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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, April/May 2006

Features

HACCP and ISO: Is it the Right Combination?

Rearranging Task Codes in a Manner to Better Accommodate the Combination of HACCP and ISO

From the regulatory standpoint, prior to implementing any federal program in which ISO and HACCP are in combination, the feasibility of rearranging task codes that are included in the generic Inspection System Program (ISP) might be important to the success of the combination. There are tasks, which are now considered other consumer protection tasks, and which might be more efficiently placed into following the task codes: 03 (HACCP), 01 (sanitation), 06D01 (sanitation performance standards) or 05...

It's a Green Light

Dorner’s 7400 Series Sanitary Conveyor and California Lettuce Grower Keep Things Clean and Green

When it comes to growing lettuce, Hollandia Produce has a unique and efficient way of accomplishing the task.

Allergens: A Potential Kiss of Death

Whether it’s from a Peanut or a Shellfish, the Issues Surrounding Allergens are Tough Nuts to Crack

She was just 15 and in love, and in a romantic interlude with her beau in early March, she stole what would be her last kiss. While a coroner said it was a lack of oxygen to her brain, it was initially believed that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich lingering on the pallet of her boyfriend was the culprit, for Christina Desforges, of Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, who was, incidentally, allergic to peanuts, and died in a Quebec hospital several days later.

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Biofilms on Fresh Produce and Difficulties in Decontamination

Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella have Emerged as Common Agents of Produce-related Outbreaks

The incidence of foodborne illness linked to fresh fruits and vegetables has increased significantly during the past three decades15. Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella, both previously regarded as pathogens linked to foods of animal origin, have emerged as common agents of produce-related outbreaks. Initial research into the safety of fresh produce focused primarily on surveys to determine the prevalence of pathogens, as well as the efficacy of various sanitation methods to remove or inactivate...

Effective Sanitation Programs

There are Four Basic Steps to Overall Success

An effective sanitation program is essential to the overall success of any food handling operation. Good sanitation will be rewarded with improved morale, better productivity and a reduced chance of regulatory incidences or recalls. These are reasons why it is important that every food handling establishment develop an effective sanitation program.

Listeria Eliminator Wins European FoodTec Award

Gebrüder Abraham Schinken was Recently Honored at the European FoodTec Awards

The company behind the innovation, Gebrüder Abraham Schinken headquartered in Germany, was recently honored with a silver award at the European FoodTec Awards ceremony held at the Anuga FoodTec.

New Advantages in Pest Control for Food Storage

Discover a Variety of Insect Pests that Prevail in Different Areas of Food Storage

When it comes to food pest control, most casual observers of the food chain will think of the growing stage as the key problem area. Not so. One of the principle problems associated with crop pest control is when produce is placed in storage.

Documentation: A Secret Weapon for the Audit

Proper Documentation is a Must for a Successful Audit

One hundred forty: It is the magic number for an American Institute of Baking (AIB) audit. A score below 140 on any one of the five categories the AIB reviews in their “Consolidated Standards for Food Safety” will result in a score of “unsatisfactory” for the entire audit. One of those categories is pest control, which auditors across the board – from AIB to Silliker to government and customer audits – regard as an important practice to ensure food safety.

Why Effective Pest Control is Essential for Food Processing Plants and Warehouses

Today’s Food Plants’ Pest Control Programs Should be Effective, Fully Documented and Automated

During our more than 70 years of business, Professional Pest Control has seen the evolution of food plants and warehouses’ pest control. In the 1940s, my father gave a speech to the Dubuque Dairy Technological Society concerning a serious housefly problem. Although the control method in that era was the spraying of DDT, he spoke about the importance of sanitation and the new Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act enacted by Congress on June 24, 1938. Also at this time the Food and Drug Administration became...

Accurate Planning in a Demand-driven World

Being Demand-driven is More Than Just Being Responsive

For food and beverage manufacturers, aligning your business to be “demand-driven” means aligning both demand and supply trading partners as part of a new business model, in an industry that deals every day with unique business processes and requirements. This series of columns highlights practical guidelines to help you identify opportunities, as well as benefits, around delighting your customers with improved perfect order performance.

Controlling Listeria

Environmental Plate Technology Hunts Down All Species

Recall of food products contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes are on the rise, due in part to federal regulatory agencies’ increased scrutiny of food processing plants. Each year in the United States, L. monocytogenes causes approximately 2,500 cases of illness, which result in 500 deaths (Mead, 1999). Susceptible persons include pregnant women and those with immune system compromise due to cancer, organ transplant therapy, kidney disease, diabetes, aging and AIDS.

Elusive E. Coli

Ferreting Out the Deadly O157:H7 Strain Means having the Tools to Find and Expose What Makes it Tick

Enterohemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7 gained great attention as a foodborne pathogen in 1982 after an outbreak from contaminated hamburgers in a fast-food chain. Although anyone can get ill from ingesting even low levels of this organism, the very young and the elderly are at greater risk for developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a result of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. HUS is a severe illness that can lead to permanent loss of kidney function and even death. According to estimates by the Centers for...

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