In any food manufacturing process there are inherent risks that need to be assessed and mitigated. There are obvious risks, such as microbial, or foreign matter contamination, but also risks that are not as easily assessed, such as human errors. Process mapping is an effective tool to determine the risks throughout the manufacturing operation. An effective risk assessment begins with identifying possible hazards prior to harm being inflicted due to the hazard. Identification allows for preemptive controls to be put in place to mitigate the hazard. Food manufacturing facilities must be ever vigilant to evaluate and mitigate risks to the processes and products in the operation. READ MORE
Traceability in the food supply chain means that manufacturers can track the movement of a product through all the stages of manufacturing and distribution. U.S. Federal regulations require all manufacturers to have the ability to trace food products both forward (Trace-Forward) to the final customers and backward (Trace-Back) to the raw material sources. The traceability requirement is to ensure any product with a food safety issue that requires a recall has sufficient information to be able to alert and retrieve all contaminated product from the public, as well as to investigate back through the supply chain to find the source and the scope of the issue. READ MORE
What is it and why does it matter? The term Food Fraud is new to the food industry, but the adulteration of foods for economic gain is not a new concept. In fact, it is documented as far back as ancient Rome, where laws were enacted to prevent the watering down of wine for sale to “stretch” the commodity. Food Fraud is defined as the act of purposely altering, misrepresenting, mislabeling, or substituting food products at any point along the supply chain. Food Fraud can be as simple as... READ MORE
My name is Kristine McDonald, and I am a Corporate Quality Manager at Tree Top. Like so many of my counterparts, working for our valued customers, I have a passion for assuring our food supply is safe and meets all our stringent quality parameters. As the name of this blog suggests – Tree Top’s Quality & Food Safety (QFS) Insights – will cover either QFS practices, proposed regulatory guidelines, new food safety requirements, or topics readers have expressed an interest in discussing.