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Departments: For the Birds

Food handling facilities are sensitive environments where contaminants and adulterants must be carefully monitored and managed as the potential for causing human foodborne illnesses in large numbers of people is elevated. Birds and the accompanying contaminants and adulterants they bring are causes for great concern in, on, or around food facilities. A number of bird species, including pigeons, sparrows, starlings, seagulls, crows, swallows, and occasionally birds of prey, are often found at food...

Departments: Cleanliness is Next to Effectiveness

Employee handwashing is considered to be among the most effective ways to help control the spread of illnesses in foodservice operations. Although this point is generally accepted as fact, proper handwashing practices are often inadequate for a variety of reasons.

Departments: Strengthening the Food Safety Management System

A foodborne disease incident can be devastating for any organization that supplies food to the U.S. market. The cost of a food safety recall is typically millions of dollars and can result in the closing of food processing plants. To minimize this risk, many companies in the supply chain require that their supplier’s implement and maintain HACCP programs.

Departments: Pre-Employment Screening: Same Methods, Different Marketplace

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, had great impact on the food industry, but not necessarily in the way one would think. One might assume that terror threats drastically altered the processes staffing firms have used for pre-employment screening with an eye toward food safety. However, the reality is quite the contrary. The food industry has long relied on the stringent processes used by top staffing firms to pre-screen food scientists, microbiologists, etc. for research and development and manufacturing...

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: "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: Hazard or Hype?

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.

Departments: Biofilms on Fresh Produce and Difficulties in Decontamination

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...

Departments: Effective Sanitation Programs

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.

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