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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, April/May 2009

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Protect Your Company From Food Allergens

Learn how to test for allergens and protect your reputation

He was 12 years old when he ate his last meal. He did not know what anaphylactic shock was, but that’s what happened to him after traces of peanut in his food triggered a severe immune response.

Safe Trace

RFID technology is one tool for ensuring traceability through the food chain

For the past 100 years, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have put most of their money into visual inspection capabilities. Many of the people conducting these visual inspections are called marketing specialists, a term that implies a focus on making sure things look good rather than making sure they are good.

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Don't Let Fixed Walls Block Flexibility

Fabric walls are an effective solution for humidity, other problems

Ensuring food quality and safety often means altering the physical space in plant or warehouse facilities, especially when temperature and humidity control are at stake. It’s an unfortunate prospect for many because, traditionally, this involves costly and time-consuming construction projects involving solid insulated walls or rigid panelized structures. But it’s time to move beyond traditional thinking and try fabric walls. And with good reason: Fabric walls save money and allow users to...

Many Auditors, One Standard

Universal guidelines help simplify pest control audit prep

In a perfect world, every food plant would have just one auditor and a single set of audit standards to follow, right? Imagine it—audit preparation would be like studying for the same test over and over. The questions would never change, and your score would get a little better every time. Of course, in the real world, it’s not that simple, for a lot of good reasons. But having multiple auditors with slightly, or sometimes significantly, different requirements can be confusing and can make it...

Give UVC a Tumble to Eliminate Bacteria

System uses germicidal tumbling drum

Keeping coliform bacteria counts below required thresholds is a challenge for food processors everywhere, and Washington Potato Co. (Warden, Wash.) understands. “Though we were generally successful in controlling coliform bacteria levels on our products, the time and costs required to achieve control were excessive,” said Nicholas D. Ross, quality assurance and technical services director for the potato processing company.

Nonstop Sanitation

Continuous antimicrobial belt treatment reduces and controls microorganisms

Application of a sanitizing solution registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conveying equipment during production can help reduce the incidence of undesirable microorganism contamination on critical meat, poultry, fruit, and vegetable conveyor surfaces. Such sanitizers, approved for incidental food contact, can provide critical intervention. Benefits of a continuous antimicrobial belt treatment include protecting your brand and investment in product, reducing and controlling...

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