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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

Match the best sampling solution to your application: Our best complementary suppliers

Posted by Mike Keister on 6/14/16 1:00 PM

You trust your strategic sampling partner to help you solve your representative sampling challenges. You also rely on them to tell you when, occasionally, your needs are better met by a solution they do not currently offer.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Pharmaceutical, Any Application

Find the best samplers for solids and powders

Posted by Rich Gaffney on 6/7/16 10:14 AM

A number of industries routinely conduct solid and powder sampling, ranging from cement and food and beverage, to pharmaceutical, petrochemical, mining, oil and gas, and power generation. This list illustrates the wide variety of solid and powder sampling applications, and it also proves that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all sampling solution.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Any Application, Steam & Water

Representative Sampling Is the Key to Consistent High Quality Products

Posted by Krista Drager on 5/19/16 9:43 AM

This article originally appeared on It has been republished below for our readers like yourself!

For a food manufacturer, there are few things worse than calling for a mandatory food product recall.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Three steps to take to maintain your samplers

Posted by Paul Williams on 4/5/16 9:09 AM

Our cars wouldn’t run very well if we didn’t fill them with gasoline, change the motor oil, or conduct routine maintenance and repairs. In the same way, your facility’s sampling equipment needs regular preventative maintenance.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry, Any Application, Gas

The role sampling plays in meeting U.S. FSMA guidelines

Posted by AJ Naber on 3/17/16 10:46 AM

In the U.S. regulatory world, the big news in 2016 is the implementation of the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive control (HARPC) provisions under Section 103 of the U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Food and beverage producers and processors have known this was coming, as FSMA was signed into U.S. law in January 2011. Now, the regulations implementing HARPC have been issued.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Automatic peanut butter sampling throughout line ensures quality, saves costs

Posted by AJ Naber on 3/15/16 10:11 AM

Some food processors rely on sampling and analysis of final packaged product at the end of their line, which presents several issues. First, if the final product is found to be contaminated or presenting other quality issues, there is no way to identify exactly where in the process the issue occurred.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Automatic sampling or recalls: Your choice

Posted by AJ Naber on 2/25/16 3:47 PM

Why you owe it to your customers to obtain representative samples

Hardly a month goes by when there isn’t a major food recall in the news. There are huge costs – in terms of hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted product, and the negative impact to brand equity and consumer trust – associated with each recall.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Flour Miller Replaces Bin Scooping With Cross-Section Sampling For Increased Quality Assurance

Posted by George Buss on 2/2/16 10:24 AM

In solid and powder sampling applications, it is important to obtain a representative sample with a sampler that enters the material stream, captures a quantity of that material, and extracts a representative sample for analysis. For all solids and powders, the sampler chosen is determined by the material flow rate, the sample amount required, and the material characteristics such as flow behavior, the shape and makeup of the particles, and the tendency of the solid or powder to segregate or group together.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder