Food Safety

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Food Safety

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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TECH FLASH

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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Field Reports

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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TECH FLASH

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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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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PRODUCTS

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Milk Processing and Quality Management

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The fifth volume in the series, Milk Processing and Quality Management, provides timely and comprehensive guidance on the processing of liquid milks by bringing together contributions from leading experts around the globe.

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Interdisciplinary Food Safety Research

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This book encourages comprehensive research by recognizing significant early efforts and considers a range of food safety problems, research techniques, and solutions.

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Food Process Engineering and Technology

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Combining scientific depth with practical usefulness, this book serves as a tool for graduate students as well as practicing food engineers, technologists and researchers looking for the latest information on transformation and preservation processes as well as process control and plant hygiene topics.

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Food Plant Economics

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Food and Package Engineering

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For the first time, engineering for the packaging industry – and for the biggest packaging user, food processing – is presented in a way that clearly demonstrates its interconnected, globally integrated nature. Food and Package Engineering is a groundbreaking work that serves as a comprehensive guide to the complexities and the potential of the industry.

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Cleaning-in-Place: Dairy, Food and Beverage Operations, 3rd Edition

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The book addresses the principles of cleaning operations, water supply issues and the science of detergents and disinfectants.

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EVENTS

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Food Plant of the Future: Advancing Food Safety through Sanitary Design

3/9/10
Online
Contact: Jamie Tunison

On-Demand: Food and beverage companies work hard to consistently deliver safe products because they understand that the stakes are extremely high – for the public and for their companies. The Food Plant of the Future will be driven to raise the bar for sanitary design, affecting existing plants as well as Greenfield and Brownfield projects.

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Food Plant of the Future: Raising the Bar on Plant Air Quality

4/26/12
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand: Exclusively for thought-leaders in food and beverage processing facility management, Food Plant of the Future webinars are presented by Hixson, a leading design and engineering firm of food processing facilities in North America.

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Food Plant of the Future: Hazardous Materials Storage and Use

11/8/12
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand Concerns over food safety, reliability, and traceability get a great deal of attention within plants.  Yet the highly regulated – but often-overlooked – concern for the storage and use of hazardous materials is also important.

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Food Plant of the Future: Global Food Safety Impact on Facilities

4/25/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand: SQF 2000, FSMA, ISO 22000/PAS220 and other standards continue to gain traction in an attempt to create safer foods and beverages. 

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The One Voice Vision: Sanitary Machine Design Requirements for Low Moisture Food Manufacturing

10/24/13

On-Demand Over 20 CPG and supplier companies are collaborating to define One Voice in Sanitary Equipment Design for Low Moisture Foods. Register for this can't-miss webinar!

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Efficiently Unload Food From Containers

1/21/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Food and personal care companies are continually challenged with unloading different thicknesses of food from a variety of container sizes and shapes, while maintaining strict sanitary standards. Food products can include...

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Tools for Validating Key Components of a Food Safety Plan

1/30/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Attendees of this webinar will learn the three distinct "kill step" validation methods, methods for validating key elements of a food safety plan, ways of preventing recontamination, and be provided online resources for accessing and sharing thermal inactivation data.

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Fundamentals of Food Grade Grease

5/21/14
Online
United States
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Learn the requirements for food grade greases, differences between greases and other lubricant types, considerations for choosing a food grade grease, and best practices for grease storage and handling.

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Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Food Manufacturing

5/29/14
Online
United States
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand This webinar will be based on the AIOE’s Engineering Solutions Group soon to be released work product, One Voice a uniform approach to the most common, non proprietary sanitary equipment designs that meet the base food safety requirements for food manufacturing.

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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.

Podcasts

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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Food Engineering

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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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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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