Featured Articles

  1. Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule (Part One Of Three)
    5/25/2017

    On Tuesday, May 23, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Warren Stone, senior director of science policy, compliance, and inspection at GMA, and Clay Detlefsen, VP of regulatory affairs and counsel at NMPF joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

  2. Whole Genome Sequencing Will Make Food Safer… Just Not Immediately
    5/19/2017

    For years, there has been a buzz about how genome sequencing is revolutionizing food safety. It is definitely an incredible tool giving an immediate understanding of the genetic composition of microbial pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. However, there are still gaps needing filled regarding how pathogens produce disease and survive in foods. For that, we have made several advances in DNA-based technologies that translate to a more sophisticated understanding of how bacterial pathogens work. So yes, genome sequencing brings us more tools to further characterize pathogens, but do not expect any other parts of food safety to be forgotten soon because of WGS.

  3. 9 Ways Technology Aids FSMS Implementation And Continuous Improvement
    5/18/2017

    There are many aspects of resource allocation to consider when developing a food safety management system (FSMS) for a business and there are efficiencies to be gained in almost every area of an FSMS. Technology and software can provide your team with the tools to monitor production targets and deviations in real-time and more efficiently than visual inspection.

  4. Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule (Part Two Of Two)
    5/16/2017

    Food Online hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule featuring Jon Samson, executive director of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference at the American Trucking Association; and Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Samson and Cooper answered the audience’s questions about FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. While the session was educational and informative, there wasn’t enough time to answer every question. Here, Samson and Cooper address the unanswered questions from the live web chat.

  5. How Do You Foster A Food Safety Culture?
    5/15/2017

    Nearly every food industry conference holds a workshop or panel discussion on food safety culture and those discussions tend to focus on the need for food manufacturers to assess, manage, and communicate food safety risks to foster a strong food safety culture. Here, Lone Jespersen, principal at Cultivate, answers my questions on taking the necessary steps to foster a culture of safety at your company.

  6. 5 Current Events Impacting The Food Industry
    5/5/2017

    Current events outside of the food realm can have a lasting impact on how the food industry approaches business. At the 13th Annual North American Summit On Food Safety, Miriam Maxwell, senior principal regulatory scientist, corporate scientific and regulatory affairs at Ocean Spray Cranberries offered her insights into some current world and U.S. events and how they’re impacting the food industry.

  7. Inside Kraft Heinz’s FSMA Inspection Readiness
    5/3/2017

    While compliance with FSMA and being ready for FDA inspections may seem like a sprint to satisfy FDA directives, the path to complying with the regulations is a long, methodical, marathon-like endeavor. At the 13th Annual North American Summit On Food Safety, Lauren Di Menna, scientific & regulatory affairs manager at Kraft Heinz, explained how Kraft Heinz has prepared for FSMA and gave insight into the company’s experience with FDA inspections.

  8. Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule (Part One Of Two)
    5/2/2017

    Food Online hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule featuring Jon Samson, executive director of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference at the American Trucking Association; and Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Samson and Cooper answered the audience’s questions about FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. While the session was educational and informative, there wasn’t enough time to answer every question. Here, Samson and Cooper address the unanswered questions from the live web chat.

  9. 3 Ways Food Manufacturers Can Tackle Combustible Dust
    5/1/2017

    Most people don’t consider pantry staples, such as flour, sugar, and corn starch, as hazardous materials. However, for food manufacturers, combustible dusts constitute a serious safety concern for manufacturers and their employees and these hazards are generally not as well recognized as they should be. This column will explain three ways food companies can begin tackling the challenge of combustible dust within their manufacturing facilities.

  10. Food Online's Top 10 Of April
    5/1/2017

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