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Departments: School Food Logistics

For over a half century, the USDA has purchased ground beef products to donate to school systems. The program deals in very large quantities of meat products. Last year, the program purchased 135,120,000 pounds of ground beef and patties for approximately $213 million.

Departments: Automatic Doesn’t Mean Automatically Cleaned

Getting safe food on the shelves and into the coolers takes attention to a number of variables with one eye on the impact bad product can have on the reputation of not only a company, but potentially whole industry segments.

Features: ECO-Minded Beer

New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, Colo.) reuses much of its process water for evaporative cooling, cleaning, and landscape purposes. On-site digestion by aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to reduce the organic components in process effluent, coupled with a continuous testing program to accurately monitor the most important sources of high organic loadings within the brewery, have been important keys to the brewery’s successful process water treatment and re-use program.

Features: Pathogenic Survivors

This study investigated the survival of Listeria monocytogenes at freezer temperatures (-20ºC) on the surface of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products. An 18-hour culture of the pathogen was decimally diluted and inoculated (5.8 Log CFU/g) onto 45g cubes of RTE roast beef, hot dog, sausage, chicken breast and turkey.

Features: Picking up the Pieces

When the levees in New Orleans broke on that ill-fated day in late August, it was the beginning of what can be considered the Armageddon of natural disasters. Three hurricanes later, victims and federal agencies dig out from a mess that many in the food industry won’t soon forget.

Departments: Out with the Old…

A midwestern food processing company that has been in the business for 17 years processes fresh-cut produce and sells it to wholesale distributors. For 16 years, it used a controller that would no longer meet the demands of the growing business, and the company replaced it with a different unit.

Features: How Understanding Cultural Differences Improve the Work Environment and the Bottom Line

The global nature of the economy poses both cultural and communication challenges for companies conducting business today. Just how you present or accept a business card can seriously impact a first impression of you and your company, potentially making or breaking a deal. But the real challenge these days often begins at the office, where most workforces are multi-cultural. These multicultural differences can create issues that affect the work environment, and ultimately the company’s bottom line.

Features: Addressing Plant Floor Security– Today

An ever-watchful eye has been cast on the food processing and preparation industries. Consumers are carefully examining each forkful of salad and each bite of a hamburger, prompted by the recent finger pointing by a California woman over allegations that part of a human digit was discovered in a bowl of chili served up at a fast-food restaurant.

Departments: Cross-Contamination Conundrum

In today’s fast-paced world, we often don’t stop to think that the meal we’re eating may be our last. It’s not a pleasant thought and it is easier to dismiss the notion as something that happens to other people in a far-off place. However, each year it is a reality for 5,200 Americans and their families.

Departments: What the Future Holds

Over the last few decades, public focus on food safety has increased due to better detection and traceback techniques, greater media attention, emerging pathogens and increased liability for food processors and retailers. Serious questions exist around the quality and safety of fresh produce. BSE in cattle has, on several occasions, rocked the beef industry. The risk of a deliberate attack on the food supply is described by the World Health Organization and others as a “real and current...

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