Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is an essential tool in the food safety arsenal and is used globally to ensure safe food worldwide.
Many food safety hazards present themselves in the retail environment.
Intentional economically motivated adulteration activities and initiatives in food defense are highlighted.
New regulations mark the first time that packaging operations will come under the regulatory microscope in a significant way.
FDA is becoming much more inspection-oriented and enforcement-minded, even before FSMA is fully implemented.
Establishing zones within the food processing facility is an important technique for reducing the likelihood of cross-contamination.
A review of “Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses: A Primer for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals” is presented.
Many ethnic start-up retail and food service operations function without the benefit of a large corporate support structure and need industry support.
The State University College of Agriculture and Technology in Cobleskill, NY, offers curricula in every facet of food production.
Training of waitstaff on food allergens is essential, but the entire establishment should maintain an allergen-free kitchen and incorporate a company-wide food safety culture.
For Costco Wholesale, dedication to food safety is in the very fabric of its corporate culture.
Good Agricultural Practices comprise a prerequisite program that can be used to manage food safety risks in the field and during transport to packing environments.
For training and certification to be successful, all food protection professionals must have a clearly defined skill set to do their jobs.
A culture of food safety is built on a set of shared values that operators and their staff follow to produce and provide food in the safest manner.
Video surveillance is an invaluable tool for maintaining food safety in grocery stores, supermarkets, quick-service restaurants, deli/cafes and other retail food service outlets.
It isn't difficult to see that, independent of the mode of transportation, foods and food ingredients are susceptible to abuse and/or contamination during transportation and storage.
Training is the key step to protect public health from the ever-increasing number of food products entering the global supply chain.
Food safety training is not a luxury, nor just a pesky governmental regulation.
The current federal GMP regulation specifically applies to all food products regulated by FDA.
Cases of intentional contamination are infrequent but can result in serious adverse public health consequences and economic impact.