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Technical Tuesdays: HACCP Program Use in Dairy Operations

Posted by Tedd Wittenbrink

January 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM

dairy_blog.jpgUsing Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles to manage food safety in the dairy industry is not a new concept. Most dairy manufacturers have already implemented HACCP as a process to manage food safety in addition to regulatory requirements. 

Although the FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule is not required for Grade A dairies until September 2018, customers and retailers continue to require their suppliers to have an effective and operational HACCP Plan in place that is overseen by a trained individual. Additionally, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes such as Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) and British Retail Consortium (BRC) also require HACCP implementation overseen by a trained individual. Finally, global organizations, such as The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), continue to recognize HACCP (Codex HACCP) as a system which identifies, evaluates, and controls hazards which are significant for food safety. 

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Topics: Food Safety, HACCP, Dairy, GFSI, Dairy Operations, SQF, Hazard Analysis, Dairy Industry, Global Food Safety Initiative, FAO, Safe Quality Food Institute

Aflatoxin M1 Headaches For The Dairy Industry

Posted by Xochitl Javier

July 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM

aflatoxin_m1_mycotoxin_dairy_industry Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxin metabolites produced by numerous molds. There are over 300 mycotoxins that occur in food and feed, 20 of which occur at levels that pose safety concerns. Consequently, hundreds of countries have regulations regarding the levels of mycotoxins in food and feed. Aflatoxins, a class of mycotoxins, are of greatest concern due to their prevalence.

In the dairy industry, Aflatoxin M1 poses extra special challenges. Since aflatoxins are carcinogenic to animals and potentially humans, they are closely monitored throughout the supply chain. Each year, aflatoxins have a negative economic impact on agriculture, resulting in devastating damage to crops and adverse health effects in livestock. Read on to learn more about one of the most closely monitored aflatoxins by dairy farmers and the dairy industry at large.

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Topics: Mycotoxins, Dairy


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