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  • How Is China Tackling Its Food Safety Struggles?
    How Is China Tackling Its Food Safety Struggles?

    It’s no secret; in recent years, China has suffered through some serious food safety issues. Recognizing a dire need for improvement, China has created and implemented plans for a dramatic turnaround in food safety regulations. Here, Dr. Xinyu Weng, CFDA Division Director for International Cooperation and current First Secretary of the Embassy of China in the U.S., answers Global Food Safety Forum (GFSF) Chairman Rick Gilmore’s questions on behalf of Food Online on the reformation of China’s food safety legislation and its worldwide impact. Additionally, Dr. Wang offers his thoughts on how China has recovered from and is preventing another melamine infant formula powder milk scandal.

Food Safety 2017: What To Expect

2016 is behind us, and last year’s unresolved food safety challenges have joined the list of issues to face in the new year. But, what is currently challenging the food and beverage industry in terms of food safety? This column will discuss three topics that will impact nearly every manufacturer in 2017.

Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About Food Manufacturer/Food Retailer Recall Teamwork

Food Online hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: Improving Food Manufacturer & Retailer Teamwork In A Recall featuring Alicia Sims-Miller, manager of the reverse logistics and business integration teams for PepsiCo’s North American Nutrition Division, and Kim Combs, recall/regulatory compliance manager for The Kroger Co. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Combs and Sims-Miller answered the audience’s questions about the food manufacturer/food retailer relationship during recalls. While the session was educational and informative, there wasn’t enough time to answer every question. Here, Combs addresses some of the unanswered questions from the live web chat.

Food Online's Top 10 Of November

What was most important to our readers in November? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most-popular articles that appeared on Food Online.

How Do You Evaluate Food Safety Education & Training?

It’s no secret that food safety education and training is immensely important to food makers. It’s an on-going process, and sometimes, it’s even a struggle. As the food industry evolves, so do the ways companies become educated on food safety practices. To get a good idea of how food safety education and training has evolved, and continues to evolve, some comparisons are needed to draw parallels.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • How 5 Electro-Magnetic Technologies Are Heating Foods Safely, Quickly, And Efficiently
    How 5 Electro-Magnetic Technologies Are Heating Foods Safely, Quickly, And Efficiently

    Five innovative heating techniques, including infrared (IR), microwave (MW), dielectric or radio-frequency (RF), ohmic (OH), and magnetic induction heating (MI) utilize electro-magnetic energy and can heat foods faster and more efficiently.

  • 5 Questions To Ask For Effective Food Safety Training
    5 Questions To Ask For Effective Food Safety Training

    All departments of any company (food production or not) need training from several perspectives, such as safety, job-specific roles, business acumen, and human rights. And other departments — accounting, production, quality assurance, upper management — they all have their roles that need training. Of course, sanitation needs to know how to clean, maintenance needs to know how to repair and upkeep, warehouse needs to know how to ship and receive. But, how important is training in the role of food safety? In a word: vital.

  • Food Irradiation Technologies: Principles, Commercial Advantages, And Limitations
    Food Irradiation Technologies: Principles, Commercial Advantages, And Limitations

    Food irradiation has proven to be a safe and effective non-thermal process for enhancing food safety and extending shelf life of a wide variety of foods. Nearly 50 countries have approved or allow food irradiation, although the foods and doses can differ by country. Gamma irradiation technology was patented more than a century ago (in 1906) and has been one of the first non-thermal technologies thoroughly tested, validated, and adopted by medical and food industry over the past 60 years. Despite this, there is a lot of misunderstanding and concerns associated with the consumer acceptance, transport, storage, occupational hazards, and disposal of radiation sources.

  • Weighing In On F&B Industry Checkweighers
    Weighing In On F&B Industry Checkweighers

    Food inspection systems using state-of-the-art technologies are most successful when they are designed with many support methods and principles. I’ve written articles on how this is true with metal detection technology, X-Ray inspection machines, and vision inspection systems. This article will explore checkweighing systems, how they add support to food safety methods and principles, and the benefits implementing them can provide food manufacturers.

     

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

How Safe Is X-Ray Inspection Of Food?

