In this special series looking at potential routes for food and plant contaminants, FoodProductionDaily.com looks at the main causes of Listeria contamination in cheese plants as well as whole room disinfection methods, design errors that are resulting in equipment being vulnerable to pathogen attachment; and the impact of regulation on antimicrobial packaging.
Four people who attended the recent Food Safety Summit conference and exhibition reportedly have been stricken with a foodborne pathogen.
The Food Safety Summit is just one of an astounding amount of food events dedicated to sanitation, quality, testing, and other industry issues—examining the show's features can help weigh the benefits of attending.
Equipment from RF Biocidics harnesses radio frequency technology to disinfect, disinfest, and pasteurize food products, without chemicals.
The embattled producer of sriracha, a popular hot sauce, has 90 days to contain fumes emitted by its processing plant, or the city could shut the operation down.
Following a pilot with ConAgra and other clients, Sample6's DETECT/L enrichment-free pathogen diagnostic for Listeria has been awarded AOAC certification from the organization’s Performance Tested Methods program.
A salmonella outbreak tied to tainted chicken is rolling on more than a year after the first reported incident, with 500+ consumers reportedly falling ill.
Insects might be small, but they can cause big problems in a food processing operation if they are not properly dealt with, says the USDA.
Thorough staff training is more important to a food sanitation program's chances of success than the chemicals used to clean equipment, according ChemStar.
Novel technologies like high-pressure processing can win the war to lengthen shelf life and eradicate foodborne illness, according to industry experts.
Food fraud must be dealt with swiftly and seriously to prevent harm to consumer health, according to one industry expert.
Keeping up with ever-changing regulatory requirements and increasingly complex processing environments requires an evolved approach to safety training, according to one industry expert.
The cleanliness of a food operation should be a top priority to everyone in the industry, according to Hormel Foods.
Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling 75,320 of frozen, cooked chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding plastic contaminants in the food.
Food processing and packaging firms are increasingly impacted by consumers’ desire to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, and other ingredients, according to Packaged Facts.
The annual Food Safety Event brings together brand owners, food processors, and other professionals to tackle top safety problems and concerns.
The FDA has ordered Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse to close its doors after the seafood processor tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
One food technology expert says it is more important than ever for processing firms to keep their equipment up to stringent safety standards.
MOCON has launched an oxygen permeation testing system that meets increased demand for automation and rapid results.
A producer that makes private-label foods for Walmart, Target, and other high-profile retailers is initiating a widespread recall of its food products after inspectors turned up positive tests for Listeria monocytogenes at its plant.
The use of cans in food packaging boosts fruit and vegetable intake, increases nutritional benefits, and makes edibles safer.
The International Conference and Exhibition on Food Processing and Technology, produced by OMICS, gives food professionals a platform to explore and share wisdom on safety and quality issues.
A New York Times article alleging staff gaps at the agency are causing a boom in food product recalls is not true, according to one FSIS leader.
Market research from Oklahoma State University delivers data on consumer preferences and behavior, to help food manufacturers plan for future production.
Regulations and food firms alike are causing conveyor manufacturers to step up their game in the sanitation department.
Evolving demands and stepped-up regulations are pushing food safety analytical technology toward greater precision and increased ease of use, according to Mettler Toledo.
Downtime is death for food producers; according to one conveyor expert, making sanitation quick and easy can save the day.
Pittcon brought food laboratories to the forefront for a week; is the annual technology exhibition worth the trip?
Beef purchased at Walmart and sourced from Walmart reportedly was laced with LSD, sickening the family that ate the meat for dinner.
Growing concerns about foodborne illness, waste, and feeding a booming global population are placing increasing demands on food testing, according to Life Technologies.
Thermo Scientific representatives say in the face of growing demands on food laboratories and stepped-up regulatory requirements, analytical staff must deliver top-notch performance and technology to keep up.
When Cargill Media Solutions needed to test a significant number of samples, they opted for ready-to-use liquid culture media to save time and effort.
Food technology firms like Accelrys are launching mobile products designed to connect equipment, data, and staff.
A food sleuth from Microtrace says proper analysis of contaminants found in food and beverage products is crucial to preventing an incident from becoming a full-blown crisis.
