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  • FDA Swab-A-Thons: What To Expect In The Search For Pathogens
    FDA Swab-A-Thons: What To Expect In The Search For Pathogens

    The FDA and food manufacturers are both on the same mission: make food safer. But, increased scrutiny during FDA inspections has left many food industry professionals with increased anxiety. Here, food industry attorney Shawn Stevens answers my questions about the FDA’s process of microbiological sampling, how the agency is incorporating Whole Genome Sequencing into its sampling processes, and what food companies can do to alleviate regulatory worries. Stevens will be speaking at the 2017 Annual AAFP Conference held September 19 to 21 in Springdale, AR.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of August

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

How The CDC Approaches Foodborne Illness Investigations

In the unfortunate event of a foodborne illness outbreak, public health and regulatory officials must act quickly to collect data, determine a cause, and prevent further illnesses. Here, Matthew Wise, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), answers my questions about the role the CDC, and other agencies, play in foodborne illness investigations.

Is FSMA Bridging FDA And USDA Gaps?

It’s no secret; FSMA compliance is challenging. And for facilities under both FDA and USDA jurisdiction, there are plenty of grey areas needing addressed. Here, Craig Henry, founder of Intro Inc., answers my questions about the challenges and grey areas of FSMA implementation, some of the differences between USDA and FDA regulations, and how uniformity between the agencies could address some of the ambiguity of compliance.

FSVP: Tying Up Supply Chain Loose Ends

The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) has meandering requirements and exemptions leaving some in the food industry befuddled regarding compliance. Here, Dr. Janie Dubois, director of the laboratory program at JIFSAN, answers my questions on FSVP requirements, misconceptions of FSVP, as well as its role in laboratory testing.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Progressing Cavity Pumps: Making The Most Difficult F&B Applications Simple
    Progressing Cavity Pumps: Making The Most Difficult F&B Applications Simple

    Though progressing cavity pumps are not the most-common pumps used for conveyance in food and beverage production, certain applications, such as those requiring high-pressure or conveying highly-viscous media, require this pump type. Progressing cavity pumps can be well-suited to food and beverage applications’ needs regarding contamination avoidance, but require an additional pump be included in the system for effective Clean-In-Place (CIP) procedures. With the right system design, progressing cavity pumps can reduce cost, lower maintenance needs, and achieve better results in complex conveying applications within food and beverage production.

  • High Pressure Process Validation: Keeping Foods And Beverages Safe
    High Pressure Process Validation: Keeping Foods And Beverages Safe

    The success of high pressure process (HPP) implementation by a large number of companies demonstrates HPP is an effective food safety measure that can be applied to mitigate risk for a variety of foods.

  • Supply Chain Transparency: How Food Makers Help Empower Consumers
    Supply Chain Transparency: How Food Makers Help Empower Consumers

    Flash back to a moment in time just 10 years ago — two 20-somethings out on the town stop into a burger joint. They look at the menu, order, and eat without thinking much about anything other than taste and price. Imagine a similar scenario today, but instead with assistance from the couples’ smartphones, they pause to consider the establishment’s source of beef, if gluten-free buns are offered, and whether the company uses recyclable products.

  • Would Your Food Safety Plans Survive In Court?
    Would Your Food Safety Plans Survive In Court?

    Believing your food safety processes are of the highest standard isn't enough. Can you be certain every employee made the best food safety decisions every time they faced one? Can you support this with data? If not, ask another question: “Do you want to sit in front of a jury relying on a belief your company produced food at the highest possible standards?”

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • Shelf Life: Does Viscosity Matter?

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers perform shelf-life studies to verify product performance, ensuring that the additives do not settle out within the prescribed period for use of the mixture.

A Guide To Foreign Object Detection And Quality Assurance

Food production has become increasingly automated. But, even when automated production systems are used, contamination can't be completely ruled out. This is where detection systems come in.

Principles Of Hygienic Design In The Meat And Poultry Industry

The meat and poultry industry has some of the harshest operating conditions and most demanding processes in food manufacturing and processing. Manufacturers are under increasing consumer and legislative pressure to ensure product quality and safety. As a result, many are using product inspection tools to provide confidence that the products coming off the production line are as safe for consumers as they can possibly be.

A Guide To Understanding And Mixing Thickeners
Rheology modifiers, commonly referred to as thickeners or viscosifiers, are ever-present in most products. The use of these additives cut across several process industries including food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and personal care, adhesives, textile, ceramics, paper, detergents, paints, inks and coatings, among others. They serve the purpose of not just altering the viscosity of the formulation but also that of providing specific functionality to the product. Submitted by Charles Ross and Son Company
White Paper: Dry Blender Selection Criteria - Vertical & Horizontal Designs
In processing plants around the world, ribbon blenders are used to mix many thousands of products, from fertilizers and plastic resins to flavored coffees and cosmetics. The ribbon blender is one of the most common mixing devices in service today, because it is one of the most versatile and cost-efficient mixers ever created. Its simple design makes it relatively easy to build. Simplicity also ensures easy maintenance
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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Checkweighers Save Bagel Manufacturer Lots Of Dough

    One wholesale bagel baker in the Pacific Northwest attributes its success to their willingness to go the extra mile to meet their customers’ quality standards. In this case, that extra mile was represented by over-apportioning dough to ensure that the finished bagels were at or above the specification weight. This policy was good for customer satisfaction, but not very good for profitability. By Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Xtreme® Vertical Drop: Gravity Free Fall Food Metal Detector Xtreme® Vertical Drop: Gravity Free Fall Food Metal Detector

The Xtreme® rectangular aperture industrial metal detector raises the bar in terms of superior sensitivity, ease of use and reliability.

