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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, August/September 2006

Features

Fishing For the Truth about Genetically Modified Ice Cream

Use of a Genetically Modified Fish Antifreeze Protein is Being Debated Among Scientists from Britain and Canada

The eel-like fish can survive low temperatures because of a naturally occurring ice-structuring protein. The protein from the blood of the fish can lower the temperature at which ice-crystals form, meaning that when used in ice cream, less cream or fat is needed, according to a BBC news release.

The DNA of Crisis Management

Using Food Forensics in Recall Investigations

Television shows highlighting the techniques and intricacies utilized in criminal investigations are gaining a foothold among America’s television viewers.

Is Your Company Ready for Pandemic Influenza?

Preparing for a crisis is the area that I would like to discuss in this first article. There are three stages at which crises can be addressed: Before, during and after a situation occurs.

Salmonella Contamination Outbreaks in Poultry Plants across the U.S.

Report from Food and Water Watch States Startling Statistics, but USDA Insists Contamination is on the Decline

Each package of raw poultry sold in this country has this stamp on the label: “Inspected for wholesomeness by U.S. Department of Agriculture.” It also displays the establishment number of where the poultry was processed.

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News

Coke Conspirators Captured and Charged

A letter received by Pepsi Co. in May offered a lot more from Coca-Cola than a smile. A whacky plot formulated by a tacky trio of culprits involved the sale of recipes for some Coca-Cola products and details of future promotions ($15,000) as well as a sample of a new beverage that has yet to be introduced ($75,000).

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Departments

Creating Standard Operating Procedures

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are the mainstay of any manufacturing operations, chemical, mining, automotive, etc., but for the purposes of this discussion, the focus will be on food operations. SOPs differ from cGMP’s (current Good Manufacturing Practices) in that one comprises detailed work instructions, and the other is a list of “do’s and don’ts.”

The Curtain of Containment

Separation Curtains Provide Flexible Allergen Control in Food Processing Environments

The number of people, who have to be alert to what foods they not only digest, but also often just come into contact with, is sizeable. Food allergies of some type affect about 2 percent of the adults in this country. If someone does not have to deal with this problem, chances are they have a member of their family who does. Nationwide, 8 percent of children need to be wary about what they put in their mouths.

What ATP Sanitation Systems Cannot Do

ATP Systems are not Designed for Total Plate Counts or Detecting Food Allergens

Screwdrivers are designed with the intent to do one thing well: Drive screws, but the designers’ intent doesn’t stop screwdrivers from being used poorly as chisels, pry bars, door knobs, fondue forks, lawn darts, etc., etc. Likewise, ATP (adenosine triphosphate) sanitation monitoring systems are designed to do one thing extremely well: Detect and measure ATP on surfaces and in liquids as a method of determining the relative cleanliness of the surface or liquid. But the designers’ intent...

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...

Timely Performance Measurement and Analytics in a Demand-Driven World

Understand how to Measure Performance within your Organization and with Partners

As discussed in parts one and two of this series, perfect order fulfillment for the food and beverage manufacturer in a customer-driven marketplace requires excellence in both planning and execution. This includes being responsive to customers, while forecasting and managing continuous and unexpected change in both actual demand and supply processing, through all levels of the food and beverage supply chain.

CSI Listeria

Quick Detective Work for Finding Listeria

Listeriosis, an infection caused by ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes, is especially dangerous for certain at-risk populations, including pregnant women, fetuses, infants, the elderly and those battling chronic diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the rate of listeriosis has fallen by 40 percent in the past five years, Listeria monocytogenes still accounts for almost 500 deaths each year.

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