Food Safety

Articles, columns and new products aimed at improving food safety in food and beverage plants

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TECH FLASH

Monsanto settles with Pacific wheat farmers

The company has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million to resolve a number of lawsuits related to the discovery of genetically engineered wheat on an Oregon farm

USDA concluded the GE wheat found growing in Oregon was an isolated incident and continues not to deregulate any variety of wheat.


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Canada, Ireland and France top global food safety ranking

Despite different food safety systems, researchers say there is a real need to harmonize standards and protocols among nations

The report evaluated food safety using 10 performance indicators in three food safety risk governance domains.


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Largest study on GMO and pesticide safety launched

The $25 million study will investigate the health effects of GMO and glyphosate

The preparatory phase started in early 2014, with the full experiment beginning in 2015 and scheduled to last two to three years.


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GAO: FDA, USDA should strengthen pesticide residue monitoring programs

GAO suggests FDA and USDA improve their methodologies

GAO evaluates  limitations in FDA, FSIS and AMS monitoring of foods for pesticide residue.


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Plant Renovations

Renovate for the right reasons

You’ve received a less-than-stellar audit as you’re preparing for GFSI accreditation—not a good sign that your facility will also pass FSMA muster


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GAO recommends USDA strengthen food safety standards for Salmonella, Campylobacter contamination in poultry

The government agency provides four specific recommendations to ensure the safety of chicken and turkey products

Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination in food causes more than 2 million human illnesses per year.


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Beware the (warm) water

A University of Florida study of bottled water indicates the liquid is not safe if left in a warm place for an extended period of time

Researchers studied chemicals released in 16 brands of bottled water kept at 158°F for four weeks to examine levels of BPA and antimony.


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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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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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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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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
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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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FSMA & GFSI and Their Impact on Sanitary Machine and Plant Design

12/8/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas
There have been updates to the Global Food Safety Initiative and the Food Safety Modernization Act that will impact OEM's and food and beverage processors. This webinar will review those changes and discuss what machine builders and processors need to do for future compliance. Read More

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The Application of High-Performance Food Grade Aerosol Lubricants in Today’s Food Processing Operations

12/9/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas
This webinar will cover the fundamentals of High-Performance Food Grade Aerosol Lubricants in today's food processing operations. Lubricating today’s Food Processing Equipment presents many of the same challenges found in non-food processing plants. Lubricants must protect against friction, wear, corrosion, heat and deposits. They must also resist degradation or impaired performance when in contact with food products, process chemicals, water (steam) and bacteria. And, perhaps most importantly, they must be safe in case they ever come in contact with the food... Read More

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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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2014 November

In the November 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about the Sustainable Plant of the Year, Smithfield Foods. Also, discover good reasons to consider a plant renovation project.

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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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