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.
To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Walmart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for US suppliers.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to expand its E. coli testing of ground beef and ground beef components. Toward that end, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking public comments on its latest analysis of the costs and benefits of additional testing.
Just four months after closing the book on a 16-month long Salmonella outbreak, Foster Farms is touting incidence rates below 5% and offering its recipe for success.
A consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors has been launched by the European Commission.
The food safety and quality analysis company is lending support to a specialized chemistry seminar program at a North Carolina university.
The company is joining with Clarion Water to broaden the reach of its Isan disinfection technology system, which has won recognition from DuPont.
The spice giant is recalling containers of its Ground Oregano product after tests turned up possible Salmonella contamination.
Genesee Community College (GCC) is poised to kick off its fall semester, welcoming students looking for a lucrative career in food production.
The poultry producer has recalled several tons of frozen chicken nuggets under its Applegate Naturals brand after consumers complained of plastic particle contamination.
While food safety technology is constantly evolving, the need for speed and accuracy remains constant.
Hickory Harvest Foods, a producer that makes roasted nut and dried fruit products, has attained SQF Level 2 safety certification.
The two companies are partnering to develop safe, sustainable cleaning products and methods for food environments.
The company’s line of compact mass spectrometers now offer a probe designed to save time by cutting the need for sample preparation.
DuPont has launched Detect + Protect, a service program that puts in the hands of food producers the ability to gauge, monitor, and control the safety of their products and operations.
A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.
Wawona Packing is broadening its voluntary recall of packaged fruits sold to Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and other US retailers, out of concern for Listeria contamination.
The International Association for Food Protection will feature workshops, presentations, and technologies for safety-minded professionals all along the supply chain.
Food safety officials from the US and Mexico have announced plans to unite on increasing the safety of fresh and minimally processed foods.
Key Technology has reworked its vibratory conveyors with a stainless-steel rotary finish to resist bacterial attachment.
The antimicrobial specialist is teaming up with scientists at the University of Georgia on technology to increase the safety of secondary poultry processing environments.
Food safety inspectors have ordered the closure of a meat and poultry facility after inspectors found 136 different safety and sanitation violations at the site.
Half a dozen staffers at the company’s frozen food processing plant have been sickened by carbon monoxide emissions.
Food distribution giant Sysco has been ordered to pay nearly $20m in restitution for keeping perishable food in unrefrigerated storage.
With his latest single, comedy genius "Weird Al" Yankovic has accomplished what is likely an industry first: climbing to the top of the charts with a song about foodborne pathogens.
The consumer packaged food giant has approved ABC Research Laboratories as one of its certified food safety testing providers.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline has introduced metal detectors designed to eradicate metal contaminants from a range of food products.
The vertical DynaClean Z conveyor is geared toward food operations needing to move product over significant heights.
By eliminating water from the cleaning process, the company's dry-ice blasting technology avoids downtime and reduces the risk of harmful bacterial growth.
Food scientists at Bühler Aeroglide report they have come up with a method to dry-roast peanuts that significantly reduces the risk of Salmonella contamination.
Beverage producer Juice Tyme has received Food Safety System Certification 22000 from benchmarking group the Global Food Safety Initiative.
Niagara Bottling, a bottled water producer, is incorporating quality management software to increase the safety at its plant.
Midwest Foods, a large US food distributor, has installed a video surveillance system to ensure the safety of its products and workers.
For traceability to work, food industry stakeholders must create and share a common language on safety and sourcing, according to one industry expert.
The satirical specialists at The Onion might make food recall jokes at the expense of the FDA, but the safety of the US food supply is seriously better than ever.
One food safety expert says federal US food safety agencies have made a few missteps down the road to a safer food supply, but many of their achievements deserve applause.
The global standards organization is stressing the importance of improved traceability in the food supply chain worldwide, to keep consumers safe and regulators happy.
A veteran food scientist shares his views on the most important technological developments to hit the food safety and quality arena in recent decades.
Acadian Fine Foods, which specializes in producing meat and poultry products, has been cited for 16 safety and health violations by OSHA, carrying up to $121,660 in fines.
The food firm is recalling a batch of the cheese product due to insufficient levels of sorbic acid, a shortcoming that could lead to foodborne illness or spoilage.
The analytical technology company is launching a number of products geared toward food safety and quality, including a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry unit designed to deliver fast results.
Attendees at the upcoming IFT 2014 conference and expo will be treated to a broad range of technologies promising increased safety, sustainability, and convenience.
Nearly two dozen staff at Keybrand Foods were taken to hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at the processing facility.
red24assist has launched a web-based tool designed to enable food professionals to locate shortfalls in their safety programs.
FMI Connect, the annual food event, is focusing on technology and services that increase the safety of food across the supply chain.
An ammonia leak at a Farmland Foods pork processing facility has injured three employees, one seriously.
Sanitizing surfaces to eradicate food pathogens is only half the battle, according to one expert; airborne pathogens also must be dealt with for a safe food supply.
Continental Carbonic promises a way to clean food production equipment with less water and faster results than conventional methods.
A watchdog group is suing to get the agency to treat anti-biotic resistant strains of Salmonella as adulterants in meat.
PERES, a portable app-based device, tests meat and poultry for freshness, sounding an alert when spoilage is detected.
A hummus producer explains the company’s quick reaction to a positive Listeria test and lessons learned in its first-ever recall.
A produce processing plant has evacuated more than 100 staff, and sent 14 to the hospital, due to a possible ammonia leak.
Food processing firm Lansal is voluntarily recalling hummus manufactured for Target and Trader Joe’s due to Listeria concerns.
Food firms only have a few more days to weigh in on a rule requires companies to give a heads up on imported edibles; an expert from SGS offers advice on the particulars and the potential impact on processing firms worldwide.
Cottage cheese under the Kraft Foods brand umbrella is being voluntarily recalled after ingredients were discovered to be stored outside of safe temperature parameters.
Two ammonia leaks have caused the shutdown and evacuation of a Maple Leaf Foods plant and sent one person to the hospital.
Sertun hand and surface sanitation towels from ITW change colors to indicate when they contain insufficient sanitizing chemicals.
Advanced tools for monitoring temperature of food products in processing environments, during transit, and at retail can keep dangerous foodborne illness from taking hold, according to CAS DataLoggers.
Saving time required to conduct pathogen tests means safer food and better operational efficiency, according to Romer Labs.
Hollandia Produce, which specializes in leafy greens and ‘living’ lettuce, has earned a perfect score on a certification audit offered by Azzule Systems.
Minimizing risk from foodborne illness is a matter of crafting an effective safety plan, and maximizing control along the supply chain, according to one expert.
People all over social media are having a field day with the news of a foodborne illness striking a food safety event—but pathogens are no joke.
An investigation into a foodborne illness during the recent Food Safety Summit has confirmed more than 100 attendees were taken ill after the event.
Isolated from the rest of the world, New Zealand and Australia are critically at risk from alien invaders of the most threatening kind: biological pests from overseas that prey on the countries’ indigenous and vulnerable agricultural produce.
Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs because the meat products may contain allergens not listed on the packaging label.
Hormel Foods has recognized high-pressure processing technology firm Avure with its Spirit of Excellence Award.
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.