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HACCP Explained for Students in Food Safety Training

With an effective HACCP plan, restaurants have a better chance at keeping their clients safe at all times. This system sets out the principles for food safety for all businesses serving it, and how to minimize and eliminate any possible risk. Short for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, HACCP is a necessary system to apply to every phase of the supply chain for food products.  These restrictions are followed by food businesses around the world, and aim to catch any potential danger as early as possible. Understanding HACCP, and the principles acting as its foundation, is essential to preventing any.. READ MORE »

What Food Technology Students Should Know About Food and Beverage Filtration

Filtration has always been a major part of the food and beverage industry, keeping food items fresh and safe for consumers. The use of filtration systems is heavily relied on by the industry, used to separate liquids and solids through a membrane (porous material). Students interested in understanding food processing systems will benefit from learning more about filtration. Filtration and membrane technology has experienced a significant boom since the 1970s, reflecting changing industry standards. These new developments might be particularly helpful for students wanting to join the food industry. Here’s a closer look at the process of filtration and its.. READ MORE »

How Students in Food Quality Training Can Spot Foreign Objects in Food

Foreign objects are defined as materials or components that don’t belong in food items. This includes natural materials (like small rocks or chipped wood), product components (like shells, bones, or feathers), and even processing elements (like plastic, metal, or glass parts from equipment or packaging). Foods containing these foreign objects can present a serious hazard.   This blog post will explore the ways in which foreign objects can be identified, as well as how to prevent contamination in the first place.  Relying on Various Foreign Object Detection Techniques to Ensure Food Quality and Safety  An important step in ensuring top quality.. READ MORE »

Why Hyperspectral Imaging May Revolutionize Food Quality Assurance Measures

Food technology is a big part of food safety and quality, particularly as new advancements in the field bring about better standards and practices. Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging technology with the ability to impact different aspects of the food industry, resulting in data-driven quality assurance and quality control measures as well as improved farm management practices.    Your training in food technology, safety, and quality will provide you with unique insight into the fundamental principles of quality assurance. Here’s a look at the benefits of hyperspectral imaging, which you might encounter during your career.  Hyperspectral Imaging Explained for Students in.. READ MORE »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Animal Cloning’s Relevance to Regulatory Affairs

You may be familiar with the development of animal cloning over time, such as Dolly the sheep, which was cloned in 1996. However, what you might not be familiar with is how this practice relates to food safety and food supply. When an animal is cloned, their genetic makeup is copied via the replacement of an egg cell’s nucleus with that of a mature somatic cell, with no need for an egg-sperm union. The subsequent DNA transfer leads to a new embryo, which is then transferred to a surrogate before eventually being delivered.  Cloning animals for food production hasn’t been.. READ MORE »

Interested in Food Quality Training? Here’s a Brief History of Processed Food

Processed food has a wide-reaching definition. The USDA defines a food as processed if it has undergone any changes to its natural state. This can include foods that have been washed, cut, heated, pasteurized, cooked, canned, frozen, dehydrated, and more.  Nearly all food is processed in some way. As humans, we have been processing food nearly since the inception of our species. As a professional in food quality control, it’s important to know what food processing means, its implications, and its history. Here’s a brief overview of the history of food processing.  Early History of Processed Foods  Humans have been.. READ MORE »

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