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Testing the effectiveness of packaging sterilisation: Truth or faith?

30 June 2010 | By Jan Bruecklmeier, Senior Aseptic Specialist, Nestlé

The effectiveness of packaging sterilisation devices in an aseptic filling system is often tested during start up and validation of the system. Some publications even classify the different aseptic filling systems with their average logarithmic reduction rate (ALR). According to different publications, the testing seems to be quite easy and…

The future of food safety starts with hygienic design

12 May 2010 | By Joe Stout, Consultant (formerly Director of Product Protection & Hygienic Design, Kraft Foods)

In the media recently, we have heard a barrage of information that is most certainly bad news. We hear about earthquakes, national debt, war, real estate foreclosures and unfortunately, it seems that there is always some news about food safety recalls associated with allergens or pathogens which have sickened or…

Advances in hand hygiene: Reducing contamination to food, people and the work environment

22 February 2010 | By Debra Smith, Research Manager, Food Hygiene Department, Campden BRI

The importance of hand hygiene in the transmission of infection in the medical field has been recognised since Semmelweis's observations in 1847 that the implementation of hand washing brought about a reduction in the deaths of women from puerperal fever1. In the food industry, links between food workers and the…

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most hygienic of them all?

27 November 2009 | By Dr. John Holah, Head of Food Hygiene, Campden BRI

Whilst we believe that food safety is a major issue in the food industry, it rarely features in the press; hygiene in the healthcare sector, particularly related to the control of healthcare acquired infections (HAI’s), is, however, rarely out of the media. With the media attention focused on healthcare hygiene,…

Neogen Europe introduces a rapid DNA-based test for Campylobacter spp.

6 November 2009 | By Neogen Europe

Neogen Europe Ltd has introduced GeneQuence® Campylobacter, a new DNA hybridization test for the detection of Campylobacter spp. GeneQuence Campylobacter qualitatively detects Campylobacter spp. in whole chicken carcasses following only 48 hours of enrichment in patented Campy-Cefex culture media.

Higher standards for hygiene

20 February 2009 | By Sarah Krol, Business Unit Manager, NSF

Consumers today make well-informed choices about the food products they purchase. Savvy shoppers have access to a wealth of information and select their products based on brand recognition, nutritional labelling and differentiating attributes such as Certified organic, allergen-free and fair-trade. The food processing industry must continually evolve to keep pace…

Quick scan of hygienic processing brings understanding and improvements

20 February 2009 | By Erik Hoornstra & Jacques Kastelein, TNO Quality of Life

Hygiene is a key focal area among food industry companies. At a time when producers are beset by a whole range of issues, this area demands investment. Ideally, the required level of hygiene should be adjusted in respect to the other requirements in the area of product quality and preservation.…

Understanding microbial ecology essential for controlling microbial food spoilage

3 December 2008 | By Johanna Björkroth, Professor of Food Hygiene, Helsinki University

As a Professor of Food Hygiene, I have been teaching my students to understand the limitations associated with the determination of total aerobic bacterium levels when used for predicting food shelf life or as quality indicators. It is almost touching to notice how difficult it is to understand that the…

Whole room disinfection: A new concept in food industry sanitation

28 February 2008 | By Dr. Karen Middleton, Technical Contracts Manager, Food Hygiene Department, Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association, UK

During manufacture, food can be exposed to microbiological cross-contamination from surfaces and air which may give rise to food spoilage and safety issues. The traditional approach to controlling such contamination has been to target specific sites within the manufacturing environment with cleaning and disinfection regimes.

New sanitation solution from Intralox increases conveyor hygiene

16 November 2007 | By Crystal Krummel, LID Group

Intralox, L.L.C. has announced the release of its new Series 1650 SeamFree™ Minimum Hinge Flat Top belt, the latest addition to the EZ Clean family of products. The Series 1650 SeamFree™ Minimum Hinge Flat Top belt was designed to meet the ever-increasing hygiene and sanitation requirements in food industries. With…

Intense Light Pulse as a new food preservation process

23 May 2007 | By M. Federighi and N. Elmnasser, UMR-INRA 1014 SECALIM ENVN/ENITIAA;, F. Leroi, IFREMER, and A. & N. Orange, IUT

Food preservation implies that micro-organisms are inactivated or suppressed in order to enhance the safety and quality of the product. Alternative physical techniques aim to combine the stability and microbial safety of foods with a minimal loss of quality attributes. Because these techniques have little or no thermal effects on…

An Achilles’ heel for hygiene

6 November 2006 | By Bo Knudsen, Segment Manager, Alfa Laval Tank Equipment A/S

When deciding which tank cleaning equipment to purchase, it is important to consider hygiene along with criteria such as effectiveness and price. The very first EHEDG-certified rotary jet head is now on the market. Cleaning-in-place (CIP) based on tank cleaning equipment is finding its way into increasing numbers of reactors,…

Antimicrobial surfaces in the food industry

23 May 2006 | By Dr Terence Child CSci CChem FRSC, Hygiene Consultant

The application of antimicrobial surfaces in the food industry is creating considerable interest in all aspects of food processing operations.The objective of this article is to review and put into perspective the main technologies currently available for applications in this area. Fully embedded systems and surface coated systems will be…

If you can’t kill them, control them

9 March 2006 | By Peter de Jong and Meike te Giffel, NIZO food research, The Netherlands

In the food industry the operation costs are governed by fouling. Typically, processes applied in the dairy industry that operate below 80°C are limited by adherence and growth of micro-organisms in the equipment. Above 80°C the run time is limited by deposition of proteins and minerals. Besides the limited run…

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