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Departments: A Fresh Look at a Dirty Problem

It’s Sunday afternoon. A Philadelphia family is enjoying a fruit salad made with bananas from Ecuador, oranges from California, strawberries from Mexico and grapes from Chile. By Wednesday evening, they’re all in the hospital fighting stomach cramps and food poisoning from E. coli. It’s the industry’s worst nightmare, and unfortunately, it’s happening more frequently today than anyone would like, due—ironically—to several industry trends aimed at increasing...

Departments: Handwashing and Sanitizers

Most people learn early in life from their parents to wash their hands when they are visibly dirty, before eating or after using the restroom. Why? Many parents will tell their children to wash their hands because they are dirty or because they have germs on them. Both are acceptable reasons for washing before eating food or touching food.

Departments: Getting it Right

Cleaning and sanitization play an important part in any food processing facility, whether a continuous or batch process, regardless of the complexity or simplicity of the operation. Certain industries, particularly meat, poultry and seafood, have stringent cleaning and sanitizing protocols due to the myriad potential problems which may occur.

Departments: In The Wake of Katrina, A Lesson for Us All

Water and sewage care is now a moot point. What needs to be done is something to prevent foodborne disease from contaminating food supplies. We have natural occurring foodborne pathogens in the environment, but now with the tremendous destruction, the bacteria can replicate at a rapid pace. Warm weather, contaminated water, and the compromised food supply have created ideal conditions for a rapid increase in bacteria infestation.

Departments: "Thar She Blows!"

So much devastation in human life, homes, businesses, property, even entire cities destroyed, not to mention the complete disruption of the lives of the ones, who have gone through it all. As bad and destructive as the hurricanes were, it is really just the beginning of what could be a real tragedy in the making. I have a difficult time trying to understand why the mayor of New Orleans was so intent on reopening the town, knowing the levies could collapse, but especially with the possibility of another...

Departments: The Lure and Trap of Pheromones

Pheromone traps, long used in the agriculture industry for controlling pests in fruit orchards, have come into their own in commercial facilities as effective tools when used as part of an integrated pest management program (IPM), an essential, yet sometimes overlooked step in food safety.

Departments: Baffled by Bugs?

The business of food safety and sanitation auditing has its roots from the business of pest control. In the early 1900s, concerns over food safety came to light when it was discovered that rodents, insects, birds, and other pests, as well as family pets, could adulterate our food supply. Inspections of food processors and food service establishments originally concentrated on pest findings. This activity discovered other activities that needed control, such as building maintenance and structure, employee...

Departments: Pest Management ABCs

One of the often overlooked, but most critical parts of an effective pest management program is making sure your building isn’t an inviting environment to pests.

Departments: Establishing a Pest Management Program

There is one common goal among all processing plants with regards to pest control, and that is a zero tolerance for any and all pests to pace or soar inside processing facilities including their direct exposures to the product, contact surfaces and packaging materials.

Departments: Filtering Out Confusion

Filtration is a basic concept that’s integral to aseptic processing. Whether you’re talking about ultrapure water, high-purity products or process chemicals, the basic idea is to remove contaminants from the fluid stream.

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