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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.

Departments: Different Stationary Phases for PAH Analysis

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) comprise a large group of more than several hundred chemical compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings. They are produced during incomplete combustion of organic compounds. Food can be naturally contaminated with PAHs by uptake from the environment, like mussels filtering surrounding water. The main contamination sources for food, however, are processing procedures in which PAHs are generated at significant levels, such as frying, drying, smoking,...

Departments: Clarence Birdseye's Frozen Food Process Innovated an Industry

Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) became a household name in the 1940s when his quick-freezing process—inspired by his experiences as a fur trader in northern Canada—allowed for national distribution of food and sparked a multibillion-dollar industry. He also devised a new method for dehydrating food.

Departments: Move Over, Salmonella

You’re not likely to see a picture of Campylobacter in a post office lobby, but as of July 2011, the FSIS has introduced a new performance standard to reduce the prevalence of Campylobacter, similar to the one used for Salmonella for years.

Departments: Keep Refrigeration Units Clean

The recent Listeria outbreak has brought to life a new set of questions for the retail food industry. One question involves the sanitation of refrigeration units. Commercial refrigeration/freezer units are the heart of every retail food business. Keeping these units cleaned and working properly ensures not only the safety but also the quality of each product.

Departments: Capitalize on Pest Technology

Technology is constantly changing the way we live our lives and conduct business. In the past, technological inventions like canned goods, pasteurization, and freeze drying allowed for widespread distribution of goods and long-lasting food preservation. These innovations in food processing supported a newly developing culture of convenience.

Departments: All Hands on Deck

An observational study conducted by the CDC that 8.6 hand washes by restaurant staff per employee hour were required to comply with the FDA’s Model Food Code.1 Consensus among both operators and regulators is that that is never going to happen. However, the study’s results beg the question: If 8.6 is the ideal safe level, what is the risk when hand washing frequency is, on average, 0.5 times per employee hour? Based on foodborne illness data and the increasing frequency of shuttered...

Departments: Fine Tune Your Compliance

HACCP systems have been required in a number of food manufacturing categories for many years and continue to expand as the standard model for all categories in the food industry and supply chain. Validation, an important component of HACCP Principle 6 verification, is not a new concept to the food industry. However, the subject of validation is not always well understood by those individuals who perform food safety and quality audits to determine compliance with current regulatory and industry standards.

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