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Archive for December 2020

Automatic Food Sampling: 4 Facts for Students in Quality Assurance Training

In the food industry, sampling is a key component of establishing food and beverage quality and safety. It entails taking samples of a given product in order to identify any contaminants that may exist in the entire chain of the food production line. Sampling also helps to ensure the overall quality of a product before it’s packaged and distributed to the marketplace.  Manual sampling, involving random samples of a product taken by bin scoop and other by-hand methods, is still an accepted and widely used approach to the practice in the industry. Yet this method is known to be inherently.. READ MORE »

Food Safety Tips Regarding Edibles, Explained for Students in Cannabis Industry Training

Just as professionals in the general foods industry must create rigid manufacturing protocols to prevent foodborne illnesses and other types of hazards, cannabis industry professionals must also take precautions when producing edibles. Regulated by Health Canada, edibles are relatively new to the market. When working on edibles, there are several factors that professionals must take into consideration to prevent products from being contaminated with bacteria, mold, and other types of harmful pathogens. A failure to comply with protocols can lead to potential mishaps, legal consequences, and closure of the manufacturing facility.  To understand more on how to keep edibles free.. READ MORE »

Good Pharmacovigilance Practices for Students in Clinical Research Programs to Follow

In the field of clinical research, pharmacovigilance represents the analysis and monitoring of drugs and medications to prevent adverse effects. In order to ensure drug safety and prevent adverse events, Health Canada has generated a list of strict practices and guidelines that must be followed by clinical research professionals and drug manufacturers. The health authority also has an inspection program in place to provide independent oversight and evaluation of manufacturer adherence to mandated reporting of adverse drug reactions, and of any efficacy failures found in new drugs.  To understand more on the need to employ pharmacovigilance practices, and what some.. READ MORE »

Tips for Food Safety Training Students on How to Prevent Food Safety Hazards

Food safety is a top priority for manufacturers. They must implement policies and follow rigorous guidelines in production and processing environments to ensure that all items released to market are safe for public consumption. A failure to comply with such measures can lead to foodborne illnesses, which may in the worst of circumstances lead to loss of life. Further consequences of such incidents can include a reduction in public confidence, serving to damage the brand’s reputation for a long time. To understand some of the top causes of compromised food safety, and what best practices can be employed in food.. READ MORE »

Trends and Challenges for Those With Cannabis Industry Careers to Watch in 2021

This past year lay witness to challenges for many business niches as a result of the global pandemic. However, cannabis was one sector that was relatively unscathed and in some ways benefitted from the pandemic. Many are predicting continued expansion and additional shifts that could bode well for the cannabis industry in 2021.  To understand more on what to expect in the next year, let’ take a closer look at a few of the trends and challenges trade insiders are discussing. Continued Adaptations to the COVID Business Reality The majority of businesses that have managed to survive the pandemic, regardless.. READ MORE »

Quality Assurance for Probiotics, Explained for Students in Pharmaceutical Courses

Probiotics are categorized as microorganisms most typically found in dairy products, and consumed for their proven health benefits. Research has linked the consumption of the live and active culture of probiotics with the alleviation of numerous gastrointestinal troubles, and with helping to ease the symptoms of lactose intolerance.  While consumers are likely to be most familiar with probiotics packaged into well-known yogurts, yogurt drinks, and cheeses, probiotics can also be manufactured into pill or tablet format for consumption as a natural health product. Before any products containing the active bacteria are released to market in Canada, however, they must receive.. READ MORE »

How to Improve Your Inventory Management After Cannabis Retail Training

Just as grocery stores, retailers, and all kinds of other businesses must take regular stock of their inventory, cannabis dispensary operators must also keep careful track of what exactly remains in store, and how much more product will be needed to meet customer demand. The cannabis industry takes the practice a complicated step further, however, with a priority placed on compliance with strict regulatory oversight in order to avoid fines, license suspensions or revocations, and other possible legal repercussions. To understand more on what a dispensary can do to improve the tracking and management of its inventory, let’s explore the.. READ MORE »

Tips for Food Product Development for Food Technology Students to Know

The release of a new food product is an exciting time for the professionals behind it and consumers alike, with everyone standing to gain if the food concept is well-conceived. In order for the product to become a success, however, there are important stages that must be followed from the time that the idea for the new food is formulated to its release into a highly competitive marketplace. To understand more on what must be considered in releasing such a product, let’s take a look at a few key steps that must be taken in the development phase. Understanding Your.. READ MORE »

How Food Quality Assurance Students Should Determine Shelf Life of Food Items

When consumers shop for their groceries, they put their faith in food manufacturers and government regulators to establish a correct expiration date on each and every product they select. To prevent the serious consequences of poorly determined expiration dates such as illness outbreaks, product recalls, consumer distrust, and damage to brand reputation, the date food producers come up with must be carefully established according to rigid government rules and regulations. To understand more on what goes into establishing the shelf life of foods, let’s take a closer look. How Are Expiration Dates Determined? In Canada, the shelf life study is.. READ MORE »

What an Extraction Technician Does, Explained for Students in Cannabis Industry Training

In the field of cannabis production, the extraction technician plays a crucial role in the development of many products, having the specialist training needed for removing the cannabinoid-rich trichomes from the flowers of the cannabis plant. Beyond the training required for removing the most potent chemical compounds of the plant, the technician is also an expert in refining the extracts to improve the purity of the formulated products they will eventually be sold as. Due to the scientific nature of the work, and the specialist knowledge required for avoiding the inherent dangers of handling the tools of the trade, extractors.. READ MORE »

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