A representative of analytic technology firm Ocean Optics says while technology related to testing for food safety and quality has advanced, more needs to be done.
A representative of AIB International says that building a strong safety program requires a cultural connection among food operation personnel.
A trio of industry leaders recently gathered in a battle of wits, presented in a game-show format, to see whose knowledge of crucial food safety issues is the most impressive.
A Danone France leader says providing a growing planet with a safe, sufficient food supply down the road is a challenge the industry must meet now.
The Reusable Packaging Association is bringing together industry members to hammer out stronger sanitation guidelines for reusable food containers.
Zego, a manufacturer of allergen-friendly snack bars, has launched wrappers and boxes with QR codes enabling consumers to keep tabs on allergen products.
A food science specialist says ensuring an effective safety program at any food processing environment involves one key ingredient: its people.
Nestlé USA is voluntarily recalling varieties of its Hot Pockets frozen sandwiches, for fear the meat inside might be tainted.
The food safety guru of the world’s largest retailer told FoodProductionDaily the 2014 Global Food Safety Conference comes at a time when food safety concerns are at a pinnacle.
Data from the Food and Drug Administration adds weight to packaging industry claims of BPA’s fitness as a food-contact material.
Regulatory efforts such as the Food Safety Modernization Act mean food manufacturers are demanding greater flexibility and stepped-up performance from metal detection gear.
A California beef processor is in hot water with the USDA for processing “diseased and unsound” animals without federal inspection.
Biotechnology firm PURE Bioscience has launched an antimicrobial product that uses silver to efficiently and safely sanitize food surfaces.
Salmonella outbreaks are raising red flags over the safety of the poultry supply; however, according to one expert, there may be less reason to worry than we think.
Tomra Sorting Solutions is showcasing food sorting and analyzing technology, geared toward meeting consumers’ expectations, at IPPE 2014.
The Pacific Sunrise Ventures Gold Star Food Safety Maintenance Program is designed for HACCP- and GFSI-certified operations.
Pest management is an increasing safety concern for food professionals; one event is geared toward eliminating the threat from creeping, crawling and flying contaminators.
Gusto Packing is recalling 67,113 lbs. of spiral-sliced ham due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
SunOpta Foods, a producer that specializes in organic packaged foods and ingredients, will pay $19K for failure to properly report an ammonia leak at its processing facility.
Detectamet has introduced stretch wrap that can be picked up with metal detection equipment, cutting the odds of food product contamination.
Succeed Management Solutions and the Northwest Food Processors Association have teamed to launch a free, web-based tool to arm food professionals with valuable safety training.
With regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act requiring higher safety and sanitation standards, HACCP certification is an important step in ensuring an operation passes muster.
Key Technology has added a sort-to-grade feature to its various G6 optical sorters.
The team of FoodProductionDaily has something to celebrate—the number of industry professionals following us on Twitter just passed the 4,000 mark.
Eriez pairs metal detectors with magnetic separators, creating systems aimed for processing operations looking to safeguard product purity.
Private-label packaging, kids' products, odorous hot-sauce emissions—2013 was a fascinating year for anyone following the food industry. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the perspective of a FoodProductionDaily editor.
The US Centers for Disease Control celebrated the joyous season by leading an online chat on keeping the holiday free from foodborne illness.
Tetra Pak has introduced equipment geared toward processing soups, sauces, fruit and infant foods.
The makers of a popular sauce, already in hot water with city officials, have been told to cool it on shipments for a month
While many questions remain about the Food Safety Modernization Act, one industry expert advised that the time to start putting plans in place is upon us.
The Coca-Cola Co. is harnessing electrolyzed water sanitation technology from SPX to boost safety and sustainability at its plants.
PROCESS EXPO, produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association, offers industry professionals a chance to take in emerging technologies, discuss trends and taste upcoming flavors. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year's event.
PROCESS EXPO 2013 will showcase recent equipment releases from hundreds of industry vendors.
A US Food and Drug Administration representative reports that two weeks after the government shutdown, the country’s food safety system is back to business as usual.
Slashed in half by the US government shutdown, the full workforce of the FDA is back on the job.
