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Contamination

Microbes inhabiting contact and environmental sites in food processing are mostly harmful as microbial communities that form in critical places contaminate the surfaces and consequently the products made in that particular process.

RF technology kills bugs and pathogens in food

Equipment from RF Biocidics harnesses radio frequency technology to disinfect, disinfest, and pasteurize food products, without chemicals.

Hot sauce processor declared a ‘public nuisance’

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.

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Listeria test scores AOAC-RI certification

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.

Foster Farms salmonella woes continue

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.

Improper pest management bugs food safety managers

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.

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Wisdom trumps washing in effective sanitation programs

Thorough staff training is more important to a food sanitation program's chances of success than the chemicals used to clean equipment, according ChemStar.

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Food technologies wage war against pathogens

Novel technologies like high-pressure processing can win the war to lengthen shelf life and eradicate foodborne illness, according to industry experts.

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Catch food fraud before it happens

Food fraud must be dealt with swiftly and seriously to prevent harm to consumer health, according to one industry expert.

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Food safety training must evolve to succeed

Keeping up with ever-changing regulatory requirements and increasingly complex processing environments requires an evolved approach to safety training, according to one industry expert.

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Hormel: Food sanitation is everyone's business

The cleanliness of a food operation should be a top priority to everyone in the industry, according to Hormel Foods.

Tyson recalls 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets

Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling 75,320 of frozen, cooked chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding plastic contaminants in the food.

Food Safety Summit spotlights sanitation and inspection

The Food Safety Summit showcases contamination detection, product inspection, and equipment sanitation technology.

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‘Hey Presto! Better Queso Fresco, with High Pressure Processing

High Pressure Processing (HPP) is a promising technology to extend the shelf life of soft cheese Quesco Fresco and possibly prevent harmful recalls without altering its taste.

Food Safety Summit gives ‘invaluable’ hands-on experience

The annual Food Safety Event brings together brand owners, food processors, and other professionals to tackle top safety problems and concerns.

Listeria scare shuts down seafood plant

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.

JBT: Get equipment sanitation down cold

One food technology expert says it is more important than ever for processing firms to keep their equipment up to stringent safety standards.

MOCON: Automation essential in testing technology

MOCON has launched an oxygen permeation testing system that meets increased demand for automation and rapid results.

Food safety facility gives contamination a PASS

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened the doors to a specialized facility that tackles contamination and product anomalies in consumer packaged foods.

Positive Listeria tests prompt broad recall

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...

Canned food ups fruit and vegetable intake

The use of cans in food packaging boosts fruit and vegetable intake, increases nutritional benefits, and makes edibles safer.

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Food science and safety take center stage at conference

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.

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FSIS fires back at inspector shortage charges

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.

EPA ALLEGED 27 RISK MANAGEMENT FAILINGS AT MICHIGAN MINUTE MAID PLANT

Coke thrashes out EPA deal after $278,000 ammonia fine threat

Coke is brokering a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it threatened a $278,000 fine for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at a Minute Maid plant...

Meyer: Food conveyors are getting leaner and cleaner

Regulations and food firms alike are causing conveyor manufacturers to step up their game in the sanitation department.

Mettler Toledo: Simplicity is the future of the food lab

Evolving demands and stepped-up regulations are pushing food safety analytical technology toward greater precision and increased ease of use, according to Mettler Toledo.

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