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

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Hogan Lovells partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready. Here, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA discuss some of the difference between current and past FDA inspections, as well as what goes into a Foreign Supplier Verification Program inspection.

Will Your Traceability Initiatives Reach Regulatory Compliance?

FSMA and the Safe Food for Canadians Act are taking traceability regulations to new heights. Is your company prepared to keep up and comply with them? Here, Saqib Javaid, director of quality management systems at NutraBlend Foods, answers my questions about the future of traceability regulations and how to prepare for and comply with them.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of September

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

How To Always Be FDA Inspection Ready

In this segment of the Food Online web chat, 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 the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), begin answering the industry's questions on FSMA inspections.

FDA Swab-A-Thons: What To Expect In The Search For Pathogens

Increased scrutiny during FDA inspections has left many food industry professionals with increased anxiety. Here, food industry attorney Shawn Stevens answers my questions about the FDA’s microbiological sampling, how the agency is incorporating Whole Genome Sequencing into it, and what food companies can do to alleviate regulatory worries.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Hand Washing In Food Facilities: The Foundation Of Reduced Microbial Contamination
    Hand Washing In Food Facilities: The Foundation Of Reduced Microbial Contamination

    Everyone knows hand washing is a basic requirement in the food industry. If executed correctly, it can lead to a significant reduction in food safety risk. This is such a basic action though it is often overlooked and left out of internal audits and general inspections — the quality team is focused on product contact surfaces and processing areas. This article will describe what proper hand washing is, how to design a proper hand washing station, as well as offer advice on how to establish a culture of hand washing.

  • Food Fraud: How You Can Ensure Product Integrity
    Food Fraud: How You Can Ensure Product Integrity

    Most food companies concentrate on the intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product with verification activities, including testing, organoleptic or other on receipt testing. But, the real challenge is identifying the misrepresentation of products. What can you do to decrease your risks and boost the chances of receiving genuine, certified products?

  • 3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them
    3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them

    With the emergence of new FSMA rules and a bioengineering labeling rule in the works, the industry is going to have even more headaches to deal with. Environmental monitoring, the threat of intentional contamination of the food supply, and yet another labeling change are emerging and could be another reason for food manufacturers to reach for Tylenol.

  • Food Defense: A U.S. Army Perspective
    Food Defense: A U.S. Army Perspective

    Back in 1997, a Veterinarian, Leslie Huck, showed me a checklist he was developing. It focused on intentional contamination and it made me think about how the military is always a target for acts of violence. This article illustrates the evolution of Food Defense and provides insight into what food manufacturers can do to build and improve their Food Defense plans.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • How Do I Choose The Right Portable Dust Collector Or Cleanroom Vacuum?

    When selecting a compound vacuum, HEPA vacuum, or ULPA vacuum for your facility, you will quickly find there are many options. From basic vacuums with a collection container and motor to those that are much more sophisticated and complex, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. By Nilfisk CFM

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
Assessing Operator Safety Of X-Ray Inspection Equipment

Some food manufacturers have reservations about the adoption of x-ray inspection as a method of product inspection.

Equipment Safety For Product Inspection Equipment

This paper is intended as a general guide on equipment safety, for users and suppliers of product inspection equipment. It should be thought of as a framework for discussion on the topic, assisting both users and suppliers in meeting their shared responsibility for equipment safety.

Measuring With Vision Inspection In Plastic Bottle Manufacturing

A properly calibrated vision inspection system can spot container defects before filling, preventing contamination and spillage, reducing waste, and improving standards compliance.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Using Viscosity Profiles And Rheological Models To Benchmark Your Products

    Looking for a quick and easy way to benchmark your products and compare them to those of your competitors? Well, a single point viscosity test is a start. But, for a shear-thinning fluid it doesn't give you the whole picture, i.e. how the viscosities of products compare over a range of spindle speeds or shear rates. This Application Note will explain how to use a single point viscosity test to benchmark your food products.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

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.

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

Recognizing the short-and-long-term requirements of today’s processors and manufacturers, our engineers designed the XR75 x-ray inspection / Advanced Long Life Technology to provide heightened sensitivity at reduced energy levels. Because of this, cost of ownership is significantly lowered and life cycles are extended.

100% Online Container Closure Inspection, Cups And Pouches: E-Scan 635 100% Online Container Closure Inspection, Cups And Pouches: E-Scan 635

The E-Scan 635 is a revolutionary online micro leak test instrument that utilizes a new class of HVLD technology for 100% online inspection of cups and pouches for container closure integrity. The E-Scan 635 technology is a MicroCurrent conductivity voltage test method, HVLD , that is completely non-destructive to the container and product; exposing the package and product to lower voltage than other conductivity based solutions.

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

The Xtreme® rectangular aperture industrial metal detector raises the bar in terms of superior sensitivity, ease of use and reliability.

Sentinel Multiscan Metal Detector For Food Packaging And Manufacturing Sentinel Multiscan Metal Detector For Food Packaging And Manufacturing

The Thermo Scientific™ Sentinel™ Multiscan Metal Detector utilizes an innovative new technology to overcome the limitation of fixed single or dual frequency metal detectors that can miss metal contaminants hidden in product signals.

Cyber Security Software for Food Manufacturing Cyber Security Software for Food Manufacturing

Schneider Electric Software addresses compliance and cyber security challenges from analysis to implementation and management.

Enterprise Asset Performance Management Software for Food Manufacturing Enterprise Asset Performance Management Software for Food Manufacturing

Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel to act before costly failures occur.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • 4 Steps To Getting GFSI Ready!
    4 Steps To Getting GFSI Ready!

    A Food Company’s guide to getting data, processes and procedures GFSI ready and what you might want to consider.

  • Eliminating Irregular Metal Fragments From Your Food Production Line
    Eliminating Irregular Metal Fragments From Your Food Production Line

    In recent years a number of food manufacturers have had to recall their products due to metal contamination, garnering strong, global media coverage and damaging their reputations. In this age of automated manufacturing equipment and increased food safety guidelines, how is it possible for a contamination incident to go undetected? Metal contaminants come in all sizes with their irregularly-shaped forms causing the most common product recalls.

  • No Time To Waste When It Comes To Food Waste
    No Time To Waste When It Comes To Food Waste

    Almost one-third of all food produced worldwide is never eaten, leading to 1.3 billion tons of food waste each year. This includes around 45 percent of all fruit and vegetables and 20 percent of meat. Just one quarter of this wasted food could feed the 795 million chronically hungry people around the world.

  • ERP Solutions In The Green Supply Chain And Multi-Mode Manufacturing
    ERP Solutions In The Green Supply Chain And Multi-Mode Manufacturing

    In December 2010, a study of middle market to large manufacturers was conducted by IFS North America and Affinity Research Solutions, a Boston-based research firm, among manufacturing executives and professionals to better understand how business software applications like ERP and EAM and other enterprise-wide software programs play a role in their company’s green supply chain initiatives.

  • Guide To Key Changes In BRC 7 Global Food Safety Standards
    Guide To Key Changes In BRC 7 Global Food Safety Standards

    BRC Global Standards recognize that the food standard is used as the basis for a quality management system. In reviewing and rewriting the standard we have tried to concentrate on a few major areas where the standard needed to be revised to reflect the changing food safety landscape. The vast majority of the requirements of the standard are unchanged or with slight edits to the wording to aid clarity.

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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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