Featured Articles

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Food Online’s Top 10 Of January
    2/1/2017

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

  9. Time To Update Your Listeria Playbook: The FDA’s Draft Guidance Is Making Waves
    1/31/2017

    The FDA recently released draft guidance (the “Guidance”) on controlling Listeria monocytogenes (LM) and ready-to-eat foods (RTE) in conjunction with the final rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF rule). Any FDA-regulated facility that manufacturers, processes, packs, or holds RTE foods needs to take the time to read this new draft Guidance. Why?  For three reasons. First, as we all know, draft guidance can often take years before it turns to final guidance, and in the interim, FDA inspectors still rely on it as gospel. Second, whether it’s considered draft or final by the FDA, we all know the reality is guidance is often treated like directive, which in turn is often treated just like regulation. If we don’t follow it, we have a lot of explaining to do. Third, there are a few waves contained in this guidance that we, as an industry, all need to be aware of now!

  10. From HACCP To FSMA: The Evolution Of Global Food Safety & Quality
    1/25/2017

    Food safety and quality certainly have changed in the last two decades. But, what are those changes and how are they ensuring consumer safety? Here, Gaurav Tewari, director of quality assurance at Sargent Farms, answers my questions about the evolution of food safety and quality management systems (FSQMS), GFSI, FSMA and how they help keep the global food supply safe.