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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, April/May 2011
Louis Pasteur discovered that microorganisms spoil wine and milk
Mention the name Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), and most people think of the pasteurization process he invented to prevent beverage spoilage. But Pasteur was a true renaissance man, researching, teaching chemistry and physics, and ultimately making discoveries that revolutionized fields such as agriculture, hygiene, and industry.
Industry leaders working feverishly to hone new methods of identifying pathogens, contaminants, species, and more
It’s often said that the future is now, which may explain why so many people are unprepared for it.
New tools can help you work more efficiently
As food companies struggle to find a profitable balance between making sure that they meet safety and processing regulations and producing products efficiently, microbiology equipment and supplies are increasingly vital to their efforts.
Lactates, diacetates, irradiation, and high pressure are drawing increased interest in the pre- and post-packaging stages
A series of recent incidents involving pathogens in peanut butter, ground beef, and chicken products has forced the food industry to recognize the continuing need for technological means of ensuring the biological integrity of food supplies.
1.4 million restaurant employees must train to earn card that shows they’re up to date on proper procedures and hygiene
Effective July 1, California will require all employees who handle food in restaurants to earn a California Food Handlers Card. This legislation, modeled on successful programs in other states, will affect more than 1.4 million food industry jobs.
What good is testing if you don’t know that it works?
Quality control in the food industry has a multitude of meanings. But the basic principal—to ensure sufficient quality—always remains the same.
Quality products start with good relationships
When it comes to food ingredients, few food manufacturers can match the quality assurance and traceability claims of Warburtons, the United Kingdom’s largest independent baker.
Be prepared with documents and answers
Achieving GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certification can ensure consumer confidence in product safety. Among the many existing standards available for audit or certification, GFSI has selected several that are applicable to the food manufacturing industry.
What to expect when the FDA begins enforcing the FSMA
Anyone involved in the food industry has now heard about the recent passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA. Although the FSMA imposes many new and, some might argue, exotic requirements on industry, the one that likely will have the greatest impact on food companies is the mandate that they “develop and implement written food safety plans.” Many companies are asking, what does this really mean? Although none of us can be certain until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...