Food safety: Why test for coconut?

In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), mandating food product labels prominently display the presence of any ingredient from one of the eight major food allergens: peanuts, eggs, milk and milk by-products, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish. These allergens account for […]

Validation for food allergens in an environmental monitoring program

Cleaning in a food production environment is a critical base to any facility’s food safety program. The importance of an effective cleaning process cannot be overstated. Failures can result in biological, chemical (including allergens) or physical material contamination of future production.

The challenge for most food production facilities is in establishing objectives and standards that […]