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Allergen Management: A Personal and Professional Perspective
Allergen Management:  A Personal and Professional Perspective

There are several means by which food manufacturers can prevent mislabeling or cross-contamination of their products.

 

A Look Back at 2015 Food Recalls
A Look Back at 2015 Food Recalls

The year 2015 was the first year that Food Safety Magazine embarked on a seemingly impossible feat—to track every single food product recall announced in the U.S. and Canada. Here's a look back at the year.

Q3 Food Recalls: Undeclared Allergens Still Dominate
Q3 Food Recalls: Undeclared Allergens Still Dominate

Food Safety Magazine has monitored food recalls issued for the third consecutive quarter.

Labeling of Allergens: Regulations and Best Practices that Protect the Consumer
Labeling of Allergens: Regulations and Best Practices that Protect the Consumer

All professionals responsible for any food manufacturing operation must ensure the label lists any allergen found in a product. Do you know the regulations that affect your brand?

Undeclared Milk: Q2’s Most Common Food Allergen
Undeclared Milk: Q2’s Most Common Food Allergen

For the second time this year, Food Safety Magazine has tracked food recalls announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) from April 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015.

Undeclared Allergens Account for Over Half of Q1 Food Recalls
Undeclared Allergens Account for Over Half of Q1 Food Recalls

After a review of about 200 food recalls in the first quarter of 2015, FSM has found that more than half were due to undeclared allergens--primarily peanuts.

 

 

Food Companies & Food Allergies: Unite!
Food Companies & Food Allergies: Unite!

The primary goal of a food allergen program is to make food products safer for everyone, not just people with food allergies.

The Need for Foodservice Employee Allergen Training
The Need for Foodservice Employee Allergen Training

Food allergy and gluten-free training is an important component of any foodservice operation.

Allergies on the Rise: Operators Respond
Allergies on the Rise: Operators Respond

As a result of the increase in food allergies, every restaurant operator and foodservice professional is on notice. Not only are tastes changing due to dietary restrictions, menu design now has life or death consequences—and operators are looking for solutions.

 

Best Practices with Allergen Swabbing
Best Practices with  Allergen Swabbing

Once you know the identity of the allergens that will be tested for as part of the validation, then you must select an appropriate test method.
 

Allergen Disclaimers Should Be True Warnings
Allergen Disclaimers Should Be True Warnings

The purpose of allergen disclaimers is for the benefit and protection of consumers, but by using this warning label on a product that does not contain allergens, manufacturers can limit accountability and provide cover for inadequate cleaning and/or poorly followed cross-contamination prevention programs.

New Labeling Requirements for Food Allergens and Trans Fat
New Labeling Requirements for Food Allergens and Trans Fat

Snack food manufacturers and other food processors that make products containing food allergens or trans fat face new labeling changes.

Mission’s Statement: Food Safety is Everyone’s Job
Mission’s Statement: Food Safety is Everyone’s Job

Mission Foods embraces food safety from the top down in a company-wide culture.

Using Sanitary Design to Avoid HACCP Hazards and Allergen Contamination
Using Sanitary Design to Avoid HACCP Hazards and Allergen Contamination

Shouldn’t allergens be considered the fourth hazard in a HACCP program, rather than simply a chemical hazard as they are currently defined?

Adverse Reactions to Allergens: The Importance of Labeling and Cross-contamination Control
Adverse Reactions to Allergens: The Importance of Labeling and Cross-contamination Control

Understanding and implementing food allergen labeling is essential and following an in-house plant allergen control plan will help to mitigate cross-contamination.

Building a World-class Allergen Control Program, Part 2
Building a World-class Allergen Control Program, Part 2

Sanitary design of equipment and facilities is a key element for not only allergen control, but to control any kind of contamination.

The Challenge of Food Allergens: An Update
The Challenge of Food Allergens: An Update

The presence of allergens in food is a serious public health safety concern that prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to undertake manufacturing and labeling initiatives.

Learning from FDA Food Allergen Recalls and Reportable Foods
Learning from FDA Food Allergen Recalls and Reportable Foods

Allergic consumers rely on food labels to be complete, clear and accurate so that they can avoid exposure to foods or ingredients that can provoke potentially life-threatening reactions.

Inspections, Part 1: The Professional Sanitarian
Inspections, Part 1: The Professional Sanitarian

The first article in a series discussing the multiple components of food inspections.

 

Writing and Implementing an Allergen Control Plan
Writing and Implementing an Allergen Control Plan

Setting up and implementing an allergen control plan (ACP) in your food processing plant is an good way to avoid inadvertent allergen cross-contamination.

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