Mérieux NutriSciences renamed its North American flagship laboratory in Crete, IL, the Dr. John H. Silliker Solution Center in honor of the late founder of Silliker Laboratories. The special rededication was held on the opening day of 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo. Mérieux NutriSciences acquired Silliker Laboratories in 1997. Dr. Silliker, 92, died in March of this year following a lifetime of distinguished service to food science. Continue Reading

In the pursuit of improved food safety, environmental control measures are highly recommended to prevent finished product contamination. Largely void of state-of-the-art gadgets and gizmos, environmental control programs can be viewed as “the nuts and bolts” of food safety programs. However, their value in the ongoing battle against foodborne disease cannot be denied. This article covers a number of the vital components that are found in environmental control programs. Continue Reading

The best HACCP, GMP, or sanitation training program can be rendered meaningless if your company suffers from high employee turnover. The proper orientation of employees should not be undervalued or overlooked.

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The first few weeks or months in a food plant environment with new responsibilities can be highly stressful and confusing. During this critical time, an effective orientation can mean the difference between a new employee becoming an asset or realizing a lost return on your investment. Continue Reading

No matter how sophisticated a manufacturing and quality system may be, problems or failures occur. Crisis management programs are an essential element for organizations today.

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Ideally, crisis management teams ideally at plant operations should include a senior company executive, possibly the president, and representatives from each group involved in the manufacture, distribution, sales, marketing and public relations aspects of the business. Information on how each individual may be contacted at any hour should be available. This access is important as crises do not observe regular hours. People must be available to make decisions and take prompt action. Continue Reading

Microbial cross-contamination – the transfer of harmful bacteria to food products – remains a leading cause of foodborne illness and disease. To minimize the spread of microorganisms and protect the safety of finished products, processors are advised to adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), educate plant workers on the dangers of cross-contamination and implore how their activities can contribute to or prevent its occurrence. Continue Reading

Due to its presence in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and prevalence in Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control (HACCP) programs are very much vogue these days in the food industry.

Under FSMA’s preventive controls rule for human food, facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human are charged with implementing a written food safety plan focused on controlling hazards. In nearly every GFSI certification scheme, including Safe Quality Food (SQF) and BRC, companies seeking accreditation to a particular Code are required to have validated and verified HACCP plans. Continue Reading