[ October 8–11, 2019    McCormick Place    Chicago, IL USA ]

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Food Safety Summit

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), producers of PROCESS EXPO, have teamed up with the Food Safety Summit, a leading conference focused on food safety, to offer six education courses taking place October 8–11, 2019, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.  The sessions, which will be led by subject matter experts in the field, are […]

3-A Sanitary Standards logo

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced it will institute an investigation of certain food processing equipment and packaging materials based on a complaint filed by 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. on June 3, 2019. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and […]

PROCESS EXPO University logo

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today released the list of sessions that will make up the PROCESS EXPO U educational program as part of this year’s PROCESS EXPO, taking place October 8–11, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This exceptional technical program will take place on the PROCESS EXPO show floor and has been designed […]

High pressure processing (HPP) has seen a huge surge in recent years as processors look to clean up their labels and boost the quality of their products. A 2016 study published in the journal Agriculture and Agricultural Science Procedia found that HPP destroys microorganisms without breaking covalent bonds, which is why it can pasteurize products […]

Business collaboration

About two years ago for this blog, I interviewed Darin Zehr, the general manager of Commercial Food Sanitation (an Intralox company) about the state of industry knowledge surrounding food safety and hygienic design. As a company that provides consulting services and training programs in sanitation, hygienic design, and environmental controls, Commercial Food Sanitation has the inside scoop on […]

Mincer in Meat Processing Plant

Although pathogens get more press, foreign materials continue to plague the food industry. They are the largest source of consumer complaints, and thus a top reason for recalls. In 2017, over 9 million pounds of food products were recalled because of extraneous material, which was more than the amount recalled for any other reason. And […]

The program at last month’s FPSA Annual Conference included a Food Safety and Sanitary Design Panel Discussion sponsored by Food Safety Summit and National Provisioner. One of the topics before the panel was FDA inspections and genomic sequencing. This article provides a brief review of the discussion. “Swab-a-thons”: What happens when FDA inspectors visit If […]

Beer manufacturing equipment

Food processors must balance many priorities. Unfortunately, those priorities often compete. For example, most processors put maximizing productivity and uptime at the top of the list. At the same time, operations like cleaning and sanitation require systems to be shut down. Proper cleaning and sanitizing are vital for ensuring food safety and preventing recalls. However, […]

Fruits in plastic crates at grocery store

With the constant population growth, the food processing industry is always striving to respond to increase in demand, for both quality and quantity. Customers are pushing for fresher, healthier products, while hygiene and sanitation need to meet the highest standards. Regulatory agencies are requiring more stringent food safety measures, for example, through the Food Safety […]