FEATURED FOOD SAFETY TESTING ARTICLES

How Do FSMA’s Produce Rule And FSVP Intersect? How Do FSMA’s Produce Rule And FSVP Intersect?

In this segment of Food For Thought: FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, Jennifer McEntire, VP food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association, and Maile Gradison Hermida, partner with Hogan Lovells, discuss how the FDA will enforce FSMA’s Produce Rule, how FSVP intersects with the rule, and some of the rule’s sanitation requirements.

FOOD SAFETY TESTING CASE STUDIES

  • New Belgium Brewing Refines Processes With Self-Calibrating Thermometers

    New Belgium Brewing needed an efficient solution to calibrate thermometers at its Asheville, NC plant. The company saved time and money and reduced risks by implementing self-calibrating thermometers.

  • How Green Valley Pecan Boosts Worker Knowledge, Retention, And Confidence

    Green Valley Pecan Company has grown to encompass 10,000 acres with year-round processing facilities. The company was faced with the challenge of preventing the natural knowledge loss that occurs between trainings while simultaneously boosting knowledge retention without increasing training time. This case study details the solution, systems, and tools the company implemented to achieve its goals, as well as their corresponding improvement metrics.

  • Automation Enables Growth & Boosts Productivity In A Pathogen Testing Lab

    A contract testing laboratory was experiencing rapid growth in pathogen testing volume. This case study shows how the lab was able to expand, with no additional resources, and provide higher quality results.

  • Bigelow Tea Improves Quality And Customer Satisfaction

    Bigelow Tea has been making specialty teas for over seventy years. The company grows, blends, and packages hundreds of varieties of tea for distribution across the nation. Today, the company boasts the only U.S.-based industrial tea plantation, as well as three packaging sites that employ hundreds of workers. Because of the company’s size, it needed a consistent training program across all its location. This case study examines how interactive classroom training, course customization, and multilingual content helped Bigelow Tea create a companywide, consistent training program.

  • Bonduelle Achieves Six Years With Zero Lost Time Incidents

    Bonduelle’s 500 vegetable varieties are processed at 58 facilities by over 10,000 workers. Safety is top of mind for the company, and with so many facilities and employees, creating a companywide culture of food safety is essential. This case study shows how Bonduelle used front-line workforce training, verification training, and automated recordkeeping and reporting to achieve its desired food safety goals.

  • How Kisko Increased Its Production Efficiency By 20 Percent

    Kisko Products, Canada's largest producer of freeze pops, needed a way to ensure safe and productive operations to maintain customer satisfaction. This case study shows how the company implemented standardized training and real-time reporting to improve it production efficiency and maintain customer satisfaction.

FOOD SAFETY TESTING WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES

  • The Highest Standards Of Quality Control

    For food companies, specifically poultry businesses, accurate testing procedures that are quick and effective can help control contamination levels and ensure quality and consistency. Consumers are counting on companies that have these high standards. The early detection and identification of the presence of contaminant microorganisms, with rapid pathogen testing methods, is crucial.

  • Using Flowmeter Measurements To Improve Quality

    Food plants make extensive lab-based quality measurements to ensure product quality. Coriolis flowmeters can make some of these measurements in real time, saving time and money.

  • Overcoming The Challenge Of Tracking Sources Of Foodborne Illnesses

    Romaine lettuce is a staple in many home and restaurant kitchens, but shoppers found the crispy green vegetable difficult to locate in late 2018. As an outbreak of E. coli-tainted romaine began to make headlines, it was pulled from store shelves and restaurant delivery trucks all over the country. By the time the source of contamination was traced back to a California farm, and sales could be restarted, more than 60 people had been infected and dozens had been hospitalized.

  • X-Ray: A Solid Investment To Improve Food Safety And Quality

    This article provides insight into physical contaminant detection and explains why X-Ray technology is an excellent solution for eliminating physical contaminant concerns.

  • Agricultural Bioengineering And Food Manufacturing: Navigating The Regulatory Terrain

    Advances in gene editing are disrupting agribusiness, but what are these advances? How are they regulated? And what’s to come for? In a regulatory landscape that is often overlapping and frequently subject to change, this article is designed to help navigate the complicated terrain.

  • What Can Be Done To Prevent Fraudulent Supply Chains?

    Food fraud is a big topic at the moment and there are multiple challenges within any supply chain, especially these days where supply chains are global, have multiple players and where profits can be huge. In this column, I will detail some of the major obstacles in the organic food supply chain and show some practical applications which can reduce fraud within it.

FOOD SAFETY TESTING PRODUCTS

  • A new range of sanitising equipment specifically designed for the food production industry, which kills all common, bacteria, viruses and spoilage contaminants without using environmentally damaging chemicals such as Chlorine has been launched for the food industry

  • Pet food manufacturers come in all shapes and sizes and may be impacted differently by the new FSMA rules.  But many in the pet food industry have the same basic need:  an accurate pathogen test that provides the fastest turnaround time possible.  Pathogen testing methods that are best suited to the pet food industry are those that have demonstrated accurate, timely results in challenging matrices, such as environmental surfaces and dry kibble.

  • The Atlas Listeria LSP Detection Assay is a rapid, highly accurate molecular assay test designed for food and environmental samples.

  • A new rapid yeast and mold test method for dairy applications, such as yogurt, soft cheese and cream, can dramatically improve speed-to-market and reduce economic impact from spoiled product.

  • A rapid, accurate, and reliable molecular test for E. coli O157:H7 detection from food samples.

  • Today's poultry supply chain is more complex, with stricter regulation than ever before. Maintaining high resolution to the manufacturing environment and subsequent interventions is paramount in meeting the new performance standards. Roka Bioscience and the Atlas Platform can offer a prevalence testing solution in addition to the Limits Testing application that provides the poultry industry solutions from grow houses through the storage of finished product. The Atlas System gives a rapid, semi-quantitative picture of the environment enabling better, more efficient, and more effective intervention strategies

  • Endress+Hauser offers continuous level measurement and point level detection in liquids and bulk solids

  • The Remel range of ready-to-use Agglutinating Sera for the presumptive identification of cultured bacteria is now available from Oxoid Limited. These simple tests rapidly detect specific bacterial antigens for the identification, grouping and/or typing of Salmonella and other food-borne micro-organisms

FOOD SAFETY TESTING MULTIMEDIA

  • In this web chat, Jennifer McEntire, VP food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association joins Kristen Spotz, senior manager of food safety & quality assurance at GMA to talk all things traceability related to the food industry. In addition to providing leading traceability practices, the 45-minute session focuses heavily on McEntire and Spotz answering questions from the web chat’s audience.

  • The Atlas System is a fully automated molecular instrument that enhances the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of food safety testing through detection of molecular pathogens, including Listeria, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and other organisms commonly implicated in food contamination episodes.

  • Pathogen testing is often outsourced to third-party lab providers. When choosing the best lab for your company, it is important to ask the right questions to ensure the test method aligns with the quality goals of the organization. This video provides guidance and offers suggestions to help you determine the best lab for you company’s pathogen detection needs.