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Food Safety Blog

How to Perform Quality Food Safety Testing In-shift

Posted by Mike Koeris on 11/28/16 12:43 PM

why is in-shift data important?

Right now, food processors don’t have the ability to properly respond in shift because they don’t receive the data until the next day or later if they’re using traditional test methods. Therefore your corrective actions are lagging the incident by 24-48 hours. Why is this important? A “hot spot” may migrate in the normal course of producing food due to a variety of factors such as foot traffic, product flow, sanitation (that isn’t seeking out to clean this particular hotspot) etc.

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Topics: Food Safety Testing, Sample6, DETECT

How to Improve Collaboration Between Sanitation and Testing Teams

Posted by Shawn Gartside on 11/21/16 11:21 AM

We are all aware that communication is one of the most important aspects of a successful relationship. This statement is especially true when it comes to managing the food safety challenges in a food and beverage manufacturing plant. With the right tools communication and collaboration can be easy.

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Topics: Regulations explained, CONTROL, Food Safety Testing, Sample6, remediation

How Sample6 is making the Industry Safer

Posted by Florence Maounis on 11/14/16 11:00 AM

Our approach is three-fold:

  1. First and foremost, we protect your brand!
  2. Second, we help you comply with existing and new rules and regulations!
  3. Third, we reduce your risk while producing food and serving customers!
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Topics: Regulations explained, CONTROL, Food Safety Testing, Sample6, FSMA, DETECT, Food Safety

How to Enjoy a Food Safety Audit

Posted by Florence Maounis on 11/7/16 11:00 AM

 

“Many food and beverages manufacturers are poorly prepared to comply with the record keeping requirements mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a new survey”.

How can you enjoy a food safety audit when the majority of manufacturers are unprepared you ask yourself? Most people equate a food safety audit with a visit to the dentist, an audit by the IRS or something else equally tedious and potentially painful. But it does not have to be this way.

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Topics: Regulations explained, CONTROL, Food Safety Testing, Sample6, DETECT, Food Safety, FDA

Steps to take When Your Plant has a Food Recall: How Sample6 can Help

Posted by Florence Maounis on 10/31/16 3:45 PM

Using technology to respond to a Listeria recall

It’s Tuesday – your least favorite day ever – at least this Tuesday is… you’ve been notified that your company is recalling product due to Listeria… produced in your plant!   

In cases like these it is of paramount importance to have a predetermined course of action included in a detailed Recall Plan. The goal of a Recall Plan is to provide explicit steps to rapidly identify and remove the recalled product from the marketplace to ensure the health of the public.

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Topics: CONTROL, Food Safety Testing, Sample6, Listeria, DETECT

Add Revenue to Your Bottom Line with Proper Food Safety Testing

Posted by Florence Maounis on 10/24/16 11:00 AM

FSMA shifts FDA’s focus from reaction to prevention and makes food producers accountable for the safety of their products. Better food safety practices are always good for business and will help you differentiate your business from your competition and can help increase your top and bottom line.

Good food safety practices have an impact on your bottom line. Your best-in-class food safety practices will be recognized by consumers and valued, allowing you to advance your business.

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Topics: Food Safety Testing, FSMA, Food Safety and Cost

How Sample6 Addresses FSMA Requirements

Posted by Mike Koeris on 10/6/16 10:45 AM

New FSMA rules require that companies establish a food safety plan (FSP) that meets certain key requirements. Food Safety companies are responding by developing products that can help the small and medium companies be compliant with the new FSMA rules.

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Topics: Regulations explained, CONTROL, FSMA

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

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