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Departments: The Curtain of Containment
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.
Departments: What ATP Sanitation Systems Cannot Do
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...
Departments: Incoming Quality Control of Water
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...
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.
Departments: CSI 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.
Departments: "Glug-Glug" Method Gouges the 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...
Departments: Personal Hygiene and Food Safety
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...
Departments: Don't Let Food Cost Eat Up Bottom Line Profits
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, 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,...
Departments: Waves of Change
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...