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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 Inc.com. 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

Allergen testing based on representative sampling crucial to food safety

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 1/28/16 2:38 PM

Food allergy is a rising public health concern. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 9 million – or 4% – of adults and 6 million – or 8% – of children. Young children are affected most. While some food allergies resolve over time, allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, fish or shellfish generally are lifelong (Food Allergy Research & Education).

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Australian brewery ensures ingredient quality with automatic sampling

Posted by AJ Naber on 1/26/16 7:30 AM

As Homer Simpson once so eloquently said, “Here’s to alcohol: The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” The processing of raw ingredients into a final product can cause problems for breweries big or small. Ingredient management, and in particular verifying consistency and quality, doesn’t have to be a problem if you choose the right automated sampling solution.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Whiskey Raw Ingredient Sampling

Posted by AJ Naber on 1/14/16 11:14 AM

The old saying goes, “If whiskey interferes with your business, give up your business. No use trying to do two things at once.” For some, whiskey IS their business. Within the state of Tennessee, there are more than 20 whiskey distilleries.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Why automatic food & beverage sampling is essential

Posted by AJ Naber on 12/17/15 9:21 AM

Nearly all foods undergo some form of processing. Whether it’s oranges being squeezed and packaged as juice, fish being cleaned, frozen and packaged, or peanut butter being mixed and placed into containers, all food and beverage processing is required to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) as well as additional local, national and international food safety regulations.

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Topics: Food & Beverage