Irradiation from radioactive elements, such as cobalt-60, or an electron beam, can be applied to raw materials to prevent the proliferation of plagues or to kill bacteria that could be present in ready-to-eat foods or industrialised ingredients. It is therefore an important tool in food safety and food security. Food contamination by some pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella sp. or Escherichia coli, is still a recalcitrant problem faced by the food industry, even in countries where the highest quality control measurements are applied. The present paper is intended to be an overview on the roles of irradiation treatment on different sectors of the food industry with a focus on relevant aspects such as food contamination risks, the irradiation process itself and public concern about new technologies.
How FSMA Impacts Food and Beverage Manufacturers
The food and beverage industry have evolved significantly over the past 10 years. The rules for the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have changed food and beverage manufacturing by having companies focus on preventing their products from being contaminated rather than limiting the scope of contaminations. “FSMA is the largest overhaul of government regulations since the 1930s,” says Evan D. Reyes, National Account Manager at Goodway Technologies. “The intent is to tighten...
9 Health & Safety Statistics Food and Beverage Companies Need to Know
The quality and safety of the food we eat is in the hands of millions of dedicated and skilled workers at food and beverage companies across the world. The key to maintaining that food quality and safety is ensuring workers have the EHS training, tools and support they need to feel and perform work safely. To give workers this support, food and beverage companies need to understand the attitudes, motivations and workplace perceptions of their workers. This knowledge and understanding allow you to craft EHS...
The Key To Controlling Airborne Contamination In Food Processing
In the food and beverage industry, contamination is always a high priority concern. Small mistakes in handling, preparation, and even in the cleaning of the environment where food comes into contact with surfaces can cause disastrous results that can potentially affect hundreds of thousands of people. Often overlooked is the threat from another source of food contact: air. Air is an Ingredient in Food Outdoor air can naturally carry anywhere from 200 to 1500 bacteria per cubic meter. The natural defense...
Choosing the Right Vibratory Sifter for Sieving Food Powders
Food and beverage manufacturers have to adhere to extremely high standards of production quality, both to meet their regulatory obligations and to manage risk when bringing a product to market. Sieving and sifting food powders is a critical step in the manufacturing of several products, one that is responsible for filtering out fine impurities that can affect overall quality. As a result, your choice of a vibratory sifter and media will play an important role in the overall productivity, cost-effectiveness and...
Food For People Initiatives In Israel
Leket Israel is the largest food rescue and redistribution network in Israel. Created in 2010, this network resulted in the merger of two former food bank organizations — Table to Table, founded in 2003 by Joseph Gitler to rescue and redeliver surplus food that would otherwise be discarded, and Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, founded in 2007. The organization’s programs alleviate nutritional insecurity and provide access to affordable, healthy food for over 1.9 million Israelis living in poverty...