 400

The Eagle RMI 400 x-ray inspection machine is specifically built for the meat and poultry industries for superior bone and contaminant detection, where daily sanitation and hygiene requirements are stringent.

M6 Dual Wave High Performance Food Metal Detector M6 Dual Wave High Performance Food Metal Detector

Designed with ease of operation, low maintenance and cost of ownership in mind.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road... Because Walmart Led The Way
    Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road... Because Walmart Led The Way

    Every year at the International Association of Food Protection there are fabulous presentations and this year in St. Louis was no exception. One in particular was by Frank Yiannis, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart, in which he discussed the great leaps and bounds his company has been making in effort to reduce the levels of Salmonella in chicken parts sold at their stores. Salmonella accounts for 380 deaths and 19,000 illnesses each year with as many as 19% of salmonellosis cases linked to poultry products, so it is a significant public health concern.

  • The effect of population growth on efficiency in food production
    The effect of population growth on efficiency in food production

    The global population has been expanding rapidly for many years, standing at around 7.3 billion in 2016, due to a number of factors, such as advanced maternity and healthcare.

  • How Process Simulation Can Benefit The Food Industry
    How Process Simulation Can Benefit The Food Industry

    This article discusses how a properly-validated process model with the right details can be an invaluable tool to compare alternatives and justify cost for manufacturing and its related processes.

  • Bridging The Skills Gap And Creating New Services – Key Success Factors For F&B Manufacturers
    Bridging The Skills Gap And Creating New Services – Key Success Factors For F&B Manufacturers

    Bridging the skills gap and boosting services with the use of IoT will be top priorities for manufacturers in 2017. This article outlines three key predictions for 2017, and beyond, to help food companies bridge the skills gap and create new services.

  • Increase Yield, Reduce Costs And Maintain Quality With Advanced Process Control
    Increase Yield, Reduce Costs And Maintain Quality With Advanced Process Control

    What should the optimal operating point for my multivariate process be? If you’re asking this question, it’s tough to find an answer. For instance, in a milk powder production plant where spray drying is commonly used, the question of what the optimal operating point is for maximum throughput, optimum moisture and minimum energy consumption (while staying within product quality specification) is all too familiar.

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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. 

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