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Avoid Fallout from Foodborne –Related Outbreaks and Recalls

Posted by Jeff Chilton

May 8 2018
May 8 2018

The food industry has seen significant fallout amid recent widely publicized foodborne illness outbreaks and recalls related to romaine lettuce and shell eggs. In USDA regulated facilities, there have been 6 recalls in the past month. Four of these were related to foreign matter contamination, one for E. Coli O157:H7 contamination and one for processing deviations.

 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Benchmark Your Food Safety Program

Mar 14 2018
Mar 14 2018

Imagine three frontline workers: Jack, Mary, and Joe. It’s Jack's first week on the job. He goes through a day of intense onboarding training that includes everything from bathroom locations, to HR policies, to safety training. He is overwhelmed and really doesn't have all the knowledge or confidence he needs, and so he is uninformed. If a food safety decision comes up, he doesn’t know the right decision. He needs more training, experience and coaching to become a food safety expert for his job responsibilities.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Training Best Practices

GFSI Drives Food Safety Improvements Trends

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Feb 23 2018
Feb 23 2018

The GFSI conference is right around the corner — this March in Tokyo! This annual event draws over 1000 food safety professionals from over 60 countries. Participants discuss upcoming trends, scientific information, and new requirements for future GFSI benchmarking standards. This year’s conference will focus on successful implementation strategies for GFSI systems.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Get the Dirt on Clean Labels

Posted by Holly Mockus

Feb 21 2018
Feb 21 2018

What do people mean by “clean label?” The industry refers to "clean label," but the reality is consumers don't often use that term. What consumers are looking for in food products is transparency, and that includes simple ingredient lists with recognizable ingredients. After all, how many of you have heard this advice in health magazines and lifestyle blogs: "Don't eat it if it has something in it that you can't pronounce."

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Training Best Practices, Compliance Matters

Emergency Action Plans: Preparation is Your Best Defense

Posted by Mark Lies

Jan 31 2018
Jan 31 2018

With significant environmental impacts in the last year made from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and problematic weather ahead, it’s imperative to have an emergency action plan in place. In fact, OSHA requires all workplaces with more than 10 employees to develop a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that identifies and coordinates necessary employer and employee actions during an emergency.

Emergencies have been happening for centuries. Here’s a brief look at a few incidents from history, reasons why companies need emergency action plans, and how to train your frontline workforce to take smart action in the face of danger.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

The Rise of Variety Bread and How to Meet Consumer Expectations: Q&A with Baking Industry Expert

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Dec 18 2017
Dec 18 2017

The popularity of variety and artisan bread has been on a steady rise for the past several years, due to consumer expectations and their growing interest in health trends. Because the process of producing variety and artisan bread differs from pan bread, training for baking professionals is paramount. David Bauman, Baking Professional for AIB International who specializes in bread and rolls, explains how learning the art of popular variety and artisan bread will help companies capture a valuable market.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics

Don't Let Milling Challenges Grind You Down

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Dec 13 2017
Dec 13 2017

Food manufacturing can be a grind… especially in milling. Yet recent wins in the industry make it all worth it. Consumers are snack-happy, so demand for savory treats, sweets, and baked goods is on the rise. Alternative flours are also ubiquitous. Thanks to the gluten-free craze, nut flours and non-traditional flours like sorghum and spelt are working their way into foods worldwide. And we can finally kiss the low-carb craze goodbye. These days, whole grains are considered essential to a healthy diet, including rice and corn, with more emphasis on nutrition rather than elimination. With the new nutritional focus comes the opportunity to add fortifications to flours and grains, which proves successful in differentiation, as well as in marketing.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

Putting a Lid on Beverage Industry Concerns

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Dec 6 2017
Dec 6 2017

Some interesting news is brewing in the beverage industry. It’s hip to be healthy, and beverage companies are rushing to add nutrition-forward options to their portfolios. Whether it’s adding value to bottled water through sparkle, flavor, or “enhancements," creating old favorites with organic ingredients, offering smaller portions, or jumping on the energy drink bandwagon — all while reducing added sugar, of course — it’s clear good health has a hold on the market.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Packaging is Part of Food Safety, Too

Posted by Holly Mockus

Nov 17 2017
Nov 17 2017

It may not be edible, but packaging has a major impact on keeping food safe and displaying to customers the care with which your product is produced. Comprehensive food safety training is just as important for employees in the packaging industry as it is for those in food manufacturing facilities.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Safety is Always in Season for Crop Production

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Nov 10 2017
Nov 10 2017

With foreign markets expanding, unpredictable weather patterns, and rising regulations, finding innovative ways to succeed in agriculture is more important than ever. With science of crop production becoming more sophisticated, farmers have more access to data, where they used to rely more heavily on history and intuition.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

Unpacking Potential Problems: Are Packaging Employees Prepared?

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Nov 3 2017
Nov 3 2017

The packaging industry faces unique safety and operational challenges. Between the threat of physical injury, safety hazards, sanitation issues, and expanding regulations, your frontline employees have a lot to manage. Addressing these concerns while maintaining high production levels will continue to test package manufacturing companies.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

Are You Ready for the Next Big Storm?

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Oct 27 2017
Oct 27 2017

With the Gulf Coast still feeling the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the overall damage to the U.S. food supply has yet to be determined. Hurricane Katrina was an epic catastrophe for the food supply. Case in point: North America’s oldest cold storage company, based in New Orleans, lost power for weeks and was later declared a toxic waste site

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics

Strengths and Opportunities for Bakery and Snacks

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Oct 20 2017
Oct 20 2017

Things are looking pretty sweet in Bakery and Snacks. Bread is back, and the sandwich is enjoying a bit of a renaissance in all its glorious forms: burgers, bahn mis, tortas, gyros. Enriched and sprouted grains are also on the rise, ensuring the low-carb craze has finally cooled off.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods: Staying Cool, Calm, and Compliant

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Oct 17 2017
Oct 17 2017

There’s a lot of cool things happening in refrigerated and frozen foods. Consumers are enjoying more diversified breakfasts and snacks, which means more options for frozen foods. 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics

3 Ways Science Can Help Mitigate Food Safety Risks in the Global Food Supply Chain

Posted by Karl Deily

Sep 28 2017
Sep 28 2017

With the rise of global food production and trade, the food supply chain is becoming longer and more complex, which increases the requirement for food security. As global regulations change and consumer demands increase, products need to satisfy a greater number of food security or food safety requirements. Here are a few ways science can help tackle these risks:

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

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