This Month in Food Safety News

Summertime is naturally a season when food safety issues come to the forefront for individual consumers. Outdoor barbecues, graduation parties, and all types of casual gatherings are opportunities for food borne pathogens to thrive. With Food Safety Day, a Congressional initiative to create a single food safety agency, and a symposium on the topic, this seems to be the time of year that the industry has renewed focus on this important issue.

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How Enhanced Sanitation Boosted Production for Food Manufacturing Plant

In a recent case study, we discussed the successful removal of biofilm* from a clean-in-place system at a major ready-to-eat food manufacturer’s facility.

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D7 and Bacterial Biofilms: A Use Case for Removal

The presence of biofilms in a food processing environment can be devastating to a brand, especially if a recall is required due to an outbreak. In addition to the health risks to consumers, persistent biofilms can impact productivity in a facility and contribute to product loss, both of which can be costly to companies. Identifying products that are able to remove biofilms and creating a daily sanitation schedule should be a top priority for every food safety quality assurance manager. 

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4 Things Food Processors Should Know About E. coli O157:H7

Escherichia coli, commonly known as E. coli, is a type of bacteria that exists in the intestines of animals, including humans. Many types of E. coli are harmless, and in fact can be beneficial to the digestive system. However, certain types of E. coli can cause illness or even death. One particular class of E. coli, known as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), can be particularly life-threatening. Here are four key facts that food processors need to know.

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The History of D7 [Interview with Dr. Mark Tucker]

 

Decon7 is often asked about the history of D7. Although it was originally developed for defense and homeland security applications, we saw that this powerful chemistry had potential in other areas, including the food and biosecurity industry. To provide deeper context, we asked Dr. Mark Tucker, a key member of the team that developed the technology behind D7, to share his insights about the product.

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