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Process Validation

How Food Companies Can Modify Their Existing HACCP Plans into an All-Encompassing Food Safety Plan
How Food Companies Can Modify Their Existing HACCP Plans into an All-Encompassing Food Safety Plan

 HARPC is similar to HACCP in that it points out a need for control when there is a significant hazard.

Nanoscale Materials: The Dose Makes the Poison
Nanoscale Materials:  The Dose Makes the Poison

When evaluating materials for use in food packaging and other food contact applications, a number of considerations are important.

Are Food Producers and Retailers Taking Enough Due Diligence in Auditing Packaging Suppliers?
Are Food Producers and Retailers Taking Enough Due Diligence in Auditing Packaging Suppliers?

Packaging materials are part of the food processors’ ingredient list, and it only makes common sense that they should be treated the same as any substance when it comes to food safety.

Novel Food Safety Technologies Emerge in Food Production
Novel Food Safety Technologies Emerge in  Food Production

During last decade, a few novel intervention technologies were successfully developed, approved by regulatory agencies and applied as inactivation steps to enhance food safety.

A New Paradigm for Validation, Verification and Monitoring
A New Paradigm for Validation, Verification and Monitoring

Validation, verification and monitoring are critical components of food safety and quality management programs.

X-ray Technology Detects Foreign Objects, Other Product and Packaging Issues
X-ray Technology Detects Foreign Objects, Other Product and Packaging Issues

Ishida IX-GA X-ray technology can enhance a food processor's product safety program by detecting not only foreign objects but also imperfections unrelated to contamination.

ISO 22000: And the Beat Goes On
ISO 22000: And the Beat Goes On

ISO 22000 is a nonprescriptive standard that provides both opportunities and challenges to organizations that desire to implement the requirements.

Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks
Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks

The who, how, what, where, when and why to sample are critical to control the risks of biological contamination.           

Developing Food Safety and Quality Plans: An Aquaponics Process Control Example

Aquaponics, a sustainable food production system that combines traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.

How Do You Know? The Evolution of Food Processing Technology
How Do You Know? The Evolution of Food Processing Technology

The evolution of food processing technology is examined by considering generalized examples in which process controls that were once good enough have been replaced by new approaches.

Validating Food Safety Controls
Validating Food Safety Controls

Today, different types of validation need to be done on the manufacturing equipment that is used to produce the product.

Building an Effective Calibration Program
Building an Effective Calibration Program

All instruments used for ensuring quality, safety, sanitation and legal compliance must be calibrated.

Verification: Making Sure Your Food Safety Management System Is Working
Verification: Making Sure Your Food Safety Management System Is Working

A FSMS is only as strong as its weakest link. It is critical that both corporate headquarters and all of a company’s processing plants have a strong verification program.

Water Activity’s Role in Food Safety and Quality
Water Activity’s Role in Food Safety and Quality

Monitoring water activity is a Critical Control Point for many food industry operations.

Creating a Paper Trail That Works
Creating a Paper Trail That Works

Records should be maintained that document a processed food’s safety and compliance with government regulations.

Foreign Material Control: Food Quality, Safety or Both?
Foreign Material Control: Food Quality, Safety or Both?

Foreign material such as glass, wood, metal, fruit pits, bone or stones have the potential to cause injury.

 

Why HACCP Systems are Prone to Failure
Why HACCP Systems are Prone to Failure

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system is a universally recognized approach for preventing food safety failures.

Ex Ante or Ex Post Food Safety Strategies: Process Validation versus Inspection and Testing
Ex Ante or Ex Post Food Safety Strategies: Process Validation versus Inspection and Testing

It is generally understood and accepted by food safety scientists that it is impossible to achieve food safety by testing or inspecting finished products.

The Missing Element in Microbiological Food Safety Inspection Approaches, Part 2
The Missing Element in Microbiological Food Safety Inspection  Approaches, Part 2

Microbial growth niches occur when moisture, nutrition, time and growth-conducive temperatures occur in a non-sterile environment.

The Missing Element in Microbiological Food Safety Inspection Approaches, Part 1
The Missing Element in Microbiological Food Safety Inspection Approaches, Part 1

The food industry has implemented a number of approaches to food safety inspection through the years, including finished product testing, and GMP and HACCP verification audits.

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