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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.

Thermo Fisher Scientific backs food safety chemistry course

The food safety and quality analysis company is lending support to a specialized chemistry seminar program at a North Carolina university.

BioLargo ramps up food safety system

The company is joining with Clarion Water to broaden the reach of its Isan disinfection technology system, which has won recognition from DuPont.

McCormick oregano recalled due to Salmonella threat

The spice giant is recalling containers of its Ground Oregano product after tests turned up possible Salmonella contamination.

Head of the class: School offers food processing courses

Genesee Community College (GCC) is poised to kick off its fall semester, welcoming students looking for a lucrative career in food production.

Applegate recalls 15,000 lbs. of chicken nuggets

The poultry producer has recalled several tons of frozen chicken nuggets under its Applegate Naturals brand after consumers complained of plastic particle contamination.

3M outlines food safety evolution

While food safety technology is constantly evolving, the need for speed and accuracy remains constant.

Intelligent design: eAgile launches RFID smart packaging

The company’s eSeal RFID packaging technology is designed to increase the security of food products, and facilitate traceability.

Nut roaster cracks safety certification

Hickory Harvest Foods, a producer that makes roasted nut and dried fruit products, has attained SQF Level 2 safety certification.

UL joins with Green Endeavor on food sanitation

The two companies are partnering to develop safe, sustainable cleaning products and methods for food environments.

Chain reaction: Advion launches prep-free food testing method

The company’s line of compact mass spectrometers now offer a probe designed to save time by cutting the need for sample preparation.

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

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.

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Dow touts ozone tech

Dow Microbial Control has revealed extended data about its technology for food processing and packaging environments.

Wawona Packing expands fruit recall out of Listeria concerns

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.

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Cambridge conveyor lands halal certification

The company’s metal conveyor belts are the only ones in the US to be certified acceptable for food products consumed by observant Muslims.

Clean scene: IAFP hones in on food safety

The International Association for Food Protection will feature workshops, presentations, and technologies for safety-minded professionals all along the supply chain.

India-Australia

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

A prominent Hindu leader has demanded an apology from Heinz Australia, which he claims concealed the use of alcohol and beef-derived gelatine in the production of some of its juice...

US and Mexico align on produce safety

Food safety officials from the US and Mexico have announced plans to unite on increasing the safety of fresh and minimally processed foods.

Smooth sailing: Key conveyors add contaminant-resistant stainless steel

Key Technology has reworked its vibratory conveyors with a stainless-steel rotary finish to resist bacterial attachment.

Bird is the word: CMS and UGA tackle poultry processing safety

The antimicrobial specialist is teaming up with scientists at the University of Georgia on technology to increase the safety of secondary poultry processing environments.

2 Sisters Food Group announces audit all-clear

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants have given the sites the all-clear.

FSA audits 2 Sisters Food Group after Campylobacter concerns

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has started audits at two 2 Sisters Food Group plants after hygiene standard concerns at the poultry processor.

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Inspectors shut down meat processing plant

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.

Walmart, Trader Joe's fruit recalled in Listeria scare

A fruit packaging company is recalling peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots due to contamination concerns; the recall is affecting Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and other US retailers.

Six Evol Foods employees sickened by carbon monoxide

Half a dozen staffers at the company’s frozen food processing plant have been sickened by carbon monoxide emissions.

Sysco penalized $19.4m for unrefrigerated food storage

Food distribution giant Sysco has been ordered to pay nearly $20m in restitution for keeping perishable food in unrefrigerated storage.