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Preventing Food Recalls

Preventing Food Recalls

Preventing Food Recalls Food recalls present a significant challenge to food production operations. While companies strive to use resources throughout their supply chains efficiently, they face gaps in processing, contamination, which lead to costly recalls, loss of...

Managing Mycotoxins in Feed Mills

Managing Mycotoxins in Feed Mills

Managing Mycotoxins in Feed Mills Certain molds and fungi produce mycotoxins — toxic compounds that lead to adverse effects in animals and humans when consumed. Many commodities such as grains, flours, rice, and corn are susceptible to mycotoxin contamination, and...

Best Practices for Testing Zearalenone

Best Practices for Testing Zearalenone

Best Practices for Testing Zearalenone Zearalenone has been identified as one of three significant mycotoxins to be on the lookout for during the 2022 harvest. Zearalenone, along with Aflatoxin and Deoxynivalenol (DON), has been found to have a higher prevalence of...

Sanitation in the Hotel Industry

Sanitation in the Hotel Industry

Sanitation in the Hotel Industry Maintaining customer loyalty and confidence in the hotel industry means staying on top of sanitation practices. Disinfecting hotel rooms, frequently touched areas, and common spaces ensure guests remain healthy as we begin to travel...

Biofilms and Their Relationship to ATP

Biofilms and Their Relationship to ATP

Biofilms and Their Relationship to ATP Biofilms are the unseen curse that can wreak havoc on a quality system.  They are the bane of the existence of food Quality Managers. As a Quality Manager, you create a Food Safety Plan comprised of Standard Operating Procedures...

Preparing for the FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Preparing for the FDA New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Quality Lab Proficiency Testing - Once a Best Practice; Now a Standard Requirement The FDA embarked on a new endeavor, “Smarter Food Safety,” that is becoming a reality.  It all started with a vision, and the blueprint has now been published and has begun to take...

How ATP Testing Advances the Hospitality Industry

How ATP Testing Advances the Hospitality Industry

How ATP Testing Advances the Hospitality Industry Although the hospitality industry has strengthened its cleaning practices, consumers must be confident that these more stringent protocols are truly effective. According to AAA research, 76 percent of customers would...

Mycotoxin Forecast for the Rest of 2021

Mycotoxin Forecast for the Rest of 2021

Mycotoxin Forecast for the Rest of 2021 The last few years have seen higher than usual levels of Vomitoxin, or DON, and Aflatoxin and 2021 is shaping up to be no different. 2021 is primed to be above average for Aflatoxin and DON because of one simple reason:The...

The Art of Grain Sampling

The Art of Grain Sampling

The Art of Grain Sampling Whether it's for human food or animal food, grain is an extensive industry that impacts almost everyone in some way. That is why it's critical to ensure grain products are as high quality as possible. It all starts with a proper sampling. It...

The Devil is in the Details of Sanitation Verification

The Devil is in the Details of Sanitation Verification

The Devil is in the Details of Sanitation Verification Is there a part of your facility that will invariably give you a migraine?    Sanitation verification is a vast subject, and there is a multitude of options. You can verify the effectiveness by using adenosine...

How Often Do You See Random Microbial Spikes?

How Often Do You See Random Microbial Spikes?

How Often Do You See Random Microbial Spikes?   A random micro spike has just occurred on your finished product. The root cause investigation shows that nothing has changed in your sanitation process, there has not been any personal turn-over, and nothing has changed...

Environmental Monitoring Program

Environmental Monitoring Program

Environmental Monitoring Program More food facilities are creating and upgrading their environmental monitoring programs (EMP) due to an increasing emphasis from government agencies on locating and controlling food hazards and contaminants. The FDA Food Safety...

Are All ATP Luminometers Created Equal?

Are All ATP Luminometers Created Equal?

Are All ATP Luminometers Created Equal? I have a question for you. Do you feel like your ATP program is adding value to your product quality and sanitation procedure? If your answer is ‘we consistently get low relative light units (RLU), but we have elevated bacteria...

Adult Nutrition Drinks

Adult Nutrition Drinks

Adult Nutrition Drinks The market for nutrition drinks worldwide is forecast to show an accelerated growth rate over the next seven years. The reasons for this rise include a greater focus on health consciousness, minimizing chronic health issues, evolving drink...

Mycotoxins in Animal Feed

Mycotoxins in Animal Feed

Mycotoxins in Animal Feed Mycotoxins are toxins that occur naturally, are generated by particular molds (fungi), and appear in food. They can be the source of various negative health effects and can be a significant health danger to livestock, horses, companion...

Food Safety in Review

Food Safety in Review

Food Safety in Review According to the World Health Organization (WHO), foodborne illnesses cause an estimated 600 million people to fall ill each year, which is almost one in every ten people worldwide. They estimate that 420,000 people die each year, with 40% of...

The Criticality of Environmental Sampling

The Criticality of Environmental Sampling

The Criticality of Environmental Sampling Although the United States is known for having one of the safest food and beverage supplies globally, illnesses with a foodborne base persist in the country. These foodborne illnesses affect millions and cause the deaths of...

The Striking Ascent of Ready-to-Drink Coffee Beverages

The Striking Ascent of Ready-to-Drink Coffee Beverages

The Striking Ascent of Ready-to-Drink Coffee Beverages If there is a time for ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages, it is now. Not only supermarkets but also convenience stores, quick-service restaurants, and even gas stations are stocking many new varieties of RTD...

Prerequisite to FSMA is Sanitation

Prerequisite to FSMA is Sanitation

Prerequisite to FSMA is Sanitation The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) focuses on prevention—and sanitation efforts are a key part of your success in complying with FSMA regulations. In this post, we will take a detailed look at why sanitation efforts...

Challenges When Testing for Enterobacteriaceae

Challenges When Testing for Enterobacteriaceae

  Challenges When Testing for Enterobacteriaceae     In the food and beverage industry, there are few things as important to quality and reputation as microbial safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each...

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