Welcome to a series of informational blogs where I will describe, decode and demystify the FDA “Control of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Ready-to-Eat Foods: Guidance for Industry Draft Guidance” (henceforth, The Guidance). These blogs will offer translations of The Guidance for minimizing Listeria incidence in your ready-to-eat (RTE) production environment and products. In this series, I will provide a section-by-section analysis translating the FDA recommendations into usable English and offering techniques to go above and beyond for those that are so inclined. Continue reading
I am a scientist, and sometimes my workspace is more like a kitchen. For over 30 years, I’ve led custom research studies for companies needing scientific evidence that their food products are safe. Often that means meticulously recreating food manufacturing processes in the lab.
The importance of this work is obvious—ensuring food safety is critical for companies to protect consumers and their brand reputations. Although some situations require in-plant studies, with which Covance can also assist, there are reasons for conducting these studies in the lab rather than on-site. Laboratory studies minimizeisruptions to manufacturing operations. More importantly, they also avoid potentially introducing pathogens, spoilage organisms or surrogates into the plant during testing. Critically, they definitively yield scientifically valid results. Continue reading
Who do you trust with your brand? If you are not properly testing your raw materials, your brand’s reputation may be at risk.
Infant formula is one of the most highly regulated products in the world—and with good reason. As often the sole source of nutrition for infants, your end products must be unquestionably safe and consistent.
Often, manufacturers test only their end products for adherence to quality and safety standards. This approach can be inefficient and does not offer solutions to recurring problems. By assuring proper testing of your raw materials, you gain confidence in your suppliers’ Certificates of Analysis, minimize risk and increase efficiency of production.
When manufacturing infant formula, you have more than food safety to think about. Managing regional differences in your global supply chain, maintaining consistency through seasonal variability and refining your process for efficient production are only a few of your challenges. The following five steps will help you strengthen management of your supply chain.
Considering the current level of extensive international food trade, food safety has become a significant global issue. Many people are increasingly concerned about chemical residues in their foods. Hundreds of pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, are among the most hazardous chemical compounds extensively applied in agriculture to increase food production. They are intended for destroying and controlling pests, weeds or plant diseases. Pesticide application is strictly regulated to protect consumers and the environment. However, the misuse of pesticides, lack of good agricultural management and/or cross-contamination during food processing, storage or transportation may result in unwanted or even illegal pesticide residues in foods. Some compounds, such as polychlorinated pesticides, have been banned for crop use but they are still present in the environment due to their long-term persistence and can bioaccumulate in the food chain. There is evidence that chronic exposure to pesticides can cause health risks to humans even at trace concentrations, for instance having adverse effects on endocrine system or causing behavior modification. Continue reading
Did you know that Covance offers nutritional chemistry and food safety testing and consulting? As a matter of fact, 15 of the 20 largest global food companies choose to work with Covance. Covance is trusted not only by our clients but by regulators and industry experts. Covance is used as a dispute resolution lab for the FDA, and we have developed more AOAC INTERNATIONAL official chemistry methods for food than any other lab. Our nutritional chemistry labs have also won more accuracy awards from the American Association of Cereal Chemists the last two years than any other US-based laboratory.
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