In September, FDA issued the final rule for preventive controls for human food as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As expected, validation that the baking process provides a kill step for pathogens was part of the rule.
The sentences handed down in September to two Georgia peanut butter manufacturers for distributing Salmonella-tainted peanut products should be a profound lesson for not just the food industry, but for the industry in general.
Your customers expect your food production facilities to be clean. They take this for granted when they purchase your products. If they arrived at your plant unexpectedly, would it live up to their expectations?
There are concerns that open-date coding of foods has increased food waste. The food industry and consumers use the dates printed on food packages to manage stock rotation from food manufacturing plants to the consumer’s kitchen. Variation in terminology associated with open dates on consumer packages can result in the disposal of good food.