Validation, verification and monitoring are critical components of food safety and quality management programs.
Companies delivering high-quality nutritional beverage products to consumers face many obstacles that can be overcome using standardized processes and practices.
The use of recycled materials in food packaging applications is governed by the same principles that apply to all food packaging.
Washing cannot always make leafy greens safe, so the concept of homogeneity in all microbial testing is critical for the ability of samples to represent the lot.
New regulations mark the first time that packaging operations will come under the regulatory microscope in a significant way.
The bottom line is that the internal audit program like ISO 22000 is a systems approach to verifying that procedures are being followed as documented.
Minimizing packaging waste must be done in a way that maintains the safety and hygiene of the food to keep it safe.
The who, how, what, where, when and why to sample are critical to control the risks of biological contamination.
ISO 22000 is a nonprescriptive standard that provides both opportunities and challenges to organizations that desire to implement the requirements.
All sanitation programs have the ultimate goal of reducing and/or eliminating all harmful contaminants.
Microbiological cross-contamination has been a contributing factor to several well-documented outbreaks of foodborne illness.
Managing risk is part of managing both food safety and quality in the production of poultry.
A large number of studies have examined the relationships between various manufacturing practices and the impact of such practices on food safety.
If all aspects of the food industry can agree that food safety is not a competitive advantage, then leveraging food safety data in a collaborative environment will improve operations.
Clearly identifying and categorizing potential hazards is key to producing a useful hazard analysis.
Meat and poultry companies used to be able to claim that their differences from other food sectors limited their ability to adopt technology or participate in industry standards.
There is work to do to help the public understand livestock production and the practices associated with it.
Shipping and receiving are integral parts of all food processing and warehousing operations, both large and small.
What has the industry been doing over the past 30 years to make meat safer?
Part two of a series covering the application limitations of HACCP and what can be done by the food industry to address these limitations and the controversies surrounding them.