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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …