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The Three “Cs” of Food Safety

Posted in Food Safety News
The greatest challenge for the food industry over the past decade has been to continuously find new and better ways to make our food supply safer. Some companies focused on improving their sanitation programs, some companies focused on improving their HACCP plans, and some companies focused on investing in new interventions. Some companies focused on … Continue Reading

Aiming For Greener Pasteurs

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Science and law have a lot in common. They are both quite technical, typically managed by people (scientists and lawyers) who over-complicate everything, are both expensive, and are constantly evolving. It is no surprise, then, that the law and the science of food safety have proven in recent history to be exceedingly complex, overly complicated, … Continue Reading

The True Benefits of Consumer Confidence in Food Safety

Posted in Food Safety Heroes, Food Safety News, Food Safety Regulations
FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Michael Taylor, recently addressed the issue of the consumer confidence in food safety at China’s International Food Safety and Quality Conference last week. Taylor described the issue as “an important goal in its own right.” He stressed the issue is just as important as public health in regards to food … Continue Reading

New National Food Policy Scorecard

Posted in Food Safety Heroes, Food Safety News
A new scorecard for lawmakers was launched by the advocacy group, Food Policy Action. The National Food Policy Scorecard will grade lawmakers on food issues relating to food safety, hunger, farm subsidies, farm workers’ rights and humane animal treatment. Other heavy-hitters in the food industry are backing the movement, such as Top Chef Tom Colicchio, … Continue Reading

Food Safety Training Lab

Posted in Food Safety Heroes, Food Safety News
The International Food Safety Training Lab (IFSTL) has experienced excellent results after only one year of operations. The lab is designed to train scientists globally in top food testing methods. IFSTL has also opened up its doors to trade policymakers and other industry professionals. The overall goal is to improve food safety quality on a … Continue Reading

Hazelnut Food Safety Improves

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Recent food safety concerns with hazelnuts were highlighted during a 2009 recall where nearly 30,000 pounds of nuts were recalled for potential Salmonella contamination. There have been many smaller outbreaks since, including one involving E. coli in the Midwest. Notably, before 2009, there were no reported outbreaks linked to US hazelnuts. Currently, there is no … Continue Reading

Au Revoir Foie Gras

Posted in Food Safety News, Food Safety Regulations
As of July 1, 2012, California has begun enforcing a ban on the French delicacy known as foie gras. Chefs and restaurants were unsuccessful persuading the California Legislature to withdraw the ban. California restaurants could face fines up to $1,000.00 if they violate the new restrictions. The implementation comes from a 2004 bird feeding law. … Continue Reading

Scotland’s Food Safety Independence

Posted in Food Safety Heroes, Food Safety News, Food Safety Regulations
The Scottish government has recently decided to break away from the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). Instead, they will be setting up their own food standards agency. The new agency will be responsible for food safety, food standards, nutrition, food labeling, and meat inspections. This action stems from the 2010 decision by UK’s government … Continue Reading

China Announces New Food Safety Program

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China has recently announced a new 5-year food safety program to address continuing concerns about its food industry. According to reports, the government will be updating, reviewing and eliminating any old and overlapping regulations and standards. Many standards and regulations currently contradict one another. This is a result of multiple government agencies regulating the industry. … Continue Reading

Food Safety Industry Booms

Posted in Food Safety Heroes, Food Safety News, Food Safety Tech Updates
The demand for new and improved food safety products in the US market has bolstered in the recent years. Industry experts feel this substantial growth will continue through 2016. Factors such as consumer interest, awareness, new government regulations, and industry initiatives all contribute to the increased demand. Various parts the food industry including the processors, … Continue Reading

Grow Green Launches Groundbreaking Food Safety Solutions

Posted in Food Safety Heroes, Food Safety News, Food Safety Tech Updates
Grow Green Industries Inc. and P.L. Thomas & Co. Inc. just announced they will be launching two new all-natural food safety and shelf-life enhancer products at the Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas in June. The products are eatSafe™ Natural Food Wash and eatFresh™ Natural Antimicrobial. According to the company,they will … Continue Reading

Cantaloupe Handlers Approve First Mandatory Food Safety Program

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California Cantaloupe handlers recently and unanimously passed the state’s first mandatory food safety program. Even though California cantaloupes have never been linked to a foodborne illness, this action will add another layer of insurance to that segment of the state’s industry. The program solidifies the past two decades of food safety leadership demonstrated by the … Continue Reading

Deli Slicers And Food Safety: What Your Company Needs To Know

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In recent years, delis have greatly expanded their product portfolio, catering to a growing need for more ready-to-eat items in a faster paced world. For these reasons, food safety in delis has never been more important.  One of the most critical control points for food safety in delis (as well as restaurants and other foodservice … Continue Reading

High Pressure Processing Continues To Show Incredible Promise

Posted in Food Safety News, Food Safety Tech Updates
Two years ago, we lauded High Pressure Processing (“HPP”) as “one of the most promising food safety technologies.” As it turns out, we were right. In 2005, the American Pasteurization Company (“APC”) became the first company in the country to offer HPP on a commercial tolling basis. Just five years after the company opened its … Continue Reading

Meat And Poultry – Bringing The World Just A Little Bit Closer

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Hamburgers and fries have long been a staple of both American diet and culture. In recognition of that, President Barack Obama treated fellow world-leader, Dimitri Medvedev, to lunch at Washington’s favorite burger restaurant. Ray’s Hell-Burger, a Washington hot-spot, is known for delicious, ten-ounce behemoths which are built from hand-trimmed, freshly ground beef. The restaurant is … Continue Reading

Defending High-Profile Food-Borne Illness Outbreaks And Claims

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Given recent improvements in national food-borne illness outbreak surveillance, more food-borne illnesses are being identified, and more outbreaks are being reported. By extension, many of these outbreaks are being associated with an increasing number of foods, and more companies are – either directly or indirectly – being affected. For nearly a decade, we have been … Continue Reading

Technological Innovations Impact Hand Washing

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Anyone associated with the food industry appreciates the critical importance of sanitation, the most basic and important aspect of which is proper hand washing. Notably, eighty percent of all illnesses and infections are transported by touch. In turn, according to the World Health Organization, an individual who washes their hands often is 24 percent less … Continue Reading

Food Safety, Mom?

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According to the USDA, Mother’s Day is an excellent time to teach children food safety: Indeed, rubbery eggs, burned pancakes, undercooked bacon — what mother doesn’t treasure the memory of the little hands that cooked a Mother’s Day breakfast! Mother’s Day is the perfect time for dads and other caregivers to teach children simple food … Continue Reading

Departure Checks, Please . . .

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We live in a world of contrasts.  I wrote a few days ago about a positive food safety experience while flying on Delta (leaving Milwaukee). I was not so impressed, however, on the return flight home.  While weaving our way back to Milwaukee on an American Airlines flight, I was discouraged to discover that the faucets on … Continue Reading

Food Safety At 35,000 Feet

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It never occurred to me to ask if responsibility has a border. Neither, apparently, has it occurred to the flight crews of Delta Airlines. While flying from Milwaukee to an undisclosed location today, I experienced Southern Hospitality in an entirely new way. The flight attendant’s name was Mandy, and she is based out of Atlanta. Midway … Continue Reading