Articles by Richard F. Stier, Contributing Editor

Could more inspections stifle food contamination?

January 1, 2008
Inspections minimize contamination, but the key to avoiding problems is in prevention.
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Assessing risk in Eastern Europe

November 1, 2007
Food safety problems facing nations such as Romania are not insurmountable, but they will not be solved quickly.
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Lessons learned from recall

June 4, 2007
Industry group takes steps to stop product contamination.
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Heed the word: watch those birds

May 2, 2007
A pest management program that doesn’t address birds has a significant gap.
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The certification conundrum

April 2, 2007
Certification programs have become a big business in the food industry. Some companies are willing to certify anything, provided you pay them enough money. 
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Don't cruise under the radar

March 1, 2007
Recent food safety problems should help our industry, not harm it.

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Food Safety: As strong as your weakest link

October 1, 2006
Understanding food ingredients and the variances among them is a must in order to ensure food quality and safety.
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Form fits function

September 1, 2006
Choosing to build a new plant rather than renovate or expand an existing one is based on any number of necessary functions. The existing facility may be outdated and operating costs excessive. Or, a new location may offer advantages such as reduced labor costs, lower taxes, improved access to markets or simply the room to grow. Whatever the reason, it behooves operations and plant managers to plan carefully and understand where they are going and why. Today, a commitment to build a new plant is a commitment to sanitary design.
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Food Safety: Returning to quality

May 6, 2006
Have you ever ordered a meal or purchased a food product and not been satisfied with it? Did you make your feelings known? As a member of the food industry, I certainly hope you did. Food processors establish customer service departments for just that reason.
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Get more bang for your buck

April 3, 2006
Educational programs that include food safety, sanitation and quality as part of worker safety training offer more protection and rewards for processors.
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