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 Benefits of Certification

It’s the era of the conscientious consumer. Today’s customers aren’t just seeking out healthier products, they’re also focused on ecological impact and sustainability. Meeting those expectations is only half the battle. Demonstrating your company’s mission and values is just as important, and there’s no better way to achieve this than through certifying your food products. What is the Purpose of …

Food Safety Risks of Packaging

When we talk about food safety, packaging may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s a critical element of keeping food safe. Packaging not only maintains product freshness and prevents spoilage, but also displays important information like ingredients and expiration dates. Packaging mishaps can wreak havoc on manufacturing companies and compromise the integrity of their products. …

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 …

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 …