The Challenges of Pet Food Processing

While the subject of food safety is primarily focused on protecting people, a 2007 recall made headlines and brought to light the importance of pet food safety. Due to the deliberate contamination of wheat gluten and rice protein, more than 60 million containers of pet food and treats were affected. In a four-week span, the FDA received over 14,000 reports, …

Promoting Food Safety Through Intuitive Kitchen Design

In light of Coronavirus, many food service facilities have opted to modify their food prep areas, a change that will likely remain long after the pandemic subsides. Overhauling restaurant kitchens is a large task, and one that requires focusing on more than just aesthetics or top of the line equipment. The most effective kitchens will feature an intuitive combination of …

Improving Food Safety Through Internal Audits

While most food operations undergo yearly or quarterly inspections by regulatory agencies, this alone does not prevent the risk of foodborne illness. Executed properly, internal audits are one of the most effective ways to maintain food safety throughout your facility. Unfortunately, many companies’ internal audits are either non-existent or performed with a superficial focus on GMP and hygiene compliance. While …

Building a Food Safety Culture

Culture is one of the most important aspects of a successful business, and one that is often overlooked. A company’s ethos should be built on shared values and spearheaded by leadership and management.  In the food industry, it’s crucial for businesses to build and maintain a culture based on a commitment to food safety. What Does An Optimal Culture Look …

Product Quality as a Driver of Success

While every company looks for cost-saving opportunities, one of the biggest costs for manufacturing operations is poor product quality. The disposal of food materials (an estimated 2 billion pounds per year!) and lost labor hours can have a huge impact on your bottom line. In order to prevent wasted time and materials, companies should take a strategic approach to improving …

Patient Care Starts With Hospital Food Safety

Food safety in hospitals and elder care facilities should be top of mind. These populations are generally more susceptible to infectious diseases than most, and as such, are at a higher risk of developing foodborne illness. Take for instance, patients with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy. In addition to destroying cancer cells, chemo treatments can also attack …

Rising Above: Food Safety In The Cannabis Industry

For the food industry, success is defined by a commitment to food safety, which also applies to those specializing in cannabis food products. However, the lack of federal regulations for edibles can put cannabis companies at a higher risk of unknowingly producing unsafe products. Because many people rely on cannabis for medicinal purposes, it is especially crucial that companies take …

Avert FSA Introduces COVID-19 Safeguard Analysis

COVID-19 Safeguard Analysis Is your company taking optimal measures to protect your employees and customers from COVID-19? While increased sanitation and vigilant health checks can minimize infection risks, Avert’s comprehensive COVID-19 Safeguard Analysis will give you confidence in your company’s processes while maintaining consistency across all locations. Though food safety is of the utmost importance, we understand that it’s only …

The Post-Pandemic Food Service Future

With the reopening of many restaurants around the country, we’re beginning to see what the future might hold for the food service industry after Covid-19. With heightened awareness around health hazards and a deeper focus on sanitation, the food industry landscape may look very different from what it once was. Distanced Diners In a continued effort to curb the transmission …

What You Need To Know About Health Code Inspections

With some states relaxing quarantine restrictions, many restaurants find themselves opening up, not only to the public, but also to the chance of impromptu inspections. Because health code inspections can have a serious impact on your business, it’s important to reflect on common violations and how you can best protect the reputation of your food service establishment. Common Health Code …