Featured Articles

  1. Debunking 5 FSVP Myths
    3/6/2017

    Compared to the training requirements in the Preventive Controls Rule, and certainly in the Produce Safety Rule, the requirement — or even mere suggestion — that someone take a course in order to be able to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Rule is non-existent. Why then, has every FSVP training course I’ve taught been sold out?

  2. Food Online's Top 10 Of February
    3/2/2017

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

  3. How FSMA Is Changing Hazard Analysis
    3/1/2017

    Now that FSMA implementation has begun, there are several questions on what are the best approaches to develop risk-based food safety plans with preventive controls for compliance with these new regulations. Several terms have been clarified by FSMA, including the definition of a food facility. The actual definition of “hazard,” which is quite a technical definition, has also been expanded with these new regulations.

  4. 2017’s Top Refrigerated Food & Beverage Trends
    2/28/2017

    To understand why food and flavor trends are born, or step into the spotlight in any given year, it is important to understand their surrounding couriers and influencers. A courier acts to shuttle a trend in from a neighboring focus, while an influencer can be seen as an ally to a trend. For the coming year, I have examined food and beverage drivers for patterns.

  5. How Whole Genome Sequencing Is Impacting The Food Industry
    2/27/2017

    Regulators are increasingly using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for foodborne illness investigation and regulatory enforcement activities. However, the food industry is at a crossroad on whether or not, and how, to use WGS. Here, Ai Kataoka, scientist in microbiology at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), answers my questions on WGS’ influence of the food industry.

  6. U.S. & Canadian Food Imports/Exports: What You Need To Know
    2/22/2017

    With FSMA, and accompanying rules, now finalized, the countdown to enforcement is on. In order to make food available to consumers in the U.S. market, it is important to ensure food is exported according to applicable laws.

  7. How To Prepare For FSMA Preventive Controls Inspections
    2/21/2017

    With Preventive Controls for Human Food inspections now underway, the food industry is beginning to observe trends with inspections. These trends are enabling improvements in current programs and documentation management practices, in addition to helping the food makers become prepared for future inspections. Here, Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, answers my questions on what is being seen during the first round of FSMA’s Preventive Controls inspections and how the industry can further prepare.

  8. Implementing FSMA: What Do I Need To Know And Do?
    2/15/2017

    Several of FSMA’s major rules are now in effect, but that doesn’t mean all food makers are clear on what is expected of them. Here, Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, CFS, VP of food safety programs at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), answers my questions on what food makers need to know to comply with the FSMA’s requirements and offers guidance on how they can achieve it.

  9. New Nutrition Labels: Challenges, Uncertainties, And Opportunities
    2/7/2017

    Many stakeholders - raw ingredient suppliers, nutrition labeling software vendors, graphics design and packaging companies, food manufacturers, and private label brand owners - are involved in implementing the new nutrition label requirements. For a successful implementation, it is imperative these stakeholders develop a comprehensive knowledge of the new requirements.

  10. How Crystal Creamery Is Becoming A Zero-Waste Facility
    2/2/2017

    Crystal Creamery began its sustainability voyage back in 2014. The company wanted to create a sustainability program promoting accountability in environmental practices, was socially responsible, and rewarded the company’s efforts with profitability — a triple bottom line. The company developed and implemented a plan to achieve its goals, and early this year, received well-deserved recognition for its efforts. On January 10, 2017, the EPA presented Crystal Creamery with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge Innovation Award, citing the company as frontrunner in sustainability advancements.