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Features: Food Fight
Among the myriad of issues being considered in Congress, few touch the lives of Americans as directly as food quality. So it should come as no surprise that impassioned debate surrounds some of the more than a dozen bills under consideration in the House and Senate to reform and modernize the nation’s food safety system. While everyone agrees that safer food is a laudable goal, there is far less consensus as to how, or even whether, it can be achieved.
Departments: Food Safety Goes Global
Risks arising from an improperly designed, implemented, and maintained food safety system can have financially crippling effects, from brand damage, decreased consumer confidence, product recalls, illness, death, and legal ramifications. And, with globalization and an increase in supplies from emerging countries, the likelihood of these risks grows and the processes to manage them effectively become more complex. An additional element in this struggle is the varying acceptance of food safety standards and...
Departments: Protect Your Customers From Gluten
A Google search of the word combination “gluten free” returns a staggering 7 million results. Many provide information regarding gluten-free ingredients, recipes, and prepared foods currently available in the marketplace. This tidal wave of information is the result of the heightened interest in gluten-free diets of an increasing number of people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease (CD).
Features: Wal-Mart's Magna Carta for Auditing
In the 13th century, the Magna Carta (literally “great paper”) changed the course of history, introducing the idea of constitutional rights for all citizens. In the 21st century, a carta no less magna—this one issued by retail giant Wal-Mart—is having an equally transformative effect on the food industry around the world, particularly in the United States. In 2008, in a letter to food suppliers and a press release to the national media, Wal-Mart became the first nationwide U.S....
Departments: Go With the Flow
In the food and beverage and pharmaceutical and biotech industries, contamination-free processing is essential for full compliance with industry validation standards. The potential for contamination in manufacturing applications increases with the introduction of peripheral components, such as flow measurement instruments, that help maintain process parameters within acceptable limits. To prevent this from happening, these devices must themselves meet standards set by governing agencies to ensure that...
Departments: Put Your Product to the Test
Food safety concerns have risen dramatically in recent years because of the severe consequences of foodborne illnesses. In order to assure product quality, optimize the efficiency and throughput of continuous processes, and comply with governmental regulations, the food industry must perform rigorous, real-time product safety testing on a regular basis.
Features: Beefing Up the FDA
This summer federal lawmakers are hoping to enact two pieces of legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority and funding to better regulate the safety of domestic and imported foods.
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides the voluntary Seafood Inspection Program, which offers a variety of professional inspection services that assure compliance with all applicable food regulations.
Departments: Guidance and Stricter Enforcement, NOW
The present unraveling of the virulent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak-involving scallions and green onions at Taco Bell have at least 42 confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness with at least five hospitalized. Just prior to Taco Bell’s present snafu was the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak involving packaged spinach, which resulted with three deaths and 204 illnesses. Preceding those outbreaks there have been numerous food poisons caused by fresh produce, including a cornucopia of imported products that has...
From the regulatory standpoint, prior to implementing any federal program in which ISO and HACCP are in combination, the feasibility of rearranging task codes that are included in the generic Inspection System Program (ISP) might be important to the success of the combination. There are tasks, which are now considered other consumer protection tasks, and which might be more efficiently placed into following the task codes: 03 (HACCP), 01 (sanitation), 06D01 (sanitation performance standards) or 05...