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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, February/March 2007

Features

It's a Date!

Date-marking is an important best practice in the food service industry that helps protect both food quality and food safety for businesses.

Date-marking is an important best practice in the food service industry that helps protect both food quality and food safety for businesses.

The Many Faces of Food Security

Despite its Wording, it’s Not What Many Think It Is

When the term “food security” is spoken, one may conjure the images of a terrorist tainting the food supply as part of some covert operation. While that is very much a real threat in post-9/11 times, food security’s image is far from one-dimensional protection from terrorist attacks. In fact, food security is an ever-changing enigma with many faces, some of which threaten the safety and quality of food in all stages of the farm-to-fork supply chain.

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News

REPORT: ISO Standards Big Catch for Seafood Industry

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides the voluntary Seafood Inspection Program, which offers a variety of professional inspection services that assure compliance with all applicable food regulations.

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Departments

Beyond Eradication

Can We Accept Effective Forms of Sanitization that Go Beyond The Killer Chemical Paradigm?

In 1774 Swedish pharmacist Carl Wilhelm Scheele unwittingly discovered chlorine, but it wasn’t used as a sanitizer until 73 years later, in 1847, to prevent the spread of “child bed fever” in the maternity ward at Vienna General Hospital.

Mini Menaces

Little Fruit Flies, Big Problems

It only takes an area the size of a person’s thumb to produce thousands and thousands of fruit flies. One adult female fruit fly can lay 15 to 20 eggs in a batch and as many as 500 batches in her two-week life cycle. A few fruit flies can quickly multiply into an infestation.

Planning Makes Perfect

Create a Detailed Cleaning and Sanitation Plan to Maximize Quality and Efficiency

In the last issue we talked about the types of food technology, contact surfaces, cleaning chemistry and procedures. This issue we address time, schedules and basic sanitation equipment. When planning your cleaning and sanitation routine, start by quantifying time available for this process, then schedule the work and determine the manpower you’ll require. I recommend using the five-step process below to achieve the most efficient and effective results. Map out the five-step procedure for each piece...

Go With the Flow

Advances in Flow Behavior Test Methods Improve Quality Control

Customer perception of food quality depends not only on taste, but also on physical properties, one of which is commonly referred to as “flow behavior.” Consider the following examples. Ketchup must pour out of a squeeze bottle easily and coat the hot French fries without running off. Cream filling in a doughnut needs to hold in place when you bite into it and not squirt out. Salad dressing is better appreciated when it coats the lettuce and vegetables and doesn’t run off into the bottom...

Incoming Quality Control of Water

Securing Water as an Essential Ingredient Rather than a Commodity

Today’s modern food processing industries are heavily reliant upon water as both an ingredient and as an integral part of their preparation and processing functions. While in some instances the water used is further processed and treated by the food manufacturer, in many cases this supply of water is obtained from local municipal sources and under goes no further monitoring or processing beyond what is done by the local utility that supplies it to the end users. Unfortunately, in most cases little or...

Bytes vs. Bugs

Cutting-edge Technology Helps Combat the E. coli O157:H7 Menace

Recent outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 in the northeast fast-food restaurant sector have caused much anxiety among private sector food and beverage processing and preparation centers and public health officials, but several technological developments are helping food manufacturers protect their products from bacterial contaminants.

The Reputation Drain

Listeria Lurks in Store Drains and can Damage Store Image if not Controlled Properly

It is difficult to ignore the news headlines announcing risks and tragedies associated with the various microorganisms and illnesses threatening the food industry, including E.coli, Salmonella, Avian Flu and so on. In the past 20 years, one serious pathogen – Listeria monocytogenes – has been a major concern to the food industry. Of all the known foodborne pathogens, it has one of the highest mortality rates.

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