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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...
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.
Features: Summiting Mt. Quality
The trek to the Summit of Mt. Quality for many in the food industry is a lot like a hiker’s quest up Mt. Everest. The trick for the food company, however, is to stay on top because descending can be devastating. From Camp Product Concept to Communicate-Cooperate Junction through QA Manager Pass, the journey is challenging and it will take as much acclimatization as it does preparation to see you past the awaiting avalanches and the threat of exposure in order to reach Preparedness Plateau and,...
Departments: Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out the TTIs
Storage time and temperature have historically been recognized for their effect on food quality. Perishable food products simply deteriorate more rapidly at higher temperatures. To minimize this loss of quality, it is crucial that food products be protected during storage and throughout the entire distribution path, commonly referred to as the cold chain.
Features: Labs Find Love, Ahem, Leads Online
Her blue eyes and smile and his rugged good looks are just the incentives he or she might need to click open a profile on an Internet dting stie. Microbiologists, too, find these lures on a Web site that brings labs and life science companies together.
Features: Hands for Hygiene
Hand washing: A simple lapse in this important step can unleash the hounds of hygiene hell, which carry rabid bites along with reverberating barks. But whether it's singing happy birthday twice over the sink, using the latest technology or a host of soaps, gets and gloves, the bark and the bite of dirty hands can be tamed.
Departments: Driving Value From RFID
Food manufacturers face growing challenges in maintaining a safe, secure and transparent supply chain. Today's supply chain environment has an increasing number of third party providers, principally in the warehousing and transportation areas, which enable manufacturers and packers to concentrate on their core competencies. While this creates efficiencies and is quite common in the industry, it also introduces many points of vulnerability across the supply chain. With the growing threat to food safety,...
Departments: Certificates of Analysis Confirm Control
With shipments arriving daily at a factory's dock, who has time to argue with the supplier, even if their materials do not meet the manufacturer's specification? The only way to determine if the inbound materials meet the specification for each lot is by either testing the incoming materials or by reacting when a problem shows up at the end of the manufacturing line (or even worse, from a customer complaint). Certificates of analysis (COAs) hold the key to improving quality and productivity and focusing on...
Departments: Effective Supplier Programs
When shopping for big-ticket items such as autos, furniture, household appliances and electronics, any smart consumer will do some research before actually making a purchase. A shopper may spend endless hours seeking just the right items at the best prices because he or she has been “burned” by bad purchases in the past.
Departments: Business Diagnostics
This is the third in a series of articles about the business of industrial diagnostics as used in industries including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care products and water - the majority being microbiology tests, more than 90 percent. The first article, “Big Business in Little Bugs,” [Food Quality April/May 2004, pg. 22] reviewed the size of the 2003 industrial microbiology market. The second, “Industrial Diagnostics Duke-Out,” [Food Quality Aug/Sep 2004, pg. 28],...