The Benefits of Outsourcing Sanitation Services

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Operators of processing facilities might encounter any number of reasons for not tackling the sanitation shift in-house. Whether the reasons stem from environmental issues, microbiological, staffing, leadership or otherwise, the benefits of outsourcing sanitation services are many. Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI) provides contract sanitation services to processing plants facing issues which keep them from… read more

U.S.D.A. Raises Ending Stocks Forecasts for this and Next Year

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its July 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, forecast the carryover of U.S. sugar on Oct. 1, 2019, (2018-19 ending stocks) at 1,761,000 short tons, raw value, up 235,818 tons, or 15%, from its June forecast based on higher tariff rate quota imports and higher imports from… read more

The Human Element of Food Safety

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Recently, everything from Listeria to E. coli to Campylobacter has given American consumers good reason to worry about the safety of their food. The industry has responded and is making every effort to improve the safety of food by utilizing science-based testing and sampling practices, detection technologies, food safety training and education, and multiple interventions. However, other scientific fields could take… read more

Why Red Robin is Under Siege

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At a January 2018 investor conference, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. said it planned to combat rising minimum wage costs by eliminating the roles of busboys and expeditors at restaurants. The job cuts would save millions and require servers to wipe clean tables. It was a stark contrast to the brand’s unbridled service ethos, where employees… read more

“Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety”

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will develop a “Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety” for how the agency applies new and emerging technologies to advance food safety. Traceability, digital technologies and evolving food business models are among the areas the blueprint will address, the agency explained, and a public meeting scheduled… read more

Recalls by the Food and Drug Administration

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Food and beverage recalls initiated by the Food and Drug Administration during the first quarter of 2019 fell 36.5% to 99, the second lowest quarter since the third quarter of 2015 and the third lowest total since at least 2010, according to Stericycle Expert Solutions’ Recall Index. Stericycle Expert Solutions attributed the decline primarily to… read more

Imported Foods Must be Safe

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The Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 25 issued the F.D.A. Strategy for approach to ensuring certain imported foods are safe. the Safety of Imported Foods, a 17-page document that describes the agency’s multi-layered. The strategy outlined by the F.D.A. has four goals: preventing safety problems in the foreign supply chain prior to a food’s… read more

Can Restaurants Ditch Disposables?

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When John Shin launched the now two-unit fast-casual concept Prawn in Los Angeles three years ago, he looked for disposable foodware that was compostable. “Being in the food industry for so long and seeing the massive amounts of waste, I just wanted to make sure what we’re doing is sustainable,” he said. There have been… read more

Consumer Perceptions of ‘Clean’ are Changing

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The perception of clean remains a powerful force in food and beverage product development. What started as a trend focused on removal of specific ingredients from formulations has rippled through the supply chain and to the farm. Food and beverage manufacturers are advocating for improved production practices to enhance the functionality and sustainability of raw… read more