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How Do FSMA’s Produce Rule And FSVP Intersect?
How Do FSMA’s Produce Rule And FSVP Intersect?

In this segment of Food For Thought: FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, Jennifer McEntire, VP food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association, and Maile Gradison Hermida, partner with Hogan Lovells, discuss how the FDA will enforce FSMA’s Produce Rule, how FSVP intersects with the rule, and some of the rule’s sanitation requirements.

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FOOD SAFETY TESTING CASE STUDIES

  • How Green Valley Pecan Boosts Worker Knowledge, Retention, And Confidence
    How Green Valley Pecan Boosts Worker Knowledge, Retention, And Confidence

    Green Valley Pecan Company has grown to encompass 10,000 acres with year-round processing facilities. The company was faced with the challenge of preventing the natural knowledge loss that occurs between trainings while simultaneously boosting knowledge retention without increasing training time. This case study details the solution, systems, and tools the company implemented to achieve its goals, as well as their corresponding improvement metrics.

  • Automation Enables Growth & Boosts Productivity In A Pathogen Testing Lab
    Automation Enables Growth & Boosts Productivity In A Pathogen Testing Lab

    A contract testing laboratory was experiencing rapid growth in pathogen testing volume. This case study shows how the lab was able to expand, with no additional resources, and provide higher quality results.

  • Bigelow Tea Improves Quality And Customer Satisfaction
    Bigelow Tea Improves Quality And Customer Satisfaction

    Bigelow Tea has been making specialty teas for over seventy years. The company grows, blends, and packages hundreds of varieties of tea for distribution across the nation. Today, the company boasts the only U.S.-based industrial tea plantation, as well as three packaging sites that employ hundreds of workers. Because of the company’s size, it needed a consistent training program across all its location. This case study examines how interactive classroom training, course customization, and multilingual content helped Bigelow Tea create a companywide, consistent training program.

  • Bonduelle Achieves Six Years With Zero Lost Time Incidents
    Bonduelle Achieves Six Years With Zero Lost Time Incidents

    Bonduelle’s 500 vegetable varieties are processed at 58 facilities by over 10,000 workers. Safety is top of mind for the company, and with so many facilities and employees, creating a companywide culture of food safety is essential. This case study shows how Bonduelle used front-line workforce training, verification training, and automated recordkeeping and reporting to achieve its desired food safety goals.

  • How Kisko Increased Its Production Efficiency By 20 Percent
    How Kisko Increased Its Production Efficiency By 20 Percent

    Kisko Products, Canada's largest producer of freeze pops, needed a way to ensure safe and productive operations to maintain customer satisfaction. This case study shows how the company implemented standardized training and real-time reporting to improve it production efficiency and maintain customer satisfaction.

  • WW Johnson Beefs Up Its Front-Line To Exceed USDA And GFSI Standards
    WW Johnson Beefs Up Its Front-Line To Exceed USDA And GFSI Standards

    This case study shows how WW Johnson Meat implemented consistent, multilingual content and automated recordkeeping to overcome barriers of learning.

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FOOD SAFETY TESTING WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES

  • GTINs, Barcodes, and Blockchain: What’s The Future of Food Traceability?
    GTINs, Barcodes, and Blockchain: What’s The Future of Food Traceability?

    Two recent news stories involving recalls — one stirring controversy over romaine lettuce and one claiming that recalls move too slowly — have led to a renewed sense of urgency for food manufacturers to fully implement food traceability programs and improve recall readiness in the U.S

  • Modernized cGMPs To Hazard Analysis: The Backbone Of A Solid Food Safety Plan
    Modernized cGMPs To Hazard Analysis: The Backbone Of A Solid Food Safety Plan

    In my previous column, I described the first step to convert a HACCP plan into a preventive control food safety plan. Once you have addressed CGMPs and other key requisite programs (SSOPs, etc.), you are ready to start creating and implementing the actual food safety plan.

  • New Product Development: The Challenges Of Decoding The Consumer Voice
    New Product Development: The Challenges Of Decoding The Consumer Voice

    In the food industry, the consumer’s voice is extremely important to keep in mind as new products and quality improvements are devised every day. We all strive for customer satisfaction, but the customer’s voice, documented through consumer surveys, complaint tracking, and social media, isn’t always satisfaction per se. To interpret the feedback and translate it into formulation changes and flavor concepts can be a skill in and of itself.

