FEATURED FOOD SAFETY TESTING ARTICLES

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.

FOOD SAFETY TESTING CASE STUDIES

  • New Belgium Brewing Refines Processes With Self-Calibrating Thermometers

    New Belgium Brewing needed an efficient solution to calibrate thermometers at its Asheville, NC plant. The company saved time and money and reduced risks by implementing self-calibrating thermometers.

  • 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

    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 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’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

    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.

FOOD SAFETY TESTING WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES

  • Overcoming The Challenge Of Tracking Sources Of Foodborne Illnesses

    Romaine lettuce is a staple in many home and restaurant kitchens, but shoppers found the crispy green vegetable difficult to locate in late 2018. As an outbreak of E. coli-tainted romaine began to make headlines, it was pulled from store shelves and restaurant delivery trucks all over the country. By the time the source of contamination was traced back to a California farm, and sales could be restarted, more than 60 people had been infected and dozens had been hospitalized.

  • X-Ray: A Solid Investment To Improve Food Safety And Quality

    This article provides insight into physical contaminant detection and explains why X-Ray technology is an excellent solution for eliminating physical contaminant concerns.

  • Agricultural Bioengineering And Food Manufacturing: Navigating The Regulatory Terrain

    Advances in gene editing are disrupting agribusiness, but what are these advances? How are they regulated? And what’s to come for? In a regulatory landscape that is often overlapping and frequently subject to change, this article is designed to help navigate the complicated terrain.

  • What Can Be Done To Prevent Fraudulent Supply Chains?

    Food fraud is a big topic at the moment and there are multiple challenges within any supply chain, especially these days where supply chains are global, have multiple players and where profits can be huge. In this column, I will detail some of the major obstacles in the organic food supply chain and show some practical applications which can reduce fraud within it.

  • Update Current Preventive Controls To Bolster Your Pest Control Programs

    Spring has arrived, and while that means warmer days are ahead, it also means the return of the risk of pests to food manufacturing facilities. Rodents, birds, and insects are risks to food and can be sources of contamination by transmitting pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, to your products.

  • The ABCs Of An Allergen Control Plan

    One way or another, most of us are subject to the statutory and regulatory provisions of FSMA. While some of these provisions are merely codifications of good manufacturing practices (GMPs), others are new and different requirements. Here, I discuss allergen control plans, why you need one, and some of the things that should be included within one.

FOOD SAFETY TESTING PRODUCTS

  • Food Pathogen Detection System - Atlas® 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. The system is easy to use and incorporates many innovative features that minimize the complexity of testing processes. It is powered by technologies that provide unparalleled scalability and reliability, allowing your laboratory to meet the increasing demands of today’s testing environment, as well as those of the future.

  • DR6000 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

    The UV-VIS spectrophotometer DR 6000 delivers top performance for both routine laboratory tasks and demanding photometry applications. This system is designed for the effective work in professional laboratories. Intelligent software supports the lab manager in the calibration routine, quality assurance and development of customized application.
     

  • 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.

  • Listeria Detection - Atlas Listeria LSP Detection Assay

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Pathogen Testing for Produce

    From Farm to Fork, the Produce industry is continually challenged to deliver fresh, safe, quality products to the consumers. With the diversity in commodities, locations, 
    and packaging, combined with the lack of a thermal kill step like other commodities, it is critical that the safety of the product is assured. Roka Bioscience delivers a rapid, accurate method that enables fresher to market product and higher confidence in product quality.

  • Pathogen Testing for Dairy

    Globalization, regulatory pressures, and a shift in product complexity has driven rapid, profound change within the dairy industry.  These changes require new solutions to ensure brand protection, product safety, and risk management.  Previous, more dated technology cannot keep pace with this evolution and has created unneeded inefficiencies in the supply chain process.  Roka Bioscience is the only technology that can deliver better process control and an automated solution that can more rapidly deliver high quality results and ensure a more efficient manufacturing, reduced refrigeration, and on-time delivery process.

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

    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 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.