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Implementing Effective Guidelines for Food Safety Compliance

Posted by John Powalisz on 3/8/17 10:30 AM

This article originally appeared in the Spring issue of the Packaging + Processing OEM published by The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. It has been republished below for our readers like yourself!

As low-moisture food producers seek to meet new sanitation standards, they are looking to machinery advances to improve food safety and minimize the risk of recalls. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement for sanitary equipment design poses a challenge for many processors in this market.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

5 Important Tips For Cleaning Your Sampling Equipment

Posted by Paul Dybro on 3/1/17 10:30 AM

Cleaning sampling equipment used in food production is very important. Food producers need to have confidence that their automated samplers are cleaned and maintained properly to eliminate contamination and potential recalls and their associated costs. Thorough cleaning and sanitizing of food-handling machines, and equipment, including food and beverage samplers is a requirement of a robust hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plan.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Why Automated Food Sampling Can Lower Recall Insurance Rates

Posted by Paul Dybro on 2/22/17 11:15 AM

In recent years, purchasing food product recall and contamination insurance has become more common as food producers seek to reduce their risk. It’s become more prevalent as companies stop self-insuring due to the serious potential financial and brand consequences of recalls. Even large food producers are considering recall liability insurance as they face potential lost revenue from a costly recall. For small companies, a recall can put them out of business.

Yet, many food producers may still be missing the relationship between representative sampling at various stages throughout the production process and their liability insurance rates.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Equipment Designed With Sanitation in Mind Can Ease Processors' FSMA Requirements

Posted by Paul Dybro on 2/1/17 10:30 AM

This article contains excerpts from an article that originally appeared on FoodProcessing.com. It has been republished below for our readers like yourself!

Thorough cleaning and sanitizing of food-handling machines and equipment is a requirement, but the task becomes easier and faster when upfront consideration is given to sanitary design.

With implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) under way, sanitary design migrated from a nice-to-have to a must-have for the processing and handling equipment inside food & beverage manufacturing facilities.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

How Automated Sampling for Allergens Helps Ensure Food Safety

Posted by AJ Naber on 1/11/17 11:30 AM

Peanut and tree nut allergies are two of the top eight most common food allergies. The other six are milk, eggs, soy beans, fish, shellfish, wheat and corn. Allergies to peanuts are generally a life-long condition, with only about 20 percent of people with the allergy ever receiving a remedy. In addition, up to 40 percent of people with peanut allergies are also allergic to tree nuts.

An allergic reaction can occur just by touching a surface with a trace amount of peanut butter and then touching one’s eye. Some of the serious reactions can be deadly; therefore, identifying an allergen such as peanuts or tree nuts in food processing is vital to protecting consumers. The challenge in controlling allergens such as peanuts and tree nuts involves the entire process at a food production plant. Identifying the allergens means using preventative measures to detect them, particularly when producing products with allergen sources such as nuts.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

What to Know About Food Traceability and Sampling

Posted by AJ Naber on 12/14/16 11:00 AM

Today’s media posts include food recalls due to contamination, impurities, and mislabeling almost weekly. Food recalls have grown 4-fold in the last 5 years and the average cost of a recall for a food company is $10million. The food supply chain is getting increasingly complex and safety problems can directly affect public health. Protecting a food producer’s brand and its consumers with product traceability is more important than ever.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Sentry Equipment Featured by Business in Focus Magazine

Posted by Paul Dybro on 11/30/16 11:30 AM

For food and beverage manufacturers, finding a solution to a processing problem goes beyond consulting internal resources to seeking industry experts. To understand a processing problem, representative sampling may be at the heart of diagnosing it accurately and reliably. To have confidence in solving the problem, partner with a strategic food and beverage sampling supplier that understands it and can provide insights to solve it.

“My job is to go out and look for market problems that exist that we can help solve – whether that is by developing a new product, partnering with a different company and bringing our customers different solutions, or even acquiring other businesses that extend the Sentry brand to provide a wider range of solutions to our customer,” explained Industry Manager AJ Naber in a recent interview with Business In Focus magazine.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Company News

How to Make Food Safe with Representative Sampling & Hygienic Design

Posted by AJ Naber on 11/16/16 11:30 AM

Earlier this month PACK EXPO International 2016 brought the best-of-the-best in processing and packaging innovation from a wide variety of industries at the largest processing and packaging trade show in the world.

This year’s show introduced two new hygienic automatic samplers for free-flowing solids and powders: the Sentry HPR automatic point sampler and the Sentry HRX automatic strip sampler.

In addition to exhibiting at this show, AJ Naber, Industry Manager for Sentry Equipment, presented on the Innovation Stage to discuss why representative sampling is critical for food safety: “Promoting Food Safety Through Representative Sampling & Hygienic Design.” If you missed PACK EXPO or the presentation, the content of it is discussed below.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Collecting your food & beverage samples to meet QA lab standards

Posted by AJ Naber on 7/21/16 1:27 PM

In any industry, quality assurance testing and analytical data is only as good as the sample tested. Hand sampling poses challenges for food and beverage manufacturers that can skew testing results and introduce food safety concerns that put products, operators and consumers at risk.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

No such thing as a free lunch: The real cost of manual food and beverage sampling methods

Posted by AJ Naber on 6/28/16 7:00 AM

Hand scoop sampling long has been commonplace with bulk material producers and processors within the food and beverage industry.  This convenient and low-cost manual method is widely accepted as a standard operating procedure. Final product sampling also is regarded as being easy and reliable – the product is a random representation of the lot and is already contained and ready for the lab. However, scoop sampling and final product sampling, which seem to be a “free lunch” in not adding costs, can be problematic and certainly not free.

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Topics: Food & Beverage