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What does Validation and Verification mean in the world of Food Microbiology?

Posted by Stephanie A. Wilkins

October 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

validation_verification_food_processValidation and verification are becoming new buzz words in the world of food microbiology, especially when it comes to quantitative and qualitative testing. This blog will focus on qualitative testing. Under a key Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement, food manufacturers must ensure their matrices are tested using methods that have been validated by a recognized accrediting body for that particular food category.  

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Topics: Process Validation

4 Common Approaches to Consider for Process Validation Studies

Posted by Wendy McMahon

August 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM

cooking_process_validationUnder the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food manufacturers are charged with employing processes that mitigate risks and aid in the delivery of safe and stable products. Manufacturers employ a wide range of thermal processes to inactivate spoilage microorganisms and pathogens that can affect product shelf-life. Verifying the effectiveness of these processes through well-designed and executed validation studies is essential in today's regulatory environment. 

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Food Process Validation: At Home and Abroad

Posted by Erdogan Ceylan

April 22, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Process Validation The food industry has evolved from locally grown and consumed products to national and international operations. The globalization of food production and trade has raised the potential of food safety issues to an international level. The food industry has done a remarkable job ensuring food safety not only at the national level, but also at the international level.

As part of this effort, food companies -- many times under regulatory guidelines -- are required to validate their operations for safe and quality foods. Process validation studies determine the ability of a specific Critical Control Point (CCP) of a HACCP plan to achieve desired food safety objectives. 

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Topics: Food Safety, Process Validation

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