Food Manufacturing Guest Contributors

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Trump And Food Safety: How The Industry Is Responding To Executive Orders
    4/24/2017

    Back in January, Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, penned a column covering a few predictions for the food industry in 2017. One of these predictions was the impact President Trump would have on the FDA, FSMA, and other food safety policies and legislation. In this column, I will illustrate the influence the President’s Executive Orders have had on the industry over the last several months, as well as how the industry is responding.

  5. Recall Communications — How To Interact Effectively With The FDA
    4/21/2017

    Unfortunately, food recalls aren’t a matter of “if one happens,” they are a matter of “when one happens.” And when one happens to your company, will you be able to quickly and effectively communicate it with the FDA? This article will illustrate the recall process and offer suggestions to help you get through it.

  6. Building & Maintaining A Strong Food Product Portfolio
    4/20/2017

    When it comes to developing a new food product, there are two main categories: new-to-market concepts and new flavors of existing products. Of the two, new flavors often require less legwork to make the sale, but the innovative products (if done properly) may have the larger return on investment. Both categories of products are risky though, in their own ways. This column will weigh each approach and offer insights to help you bring new products to your portfolio.

  7. Practical Tools For Getting Ahead Of Food Fraud
    4/6/2017

    Food fraud, or Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA), costs the food industry billions of dollars annually. Fraudsters intentionally misrepresent the true identity of food ingredients, artificially enhancing them with illegal dyes, concealing the use of undeclared banned biocides, or palming off counterfeits while evading detection. But, you can fight food fraud with powerful proactive tools that can help you anticipate and reduce your company’s vulnerability to EMA.

  8. Rapid Pathogen Detection Methods — What To Consider
    3/23/2017

    Rapid methods of pathogen testing have been gaining acceptance in the food industry. Recent advances in technology result in faster detection and identification of pathogens, more convenient, more sensitive, more reproducible, and more specific than conventional methods. This article will detail several rapid pathogen detection methods, their benefits, and offer guidance to which ones your company should choose.

  9. Food Defense Requires A Collaborative Offense
    3/21/2017

    Bridging the gaps between the food industry and law enforcement, along with creating long-lasting, mutually-beneficial partnerships is essential in food defense efforts. This article will explain some of those efforts, their benefits, and how the food industry can continue to collaborate to protect the food supply chain.

  10. What's Next In Continuous UV Light Technologies For Liquid Products?
    3/15/2017

    Short-wave ultraviolet irradiation (UV-C, 200−280 nm) offers one of the most promising, non-thermal technologies that could provide food processors with a safe, energy-efficient, and cost-effective way to gain an added measure of safety and extended shelf life. This article will discuss pros and cons of the existing UV units and introduce new commercial UV technology that can be used to treat products with low and extra low UV-C light transmission (UVT).