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Q&A: Talking Food/Plant Safety and Security

March 3, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond with George Gansner, Director, Marketing & Business Development, IFS Management, to discuss trends, topics and issues related to plant safety and security.

Exploring the Re-Proposed FSMA Rules and Ways to Comply

February 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Dr. Jennifer McEntire, VP and Chief Science Officer, Manu Gopeendran, Associate Director, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The FSMA represents the most sweeping reform in food safety laws in several decades. With the...

Q&A: Food Facilities and FDA Registration

February 2, 2015 2:20 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Registrar Corp Senior Regulatory Specialist Mary Hancock...

FDA Removing Non-Renewed Food Facility Registrations from its Database

January 21, 2015 1:42 pm | by Registrar Corp | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food facilities to renew their FDA...

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Food Industry Executives Should Look Out: The Gov't Might Come A 'Knocking

January 21, 2015 1:40 pm | by Angela T. Puentes-Leon, Marissel Descalzo, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt | Articles | Comments

The Government is using a new tool to attack companies and executives in the food industry — prison.  Food industry executives are appearing to be easy targets to the Government, resulting in several high profile criminal prosecutions in recent years.

OSU, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to Offer Food Safety Training

January 16, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This training is designed for small fruit and vegetable producers and processors, dairies and milk processors, shell egg producers and feed manufacturers. It will provide necessary knowledge of preventive controls and food security to assist producers in meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

FDA Responds to Concerns of Hazard Analysis, Preventive Controls for Human Food Proposed Ruling

January 7, 2015 10:20 am | by Smitha Stansbury, Anne Allen, King & Spalding Law Firm | Articles | Comments

This proposed rule would, among other things: (1) modernize the current good manufacturing practice (“cGMP”) requirements for human food; and (2) require registered food facilities to establish and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food. 

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VIDEO: Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo. We look at smart conveyors, fog computing, friendly robots, the Food Safety Modernization Act, the skills gap, the omnipresent Internet of Things, and other exciting ideas and products.

Regional Meeting Set to Discuss New Food Rules For Vermont

October 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture agency and the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture will host a Nov. 17 hearing to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to comment on the new supplemental rules proposed by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

Automated Inspection Systems Ensure Quality and Safety

October 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Group | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, places the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that will come into force as all portions of the Act are finalized and implemented. 

FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp | News | Comments

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

Infographic: Anticipated Impact of FSMA on Manufacturers, Brand Owners

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports on food manufacturers' perceptions of FSMA and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.        

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Infographic: Top 5 Trends in Food Inspection

September 12, 2014 9:00 am | by Thermo Scientific | News | Comments

Consumer safety has always been a primary concern for food processors. However, with the enactment of the FSMA and continuing recalls, the intensity has been turned up even higher. Here are the top five trends we see in the packaged product inspection industry. 

3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS | Articles | Comments

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the most aggressive regulatory overhaul since the mid-20th Century. Yet, every year hundreds of voluntary recalls threaten the reputation of the brands that sell them.

Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 9:53 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

How Can Plastic Pallets Impact Cleanliness and Drive Change?

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Bob Klimko, Director of Marketing, Food and Beverage, ORBIS Corp. | Articles | Comments

Today, as in the past, standard operating procedures decree that anything moved into a food production area is moved on a pallet. This can introduce significant risk if these pallets have not been specifically designed for sanitation and adhere to FSMA.

Infographic: The Impacts of FSMA on Manufacturers

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by PMMI | News | Comments

Since 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act has been top of mind throughout the food and beverage industry. PMMI’s recent Food Safety and Traceability Study analyzes the effects of FSMA on packaging and processing, and the steps to take to address the regulation.

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5 Keys to Optimizing Product Inspection

June 23, 2014 9:18 am | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, Mettler Toledo Product Inspection Group | Articles | Comments

Haunting every food manufacturer is the possible recall of one of its products contaminated with a foreign material — an event that would be costly not only in direct costs of recalling the product, but also in lost retailer and consumer confidence and damaged brand image.

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

Q&A: Product Traceability and the Wolverine Packing Beef Recall

June 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Traceability plays a major role in protecting consumer loyalty, managing reputational risks and ensuring food safety. Food traceability programs allow companies to identify the source of a problem, and initiate the appropriate procedures to remedy it immediately.

What Does 'Made in America' Actually Mean?

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | News | Comments

"Made in America" is a label typically associated with durable goods, but food products are coming under increasing regulation and labeling restrictions, such as Country of Origin Labeling. The National Retail Foundation delved into a topic that applies to food.

Sick of Food Safety? Never!

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor | Articles | Comments

A hundred food safety experts walked away from the 2014 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore with an unwanted souvenir: a foodborne illness. Food Manufacturing Editor Holly Henschen escaped that fate and says there's actually a positive story within the outbreak.

Loading Docks: A Critical Link in America’s Food Supply Chain

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by John Ritter, Food Industry Specialist, Rite-Hite Company LLC | Articles | Comments

The loading dock is increasingly being regulated by authorities such as the FDA and new laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act. To stay ahead of regulations, safety-minded businesses are proactively addressing a host of potential threats at the loading dock.

GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

A Buyer’s Perspective on FSMA at the Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor | News | Comments

Regulatory compliance and business practices can meld under the Food Safety Modernization Act in the practice of food safety quality assurance, Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for food safety & quality assurance at US Foods, said Tuesday at the Food Safety Summit.

Industry-Wide FSMA Concerns Arise at Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

An ongoing, open dialogue between food manufacturers and the FDA is vital as FSMA regulations are forged, a vice president of the International Dairy Foods Association said at the Food Safety Summit Tuesday. Key points are the FSVP, auditing and records.

Q&A: Prepping for FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

OSHA is considering comments on its proposed procedures for handling whistleblower provisions provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to Food Manufacturing about the new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.

Q&A: Addressing BPA and Chemicals of Concern amid Regulatory Pressures

March 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Iuliana Nita of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics discusses the challenges facing food and beverage manufacturers and reflects on the preemptive measures being taken to address the rising safety concerns surrounding chemicals of concern in the midst of increasing global regulatory pressures.

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