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Contamination Control

The following list is a collection of all articles in the Contamination Control category. To refine your list, select from the subcategories provided in the navigation bar and here for your convenience: Allergens, Chemical, Cross-Contamination, Microbiological, Physical, Reduction Methods

5 Things to Know About Color-Coding
5 Things to Know About Color-Coding

Color-coding can help prevent cross-contamination due to pathogens, allergens and foreign contaminates in your company’s food plants.

Gluten-Free Update: What Food Processors Need to Know about Gluten-Containing Products
Gluten-Free Update: What Food Processors Need to Know about Gluten-Containing Products

What does the term “gluten-free” actually mean to processors? To consumers?

Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: Recommendations to the Food Industry and Regulatory Agencies on the Management of Food Allergens
Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine:   Recommendations to the Food Industry and Regulatory Agencies on the Management of Food Allergens

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has issued a report with recommendations for improving the situation for individuals with food allergies.

The Emergence of Livestock-Associated MRSA Bears Watching
The Emergence of Livestock-Associated MRSA Bears Watching

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has emerged in livestock. What will the public health implications be?

Hygienic Design: How Our Thinking Has Evolved
Hygienic Design: How Our Thinking Has Evolved

Let’s take a journey back in time and reflect on how and why hygienic design plays a critical role in food safety and pathogen control.

Getting Ready for FSMA’s Allergen Guidelines
Getting Ready for FSMA’s Allergen Guidelines

Allergens could be introduced into a food product many ways, most involving accidental cross-contact of some kind.

Foreign Materials in Foods: Control and Evaluation
Foreign Materials in Foods: Control and Evaluation

Materials such as glass, metal, wood, plastic, bone, rocks and others are among those that the industry works very hard to keep out of raw materials, ingredients and finished goods.

Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Growing Threat to Public Health
Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Growing Threat to Public Health

The use of antibiotics in both human healthcare and the production of livestock leads to the emergence of resistant pathogens, a growing and serious public health threat.

Your Food Contamination Crisis Plan: Four Steps to (Relative) Peace of Mind
Your Food Contamination Crisis Plan: Four Steps to (Relative) Peace of Mind

Everyone in the food business must be prepared with an appropriate food contamination crisis plan. Is yours in place?

Consumers Turn an Eye to Clean Labels
Consumers Turn an Eye to Clean Labels

While clean labels may be associated with natural, organic and nongenetically modified organism claims, the term does not necessarily equate to natural or organic.

Allergens & Cross-Contamination: Education vs. Ignorance
Allergens & Cross-Contamination: Education vs. Ignorance

As food industry leaders, it is critical to keep a clean, safe environment for all consumers. Continuous education and training are important steps in that process.

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.

 

Integrating Pest Management Procedures to Protect Food Safety
Integrating Pest Management Procedures to Protect Food Safety

Pest management is a critical component of food safety programs worldwide.

Potential Applications of N-Halamines in Food Production, Processing and Packaging for Improving Food Safety
Potential Applications of N-Halamines in Food Production, Processing and Packaging for Improving  Food Safety

N-halamine sanitizers have superior efficacy against a broad spectrum of microorganisms, a lack of toxicity to humans, stability and low cost.

 

Food Safety and Security Is Not Just about Preventing Pathogens
Food Safety and Security Is Not Just about Preventing Pathogens

Well-trained and observant employees can prevent food safety incidents. How do your employees stack up?

Validation and Verification of a Food Process
Validation and Verification  of a Food Process

For many food products, validating and verifying a process sounds like a simple task if the product has been made for years and is considered very safe.

“Nanobombs” Protect Consumers from Foodborne Microorganisms
“Nanobombs” Protect Consumers from Foodborne Microorganisms

Recent advances in nanotechnology may provide a unique alternative intervention method to address the problem of foodborne diseases.

Packaging: The Final Ingredient
Packaging:  The Final Ingredient

It is important for manufacturers of organic or clean-label products to select packaging that helps them deliver on brand promises of purity.

Protect Your Secret Sauce from Theft and Intentional Adulteration
Protect Your Secret Sauce from Theft and Intentional Adulteration

The new Food Safety Modernization Act rule on intentional adulteration encourages U.S. food companies to take measures that prevent food safety problems from occurring and harming consumers.  

 

Industrial Chemical Systems Threat Mitigation—An Important Element in Food Defense
Industrial Chemical Systems Threat Mitigation—An Important Element in Food Defense

Food personnel safety and security plans are not stand-alone efforts, unconnected to the business practices that make for company success, they must be firmly integrated into the company’s food safety culture.

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