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Milk and Dairy Sampling: Technologies to Reduce Risk and Increase Efficiency

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 1/25/18 10:30 AM

In 2016, food recalls surged 22% to 764, with many tied to the dairy industry. Contaminated dairy products can be linked to consumer illness, with the potential to permanently damage a dairy’s brand. How can milk and milk ingredient processors turn the tide, while complying with new and expanding regulations?

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Join the Conversation! Food Safety: How Representative Sampling Can Reduce Your Risk

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/11/17 9:19 AM

The challenges in food production are growing more intense every year. Expanding regulations, foodborne illness outbreaks, and product recalls are increasing demand for better food safety practices. How can you keep up?

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Automatic Sampling: Helping The Dairy Industry Lead The Way In Food Safety

Posted by John Powalisz on 7/26/17 2:00 PM

In 2016, food recalls surged 22% to 764, with many tied to the dairy industry. Contaminated dairy products can be linked to consumer illness, with the potential to permanently damage a dairy’s brand. How can milk and milk ingredient processors turn the tide, while complying with new and expanding regulations? Automatic sampling can help ensure that milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream producers not only comply with the latest regulations, but also avoid harmful and expensive recalls that can lead to brand damage – or worse.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

How Representative Sampling Can Improve Food Safety

Posted by John Powalisz on 5/10/17 2:30 PM

Expanding regulations. Foodborne illness outbreaks and product recalls. Intensifying demand for food and beverage safety. The challenges in food and beverage production are growing more intense every year. How can you keep up?

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Topics: Food & Beverage

The Best Way to Sample Flour for Quality Control

Posted by Tod Myers on 4/12/17 10:15 AM

A flour mill operations manager often starts the day by checking processing data in the lab where product samples are tested to assess the mill’s performance and check for any issues such as contamination.

Proper flour sampling can make or break quality control analysis in a flour milling operation. A quality control test is only as good as the tested sample, which is only as good as the flour sampling technique used to obtain a true representative sample that has the characteristics of the whole lot or batch that’s tested.

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Topics: Solids & Powder, Food & Beverage

How Sweetener Sampler Eliminates Potential Contamination

Posted by John Powalisz on 4/5/17 11:00 AM

Just as trusted ingredients are critical to a food production operation; automated sampling is a critical part of any ingredient manufacturer’s processes. A nutrition and health food ingredient supplier to the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries needed to analyze representative samples of its product: polydextrose, which is a sweetener ingredient used in bakery products, beverages and baby food.

This food supplier’s customers requested it use modern biological contamination sampling techniques of its product to ensure quality.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

How to Select an Aseptic Sampler for Food Production

Posted by John Powalisz on 3/29/17 10:30 AM

In the food industry, aseptic equipment is vital to ensure food safety. That equipment includes aseptic samplers used by quality control personnel to easily and safely sample liquids from closed systems such as food and beverage process lines and vessels. Aseptic samplers guide the product through a hermetically sealed system directly into a bottle without contact to the environment.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

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 Sentry Equipment 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 Sentry Equipment 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