A Guide to Food Plant Cleanliness

According to the CDC, foodborne illness affects 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million) annually. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year. Though illness can occur from the contamination of food through foreign objects and chemically hazardous substances such as allergens, the most common cause is the presence of foodborne pathogens, such as bacteria, mold, parasites, and …

Sanitation: The Key To Prevention

Created in 2011, The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was designed to focus on prevention of contamination, rather than simply the response to foodborne illness or contamination. To achieve this, FSMA highlights sanitation efforts as one of the primary tenets under preventive controls. FSMA’s Stance on Sanitation As stated in FSMA’s Preventive Controls section: “Sanitation controls include procedures, practices, and …

Food Fraud Prevention

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption it brought to global supply chains, and the diminished level of surveillance, food authenticity experts predict an increase in food fraud cases. Already, 12,000 tons of illegal food products have been seized in Europe. In order to fight the frequency of food fraud, we must fully understand what it is and what systems …

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 …