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 …

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, …

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) …