Bacterial Detection White Papers & Articles

  1. Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements
    12/6/2017

    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.

  2. Tackling Food Fraud: Inside The EU-China-Safe Partnership
    11/28/2017

    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.

  3. FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: Dissecting Recent Announcements
    11/14/2017

    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.

  4. Modernized cGMP: The Nuts And Bolts Of A Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan
    11/7/2017

    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.

  5. 5 Antibiotic-Free Alternatives For Food Animals
    10/26/2017

    Since the FDA banned using "medically important" antibiotics in livestock for healthy animals or food animals to speed growth, the livestock industry — and the food companies they supply livestock products to — has been challenged to create great-tasting and high-quality products at low costs. This column offers five antibiotic-free alternatives for rearing food animals.

  6. FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: A Practical Guide For Compliance
    10/24/2017

    For the first time, a set of guidelines has been defined for safe agricultural practices, with rules in motion for farming, harvesting, packing, and storing fruits and vegetables. This article outlines FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, showing the specifics of each part of the rule, and will help guide you toward compliance.

  7. Hand Washing: The Foundation Of Reduced Microbial Contamination
    10/17/2017

    Everyone knows hand washing is a basic requirement that leads to significant reductions in food safety risk. But, this basic action is often overlooked and left out of internal audits and inspections. This article describes what proper hand washing is, how to design a hand washing station, and offers advice on establishing a culture of hand washing.

  8. Food Fraud: How You Can Ensure Product Integrity
    10/5/2017

    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?

  9. 3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them
    9/26/2017

    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.

  10. High Pressure Process Validation: Keeping Foods And Beverages Safe
    9/12/2017

    The success of HPP by many companies demonstrates it as an effective food safety measure that can mitigate risk for a variety of foods. HPP validation and verification are also major requirements of FSMA. According to the law, validation of HPP as a kill-step is required to make sure the HPP treatment is at a level of effectiveness to ensure food safety objectives.