Food Safety

Tech Update: X-ray & Optical Inspection

New types of foreign material and product flaws detected

X-ray, camera and laser sorting technologies are coming of age in new configurations and applications that improve productivity and reduce false rejects while detecting harder-to-find flaws.
By Mikell Knights
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A new range of contaminants, product defects and packaging imperfections are being spotted by the latest styles of multi-beam X-ray systems and optical inspection technologies.


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Engineering R&D

Moving dry food sterilization ahead full-steam

A new pasteurization and sterilization approach for dry goods relies on saturated steam to purge pathogenic germs
By Mikell Knights
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In the process, it widens the window of product types treatable by the same unit.


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TECH FLASH

Natural antimicrobial coatings satisfy food safety requirements and extend shelf life

New research suggests the potential of natural antimicrobials in food packaging applications has been overlooked.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Antimicrobials are commonly used in packaging, but their use as direct food coatings has not yet caught on.
 


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FSIS implements Public Health Criterion for Food Safety Assessments

The criteria will be implemented in the May 2013 scheduling cycle.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The criteria will be implemented in the May 2013 scheduling cycle.
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FSMA

FDA releases Food Defense Plan Builder

New software integrates existing tools and resources.
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Owners and operators of food facilities can design custom food defense plans in accordance with FSMA regulations.
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TECH FLASH

The many sides of sanitation: What manufacturers should consider when enhancing sanitation measures

New FSMA provisions are expected to place even more stringent regulations on sanitation practices.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Tom Egan of PMMI discusses equipment sanitation as a component of advancing food safety standards.
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TECH FLASH

Informational silos stand in the way of strong food safety management systems

Manufacturers benefit from engaging all four key elements of an effective system.
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Elements include HACCP plans, manufacturing operations management, instant traceability and recall management and single-source ERP.


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TECH FLASH

Largest ever food allergy study kicks off

Researchers will establish standard management practices and tools for food manufacturers.
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A team at the University of Manchester will head up the research.


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TECH FLASH

Food safety initiatives survey reveals room for improvement

Lack of employee understanding and incomplete records were the largest barriers to effective training.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Just two-thirds of respondents reported satisfaction with current initiatives.
 


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FSIS issues statement on when meat/poultry Salmonella testing is unnecessary

Most, but not all, raw meat and poultry products are subject to Salmonella testing.
By Shane O'Halloran
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A narrow set of circumstances exists where sampling is not necessary.
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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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The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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