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Pete Fernholz remembers the days when his dad, who worked at a milk plant for 40 years, had to help take apart a milk processing system and clean it with tubular brushes. It was a costly and time-consuming step in the process of trying to assure sanitized milk. Nowadays, closed-loop systems use clean-in-place (CIP) technology, which allows pipes and other production components to be cleaned automatically with less human intervention, reducing cleaning time, costs, and possible contamination events.
A new study by Michigan State University’s Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources tracks emerging concerns about food safety among consumers. For the study, “Food Safety Certification: A Study of Food Safety in the U.S. Supply Chain,” more than 400 consumers and 75 food companies were surveyed. DNV, a provider of food safety certification services, sponsored the study.
Five of the countries from which the U.S. receives the lion’s share of its produce imports have taken significant steps to modernize their food safety systems over the past several years, according to a report released in late September by the Produce Safety Project at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Departments: Safety, Traceability in Food Manufacturing
The volume and severity of food recalls in recent years are enough to scare any consumer away from grocery aisles and frighten any food manufacturer into thinking that its product might be next. The industry got a taste of that reality with the massive recall of Salmonella-contaminated products made with peanuts originating from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). By March 2009, the recall included more than 3,200 products, with the number rising daily. Then, just as the dust seemed to settle, a...
Nearly 30% of sports venues nationwide have been cited for at least one “critical” or “major” health violation at more than half of their concession stands, according to a recent investigative report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program.
Departments: Help Your Employees Protect Against Pathogens
The media and the public generally focus first on the actual pathogen when a foodborne illness occurs, eventually turning their focus to the source of the illness. Often, an infected person causes the outbreak directly—or even indirectly—through a series of improper actions or inactions. Humans can be considered the parameter of these illnesses.
Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have found new evidence that eating Escherichia coli-contaminated chicken can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Although the Canadian food safety program is ailing, the government can fix its problems with substantial effort and investment, according to one researcher.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the Department of Justice to seek a permanent injunction against a New York food processing company that has repeatedly been found to operate under unsanitary conditions. Inspections over several years have uncovered deficiencies in the production of food and seafood products at NY Gourmet Salads Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y., the FDA announced.
A report from a food safety research company identifies potential hazards, including microbial and chemical contamination, in the aquaculture and processing of imported catfish. The report concludes that the current inspection system for imported catfish “does not provide sufficient protection” for consumers.