Food Safety for Dairy Processors

Quality on the Line

Controlling listeria in a dairy plant

The dairy industry has learned quite a bit about Listeria since a major outbreak in 1985.
June 15, 2013
The dairy industry has learned quite a bit about Listeria since a major outbreak in 1985. Controlling Listeria is an issue of effective cleaning, not sanitizer effectiveness.
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3M Food Safety launches Petrifilm technology for pathogen detection

June 13, 2013
3M Food Safety announces the launch of the 3M Petrifilm Salmonella Express System, a new pathogen detection technology.
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Food safety

FDA offers free online courses on food defense

June 5, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revamped its online food defense courses to help bolster the food industry’s defense measures against an act of intentional food contamination. The revamped courses, titled “Food Defense 101,” have been updated to address the types of intentional contamination that have occurred in the United States in recent years and the FDA’s most current thinking on how to forestall or minimize the impact of such incidents


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Neogen’s Soleris® yeast and mold test now AOAC approved

May 22, 2013

Neogen Corporation has received approval from the AOAC Research Institute for its rapid and accurate test to directly detect yeast and mold in a variety of food matrices, such as dressings, sauces, pet food, dairy products, fruit and vegetable based products, as well as nutraceuticals.


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Transportation’s role in food safety

FSMA has shifted the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. This includes transportation, in addition to processing, packaging, sales and consumption.
May 17, 2013
Food safety is receiving a significant amount of attention. This puts more emphasis on the transport portion for the producer-to-market cycle.
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Northeast Indiana says it is friendly to Dairy Processing

A regional development agency seeks food processors. Edy’s ice cream thrives because of a large supply of cream, the transportation infrastructure, low energy rates and a strong labor force.
May 13, 2013

With sales from dairy operations more than doubling over the past 10 years, Indiana has become one of the fastest-growing dairy states, according to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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A new testing concept is on the horizon

Metagenomics technology could become a valuable tool for dairy plants to quickly identify root-cause solutions to microbial problems.
April 21, 2013
Laboratory testing in a dairy plant is primarily divided into ingredients, in-process product, finished product, environmental testing and equipment start-up. All of these categories can be evaluated for quality and safety targets.
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Dairy operations

Cleaning pumps and valves

Pumps and valves need to be cleaned thoroughly to eliminate allergens. Temperature, pressure, velocity and cleaning solution are some of the parameters to follow.
April 18, 2013
Pumps and valves move raw and pasteurized dairy products throughout a processing plant. As part of Dairy Foods’ focus on food safety this month, we asked equipment suppliers to share best practices in cleaning pumps and valves. Here is what they had to say.
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Inspection equipment

Thermo Fisher Scientific launches a lower-priced X-ray detection system for dairy foods

Dairy processors using metalized film packaging might benefit from a X-ray detection system.
April 17, 2013

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a new X-ray detection platform called the NextGuard system. Applications include cheese, ice cream and bakery products.


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Defending dairy plants

Food defense is way beyond food safety. Search the FDA’s mitigation strategies database for ideas how to improve security around a blend tank, pasteurizer or other equipment.
April 17, 2013
For the last 10 years, I have been working closely with federal and state government officials on the prevention of intentional contamination of food, or what is known in our government as food defense.
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Agropur, Natrel Division USA, St. Paul, Minn.

 At its Natrel Division plant in St. Paul, Minn, Agropur makes rBST-free white and flavored milk, heavy whipping cream, half n half, buttermilk, organic milk, nutritional drinks and shakes and sport drinks. Nondairy beverages (soy, rice, coconut, and almond) coffee creamers, broth and sauces. 

BehindtheScenes

This photo gallery contains additional, unpublished photos of dairy processing facilities featured in Dairy Foods magazine. To view more Behind the Scenes galleries go to our archives page!

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