Some food manufacturers have reservations about the adoption of X-ray inspection as a method of product inspection. The levels of radiation used for X-ray inspection in the food industry are extremely low, and the use of X-ray inspection equipment is both highly regulated and increasingly common. By Mettler-Toledo

What Does Your Plant Spend On Raw Material Identity Verification? The Answer May Surprise You
Drug manufacturers must verify the identity of their incoming raw materials prior to release into the production process. For some, meeting this requirement involves extracting and testing samples from a small fraction of their incoming containers;for others it means testing every single package. By Thermo Fisher Scientific (formerly Ahura Scientific and Polychromix)
EQMS Coexistence In An Enterprise Environment
Quality and IT executives alike face increasing pressure to implement solutions that allow the highest level of holistic control and oversight on the quality of their operations. By Sparta Systems, Inc.
How To Select Industrial Floor-Care Equipment For Increased Productivity And Performance

A clean working environment helps promote worker safety, productivity and product quality. That’s why the floor-cleaning equipment you select for your plant is nearly as important as the manufacturing equipment you select. By Dave Ditty, Training Manager, Nilfisk-Advance

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Coda Coffee Employs Global Business Management Solution

    In starting their sustainable and well-respected coffee brand, the Thwaite brothers knew they had to ensure Coda Coffee’s growth curve didn’t model a caffeine buzz—rapid movement, then a crash. To diversify from B2B distribution to online B2C sales and retail locations, and expand to coffee equipment maintenance, it needed industry-specific accounting functionality, inventory visibility and real-time data access that its QuickBooks and manual processes couldn’t provide.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Aerobic Bacterial Screening System Aerobic Bacterial Screening System

The GreenLight™ Model 930 system is ideal for companies looking for the benefit of same-day resultsTM when processing large numbers of samples for aerobic bacteria counts.

E-finity™ Low Pressure Dense Phase Conveying System E-finity™ Low Pressure Dense Phase Conveying System

The E-finity™ is a patented continuous dense phase convey system for fragile materials. Precise pressure monitoring and airflow corrections allow the system to operate efficiently under all conditions, while gently inducing materials through the convey line in slug form. E-finity™ is ideally suited for granular and pelleted materials.

Cleanable Side Entry Filter Receiver (CSER) Cleanable Side Entry Filter Receiver (CSER)

The Cleanable Side Entry Filter Receiver (CSER) revolutionary design will help food and pet food producers comply with today’s challenging industry sanitation requirements, while minimizing operating and maintenance costs. The Sentry™ is a side entry cartridge filter with tool-free cartridge removal.

MCF PowerSaver® Air Filtration Solution MCF PowerSaver® Air Filtration Solution

The MCF PowerSaver® is a sustainable, low maintenance air filtration solution which operates with low pressure cleaning air (7-9 psig). It consumes less horsepower than any other bag filter and requires no integrated plant compressed air. 

SpaceSaver™ Dust Collector SpaceSaver™ Dust Collector

The patented SpaceSaver® dust collector is the smallest on the market. The SpaceSaver® is up to 75% smaller than traditional baghouse collectors, freeing up valuable space and allowing a fit in tight spots.

Mac2Flo® Cartridge Dust Collector Mac2Flo® Cartridge Dust Collector

The efficient Mac2Flo® cartridge collector is designed to reduce compressed air leading to energy savings. With a large square footage of media per cartridge, the Mac2Flo® allows for increased air flow with no increase in pressure drop. Dust-laden air enters the top of the filter, which provides a true downward airflow resulting in increased cleaning efficiency.

Pharmaceutical Packaging: Headspace Analyzers Pharmaceutical Packaging: Headspace Analyzers

Due to the very low headspace requirement of the CheckMate 3 headspace analyzers it is able to measure the residual oxygen level in many pharmaceutical products packed under protective atmosphere (e.g. nitrogen). The CheckMate 3 with zirconia sensor only requires a 2 ml headspace in order to ensure valid residual oxygen content.

Gas Analyzer: Map Check 3 Gas Analyzer: Map Check 3

MAP is the future. But companies producing MAP products with more gas than necessary may become history.

Handheld Headspace Analyzer Handheld Headspace Analyzer

Portable gas analyser for quality control of Modified Atmosphere Packages (MAP).

