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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, April/May 2007


Validating Microbiology

Proficiency Test Standards Aim to Improve Lab Safety, Reduce Public Health Risk and Increase Material Consistency

The H2N2 virus of the late 1950s was fully transmissible among humans. It circulated in humans and caused annual epidemics until 1968, when it vanished after the emergence of influenza A/H3N2 viruses that caused the next pandemic.

Consumers, Retailers Changing Equipment Landscape

Survey Sheds Light on Criteria Influencing Equipment Selection in Food Processing

Here, primary research has been tied to the trends and purchase behavior of food processors to relevant secondary-research. This integrated view provides the equipment manufacturers with key insights into the requirements of their markets and customers.

Super Surfaces

Pulverizing Polymers Out-Muscle Pesky Pathogens

Despite tremendous strides in the development of anti-infectives, most experts believe they are losing the war against microbes. Resistance to antimicrobial agents has been magnified to some degree in nearly every strain of bacteria pathogenic to humans and animals.

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How to Choose a Third-Party Laboratory

Selection of a third-party analytical laboratory is a difficult choice to make. Undoubtedly the stakes are high when you rely on a third-party for analytical results. Accordingly, this choice should be heavily supported and broadly acclaimed by your organization.

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Small Pest: Big Problem

Don’t Let Stored-Product Pests Damage Your Business

Beetles crawling over counter tops, moths flying across rooms or caterpillars crawling up walls and across ceilings are all signs of big problems from small pests. To discount these pests as mere passersby would be a mistake, for the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” rings true with stored-product pests.

Omitting Odors in Organics

Sorbent Technology Also Aims at Preserving Brand Integrity

Organic food is one of the fastest growing food sectors in the United States totaling $15 billion in sales in 2005, according to Organic Trade Association (OTA; Greenfield, Mass.). During the last 10 years, increasing consumer demand for healthier choices has driven the industry’s growth, from 17 to 21 percent each year. In recent years, fresh foods have become signature departments for many natural foods retailers, with independent natural product and health food stores and natural grocery chains...

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Sanitation Notebook

Proper Equipment, Training Completes ROI Equation

The plant manager calls a meeting during which he presses the sanitation and quality control managers about a $2,000 request to buy a foamer and a dilutor system.

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