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  • FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door
    FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Hogan Lovells partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready. Here, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA discuss some of the difference between current and past FDA inspections, as well as what goes into a Foreign Supplier Verification Program inspection.

Will Your Traceability Initiatives Reach Regulatory Compliance?

FSMA and the Safe Food for Canadians Act are taking traceability regulations to new heights. Is your company prepared to keep up and comply with them? Here, Saqib Javaid, director of quality management systems at NutraBlend Foods, answers my questions about the future of traceability regulations and how to prepare for and comply with them.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of September

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

How To Always Be FDA Inspection Ready

In this segment of the Food Online web chat, Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), begin answering the industry's questions on FSMA inspections.

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

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 microbiological sampling, how the agency is incorporating Whole Genome Sequencing into it, and what food companies can do to alleviate regulatory worries.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Hand Washing In Food Facilities: The Foundation Of Reduced Microbial Contamination
    Hand Washing In Food Facilities: The Foundation Of Reduced Microbial Contamination

    Everyone knows hand washing is a basic requirement in the food industry. If executed correctly, it can lead to a significant reduction in food safety risk. This is such a basic action though it is often overlooked and left out of internal audits and general inspections — the quality team is focused on product contact surfaces and processing areas. This article will describe what proper hand washing is, how to design a proper hand washing station, as well as offer advice on how to establish a culture of hand washing.

  • Food Fraud: How You Can Ensure Product Integrity
    Food Fraud: How You Can Ensure Product Integrity

    Most food companies concentrate on the intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product with verification activities, including testing, organoleptic or other on receipt testing. But, the real challenge is identifying the misrepresentation of products. What can you do to decrease your risks and boost the chances of receiving genuine, certified products?

  • 3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them
    3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them

    With the emergence of new FSMA rules and a bioengineering labeling rule in the works, the industry is going to have even more headaches to deal with. Environmental monitoring, the threat of intentional contamination of the food supply, and yet another labeling change are emerging and could be another reason for food manufacturers to reach for Tylenol.

  • Food Defense: A U.S. Army Perspective
    Food Defense: A U.S. Army Perspective

    Back in 1997, a Veterinarian, Leslie Huck, showed me a checklist he was developing. It focused on intentional contamination and it made me think about how the military is always a target for acts of violence. This article illustrates the evolution of Food Defense and provides insight into what food manufacturers can do to build and improve their Food Defense plans.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

Reducing Plastics Contamination In Food Manufacturing

This white paper explores how detectable additives are helping food and beverage makers detect and reject unwanted elements in products before they reach consumers.

Detecting More Metal For Increased Brand Protection

In the food processing industry, metal contamination has the potential to present serious harm to your brand. Fortunately, having the right inspection technology in place in your food processing or packaging line can alleviate the problem. While all metals can be detected by metal detection equipment, the ease of detection is dependent on how easily the metal is magnetized and the metal’s electrical conductivity.

How To Calculate The Total Cost Of In-Line Metal Detection Equipment

Considering TCO helps to better understand the costs over and above the purchase price and also – when suppliers have differing offers – to compare them and ultimately to substantiate the investment decision.

In Pharma Manufacturing Are Yield Stress And Creep Similar?

By Robert G. McGregor, General Manager, Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Creep is related to yield stress in the sense that the material starts to flow because the yield stress has been exceeded. The onset of creep behavior occurs only when the yield stress threshold has been crossed. So in this sense, the two are clearly related to one another, but how do pharmaceutical manufacturers anticipate the flow problems related to these parameters?

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Glass Containers X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Glass Containers

Glass Container Applications

X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Canned Foods X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Canned Foods

Improved Container Inspection

X-Ray Inspection for Meat / Poultry:  RMI 400 X-Ray Inspection for Meat / Poultry: RMI 400

The Eagle RMI 400 x-ray inspection machine is specifically built for the meat and poultry industries for superior bone and contaminant detection, where daily sanitation and hygiene requirements are stringent.

M6 Dual Wave High Performance Food Metal Detector M6 Dual Wave High Performance Food Metal Detector

Designed with ease of operation, low maintenance and cost of ownership in mind.

XR75 Food X-Ray Inspection System:  Advanced Long Life Technology XR75 Food X-Ray Inspection System: Advanced Long Life Technology

Recognizing the short-and-long-term requirements of today’s processors and manufacturers, our engineers designed the XR75 x-ray inspection / Advanced Long Life Technology to provide heightened sensitivity at reduced energy levels. Because of this, cost of ownership is significantly lowered and life cycles are extended.

100% Online Container Closure Inspection, Cups And Pouches: E-Scan 635 100% Online Container Closure Inspection, Cups And Pouches: E-Scan 635

The E-Scan 635 is a revolutionary online micro leak test instrument that utilizes a new class of HVLD technology for 100% online inspection of cups and pouches for container closure integrity. The E-Scan 635 technology is a MicroCurrent conductivity voltage test method, HVLD , that is completely non-destructive to the container and product; exposing the package and product to lower voltage than other conductivity based solutions.

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.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Closing The Gaps In Food Safety Training
    Closing The Gaps In Food Safety Training

    Frontline workers play a direct and critical role in food safety. But are they trained, monitored, and coached on proper food handling techniques and practices? Are they part of a strong food safety culture?

  • 5 Ways To Make Food Industry Accounting Easier
    5 Ways To Make Food Industry Accounting Easier

    Finance and accounting aren’t everyone’s favorite topics, but they matter tremendously in the food industry. In order for an organization to have success, it’s imperative they understand how to stay organized, minimize costs, and steer clear of financial issues. This article offers five tips and tricks leading organizations in the food industry rely on to maximize their resources.

  • Maximizing Your Packaging Consulting Engineer For Best Results
    Maximizing Your Packaging Consulting Engineer For Best Results

    If the appearance and performance of your product’s packaging isn’t providing a positive experience for your customer, you may want to consider engaging a packaging consultant to work with your team.

  • 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 Protein Manufacturers Need To Know About Catch Weight
    What Protein Manufacturers Need To Know About Catch Weight

    Last week we released our Feature Pack 3, a product update containing a suite of valuable new features. One of the features that we’re most excited about is our new variable weight functionality, making it easier for protein manufacturers to cost, code and track their products. In light of this new functionality, we wanted to provide a little background on what makes catch/variable weight such a unique challenge and why these new features are so exciting.

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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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