Posts Tagged ‘food safety’

LIMS Systems: Food Labeling Standards & Data Management

What’s in a label? Empowering Consumers to Make Informed Decisions Strolling through the aisles of a grocery store nowadays consumers are constantly bombarded with a multitude of labels: “Natural,” “Organic,” “Antibiotic-free,” “Non-GMO,” and “Fair Trade.” With an excess of labels and claims, it’s difficult for consumers to know which labels or companies to trust and…

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Data Management for Food Safety and Quality

How LIMS Technology Enables Food and Beverage Industries to Ensure Quality in their Products ‰Cage-free Eggs,‰ ‰No artificial colors or flavors added,‰ ‰Antibiotic-Free Chicken,‰ ‰Fair Trade Certified‰ These pronouncements of increased food quality are becoming a much more frequent sight in the aisles of supermarkets and the side panels of menus in restaurants across the…

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The Fundamentals of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011 with the overarching goal of tackling food safety and preventing future outbreaks of food borne illnesses. While the Act was officially signed over three years ago, regulations and rules are still being developed and implemented by the Food…

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Summertime shouldn’t mean “eat at your own risk”

Keeping your food safe this season The weather‰’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the grills are firing up. With the beginning of summer comes the beginning of backyard BBQs, picnics and‰_foodborne illnesses?As scientists and researchers we spend a good deal of our lives working with best practices in mind. Why should should…

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Data Management and the Food Safety Modernization Act

Food-related illnesses are a significant public health concern. Each year 48 million people get sick from food borne diseases such as Salmonella, E. coli and Hepatitis A. Food-related illnesses range in their severity and incidence. In 2006, an E. Coli H7 outbreak caused three deaths, 199 illnesses, and 104 hospitalizations in 26 states. In 2008,…

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