Sentinel Multiscan Metal Detector For Food Packaging And Manufacturing Sentinel Multiscan Metal Detector For Food Packaging And Manufacturing

The Thermo Scientific™ Sentinel™ Multiscan Metal Detector utilizes an innovative new technology to overcome the limitation of fixed single or dual frequency metal detectors that can miss metal contaminants hidden in product signals.

Cyber Security Software for Food Manufacturing Cyber Security Software for Food Manufacturing

Schneider Electric Software addresses compliance and cyber security challenges from analysis to implementation and management.

Enterprise Asset Performance Management Software for Food Manufacturing Enterprise Asset Performance Management Software for Food Manufacturing

Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel to act before costly failures occur.

Pathogen Testing System for Ready to Eat Foods: Analytical Food Safety Instrumentation Pathogen Testing System for Ready to Eat Foods: Analytical Food Safety Instrumentation

Food Safety in the Ready to Eat Market has become more complex. Not only is it more important than ever to control the processing
environment, controlling the ingredient supply chain is paramount to ensuring your brand and more importantly ensuring your customers and brand are protected.

Pathogen Testing Equipment for Meats and Beef Pathogen Testing Equipment for Meats and Beef

Roka offers accurate tests with the fast time to results on a single platform with a robust variety of validated matrices across the beef process chain. The Atlas E. coli O157:H7 EG2, STEC EG2 Combo, and Salmonella SEN Detection Assays offer unparalleled ease of use while maintaining accuracy and sensitivity. While other tests require tedious multistep preparation processes, the Atlas Assays have an easy 3-step process that generates accurate results faster.

Metal Detector and Checkweigher Combination Unit: CM33 PlusLine Metal Detector and Checkweigher Combination Unit: CM33 PlusLine

A throughput of up to 300 packs per minute, a weighing range from 7 g to 7.5 kg and very high weighing accuracy positions the C33 PlusLine at the forefront of checkweighing and metal detection technology.

Checkweigher and Vision Inspection Combination System: CV35 AdvancedLine Checkweigher and Vision Inspection Combination System: CV35 AdvancedLine

The CV35 AdvancedLine is the first product on the market that combines checkweighing and vision inspection - designed to prevent label mix-up and weight verification in a single process.

Checkweigher and Metal Detection Combination System: XE100 CC Checkweigher Checkweigher and Metal Detection Combination System: XE100 CC Checkweigher

The XE100 CC is the first product inspection system which weighs and detects metal contamination using a single short conveyor. The innovative mechanical design not only allows for the extremely small footprint but also enables the transport belt to be changed within minutes to drastically reduce service downtime and effort.

Process Utilities:  Engineering & Consulting Services Process Utilities: Engineering & Consulting Services

Efficient and reliable utility systems are a critical requirement for the successful operation of your process facility. Utilizing the appropriate technology to meet the necessary regulatory requirements, CRB develops solutions that are "right sized" to your application.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • How Is Cream Cheese Filled Into Cups? An Interview With Managing Director Karl Angele
    How Is Cream Cheese Filled Into Cups? An Interview With Managing Director Karl Angele

    High-performance, reliable, and unique are three words you would want to describe your filling and closing machine. Why do so many customers put their trust in these filling systems? What is so special about them? And are there finite limits when it comes to customers‘ requirements? We wanted to get to the bottom of this success story and so we approached the Managing Director of Hermann WALDNER – Karl Angele to find out.

  • What Happens When Enterprise Software Is Too Hard to Use?
    What Happens When Enterprise Software Is Too Hard to Use?

    In mid-2011, a study was conducted to understand how usability challenges may cause individuals to work outside the system of record. This causes the manufacturer to lose value as employees use other systems. When faced with usability challenges, respondents indicated they may also use a number of free or low-cost online tools including Google Docs and Dropbox. In this primary research report, we see that when ERP is too hard to use, people rely on spreadsheets instead.

  • 9 Features Every ERP System Should Have
    9 Features Every ERP System Should Have

    There are a number of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems on the market, which makes it hard to find the best solution for your needs. The key is to identify the features your food ERP system needs in order to address your most important requirements and challenges.

  • 6 Things Big-Box Retailers Look For When They Tour Food Manufacturing Facilities
    6 Things Big-Box Retailers Look For When They Tour Food Manufacturing Facilities

    When a big-box retailer tours a food manufacturing facility to vet the company’s operations, every process needs to be fully optimized and prepared for scrutiny. Below are the essentials that need to be covered to meet the needs of big-box retailers.

  • Report: Ease-Of-Use And Agility Of ERP Solutions
    Report: Ease-Of-Use And Agility Of ERP Solutions

    In early 2011, a study of middle market to large manufacturers was conducted by IFS North America and Affinity Research Solutions, a Boston-based research firm, among manufacturing executives and professionals to better understand usability of enterprise applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning, (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Business Intelligence (BI).

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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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