Essential Tips for Ensuring Food Safety and Quality in Cannabis-Infused Products
Food Quality & Safety
by Keith Loria
5d ago
While cannabis-infused foods are not yet legal at the federal level, an increasing number of states allow for edibles, beverages, and other foods that contain THC and CBD as ingredients. As cannabis becomes legal in more and more states across the U.S. and as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) moves to reclassify it as a schedule 3 substance—a move that would make it a less dangerous drug, but not legalize it for recreational use—food manufacturers need to ensure that their production practices are sound and validated. This is why it’s vital for these companies to meet food safety guideli ..read more
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Top Career Growth Tips for Food Safety Professionals
Food Quality & Safety
by Keith Loria
5d ago
Food safety has always been crucial, but with the rise of pathogens and challenges from pests and chemicals, it’s vital for food and beverage manufacturers to have strong food safety leaders. This has led to a strong emphasis on developing the food safety leaders of the future. Jill Stuber, founder of Catalyst, a coaching and leadership development company for the food industry, and vice chair of the Developing Food Safety Professionals Group of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP), says that possessing solid technical skills is essential in the food safety space. “We’ve se ..read more
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Foodborne Viruses Pose Unique Challenges for Mitigation
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by Lori Valigra
1w ago
Foodborne viruses can be tough to prevent and mitigate. Some can’t be cultured, so they are difficult to analyze. Others aren’t affected even by strong disinfectants, so intervention is ineffective. In the past decade, an additional virus, hepatitis E, joined norovirus and hepatitis A as a top three concern for human food safety. To tackle these challenging foodborne viruses that can cause serious human illnesses, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) are holding a series of meetings focused on microbial risk. The first Joint F ..read more
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Five Crucial Steps for Keeping Your Food Laboratory Clean
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by Kelsey Kotecki
1M ago
Safety is the foundation of food quality. It’s critical that any laboratory, manufacturing plant, and production facility that handles food maintains the highest standard of safety and follows careful procedures to the letter. There’s no room for error; a single isolated shortcut can lead to disastrous results. The USDA estimates that one in six Americans become sick from foodborne illness each year. Since New Year’s Eve 2023 alone, the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) site’s Recalls and Public Health Alerts page has featured multiple cross-contamination incidents. The alert ..read more
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Effective Communication in Food Safety Employee Training
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by Rick Farrell
1M ago
Approximately 600 million people globally fall victim to food poisoning annually; of those, 420,000 succumb to foodborne illnesses, according to the World Health Organization. Improper handling during food production and the packaging process can introduce bacteria, parasites, and viruses that cause foodborne diseases. Those in the food industry should learn and practice mandatory safety precautions to reduce food contamination and poisoning. Food safety is a set of practices for aiding in the safe processing, handling, packaging, and distribution of food products. Whether you have a multi-bi ..read more
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FDA Publishes Long-Awaited Agricultural Water Rule for Produce Safety
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by FQ&S Staff
1M ago
FDA has released a final rule on agricultural water that represents an important step toward enhancing the safety of produce. The revised requirements are intended to enhance public health by improving the safety of water used in produce cultivation. The revisions are also designed to be practical across various agricultural water systems, uses, and practices, while remaining adaptable to future advancements in agricultural water quality science. The final rule replaces certain pre-harvest agricultural water requirements for covered produce (other than sprouts) in the 2015 produce safety rule ..read more
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USDA Takes Action to Protect Livestock from Avian Influenza
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by FQ&S Staff
1M ago
To further protect the U.S. livestock industry from the threat posed by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, USDA has announced that it is taking specific actions with its federal partners to limit the disease’s spread. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a Federal Order requiring the following measures, effective Monday, April 29, 2024: Mandatory Testing for Interstate Movement of Dairy Cattle Prior to interstate movement, dairy cattle are required to receive a negative test for Influenza A virus at an approved National Animal Health Laboratory Network lab ..read more
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Food Safety During Food Delivery
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by Karen Appold
1M ago
U.S. consumers used a food delivery service over a one-month period, according to a 2023 report from DoorDash (doordash.com). “Meal kit services have grown in tandem with the overall trend toward food delivery and consumption at home,” says Paul Bradley, senior director of product marketing at TraceGains, a supply chain solutions company in Broomfield, Colo. Social distancing measures initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of meal kit and food delivery services as consumers aimed to reduce their exposure to crowded places such as grocery stores and restaurants. After ..read more
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Quality Control in Confectionery Production
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by Kevin Green
1M ago
Imagine that disaster strikes on the production line just weeks before a candy company’s famous treats flood grocery store shelves. Poor process controlled to crystallized sugar being added during a stage that destroyed the batch. When alarms sounded hours later, thousands of candy boxes had already been filled with grainy goods. With their signature smoothness missing, the brand’s subpar candies became an embarrassing and costly mistake. Lacking control of operational processes can hinder product excellence and negatively affect brand reputation; however, inline, accurate, repeatable process ..read more
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Food Safety Considerations for Pet Food
Food Quality & Safety Magazine
by Lori Valigra
1M ago
One in five U.S. households adopted a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, highlighting the importance of safe food for dogs and cats as they become part of the family for companionship, protection, and comfort. People increasingly want a balanced diet derived from safe, high quality ingredients for both their pets and human family members, and both types of foods are regulated by FDA. But, there are some key differences that make food quality and safety for pet food challenging says Austi ..read more
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