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Category: Food Safety

Taking Sponge Samples

Many operations choose to verify the efficacy of their cleaning and training programs using a microbiological testing program. Not everyone though has been taught how to properly take a sponge sample. Many laboratories simply send the sponges and neglect to include instructions or the instructions are not consulted when taking a sample. Improperly taking a sample can lead to false positive or false negative test results. Because sponges are larger than swabs they are typically used to sample non-food contact surfaces. However, they can be used on food contact surfaces. Sponges can be used to sample equipment or environmental locations.
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EVENT: Effectively Improve your Listeria Environmental Control Program

Don't miss this great event!  Effectively Improve Your Listeria Environmental Control Program Today When:  Oct 28th, 2015 Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET, 11:00am - 12 pm PT Cost: Free Join us for an exciting webinar on Wednesday Oct 28th that will discuss some very important topics. With a renewed focus on Listeria environmental control in response to recent recalls, FSMA, and higher expectations in food safety, there have been many webinars discussing regulations, control programs,” Seek and Destroy” approaches, but few on the practical tools and technology available to you today that can yield an immediate improvement in your control program.
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Three FSMA Webinars Held This Week

The FDA released the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rules on Preventative Controls Tuesday. These rules will set new safety requirements for facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human and animal food.   Click here to review the final rules document.   The FDA is hosting three webinars, this week, to cover the details of the rules and answer any questions. Registration for the webinars is not required.   Tuesday, September 15  2:00pm - 3:00pm ET Final Rules for Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food:  Who is Covered? What is the Definition of a Farm? For more details and to register, click
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Performing a Mock Recall Exercise

PERFORMING A MOCK RECALL EXERCISE Written by: Katie Odrobina, Senior Food Safety Consultant, PFSS Mock recalls are routine exercises conducted to assess existing traceability and recall procedures and their effectiveness. The ability to trace a commodity through the supply chain can help protect public health and safety while limiting losses in an actual recall situation. In being ready for an actual recall there is the plan and then there is the practice of the implementation. The plan alone will not guarantee readiness for a midnight phone call from the FDA. Establishing a Recall Team There is no set guideline on
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Step-by-Step Food Safety Manual Development Workshop

Produce Food Safety Services (PFSS), a membership service provided by the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, is offering a one day, hands-on workshop to help growers create customized food safety manuals for their farm operations. Participants will leave with a complete, or mostly complete, food safety manual as well as the confidence and ability to complete the manual, make edits and implement the program on their farm.  The workshop will take place 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on August 18, 2015 at Southern Regional Technical College (formerly Moultrie Technical College), 800 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, GA 31788 in Moultrie,
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Food Defense in the Produce Industry

By: Katie Odrobina The concept of food defense in the fresh produce industry is not new but can still be a bit daunting in application. At its most basic level food defense simply means having measures in place to reduce the likelihood of having someone intentionally contaminate the food chain. Intentional contamination can be aimed at killing or injuring people, disrupting the economy or ruining a specific company. There is not a company out there that doesn’t want to protect the public health and the economic well-being of their industry and company. With a functional food defense plan in place,
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