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EDITORS' DESK

  • Inside Ocean Spray’s FSMA Inspection Readiness
    Inside Ocean Spray’s FSMA Inspection Readiness

    The phrase, “FDA inspection” often sends a shiver down the spines of food manufacturers. But, a routine visit from the agency doesn’t have to be a scary thing. Here, Miriam Maxwell, senior principal regulatory scientist, corporate scientific and regulatory affairs at Ocean Spray, reviews how her company prepares for and executes FSMA inspections, as well as explains what the FDA looks for when it arrives at your door.

How Novel Contamination Detection Methods Raise The Food Safety Bar

Prevention of food contamination is a much more practical approach than testing every product in the supply chain. But, that doesn’t mean contamination testing technologies will ever be obsolete. Here, Vincent Paez, director of the Global Food Safety Forum (GFSF), answers my questions about current and emerging methods and technological advancements helping to keep the global food supply safe. Paez will be speaking at the Global Food Safety Forum’s event: Food Safety Training Summit on Monday, August 28, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of July

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

Is Whole Genome Sequencing The Fast Lane To Safer Food?

Earlier this year, Food Online Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) member Omar Oyarzabal, Ph.D., penned a column on Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in the food industry, its benefits, and some of the challenges it’s presenting. In his column, Dr. Oyarzabal clearly offered his stance on WGS, backing it with both scientific and anecdotal evidence. Intrigued by Dr. Oyarzabal’s stance, I wondered what other food industry experts thought about WGS. I reached out to two members of Food Online’s EAB to learn more.

Overcoming The Obstacles Of Food Safety Culture

In this segment of Food For Thought: Establishing, Maintaining, And Improving Food Safety Culture, Lone Jespersen, former director of food safety & operations learning at Maple Leaf Foods; and Brian Bedard, executive director of GMA SEF discuss some of the common barriers manufacturers face in food safety culture and how to overcome them.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Considering In-House Food Pathogen Testing? Answer These 8 Questions
    Considering In-House Food Pathogen Testing? Answer These 8 Questions

    From time to time, we come across companies planning to incorporate a food microbiology lab for in-house testing. Many times, management foresees the benefit of “faster turn-around time,” thus allowing programs to be adjusted more rapidly. Industry has seen more and more “rapid tests” on the commercial market promoting closer scrutiny of laboratory testing programs. In most cases, companies have done an excellent job evaluating the basic finances of doing in-house testing versus outsourcing to third-party labs. But, sometimes companies don’t understand the complexity associated with starting an in-house microbiology testing laboratory. In many cases, they don’t want to call their facilities a “laboratory” and want a “place” to test only for indicator microorganisms. Yet, after a couple of years, they start testing for pathogens. Such a transition creates a completely different scenario. In this article, we summarize key questions companies should address to help determine if starting an in-house food microbiology laboratory is appropriate.

  • How Artificial Intelligence Can Help F&B Supply Chain Management
    How Artificial Intelligence Can Help F&B Supply Chain Management

    Supply Chain Management is a constant struggle for food and beverage companies. Consumers want more insights about where their food is coming from, and on top of meeting consumer demands, manufacturers have two additional concerns: first, turning around inventory quickly at competitive prices while maintaining stock and supplier relations. Then, manufacturers must keep a close eye on quality, ensuring all products in the supply chain meet industry and consumer specifications. Obviously, there’s a lot to track in the data-driven supply chain. That’s where Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide F&B companies with new supply chain insights to stay ahead of the curve.

  • Avoiding Recalls Through Physical Hazard Prevention: Are You Doing Enough?
    Avoiding Recalls Through Physical Hazard Prevention: Are You Doing Enough?

    Preventing physical hazards in food continues to be challenging, and frequently, the reason for companies and/or regulatory agencies issuing recall notices. A brief review of the recalls viewable online at Recall.gov indicates that the number of recalls for physical hazards per month ranges from zero to eight involving USDA and FDA amenable products. This article will provide steps to help food companies keep physical contaminants out of food, as well detail the latest technologies helping to reduce physical contamination-related recalls.

  • Whole Genome Sequencing Will Make Food Safer... Just Not Immediately
    Whole Genome Sequencing Will Make Food Safer... Just Not Immediately

    For years, there has been a buzz about how genome sequencing is revolutionizing food safety. It is definitely an incredible tool giving an immediate understanding of the genetic composition of microbial pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. However, there are still gaps needing filled regarding how pathogens produce disease and survive in foods. Genome sequencing brings us more tools to further characterize pathogens, but do not expect any other parts of food safety to be forgotten soon because of WGS.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • A Guide To Foreign Object Detection And Quality Assurance

    Production in the food industry has become increasingly automated. However, even when automated production systems are used, contamination can't be completely ruled out. Foreign object detection systems ensure contaminated products never leave the production facility.

Meeting The Emerging Challenges In Manufacturing: Applications Of Lightweight Robotics

This white paper examines the advances in mechanics and controls that are enabling the practical and economical application of lightweight robotics for manufacturing on an increasingly broad scale. It is an important development in today’s “new manufacturing.”

Solutions to Batch Mixing Issues

This white paper presents some strategies for improving commonly encountered batch mixing problems. Because mixing processes vary from one application to another – with different objectives, design configurations, rheologies, operating limitations, etc. – there are no fix-all solutions that will apply to every situation.

