Say No to Raw Dough

My wife and daughter occasionaly will snack on raw cookie dough before baking a batch of cookies. I’ve warned them several times not to do that, because raw flour can be contaminated with e.coli and salmonella bacteria (from raw eggs in the flour), both of which can make you very sick.  But my warnings have generally […]

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Ready for FSMA?

Full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act is only a few months away — mid-September, in fact. Is the food industry ready? If they haven’t already, here’s what food manufacturers need to do: Hazard Analysis — the first compliance step required of all but the smallest food manufacturers is a thorough analysis of any […]

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Food Labels and Needless Waste

A challenging, and so far unresolved, issue for the food industry is finding a package “use by” label that will prevent consumers from needlessly wasting food. Research has shown that widespread misunderstanding of “use by” or “sell by” dates on packages and cans is resulting in millions of pounds of perfectly edible food being thrown away […]

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Tracking Foodborne Illness

For decades, one of the major challenges in managing food recalls was the time it took for researchers to establish the source of the contamination. In my time with Kroger, it was often frustrating when the company would receive a foodborne illness recall notice and begin the process of removing suspected product from store shelves […]

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Defining A Foreseeable Hazard

A central tenet of the new food safety law is a responsbility for food manufacturers to thoroughly inspect their plant facilities to uncover “foreseeable hazards,” not otherwise defined. Why is this important? We’ll, because over time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done enough plant inspections to understand that manyh food contamination incidents and […]

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