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Food Safety Blog

How to Successfully Run a Food Safety Program Across Multiple Facilities

Posted by Mike Koeris on 9/30/16 9:00 AM

The Food Safety Modernization Act shifts the Food and Drug Administration's focus from reaction to prevention. Food producers are now accountable for the safety of their products.

A survey by iRely found "71% of food and beverages manufacturers believe that FSMA will require changing the way they operate." This contrasts with the 44% of them who can't point to specific parts of the act that could cause problems.

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Topics: Regulations explained, Food Safety Education, Food Safety Testing, FSMA

Reasons Why You Need Better Food Safety Practices Right Now

Posted by Mike Koeris on 9/23/16 9:47 AM

The passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has brought about a period of "hurry up and wait" for the food production industry.

It was signed by President Obama on January 4, 2011 and promised to bring sweeping change to the industry in hopes of reducing the numbers of Americans who become sick or die from unsafe food each year. But while little has changed since FSMA was passed, the FDA will be starting to enforce the new food safety regulations soon, and you have to be ready.

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Topics: Regulations explained, Food Safety Education, Food Safety Testing

Process Control and Food Safety

Posted by Mike Koeris on 8/30/16 10:00 AM

No one involved in food production ever wants to release contaminated food that could put consumers at risk. But without intensive testing, it can happen.

In addition to performing spot tests on your food products, you should also be frequently testing your plant environment. Environmental testing plays a critical role in providing the layered defense system necessary to ensure that safe, healthy, nutritious, fresh and affordable food is produced for and delivered to customers.

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Topics: Regulations explained, Food Safety Education, Food Safety Testing, Process Control

Are You Ready for Your Next Food Safety Audit?

Posted by Mike Koeris on 8/17/16 9:00 AM

If you work in a food plant, you know that food safety is a serious issue. If you're facing a food safety audit, you want to be as prepared as possible.

Since the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, food audit standards have changed, and the food plants of today need to be prepared. 

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Topics: Regulations explained, Food Safety Education, Food Safety Culture, Food Safety Testing

Sprout Creek Farm: A Sample6 Case Study

Posted by Brianne Shelley on 8/4/16 9:00 AM

Encompassing 200 acres in Dutchess County, New York, Sprout Creek Farm is dedicated to providing agricultural education, fostering spiritual development and producing internationally award-winning cheeses.

Colin McGrath started as Sprout Creek’s head cheesemaker in 2006. Over the past ten years, he’s managed the creamery and developed their line-making artisanal cheeses from the milk of grass-fed cows and goats the age-old, traditional methods of European farmstead cheese.

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Topics: Industry News, Featured Companies, Food Safety Testing

Sample6 announces the initiation of a multi-center Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the FDA

Posted by Mike Koeris on 7/21/16 9:00 AM

The CRADA is with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, Center for Veterinary Medicine, and Winchester Engineering Analytical Center

CAMBRIDGE, July 21, 2016:  Synthetic biology and food safety innovator Sample6 today announced the initiation of a multi-center Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and Winchester Engineering Analytical Center (WEAC).

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Topics: Industry News, Food Safety Testing

Sample6 Awarded First Patent for Application of Groundbreaking Phage Engineering Technology to Food Safety

Posted by Mike Koeris on 7/14/16 9:00 AM

Company Leads Innovation to Enable Preventative Food Safety –
Stop Recalls Before They Happen

CAMBRIDGE, July 14, 2016:  Synthetic Biology and Food safety innovator Sample6 today announced that it was granted a new patent enabling extremely rapid and sensitive bacterial detection for the genus Listeria through the use of the proprietary phage-based luminescence assay.

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Topics: Industry News, Food Safety Testing, Listeria

How to Get Your Business Back Online After a Food Recall

Posted by Mike Koeris on 6/30/16 10:00 AM

A food recall can seem like a ruinous situation. However, keep in mind that hundreds of food safety recalls take place each year. By being transparent and diligent, your brand can survive one and emerge even stronger. Read More

Topics: Industry News, Regulations explained, Food Safety Education, Food Safety Testing

Ensure Your Business Becomes FSMA Compliant

Posted by Mike Koeris on 6/16/16 11:00 AM

Today, FDA rules for food production and distribution change fast, and it can be difficult to stay on top of it all. Some of the most recent changes from the FDA revolve around the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

On September 17 of 2015, the FDA published its final rules for preventive controls in both human and animal foods. These rules require FDA-registered facilities that handle human and animal foods to monitor for hazards and implement preventive controls to mitigate pathogens.

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Topics: Industry News, Regulations explained

Protecting Yourself Against Listeria: A Refresher Course

Posted by Tim Curran on 6/1/16 10:30 AM

It seems like in recent months and weeks, you just can't seem to escape the news of some type of food recall or without hearing about an outbreak of food contamination at a local restaurant. The CDC has been working with the USDA, FDA, and state/local public health officials to investigate these recent outbreaks caused by Listeria monocytogenes.

So, how can you protect yourself from Listeria? Let's first start with the basics. 

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Topics: Industry News, Bacteria, Food Safety Education, Listeria

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