X-ray systems are commonly used in food safety and quality control because they are reliable and affordable at the same time. Do you know how X-rays work in detecting foreign materials in food products? Find out how.
A study conducted by a group at Stephan Schmitz-Esser showed that Listeria is now resistant to some disinfectants, specifically, quaternary ammonium compounds. Are disinfectants still effective in killing microorganisms?
Food contamination is prevalent in the food industry. The danger of this leads to food poisoning, food-borne illnesses and worst, DEATH. This is due to the toxic substances produced by harmful microorganisms in the food or toxic chemical, which attack the different systems in our body. Due to outbreaks and product recalls, proper food handling and GMP should be practiced so that product quality and name of the company wouldn’t be at stake.
Genetically Modified Foods have lots of advantages and provides increase in yield in farmers. Many food and food ingredients in the market are now genetically modified. However, studies conducted on animals to observe and determine the possible effects on the body and health hazards on consuming GM foods. Since a lot of products are available on the market, people have the right to know about the food product and protect themselves from risk of having diseases.
Teratogen is something that causes damage to an unborn child inside a mother’s womb. That damage can be temporary or even permanent. It is best for mother’s to avoid these additives during the first trimester of pregnancy.
There are different major groups of mycotoxins. Knowing these kinds of mycotoxins is important to make people aware of what foods can have these mycotoxins and that they would know what to do to avoid these.
Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is commonly seen in plasticware products used in our homes and food storage. BPA has been banned on certain countries because of its ill effects on health. Read on to know more about BPA and how it impacts food safety.
Physical hazards in food cannot be avoided. It can result to physical harm to consumers and damage to business for the food manufacturer. For this reason, the following safe practices must be observed.
Are you familiar with Salmonella Heidelberg? It is a new strain of Salmonella that is resistant to multiple drugs. Many people in the US have been affected by the Salmonella outbreak. How effective are the measures undertaken by the USDA FSIS?
Caramel colouring is popular among food and beverage products. However, not many consumers are aware that a certain type of caramel colouring could possibly cause cancer, especially when taken in high amounts for a longer period of time.
Did you know that a chemical found in yoga mats, synthetic leather and rubber shoes can be found in bread? You’ll be surprised to know that even popular fast food restaurants also have this ingredient in their bread.
Chemicals used in maintenance and repair of food production equipment can also be a source of contamination for some food products. It is therefore, very important to increase the level of security within the production facility as well.
A study conducted in Adelaide shows that ready to eat delis are contaminated with high amounts of bacteria. This indicates that possible improper handling, lack of food safety protocols and improper hygiene may be present.
The incidence of food allergies has been steadily rising since 1997. Developed countries seem to have the greatest incidence of food allergies. Despite sufficient information regarding food allergies, researchers could not provide an explanation why food allergies continue to rise.
Both local and imported agricultural products follow the same set of regulations on pesticides. In addition, US implemented two programs to help protect the public from pesticide residues in food products.
Chang Guann is now embroiled in a controversy with their tainted Fragrant Lard Oil. The company was fined a hefty amount by the Greater Kaohsiung Government Department of Health. All products and its derivatives are now being pulled out and will later be destroyed.
One of the most surprising things that could happen in a food safety event is food poisoning. Although it may seem ironic, it is inevitable that such unfortunate events could happen. That is why utmost care and strict compliance to food safety procedures are needed when preparing food.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released a guide on some of the worst food additives in the market today. The Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives highlights 12 food additives which the organization thinks to underline the failures of the regulatory system.
There are different factors to consider while preparing your food. The most important among them is the issue of food safety. Even if you cook the most delicious food, and it makes consumers sick at the end of the day, because of improper cooking, handling, or detection of foreign materials, then it would be bad, and efforts invested in cooking it would be a waste. It is difficult to detect whether the food is safe to eat simply by testing it.
Where are tomorrow's food and drink safety threats, recalls, and outbreaks going to appear? The smart food safety players including; Kraft Heinz, WM Morrison Supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Food Standards Scotland, Starbucks, Danone, itsu, Unilever and Pladis are striving to identify and reduce threats and vulnerabilities with advanced risk assessments around fraud, contaminants and industry challenges. From next-level, proactive systems and approaches for full supply chain traceability, raw material authenticity and integrity assurance to uncovering retailer’s expectations, embedding a food safety culture and preparing for legislative updates… how can we anticipate what’s coming next?
Visual Trust is an end-to-end digital solution that allows Chinese shoppers to check the quality and origins of their purchases by scanning food with their smartphones. When shoppers scan products, they gain immediate access to quality certificates, test results, locations and pictures of farms, as well as nutritional advice.
Preventing the migration of mineral oil components from packaging materials is one of the most pressing issues currently facing the food and packaging industry. Pressure on the lawmakers and manufacturers is on the rise. Due to the urgency and explosive nature of the topic – and in the wake of a conference back in March which sold out extremely quickly, Akademie Fresenius decided to host an additional conference on 7 and 8 November. 17 renowned speakers and numerous leading executives from the food industry, with backgrounds in management, quality assurance and product development, accepted the invitation to come along to Dusseldorf. Together, they discussed the different methods of determining mineral oil content – and, of course, the question as to how far the problem can be resolved by self-commitments on the part of the industry and the introduction of new laws at both national and EU level.