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 »
Are best before dates and expiry dates the same thing? Here’s a look at what the two terms mean, and how they affect food safety and food waste in Canada.
The First International Food Safety Conference is bringing attention to the issue of food safety. Here’s what students in food quality training should know.
AAPS is happy to announce the latest addition to our faculty, Mr. Dinesh Puravankara who will be teaching this term’s Food Quality Assurance and Quality Control program. For over a decade, Dinesh has been working for Coca-Cola LTD, currently taking on the role of Regional Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager. His previous employment includes working as a Plant Supervisor for Lucerne Foods in Burnaby, British Columbia, a Manufacturing Chemist for Reena Enterprises in Toronto, Ontario and a Production Supervisor for Nada Dairy in Saudi Arabia. He is an active member of the Canadian Beverage Association as well as the American Society for Quality.. READ MORE »
AAPS makes the cover story for June’s TrainingPlaces.ca magazine – a monthly publication that features the best training institutions in Canada. TrainingPlaces.ca celebrates AAPS for its highly trained applicants, experienced educators and professional learning environment. Student Testimonials The piece features testimonials from students who have successfully completed AAPS’ Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Quality Control program, Food Safety and Quality program and Clinical Research program. The AAPS Advantage The article also highlights the many resources which AAPS has to offer: close industry connections and co-op placements, web-based learning and online training, skill developing workshops and practical laboratory experience. Read more about.. READ MORE »
Students pursuing food safety careers know that genetically modified organisms (GMO) are organisms whose genetic materials have been altered by scientists. While there are various reasons for producing genetically modified foods, the most common one is to improve crop protection, since crops can sometimes become infected by insects, viruses, or as a result of a resistance to herbicides. Because most foods can be genetically altered, it’s important that GM foods are thoroughly assessed by food quality experts before being placed on the market. Individuals pursuing food safety careers will learn all about which foods and crops are most commonly genetically.. READ MORE »
A 2014 report by the Conference Board of Canada, in collaboration with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, revealed that Canada’s food safety system was ranked among the best in the world. In fact, our food safety system tied for first place with Ireland’s, in comparison to 17 other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Food safety experts understand that this excellent ranking is an indication of the country’s ability to assess, manage and communicate food safety concerns, as well as its capacity to quickly respond to food safety emergencies. One major way that the government of Canada protects.. READ MORE »
Expiration dates can be useful—they inform consumers of the last date by which a food product’s flavour or quality is best. However, they can also sometimes be misleading. Experts with food safety training know there are a wide range of products that can be safely eaten well past their best before dates, and some that consumers should avoid. Foods to be avoided include ground beef, deli meats, poultry, fresh berries, and soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk. If you are planning to pursue a food safety diploma, read on to learn more about best before labelling, and which goods can.. READ MORE »
Studies performed by the Public Health Agency of Canada show that approximately one in every eight Canadians gets sick as a result of domestically acquired food-borne diseases. While Canada does have very strict food safety procedures, it is important to understand that there are many precautions that should still be taken to prevent the spread of food-borne illness. This includes ensuring that hands are clean and thoroughly washed before and after handling food, refrigerating prepared food, ensuring that food items are fully cooked before consumption, and much more. If you plan to pursue a food safety diploma, you will learn.. READ MORE »
Although nutrition labeling has been around for quite some time in the US and other parts of the world, did you know that it was only made mandatory for packaged foods in Canada in 2007? The history of nutrition labeling is full of food legislations and all kinds of administrations passing acts and amendments – very interesting stuff, especially if you’re pursuing food quality training. Nutrition labeling has certainly come a long way. Here’s a few examples of some of the biggest moments that affect the way we decide what we want to eat – and how the industry goes.. READ MORE »