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FSMA HARPC Update

While it may not seem like much is happening, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.
If you’re in the seafood or juice industry, each of which fall under HACCP rules, FSMA’s HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls) doesn’t apply to your business—and probably won’t in the future.


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HARPC: Will it be that different?

Is there a way processors can ensure food safety management systems will meet the final FSMA regulations? There is no guarantee, but some programs will increase your odds.
FDA is getting closer to finalizing the regulations for the enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (FSMA).


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FDA revises four proposed FSMA rules

When finalized, the rules will implement portions of FSMA to help prevent foodborne illness
The revisions seek to be more flexible, practical and targeted.


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Antibiotic resistance a priority for the nation and food industry

US officials say the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria has become a threat to public health and the economy

President Barack Obama says fighting the bacteria will require a strategic, coordinated and sustained effort.


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Make a commitment to educate your workforce

By properly educating staff and providing adequate resources to do this, a company protects its workforce, reputation, resources and itself.
Everybody knows Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.


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Food safety and quality keep processor ahead of its competition

New processing/forming equipment is not only built for performance, it has food safety designed into every unit.
A family-owned business, JTM Food Group started more than 40 years ago in the retail meat industry and prides itself on working closely with customers to develop ideas for custom food products sold to schools, restaurants, healthcare groups, convenience stores and retail grocery stores.


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Improving social media’s role in food safety

North Carolina State University researchers have developed guidelines for using social media to communicate effectively in the interest of public health

To be successful, health information providers must meet the needs of online audiences.


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Canada begins new beef labeling requirements

Beginning Aug. 21, all MTB products sold in Canada must clearly bear a label reading “mechanically tenderized” and include instructions for safe cooking

The results of a risk assessment test focusing on E. coli showed a five-fold increase in risk from mechanically tenderized beef products when compared to intact cuts of beef.


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Research dissects countries with most food safety violations

A new study reveals India, China and Mexico had the highest number of food safety incidents in 2013

More than one-third of all food safety violations in 2013 were a result of excessive or illegal pesticide contamination.


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Food Safety

GMPs, FSMA and GFSI: Making the Right Connections

Good manufacturing practices play an obvious role in both FSMA and GFSI schemes, but in reality, you won’t pass FSMA muster or obtain a GFSI certification if you haven’t done your GMP homework.
As FDA regulations spell out in 21 CFR Part 110, good manufacturing practices (GMPs) or current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) are the basics you need to know and perform to keep the food products you make free of adulteration—whether from bacteria or chemicals.


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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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