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Departments: Radio Frequency Identification Shows Promise for Food Safety

Imagine pointing your smart phone at a head of lettuce in the grocery store and having the phone tell you what farm the lettuce came from and the date the produce arrived in the grocery store. What if your phone could even tell you what temperatures the lettuce was exposed to in transit? If various sectors of the industry got on the same wavelength, consumers could stay healthier by tapping into a robust database of vital information.

Departments: Loyalty Card Data Still Underutilized for Ensuring Food Safety

Consumer information has helped understand outbreaks.

Departments: Unify Employee Education to Meet Upgraded Global Food Safety Initiative Standards

The most recent versions of the GFSI have intensified the importance of training in determining risk assessment, for seemingly obvious reasons. Poor training—or lack of training—places the plant and the company at risk for everything from non-conformance findings to product recalls and potential issues with public health.

Departments: Global Food Safety Initiative Improves Organizational Culture, Efficiency in Food Industry

Since its inception in 2000, the Global Food Safety Initiative has emerged as a high-impact presence in the food industry, touching multiple segments of the industry and creating a dynamic web of continuous improvement.

Departments: Analyze Organophosphorus Pesticides in the Apple Matrix by GC/MS/FPD Using an Agilent J&W DB-35ms Ultra Inert GC Column

Organophosphorus pesticides (OP) are widely used in the agricultural industry for crop protection. Human toxicities for this class of molecules have shown acute and chronic effects from pesticide poisoning. OP pesticides affect the ner­vous system of insects and mammals by inhibiting an enzyme, acetylcholinesterase, that is important in helping regulate nerve impulses.

Departments: Deadly Air Crash Provides a Lesson to Food Industry

Through my consulting work with various companies, I’ve observed how the effectiveness and impartiality of quality and food safety personnel can be influenced by the organizational structure. A non-food-related news story highlights this.

Departments: GFSI Compliance and the Integrated Management System

The GFSI food safety standards have become so prevalent in the food and beverage industry that many major food chain stakeholders will only maintain a relationship with suppliers who are GFSI compliant. The standards serve as a “quality stamp” for these stakeholders. They are often the sign of a supplier who has made it a priority to incorporate quality initiatives into its processes, ensuring a product that is of the highest caliber of safety and quality.

Departments: Training Oversights and Their Impact on GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative tightened food safety standards with the North American introduction of its approved benchmarking schemes in 2007. Yet one of the most important elements of these schemes, the need for training and knowledge retention, often falls short, as a number of third-party audits can attest.

Departments: Thermal Heating Technologies Create Natural Color in Ready-to-Eat Products

There are four principle methods for developing natural color with thermal heat: impinged air, flame, sear, and radiant infrared heat. With advancements in modern cooking technologies and natural browning agents, a whole range of authentic colors and surface effects can be achieved faster, more efficiently, and more consistently

Departments: Sanitation Measures for Food Processing Facility Pest Management

The arrival of spring can send us into a cleaning frenzy. During spring cleaning, we assess trouble spots in our homes, remove clutter, and sanitize thoroughly. The same concept should apply in your food processing facility, where cleanliness standards aren’t just good practice—they’re required.

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