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    Food Contact Packaging: Quality and Safety Considerations

    As we all know, producing safe food is job number one in the food manufacturing industry. Food safety is critical to not only protect your customers, but also to gain trust from your customers and potential customers. This plays a major role in business survival, as your brand, and what people perceive it to be, is the economic driver and is among one of the most important assets you have.

    Food Safety: Making an Impact Behind the Scenes

    This interview was originally published by SmartBrief.

    Wendy White had long been interested in the public health sector when she decided to pursue a career in food safety and quality.

    As the director of corporate food safety and quality at Golden State Foods, she puts her expertise to work behind the scenes, helping to ensure that pathogens don’t reach the consumer end of the food chain. A microbiology class White was taking as an undergraduate piqued her interest in food.

    E.&J. Gallo Winery Talks Food Safety

    This interview was originally published by SmartBrief.

    Anne Kraus knows the importance of a good education.

    Kraus, the VP of quality at E.&J. Gallo Winery, and the daughter of a university professor and a kindergarten teacher, believes that to succeed in quality assurance and food safety, learning must never end.

    Tips on Quality and Diversity from the World's Largest Baking Company

    This post was orginally published by SmartBrief.

    "Everyone in an organization has a role in providing our customers superior quality products," says Alejandro Cebado, Senior Director of Quality Systems at Bimbo Bakeries USA.

    Topco Associates on Global Food Safety and Quality

    A shorter version of this interview was first published by SmartBrief.

    Traveling around the world has given Howard Popoola an appreciation for the quality and safety of the food supply chain in the U.S. Popoola, Vice President of Quality Assurance at Skokie, Ill.-based Topco Associates, the nation’s largest private-label cooperative, gained his global perspective early in his career working in food safety for the United Nations.

    It's Better to Be Safe Than Sorry: Thoughts on Food Safety and Quality

    Food safety and quality are set to be very hot topics this year as more of the Food Safety Modernization Act rules come into effect, and concerns grow about safety from ingredients sourced overseas. 

    Ingredients Found in Successful Food Safety and Quality Assurance Professionals

    Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) professionals are the gatekeepers for incoming inventory, responsible for ensuring that out of spec ingredients never make it to the production floor. Although each food manufacturing plant may vary in their specific requirements for food safety and quality professionals, some critical ingredients are consistently found in top-level team members. 

    Pinnacle Foods on Automation in Supply Chain Quality

    A shorter version of this interview was first published by SmartBrief.

    Karen Klansek has an expression she likes to use when it comes to manpower versus automation in her role as manager of supply chain quality assurance at Pinnacle Foods: “For so long as we require humans to do the work, we will manage humanity.”

    FY Omnibus Appropriation Bill Passes with Directives for COOL Compliance

    Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules require most retailers to provide country of origin labeling for fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, shellfish, peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, ginseng, meat and poultry. The rules are required by the 2002 farm bill as amended by the 2008 farm bill. 

    2015 Flavors Deeply Rooted in Asian Culture

    The World of Flavors issued by the Culinary Institute of America recently reported some of the flavor trends for 2015 will be rooted in Asian cuisine. But the ability to monitor the ingredients for these authentic and innovative flavors requires more rigor than ever before.