A poultry producer tied to a multi-state salmonella outbreak will remain open, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
Whittled away by the US government shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is back to nearly full force to monitor a multistate salmonella outbreak.
Thermo Fisher Scientific's contamination detection technology is engineered to arrest foreign object intrusion to avoid costly product waste and dreaded recalls.
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s priorities for the coming year include cutting foodborne illness and speeding up recalls.
At its annual meeting, AOAC International has set a stage for food scientists, testing suppliers, and brand owners like Pepsico and Kraft Foods to tackle crucial topics.
All Natural Freshness, a high-pressure processing company, reports their technology can prevent contamination and avoid costly product recalls.
Symphony Environmental Technologies has developed anti-bacterial and anti-fungal formulations which can be put into plastic products during manufacturing, claiming it will help prevent the spread of infection.
The Coca-Cola Company revealed yesterday that City of Atlanta regulatory authorities may seek monetary or other sanctions against it due to potential inaccuracies in wastewater reports submitted by its Atlanta syrup plant.
Canada is backing a CAD $600,000 project to map the genome of Listeria and develop faster testing methods that will allow the industry to respond more quickly to food safety investigations.
A hard-hitting government report says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to publicise its food safety recall procedures, and that is unclear how accurate the agency’s food recall data is.
Anitmicrobial packaging can help food manufacturers in the battle against listeria in ready-to-eat meat products, according to a new scientific study.
A new EFSA report says that dietary exposure to dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), toxic chemicals that accumulate in the food chain, has decreased across Europe in recent years.
North British Distillery has come out fighting after being cited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for alleged failures to adequately control the legionella risk posed by a cooling tower, as the executive investigates a deadly 'legion fever' outbreak in Edinburgh.
Sven Bodell, president, Food Radar Systems, told Ben Bouckley that the firm's unique microwave technology was the only show in town to detect previously invisible foreign bodies in pumpable foods, and that the system might also appeal to producers of beverages with pulp or other pieces in.
Relive the best of the action from day two of the major processing and packaging show ongoing in Cologne, Germany this week.
Lindhurst Engineering has successfully tested microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology to help dairy processors dispose of waste streams and generate energy, and MD Martin Rigley told Dairy Reporter.com that an installation could cost 75% less than its anaerobic digestion equivalent.
The European Commission (EC) has released a scathing audit report on the Indian gelatine industry, and said its visit late last year revealed“very little progress" since the last mission in 2008 regarding improving substandard legislative and safety controls for exports.
Copper could usher in a food safety revolution within processing plants, according to the author of a new study that revealed the metal’s impressive ability to kill deadly E.coli pathogens.
The UK Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Advisory Committee of the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) is seeking stakeholder views on its draft report relating to toxoplasma in the food chain.
Shares in China's largest dairy producer Mengniu Dairy Co.slumped at the end of last year, following a new scandal over milk tainted with a cancer-causing chemical and a violation of the firm's website by hackers who claimed it was "doing harm to its own people".
Researchers have developed technology using millimeter waves that could allow food manufacturers to examine finished products through packaging and give advantages over x-ray detection, the current preferred method.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists its new maximum allowable levels for the chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in bottled water will not raise costs for consumers.
New active and intelligent packaging rules and guidelines introduced last year across Europe should bring much-needed clarity to the sector and pave the way for innovation, said one expert as he set out how the system could work in practice.
Misinterpretation of fundamental criteria for the hygienic design of equipment by designers is resulting in incorrect installation of parts such as valves and sensors at the initial design stage of new food processing equipment and leaves processors exposed to contaminant threats, claims the EHEDG.
New research from the UK shows that whole room disinfection techniques are more effective that traditional chemical fogging, and while take up by food processors is relatively low, suppliers claim demand will accelerate based on industry recognition of the need to innovate to tackle new microbe strains and other food safety challenges.
Cheese contamination has hit the headlines in recent weeks after Austrian authorities linked seven listerioisis deaths to Prolactal cheese. In light of this news, food safety expert Dr. Eleftherios H. Drosinos explains how risk of contamination from Listeria monocytogenes can be minimised in cheese processing.