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The Art of Grain Sampling

The Art of Grain Sampling

The Art of Grain Sampling Whether it's for human food or animal food, grain is an extensive industry that impacts almost everyone in some way. That is why it's critical to ensure grain products are as high quality as possible. It all starts with a proper sampling. It...

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How ATP Testing Advances the Hospitality Industry

How ATP Testing Advances the Hospitality Industry

How ATP Testing Advances the Hospitality Industry Although the hospitality industry has strengthened its cleaning practices, consumers must be confident that these more stringent protocols are truly effective. According to AAA research, 76 percent of customers would...

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Mycotoxin Forecast for the Rest of 2021

Mycotoxin Forecast for the Rest of 2021

Mycotoxin Forecast for the Rest of 2021 The last few years have seen higher than usual levels of Vomitoxin, or DON, and Aflatoxin and 2021 is shaping up to be no different. 2021 is primed to be above average for Aflatoxin and DON because of one simple reason: The...

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Environmental Monitoring Program

Environmental Monitoring Program

Environmental Monitoring Program More food facilities are creating and upgrading their environmental monitoring programs (EMP) due to an increasing emphasis from government agencies on locating and controlling food hazards and contaminants. The FDA Food Safety...

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How Often Do You See Random Microbial Spikes?

How Often Do You See Random Microbial Spikes?

How Often Do You See Random Microbial Spikes?   A random micro spike has just occurred on your finished product. The root cause investigation shows that nothing has changed in your sanitation process, there has not been any personal turn-over, and nothing has changed...

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Are All ATP Luminometers Created Equal?

Are All ATP Luminometers Created Equal?

Are All ATP Luminometers Created Equal? I have a question for you. Do you feel like your ATP program is adding value to your product quality and sanitation procedure? If your answer is ‘we consistently get low relative light units (RLU), but we have elevated bacteria...

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Adult Nutritional Drinks

Adult Nutritional Drinks

Adult Nutrition Drinks The market for nutritional drinks worldwide forecasts an accelerated growth rate over the next seven years. Reasons for this rise include a greater focus on health consciousness, minimizing chronic health issues, evolving drink preferences,...

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Mycotoxins in Animal Feed

Mycotoxins in Animal Feed

Mycotoxins in Animal Feed Mycotoxins are toxins that occur naturally, are generated by particular molds (fungi), and appear in food. They can be the source of various negative health effects and can be a significant health danger to livestock, horses, companion...

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Food Safety in Review

Food Safety in Review

Food Safety in Review According to the World Health Organization (WHO), foodborne illnesses cause an estimated 600 million people to fall ill each year, which is almost one in every ten people worldwide. They estimate that 420,000 people die each year, with 40% of...

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The Criticality of Environmental Sampling

The Criticality of Environmental Sampling

The Criticality of Environmental Sampling Although the United States is known for having one of the safest food and beverage supplies globally, illnesses with a foodborne base persist in the country. These foodborne illnesses affect millions and cause the...

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Prerequisite to FSMA is Sanitation

Prerequisite to FSMA is Sanitation

Prerequisite to FSMA is Sanitation The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) focuses on prevention—and sanitation efforts are a key part of your success in complying with FSMA regulations. In this post, we will take a detailed look at why sanitation efforts...

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Peptone Water: What Plant Managers Need to Know

Peptone Water: What Plant Managers Need to Know

For those in the meat processing industry, food safety and microbial control are consistently top-of-mind issues. Using buffered peptone water (BPW) for microbial testing in poultry is an industry-standard practice, and now the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has switched to neutralizing buffered peptone water (nBPW) because of improved recovery of pathogens, Salmonella and Campylobacter.

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An Ounce of Prevention: The Food Safety Act Wants to Catch Outbreaks Before They Start

An Ounce of Prevention: The Food Safety Act Wants to Catch Outbreaks Before They Start

Food safety inspections are an important part of the industry that grows, produces, and distributes our food. About one in six Americans—around 48 million—get sick every year from foodborne illnesses. Even more alarming nearly 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 people die each year from foodborne diseases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Challenges When Testing for Enterobacteriaceae

Challenges When Testing for Enterobacteriaceae

In the food and beverage industry, there are few things as important to quality and reputation as microbial safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, around 9.4 million Americans will get sick from a foodborne illness. Studies that have examined the cost of recalls estimate that the average cost of a food product recall in the U.S. is $10 million—and there are hundreds of recalls every year.

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