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  • Hormel’s Strategy In The Battle Against Microbial Contamination
    Hormel’s Strategy In The Battle Against Microbial Contamination

    Your company’s CEO probably isn’t going to notice if you start a production run an hour late. But, if you start production on time without inspecting the environment, taking corrective actions, and sanitizing the environment, your product may be forced into withdrawal or a recall… and your CEO will know you in a very intimate and negative way. Here, Doug Craven, corporate manager of sanitation at Hormel Foods, discusses the steps Hormel takes to ensure its food processing environments and food contact surfaces are properly sanitized, aren’t harboring microbial pathogens, and safe products are reaching its customers.

Answering Your Questions About FSMA Inspection Readiness

In this segment of Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready, Elizabeth Fawell, a food law attorney at Hogan Lovells U.S., LLP; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, address unanswered questions from the FSMA inspection readiness web chat.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of October

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

FSMA Inspections & Recordkeeping: What Are The FDA’s Required Documents?

In this segment of 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 GMA discuss FSMA’s recordkeeping requirements regarding Preventive Controls, Allergen Controls, sanitation, as well as FSVP.

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

In this segment of Food For Thought: FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells, and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA, discuss differences between current and past FDA inspections, as well as what goes into an FSVP inspection.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Germicidal LEDs: A Viable Light Source For Food Safety
    Germicidal LEDs: A Viable Light Source For Food Safety

    In addition to their use for Point-of-Use Water Disinfection, UV-C LED-based solutions have now been demonstrated to offer novel and unique approaches to food production sanitation.

  • 5 Ways Food Companies Can Win In The Digital Era
    5 Ways Food Companies Can Win In The Digital Era

    Looking back at the unprecedented amount of disruption in 2017 — from Amazon acquiring Whole Foods, to significant growth in the meal-kit industry — food companies are taking a holistic look at customer bases and determining any possible competitive advantage to be developed in 2018. In the year ahead, there are five ways we’ll see the food industry become more agile and opportunistic in order to win consumer loyalty, or “share of stomach.”

  • FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: Dissecting Recent Announcements
    FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: Dissecting Recent Announcements

    A recent Food Online article provided tips for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule, but some provisions in the rule are clearer than others. Over the past several months, the FDA has announced various reconsiderations related to the rule that can be difficult to interpret. This article will review and explain a few of them.

  • Modernized cGMP: The Nuts And Bolts Of A Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan
    Modernized cGMP: The Nuts And Bolts Of A Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan

    Many HACCP plans are not well-integrated with prerequisite programs. Because of this, the food safety system isn't robust. In the first article of a two-part series, I will show that focusing on prerequisite programs, starting with cGMPs, is the best starting point for converting a HACCP plan into a Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • How To Ensure The Safety Of Products Packaged In Tall Rigid Containers

    Metal cans, glass jars, plastic, and PET bottles are used extensively in the food and beverage industries to package a wide range of products. However, different applications require different product inspection solutions. Selecting the right x-ray system to suit a specific product and packaging type is essential to ensure optimal sensitivity, minimize false rejects, protect the well-being of consumers, and reduce the risk of costly, brand-damaging product recalls.

Smart Facility Automation Solutions To Ensure Regulatory Compliance

This white paper demonstrates how an integrated facility automation system helps attain and maintain compliance with FDA regulations regarding electronic recordkeeping and records management.

Logistics Optimization And Vision Systems In The Food Industry

Food production is highly automated, and food manufacturers rely on high-speed vision systems for packaging processes. A barcode scanner can be part of the logistics system created by a company’s in-house machine builders to help save time.

White Paper: Dry Blender Selection Criteria - Vertical And 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.
BPM Of Things: Secure Your Success In Digital Transformation

Business process management (BPM) has proven extremely successful in managing both gradual and radical improvements in the industry and various business functions. While digitization brings incredible new opportunities, it also brings the distinctive challenge of correctly positioning and scoping BPM in organizations.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Safety and Engineering Services Safety and Engineering Services

At CRB, we believe that Safety and Quality are key requirements for the success of every project. Nowhere is our dedication to zero INJURIES more evident than in our Safety and Quality Programs.

Operations Improvement: Consulting Services Operations Improvement: Consulting Services

Reducing annual operating costs by $5 - $15 Million... Achieving 70% faster response time to market... Providing adaptable capacity for introduction of new products/processes...

Energy Optimization: Consulting Services Energy Optimization: Consulting Services

As is the case in most advanced technology facilities, efforts to reduce operating costs must be mindful of operational complexity as well as risk to production efforts. Highly specialized, advanced technology facilities call for specialists familiar with unique and complex process requirements to create an effective energy-saving strategy.

Architectural and Construction Services Architectural and Construction Services

A full range of architectural services from initial pre-design strategic planning through construction administration.

Energy Performance Energy Performance

Energy expenditure is one of the highest operating expenses in most manufacturing plants, reducing energy consumption helps companies reduce operational costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Adopting an effective energy management system is imperative for improved profitability and sustainability. Based on Schneider Electric’s world-class energy management solution, Energy Performance provides comprehensive visualization tools to reduce energy consumption, optimize equipment utilization and improve electrical network reliability.

Label Assurance Label Assurance

Undeclared allergen in food product causes detrimental effect on consumers who react adversely. It also leads to costly regulatory non-compliance penalties and loss of market share as consumer trust erodes. Label Assurance by Schneider Electric performs label inspection checks at the packaging line, helping food and beverage manufacturers avoid product recalls due to mislabeling and undeclared allergen. Simply put, Label Assurance ensures the right product is in the right packaging.

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.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Decrease Your Risk Of Product Recalls Due To Glass, Metal Or Bone Contamination
    Decrease Your Risk Of Product Recalls Due To Glass, Metal Or Bone Contamination

    More small and medium-sized food manufacturers (SMEs) than ever before are investing in x-ray inspection systems. The rise in the number of product recalls has prompted many to join larger producers in embracing product inspection as a cost-effective measure against the threat of damaging and expensive product recalls due to glass, metal or bone contamination. This article will outline several factors influencing food makers to invest in X-Ray inspection systems.

  • 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:

  • The Top Five Reasons Why Solar-Powered Beer Matters
    The Top Five Reasons Why Solar-Powered Beer Matters

    The world's largest beer maker, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) will be using 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. Why? Sustainability is good for the bottom line for a number of reasons.

  • Top 10 Reasons Why You Need A Checkweigher
    Top 10 Reasons Why You Need A Checkweigher

    While checkweighers are often associated with compliance to regulations, they also boost your bottom line through the reduction of waste, tightening of tolerances, and helping to produce more consistent products. Checkweighers provide an immediate positive contribution to productivity and profits with most systems paying for themselves in a matter of a few months, weeks, or even days! Here are 10 reasons your company should invest in checkweighing technology.

  • X-Ray Inspection Buyer’s Guide: How To Maximize Performance, ROI, & OEE
    X-Ray Inspection Buyer’s Guide: How To Maximize Performance, ROI, & OEE

    Uncover the less obvious aspects of cost and performance, and understand recent technology advances and trending sanitation demands that will help you choose a system that meets your detection goals.

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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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