Manually Controlled Gas Mixer For Modified Atmosphere Packaging Manually Controlled Gas Mixer For Modified Atmosphere Packaging

Manually controlled gas mixer for Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) applications.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain, Environmental Monitoring, And Distribution Centers For The Preventive Controls For Human And Animal Food Rules (Part One Of Three)
    FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain, Environmental Monitoring, And Distribution Centers For The Preventive Controls For Human And Animal Food Rules (Part One Of Three)

    In the previous FSMA Fridays series, SafetyChain’s VP of Marketing and Communications, Jill Bender, was joined by the Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson and Rolando Gonzalez to discuss the final rules regarding FSMA’s preventive controls for human and animal food. The same topic will be the subject of this month’s FSMA Fridays' discussion, as Jill Bender is joined by The Acheson Group’s David Acheson and Melanie Neumann to explore best practices within the supply chain, environmental monitoring, distribution centers, and more under FSMA’s preventive controls for human and animal food rules.

  • FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain Controls — How Preventive Controls for Human Food And FSVP Fit Together (Part Three Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain Controls — How Preventive Controls for Human Food And FSVP Fit Together (Part Three Of Four)

    In Part Two of FSMA Fridays: Supply Chain Controls — How Preventive Controls for Human Food And FSVP Fit Together, SafetyChain’s Jill Bender, The Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson and Rolando Gonzalez discussed how FSMA evolved with regard to supply chain regulatory requirements. Here, in Part Three of the series, the trio will discuss exactly what FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) requires.

  • FSMA Fridays: FSMA Compliance Implementation Challenges And Guidance (Part Four Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: FSMA Compliance Implementation Challenges And Guidance (Part Four Of Four)

    In Part Three of FSMA Fridays: FSMA Compliance Implementation Challenges And Guidance, the Acheson Group’s Dr. Peyman Fatemi and Christopher Snabes, along with SafetyChain’s Jill Bender, began addressing questions from the webinar’s live audience around FSMA implementation challenges. Here, in the fourth and final portion of the series, the trio will continue answering the audience’s questions in real time.

  • FSMA Fridays — What's Ahead In 2017? (Part One Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays — What's Ahead In 2017? (Part One Of Four)

    SafetyChain Software’s VP of Marketing, Jill Bender is joined by The Acheson Group’s (TAG) President and CEO Dr. David Acheson to share insight on what 2017 will bring the F&B industry in regards to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

  • Top X-Ray Inspection Systems For Product Quality And Safety
    Top X-Ray Inspection Systems For Product Quality And Safety

    Engineered with precision and high-sensitivity detection, our HD systems are the superior choice for food safety inspection but, with so many models to choose from, distinguishing between each can be overwhelming. Are you debating which top x-ray inspection system is right for your processing needs? Here is a digestible overview comparing our new, XR75 advanced long life technology models:

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ABOUT FOOD ONLINE

Welcome to Food Online, the premiere Internet resource, helping build a community to advance the production of safe and healthy food and beverages. We provide best practices and solutions in food safety, food processing, automation, packaging and the supply chain. 

The site is designed for plant engineers, production managers, manufacturing engineers, processing technicians, operations supervisors, and business managers, it provides daily news updates, reports, and solutions on business and technology trends vital to the industry.   We provide plant managers, quality control/quality assurance technologists, and research and development experts with up-to-date information and industry solutions in the areas of food safety and regulatory issues, metal contamination, x-ray inspection, check weighing, and bacterial detection.

Both process and production engineers and technicians, along with marketing and business managers will find, case studies, white papers, and other technical solutions and product information on mixers, blenders, filling equipment, homogenizers, conveyors, sorters, graders, flow meters, pumps, tanks, valves, freezers, chillers, heat exchangers, moisture controls, pH meters, and sensors. 

Food Online also covers quality control and quality assurance systems, information management systems, process control systems and equipment, as well as clean-in-place systems, measurement systems, sanitation systems, end-of-line packaging, packaging equipment, primary packaging, secondary packaging, and contract packaging. Transportation and logistics professionals will find valuable information concerning the supply chain, cold chain, traceability, and, sustainability.

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