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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, June/July 2006

Features

Desperate Defense

Many countries are gearing up for the worst in the fight against an Avian Flu pandemic, yet experts say they have a “long way to go”.

Sumeyya Mamuk loves animals and cared for many a stray puppy or kitten in the Yalim Erez neighborhood of Van, Turkey.

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"Glug-Glug" Method Gouges the Budget

Using Chemicals Sparingly Controls Your Sanitation Budget

In years past, companies would put the responsibility of “measuring” their products in the hand of employees. Realistically, the typical mentality is if a little does well, a lot works better, and I can finish this job at a quicker pace. This “glug-glug” approach of product measuring drives up the budget. It also conceivably leaves additional film and adds time to rinsing the product/soil from surfaces. In effect, you increase your labor costs, and the bottom line is your overall...

Personal Hygiene and Food Safety

Management Should Serve as Role Models for Good Work Habits and Acceptable Hygienic Practices

Due to a heightened public awareness as a result of all types of media coverage concerning foodborne illnesses, the level of training for employees working in the food industry in general needs to be increased. This is a responsibility that the food industry has to their clients and the general public. Employers have a responsibility to provide a well-designed, informational training program for employees to follow while on the job. It is important that this training be communicated in language that all...

Don't Let Food Cost Eat Up Bottom Line Profits

Those who Avail Themselves of IT Tools will not Only Reduce Costs and Improve Operations, but They will also Enjoy a Significant Competitive Advantage

Food costs are the most significant driver of restaurant business profitability. For a typical restaurant chain, a million dollar reduction in food costs has the same impact on the bottom line as a $25 million increase in same store sales or opening 22 new stores. When a small change in this key input can lead to a magnified impact on the bottom line, costs must be managed aggressively - particularly in today’s inflationary and competitive environment.

Sodexho Embraces Technology to Improve Food & Facility Safety

An interview with Mike Dunn, Sodexho’s Director of Product Quality Assurance

Sodexho, Inc. (Gaithersburg, Md.), is a provider of food and facilities management in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with $6.3 billion in annual revenue and more than 120,000 employees. Sodexho also offers outsourcing solutions to more than 6,000 corporations, healthcare facilities, retirement centers, schools, college campuses, and military sites throughout North America. Sodexho attributes much of their success to the latest advances in auditing technology. The technology, developed by Steton (St. George,...

Waves of Change

The Impact of Wireless Technology on Hand Hygiene Behavior

Today’s world is built on technological advances. We take so much of it for granted. The latest big buzz is wireless technology but it’s really nothing new. Take, for example ,two small behavioral changes in our lives due to wireless technology. Where once we were confined by the length of the telephone cord connecting the handset to the base, we now lose the handset somewhere in the house and search frantically for it each time it rings. Years ago, if we settled down for the evening in front...

Mercury Determination in Fish by Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy

Because fish can bio-accumulate mercury, unacceptably high levels of mercury appear in fish taken from pristine waters.

Mercury is a toxic element with harmful effects that are well documented and understood. The consumption of fish is the primary source of mercury absorption for the general public. Because fish can bio-accumulate mercury, unacceptably high levels of mercury appear in fish taken from pristine waters. Fish tissue sometimes can be more than 100,000 times more concentrated in mercury than their indigenous waters.

Effective Execution in a Demand-Driven World

Delivering Your Perfect Order Promise

It’s not sufficient today to insure your company’s part of perfect order performance. The notion of a demand-driven supply chain is based on changing a manufacturer’s view of its own business processes, as well as tightening their relationships with fulfillment partners, in an effort to provide more flexible and responsive product deliveries, and a new level of customer service. This involves aligning business processes to manage demand and supply activities, both within and beyond the...

Eat, Drink and Take Control

Food and Beverage Process Technology Gets In-line Filter

Manufacturers in many industries depend upon processes for combining, separating or identifying chemical and biological compounds. Makers of pharmaceuticals, foods, beverages, chemicals, plastics and agricultural products mix or blend multiple substances during their production processes. Producers of oils, gases, and environmental substances often separate chemicals to ensure the purity of their process outcome. Even the homeland security industry must identify chemical or biological compounds.

Hazard or Hype?

Antimicrobials and the Rise of “Supergerms”

Over the past several years, there have been a number of reports claiming that the use of antibacterial hand soaps may lead to the development of “supergerms.” According to these reports, supergerms would be resistant not only to the antibacterial agents used in soap products, but would likely develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics as well. Despite the attention-grabbing headlines such reports have generated, the facts simply do not support these assertions.

Desperately Seeking Salmonella

Detection Methods Utilizing PCR Offer a Higher Degree of Specificity and Ease of Use

Salmonella is a group of foodborne bacterial pathogens causing acute gastrointestinal illness around the world. FDA estimates that 2 to 4 million people are sickened by Salmonellosis in the U.S. annually, resulting in approximately 600 deaths in the U.S. and 200 in the EU, with the highest fatality rates in young children and the elderly.

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