Featured Articles

  1. FDA Swab-A-Thons: What To Expect In The Search For Pathogens
    9/11/2017

    Increased scrutiny during FDA inspections has left many food industry professionals with increased anxiety. Here, food industry attorney Shawn Stevens answers my questions about the FDA’s microbiological sampling, how the agency is incorporating Whole Genome Sequencing into it, and what food companies can do to alleviate regulatory worries.

  2. Supply Chain Transparency: Critical To Meeting Consumer Demands
    9/7/2017

    Flash back to 2007 — two 20-somethings stop at a burger joint. They order and eat thinking only of taste and price. Imagine that scenario today, but with assistance from smartphones offering data on the establishment’s source of beef and other data. This column will explore how consumer demand for transparency is critical to remaining competitive.

  3. Food Online’s Top 10 Of August
    9/1/2017

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

  4. How The CDC Approaches Foodborne Illness Investigations
    8/29/2017

    In the unfortunate event of a foodborne illness outbreak, public health and regulatory officials must act quickly to collect data, determine a cause, and prevent further illnesses. Here, Matthew Wise, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), answers my questions about the role the CDC, and other agencies, play in foodborne illness investigations.

  5. Is FSMA Bridging FDA And USDA Gaps?
    8/24/2017

    It’s no secret; FSMA compliance is challenging. And for facilities under both FDA and USDA jurisdiction, there are plenty of grey areas needing addressed. Here, Craig Henry, founder of Intro Inc., answers my questions about the challenges and grey areas of FSMA implementation, some of the differences between USDA and FDA regulations, and how uniformity between the agencies could address some of the ambiguity of compliance.

  6. Would Your Food Safety Plans Survive In Court?
    8/22/2017

    Believing your food safety processes are of the highest standard isn't enough. Can you be certain every employee made the best food safety decisions every time they faced one? Can you support this with data? If not, ask another question: “Do you want to sit in front of a jury relying on a belief your company produced food at the highest possible standards?”

  7. FSVP: Tying Up Supply Chain Loose Ends
    8/21/2017

    The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) has meandering requirements and exemptions leaving some in the food industry befuddled regarding compliance. Here, Dr. Janie Dubois, director of the laboratory program at JIFSAN, answers my questions on FSVP requirements, misconceptions of FSVP, as well as its role in laboratory testing.

  8. How Novel Contamination Detection Methods Raise The Food Safety Bar
    8/17/2017

    Preventing food contamination is much more practical than testing every product in the supply chain. But, that doesn’t mean contamination testing will ever be obsolete. Here, Vincent Paez, director of the Global Food Safety Forum (GFSF), answers my questions about current and emerging methods and technological advancements helping to keep food safe.

  9. Considering In-House Food Pathogen Testing? Answer These 8 Questions
    8/10/2017

    From time to time, we come across companies planning to incorporate a food microbiology lab for in-house testing. But, sometimes companies don’t understand the complexity associated with starting these labs. This article presents key questions companies should ask to help determine if an in-house food microbiology laboratory is appropriate.

  10. Food Online’s Top 10 Of July
    8/8/2017

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