As a professional in the food industry, you’ve probably heard a lot of food safety myths — but you may not have realized that they didn’t tell the whole story. Until you can separate fact from fiction, you can't make the absolute best choices for your company. Let's look at some of the common food safety myths… debunked.
Recent changes to regulations affecting line speed in meat plants have raised concerns about meat safety. These changes potentially add new dangers for food producers who are purchasing the meat, since many believe it will dramatically raise the risk of contaminated food entering our supply chain. Under these new regulations, plant managers will have more control over inspections, and many federal inspectors will be replaced with plant employees.
Last September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a notice that it would allow certain poultry producers to increase line speeds to 175 birds per minute, up from the current line speed that capped at 140 birds per minute. To do so, plant operators must meet certain criteria, such as a history of regulatory compliance, being able to prove that they had the proper equipment, procedures and technologies in place that would allow for faster line speeds without compromising safety and being able to provide documentation that the increased line speed would not affect employee safety or interfere with inspection procedures.
The move to increase the line speed was controversial, especially given that the poultry industry has a high rate of workplace injury — even higher than construction, landscaping and sawmill worksites. Opponents of the measure to increase line speed have voiced concern that it could expose workers to even more injuries and illness.
Topics: Meat and Poultry
No food manufacturer wants to deal with contaminated product, but when foreign material contamination happens, they need to have a process in place. Foreign material in food is something that occurs in many different ways and at every stage of the production process.
Contaminants can make their way into food in the field, during transportation to the production facility or at numerous points in the manufacturing process; they can be caused by anything from human error to mechanical failure.
Regardless of how the foreign material gets into the food, the big concern for plant management is the same: What should the next steps be?
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Food contamination from foreign particles is simply part of the production process. And so is keeping those particles from remaining in the food or ever reaching consumers
Topics: Meat and Poultry
The problem of foreign materials in any type of food product is one that manufacturers try hard to avoid every day. Metal scraps and shards in meat are particularly concerning, not only to consumers and food producers, but more notably to the government.
You go above and beyond to ensure the consistent quality and safety of your food supply. You’re meticulous about making sure you exceed your customers’ expectations. You have tools and technologies in place to monitor performance and minimize potential problems at your plant. You’re proactive to a fault and dedicated to continuous improvement of your goods and services.
Even the most well-run plants and facilities will encounter a contamination issue at some point. It is an unfortunate, yet inevitable, part of the food industry