CBD: 3 Steps to Cannabis Quality and Food Safety

With states such as Arizona, South Dakota, and Mississippi voting on cannabis legalization this November, it’s an important time to discuss ways to ensure food safety when it comes to manufacturing cannabis edibles and beverages. As the industry evolves, more and more innovative CBD products are becoming available to the masses. Unfortunately, many of these products remain unregulated and untested. …

Allergen Management 101

Out of 337 total food recalls in 2019, 52% were due to undeclared allergens. These results are generally determined through laboratory testing, and include the “Big Eight” allergens: Peanuts Milk Eggs Fish Shellfish Wheat Tree nuts Soybeans Products containing undeclared allergens pose a serious threat to those with food allergies. In fact, F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research & Education) estimates that …

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, …

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 …

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 …

HACCP, the foundation of safe manufacturing

Whether your goal is cGMP, ISO, or GFSI certification you’ll need a strong HACCP plan first. HACCP is a formal methodology to identify and mitigate food safety hazards. HACCP serves as the foundation of a food or dietary supplement company’s food safety plan.  HACCP plans are built upon prerequisite programs and attempt to identify one or more Critical Control Points(CCPS) …