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Food safety questions for your co-packer

The natural foods industry is bursting with new product concepts, from cutting-edge ingredients and unique delivery forms, to exotic flavors and creative packaging. Many of these products are developed by entrepreneurs and start-up companies who need the support of co-packers and contract manufacturers to bring their ideas to market. When it comes to food safety, […]

USDA proposes HACCP plans, Sanitation SOPs for egg product plants

A new rule has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve food safety practices in the egg industry.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed requiring egg product plants to develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems — which 93% of egg plants reportedly already use.

The […]

Food allergens: best practices to protect the consumer

Despite food manufacturers’ best efforts, undeclared allergens, that is, food allergens not declared on a food’s label, are the leading cause of food recalls requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Undeclared allergens may result from cross-contamination, placing the wrong label on a product, or a manufacturer not being aware of the need […]

Report: Foodborne illness drops by almost half in decade

Foodborne illness outbreaks fell by more than 40 percent from 2001 to 2010, according to a study released this week.

Much of the decrease can be attributed to improved food safety practices, including the implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. However, the trend may also reflect foodborne illnesses being underreported, as […]

HACCP plans for certain poultry products to be reviewed, pathogen sampling program to expand

Facilities that produce not ready-to-eat (NRTE) chicken and turkey products must reassess their plans that help prevent hazards from entering their goods.

Along with defining NRTE comminuted (read: pulverized or broken down) products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also plans to expand its Salmonella and Campylobacter verification program. A new NRTE comminuted poultry sampling […]

FSIS notice: Manufacturers to reassess HACCP plans 90 days after implementation of non-O157 STEC rule

Food production establishments will have to re-evaluate their HACCP plans 90 days after a new rule governing monitoring for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) went into effect if the target strains are detected, according to a notice from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Only those plants that have positive non-O157 STEC results […]

Questions about new food safety standards? Robert Prevendar has answers.

Robert Prevendar

Robert Prevendar serves as the director of food safety certification systems for NSF International, an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit that provides product certification and helps develop standards to improve food, water, and consumer product safety. NSF is a North American market leader in providing certifications aligned with the global food safety initiative (GFSI). […]