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  1. 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.

  2. FSMA Inspections & Recordkeeping: What Are The FDA’s Required Documents?
    10/25/2017

    In this segment of 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 GMA discuss FSMA’s recordkeeping requirements regarding Preventive Controls, Allergen Controls, sanitation, as well as FSVP.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door
    10/10/2017

    In this segment of Food For Thought: FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells, and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA, discuss differences between current and past FDA inspections, as well as what goes into an FSVP inspection.

  6. 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?

  7. Will Your Traceability Initiatives Reach Regulatory Compliance?
    10/3/2017

    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.

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

    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.

  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. How To Always Be FDA Inspection Ready
    9/25/2017

    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.