Faster line speeds may not be the food safety issue some thought

During the modernization era for meat and poultry, how fast carcasses are moved across the slaughter floor is an issue that’s created controversies involving both food safety and worker safety.

Line speed, as it is called, is a current issue before multiple federal  Courts and Congress.

Dr. Mindy Brashears, Under Secretary of USDA for Food Safety, inherited the task of resolving modernization issues from the previous and current administrations. New inspection rules were first adopted for poultry in 2014 and followed by swine in late 2019.

Beef plants are also getting the option of filing for modernization waivers.

And while the line speed controversies have continued to boil, it has not resulted in much new information –until now. A new study finds increased line speed in young chicken slaughter establishments does not increase Salmonella contamination risks.

“From FSiS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) perspective, it does help us,” Brashears told … Read more

Guide To The Finest Restaurants For Vegetarians In The US

Italian cuisine has a wonderful reputation, and the nation’s food is understood throughout the world. In the production of cheddar cheese, the incoming raw milk is filtered, stored, and the cream separated as mentioned above. Before pasteurization, the dry and non-dairy ingredients are blended with the milk. This blended product is then pasteurized at a temperature greater than seventy two °C for over 15 seconds. After pasteurization, the starter media (which has also been pasteurized) is added. The cheese-milk mixture then enters the cheese vat. Right now color, salt (NaCl), rennet and calcium chloride (CaCl2) may be added. The cheese then enters the drain table. Salt may be added at this time. Whey is then expelled and put right into a storage tank. A metallic detector can be utilized previous to filling to detect any metal fragments current within the cheese. After filling, the cheese is pressed, packaged, stored and … Read more

David Tharp tells how IAFP’s 2020 Annual Meeting virtually came about

For the first time in 75 years, the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) isn’t filling the hotel and conference rooms of a lucky city with close to  5,000 of its members attending its annual meetings.

Because the coronavirus pandemic continues, IAFP’s 2020 Annual Meeting is underway virtually, beginning today and running through Wednesday.    

Only twice since it began in 1911 has IAFP skipped its annual meetings, both times during the dark days of World War II.  Since then, IAFP’s annual gatherings came to be recognized as the leading food safety conference worldwide.

 Were it not for the pandemic, IAFP’s 2020 Annual Meeting would have occurred during July in Cleveland.   

 For the Des Moines, IA-based IAFP staff of about a dozen professionals and its international Board of Directors, the pandemic upended their year. The IAFP Annual Meeting is, well, complicated with numerous moving parts.   

Shutting down Cleveland and still fulfilling Read more

IAFP 2020 recognizes award winners with short video presentations

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) is recognizing its award winners a bit differently this time. With this year’s meeting being online, the IAFP is recognizing its winners with personalized award videos.

Below is a list of the 2020 International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Award recipients. You can learn more about this year’s recipients and the history behind each award by watching their videos. The IAFP says it is proud to honor its 2020 awardees and recognizes their accomplishments with these short video presentations.

Black Pearl Award
Presented in recognition of a company’s outstanding achievement in corporate excellence in food safety and quality.
Sponsored by: F&H Food Equipment Company

Recipient:
Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc, Ontario, California

Fellows Award
Presented to Member(s) who have contributed to IAFP and its Affiliates with distinction over an extended period of time.

Recipients:
Robert Buchanan, Mickey Parish

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Given … Read more

Is Your Local McDonald’s Soft-Serve Machine Broken? This Map Will Tell You

This McDonald’s soft-serve machine must have been working. | Photo: Karolis Kavolelis/Shutterstock

Plus, Coca-Cola is axing 200 of its drinks, and other news to start the day

Finally, a map of every McDonald’s location with a functioning ice-cream machine

McDonald’s soft-serve machines always seeming to be out of order is such a common gripe that it has inspired memes, countless Reddit and Quora queries, and a recent promise from a McDonald’s franchisees association that it will focus on improving the chain’s machines so that “McDonald’s is no longer the butt of the joke, even with their own social media team.”

The recurring problem has inspired a new tool called McBroken, a website that uses data from McDonald’s internal API (a way for apps to talk to each other) to track which locations — displayed as dots on a map — have working ice-cream machines, and which are “broken” … Read more