  • Why Food Manufacturing Needs An Unorthodox Approach
    Why Food Manufacturing Needs An Unorthodox Approach

    Food manufacturing is not a typical manufacturing operation; it faces unique dilemmas compared to conventional manufacturing. Because of this, the mindset of food manufacturers must also be unique. This article relates conventional manufacturing operations with food manufacturing, shows why the food industry needs a different mindset, and provides approaches to change the mentality of the industry.

  • 5 Food Safety Focus Areas For 2018
    5 Food Safety Focus Areas For 2018

    2017 was an incredible year for food safety filled with challenges in identifying key issues having a pivotal impacton the F&B industry. That said, I believe these five food safety topics brought revolutionary changes to the way the food industry tackled food safety issues and will alter how we approach food safety and how we do business in 2018 and beyond.

  • Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements
    Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements

    GFSI schemes are used as the base requirement for many supply chain verification and supplier approval programs, but are customers using them independently? In many incidences, I've noted customers are taking only the GFSI certificate as a verification step without fully understanding the challenges the schemes are having. Here, I review those challenges.

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FOOD SAFETY TESTING PRODUCTS

  • 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.

  • Atlas Rapid Pathogen Detection System
    Atlas Rapid Pathogen Detection System

    The Atlas® System is a fully automated instrument that enhances the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of food safety testing through detection of molecular pathogens, including Listeria, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and other organisms commonly implicated in food contamination episodes.

  • Listeria Detection - Atlas Listeria LSP Detection Assay
    Listeria Detection - Atlas Listeria LSP Detection Assay

    A rapid, accurate, and reliable molecular assay for detecting Listeria species in food and environmental samples.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Readiness Program
    Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Readiness Program

    FSMA is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in 60 years, requiring a top-down approach to hazard prevention. Your facility and processing, your personnel practices and training, and your supply chain must be in compliance with FSMA regulations. A wide range of safety initiatives is being put into effect to protect consumers. To avoid mandatory food recalls you must correctly implement Preventative Controls. This guide will help you prepare for and comply with FSMA regulations.

  • Accu-Tab® For Poultry Processing
    Accu-Tab® For Poultry Processing

    Meet HACCP requirements and improve the effectiveness of your plant’s chlorination system by choosing the Accu-Tab system to replace your traditional bleach system.

  • Rapid Mold And Yeast Analytical Testing Equipment For Dairy Applications
    Rapid Mold And Yeast Analytical Testing Equipment For Dairy Applications

    A new rapid yeast and mold test method for dairy applications, such as yogurt, soft cheese and cream, can dramatically improve speed-to-market and reduce economic impact from spoiled product.

  • Food Transfer Hoses
    Food Transfer Hoses Food Transfer Hose- Parker/PAGE International's Butyl hose and Nitrile food transfer hose offer reliable solutions for the sanitary transfer of your food and beverage products. Both the FTHB (Butyl) hose and the FTHN (Nitrile)food transfer hose feature a white, seamless, mirror finish tube that resists the collection of bacteria and is very easy to clean.
  • E.coli Pathogen Detection: Atlas® E.coli O157:H7 EG2 Detection Assay
    E.coli Pathogen Detection: Atlas® E.coli O157:H7 EG2 Detection Assay

    A rapid, accurate, and reliable molecular test for E. coli O157:H7 detection from food samples.

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FOOD SAFETY TESTING MULTIMEDIA

  • Food For Thought: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Traceability But Were Afraid To Ask

    In this web chat, Jennifer McEntire, VP food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association joins Kristen Spotz, senior manager of food safety & quality assurance at GMA to talk all things traceability related to the food industry. In addition to providing leading traceability practices, the 45-minute session focuses heavily on McEntire and Spotz answering questions from the web chat’s audience.

  • Enhance Food Safety Testing Through Molecular Pathogens
    Enhance Food Safety Testing Through Molecular Pathogens

    The Atlas System is a fully automated molecular instrument that enhances the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of food safety testing through detection of molecular pathogens, including Listeria, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and other organisms commonly implicated in food contamination episodes.

  • Pathogen Detection Solutions For Food And Ingredient Manufacturers
    Pathogen Detection Solutions For Food And Ingredient Manufacturers

    Pathogen testing is often outsourced to third-party lab providers. When choosing the best lab for your company, it is important to ask the right questions to ensure the test method aligns with the quality goals of the organization. This video provides guidance and offers suggestions to help you determine the best lab for you company’s pathogen detection needs.

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