Are You Still Proving the Negative with Your Environmental Listeria Program?

Posted by Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist on Mar 9, 2016 9:47:44 AM

In light of recent events, food processors are starting to change how they view their environmental monitoring programs. Listeria recalls and outbreaks are occurring too often and now affecting a broader range of food products such as pet treats and caramel apples, which have not been linked with Listeria contamination in the past.  

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Salmonella Limits Testing Year in Review Part 1

Posted by Lisa Leier-McHugh on Feb 26, 2016 10:45:58 AM

What a difference a year makes. Last year after the 2015 International Poultry Expo, I wrote a blog post about the newest “Buzz” around pathogen testing called Salmonella Limits Testing in PoultryAt the time, the Limits testing approach was developed for Ground Poultry product where the approach involved fresh ground product that has been determined to have greater than 1 CFU/gram of Salmonella present in an assigned lot. This >/< limits approach is based upon a producers desire to keep higher Salmonella levels, which could potentially pose a higher health risk. 

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Pathogen Technology Drives Higher Resolution In Food Safety Testing

Posted by Mary Duseau on Feb 18, 2016 12:59:01 PM

Originally published by Food Online, January 6, 2016

Higher resolution can Pluto.pngbring dramatic change in the discovery and understanding of the world around us. One great example is the recent pictures sent back from the New Horizons spacecraft. As Recently as five years ago. Pluto was a pixelated gray dot with definition. In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons Spaceship knowing that the investment would not pay off for another decade. The recent pictures of Pluto have provided resolution of the atmosphere and landscape never thought possible.

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Food Safety Perception - From Deserts to Rainforests

Posted by Zephyr Fors on Feb 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in beautiful San Francisco. I was amazed by the passion of the artesian craftsmen peddling all sorts of delectable goodness! It was like being in a Willy Wonka movie with over 100 chocolate companies - all offering samples. But there was so much more than chocolate at this show! There were endless aisles of cheese, olives, deli meats, candy, pastas, beverages, dips, oils and every snack food imaginable. 

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Our Top 5 Hottest Blog Posts from 2015

Posted by Phillip Berry on Jan 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

2015 has come to a close. In honor of the new year, we decided to take a look back at our most popular blog posts this past year. It's one of the places we celebrate new advancements and technology in food safety year round. We hope you enjoy reliving them as much as we enjoyed writing them! 

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Tapping the Admiral

Posted by Kelly J. Cassutt on Dec 16, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Following the Battle of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson’s body was preserved in a Brandy cask for transport to England, according to Wikipedia. The yarn continues that when the cask was opened only the pickled body remained; all brandy was siphoned off by the crew!

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Your Mission...Eliminate Environmental Listeria

Posted by Dan Behler on Nov 5, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Listeria has been in the news a lot lately. There have been two dozen recalls this year associated with Listeria from a wide variety of products including apples, cheeses, salads, corn, green beans, ice cream, dog food, and list goes on.

Listeria is ubiquitous in nature and it’s not surprising that it finds its way into the food processing environment. The challenge is to find it and take proactive steps to prevent it from reaching product contact surfaces and contaminating the final product.

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Potential Foodborne Illnesses in the Movies

Posted by Jim Dolan on Oct 29, 2015 12:16:27 PM

Food poisoning has played a role in a number of films throughout the years. Leslie Neilson’s character in Airplane investigates what’s making everyone on the plane sick (Did you eat the steak or the fish?). And who can forget the food poisoning scene in Bridesmaids. Even in the animated fairytale world of Disney, Snow White eats a poison apple.

But maybe some other films have had incidents of food poisoning that have been overlooked. Let’s take a look at a few and how they might have been prevented with proper food safety steps.

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An ounce of prevention: Understanding the FSMA produce safety rule and how pathogens get into produce

Posted by Lauretta Johnson on Oct 20, 2015 9:47:00 AM

For the past several years, I have had the pleasure of working with the produce industry. Every year, I am amazed by the innovation that happens--from new varieties of kale to new colors of potatoes and carrots and what about the packing improvements--it’s a constant effort to provide creative new products for consumers. Produce and often raw produce are playing an ever more important role as people try to eat more healthy food...and with that, there is more focus on food safety.  

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The complexity of spicy cinnamon chocolate ice cream

Posted by Bindu Sundaresan, Ph.D on Oct 7, 2015 2:31:49 PM

I recently attended the International Dairy Show in Chicago in the hopes of expanding my knowledge of the dairy segment and meeting some of the experts in the field. The greatest benefit of being at a dairy show, is the opportunity to get a taste of a variety of delightful ice creams – spicy cinnamon chocolate, walnut- raspberry, tiramisu, to name a few as well as a seemingly endless variety of cheeses and dairy beverages.

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