Improving The Safety Of Pumped Food Products

Food manufacturers are under increasing consumer and legislative pressure to provide safe food. One of the tools that helps to maintain food safety is x-ray inspection.

OMAC And PackML: Industry Standards For OEE Improvement

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) was founded in 1994 and is made up of end-users, technology suppliers, and machine builders. OMAC members are recognized as industry leaders within the End Users and Equipment Manufacturers group. This White Paper examines how OMAC and Packaging Machine Language (PackML) are helping improve industry standards for overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Recommended Mixing Equipment For Food And Drink Mixes

    Many foods and beverages are supplied in the convenient form of dry mixes. To create the end product, ingredients must be mixed and the mixer must be capable of uniformly distributing minor ingredients throughout the batch to achieve the desired color, flavor, acidity, shelf life, flow characteristic and other properties. This applicaiton note offers considerations for choosing the right mixing equipment for food and drink mixes.
     

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Food Sorting Equipment For Blackberries Food Sorting Equipment For Blackberries

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting blackberries. TOMRA sorters detect mold, stems, snails, unripe blackberries and foreign material in whole and broken IQF (individually quick frozen) blackberries.

Food Sorting Equipment For Olives Food Sorting Equipment For Olives

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting olives. TOMRA sorting machines remove discoloration, stems, pits and all types of foreign material.

Food Sorting Equipment For Strawberries Food Sorting Equipment For Strawberries

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting fresh, frozen and dried strawberries. TOMRA’s sorters detect and reject stems, leaves and snails, unripe, molded, rotten and discolored strawberries as well as foreign materials.

Food Sorting Equipment For Red Berries Food Sorting Equipment For Red Berries

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting fresh and frozen redberries. TOMRA’s redberry sorters are able to detect and remove stems, leaves and snails. The redberry sorters can also remove unripe, rotten and discolored fresh and frozen redberries as well as foreign materials.

Food Sorting Equipment For Pears Food Sorting Equipment For Pears

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting pears. TOMRA sorting machines are able to sort pear halves, dices or cocktail pears by size and shape differences, peels, pits, discolorations, defects, blemishes and all types of foreign material.

Food Sorting Equipment For Tomatoes Food Sorting Equipment For Tomatoes

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for field run, raw receiving, pre and post peeling, diced and frozen tomatoes.

TOMRA’s tomato sorting machines detect and remove off-color, rot, mold, yellow shoulder, sunburn, breakers, under and oversize removal and all types of foreign material such as animal matter, cotton stalks, metal, plastic, stones, glass, wood etc.

Food Sorting Equipment For Cherries Food Sorting Equipment For Cherries

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting cherries. TOMRA's cherry sorting equipment detects pits inside cherries, stems and rotten pieces or other discolorations in fresh, frozen, sweet, tart and brine cherries.

Food Sorting Equipment For Pineapples Food Sorting Equipment For Pineapples

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting pineapples. TOMRA’s pineapple sorters detect and remove brown discoloration and skin pieces on fresh and frozen pineapples.

Apple Sorting Equipment Technology Apple Sorting Equipment Technology

TOMRA Sorting has a range of solutions for sorting apples. TOMRA’s apple sorting equipment detects cores, red and green skin, oxidized/discolored/bruised apples and pits in fresh peeled and unpeeled, frozen and dried apple dices and slices.

Food Sorting Equipment For Figs Food Sorting Equipment For Figs

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting dried figs. TOMRA’s fig sorters detect and remove discoloration, aflatoxin and foreign materials.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Fresh To Market: Innovation Ensuring Faster, Safer Produce To Shelves
    Fresh To Market: Innovation Ensuring Faster, Safer Produce To Shelves

    Getting fresh produce to market while still ensuring quality and safety is often a paradox in the produce industry. The demand for more product with longer shelf life continues to rise as people try to eat healthier foods. However, public health data, recent recalls and outbreaks amidst increasing consumer awareness and changing regulatory requirements create a very challenging landscape for today’s growers, packers, retailers and other links throughout the supply chain. As a result, produce companies are turning to innovative solutions to help them meet the demands of producing and providing safe, quality products in a timely manner.

  • 4 Steps To Getting GFSI Ready!
    4 Steps To Getting GFSI Ready!

    A Food Company’s guide to getting data, processes and procedures GFSI ready and what you might want to consider.

  • ERP Solutions In The Green Supply Chain And Multi-Mode Manufacturing
    ERP Solutions In The Green Supply Chain And Multi-Mode Manufacturing

    In December 2010, 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 how business software applications like ERP and EAM and other enterprise-wide software programs play a role in their company’s green supply chain initiatives.

  • 3 Food Manufacturing Certifications To Pay Attention To
    3 Food Manufacturing Certifications To Pay Attention To

    As consumers and government bodies continue to demand more in terms of food safety and transparency, it’s never been more important for those in the food manufacturing and processing industry to become certified. But what exactly does this mean? In the US, there are hundreds of organizations that inspect, test and certify food products based on strict standards set out by religious organizations and the U.S. government. Though different certification processes can be lengthy and costly, the benefits of being certified are often too valuable to ignore.

  • 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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