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5 Reasons to Keep Filthy Flies off Food


Researchers have documented five bacteria species carried by house flies that cause illness in humans, ranging from food poisoning to respiratory infections.



In the current issue of Florida Entomologist, the researchers from the University of Florida describe collecting house flies near rear entrances and trash bins at four restaurants in Gainesville. About 20 flies from each location were collected in sterile containers and returned to the campus laboratory.

The team used fatty acid analysis and DNA sequencing to identify a total of 11 pathogens carried by the flies—five of them not previously linked to house flies: Acinetobacter baumanni, Bacillus pumilus, Cronobacter sakazakii, Methylobacterium persicinum and Staphylococcus sciuri.

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WHY TRACEABILITY IS CRITICAL TO THE FOOD PRODUCTION CHAIN | REMAX

Traceability in the food production industry refers to the ability to track any food through all stages of production, processing and distribution. This includes tracking across the importation and retail steps of the production chain. This is achieved by having documented recorded information. At any point of the supply chain it should be easy for a business to trace contamination either one step backwards or forwards and thus possible to continue this process until the end of the chain. This element of traceability is crucial not just in finding the source of any problem but creating strategies to minimise the risk and fallout from any breach in standards. 

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Tags: food processing contamination, food contamination policy, traceability, food production chain

5 Dairy and Meat Processing Guidelines You Need to Consider

The recently introduced Primary Production and Processing (PPP) standards have created a new series of national food safety standards across all food groups, including dairy and meat. These standards are aimed at strengthening food safety and traceability across the whole food supply chain “from paddock to plate”. In response to these new standards we have created some guidelines as a starting point to auditing your current food safety program with a particular focus on the processing of dairy and meat products. Here are five points you should consider.

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Tags: swingdoors, food and hygiene, food processing contamination, food hygiene regulations, food processing plant, swing doors

Warehouse Pest Control - Rodent Prevention and Extermination

It is often said that the most threatening pest in the food industry is the rodent. Rodents have been implicated in over 55 widespread diseases, this range of pathogens stretches from parasitic worms to viruses. Not only are rodents responsible for contamination they can also cause considerable loss of supply, damage to the premises and potential fire hazards. This blog will explain best practices and procedures in dealing with rodents.

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Tags: pest control, food processing contamination, food hygiene regulations, high speed doors, rodent extermination, pests in the warehouse, mice, rats, rodent prevention, pest prevention

Hygiene Procedures: Best Practices for Food Handling Plants

To be compliant with strict food and beverage hygiene regulations, it is essential for food processing and food handling plants to have effective sanitary operations procedures in place. There are three parts to achieving this:

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Tags: food manufacturing equipment, food processing contamination, food hygiene regulations, food manufacturing, sanitary operations, food processing plant, air lock

How do I get rid of Birds in my Warehouse?

For some reason, birds seem to be pushed to the bottom of the list when it comes to the most dangerous pests in food processing plants. It may be because they seem less harmful than other pests like termites, cockroaches, and rodents. However, this is a common misconception. When outdoors, birds can be harmless creatures, but when they make their way inside a warehouse to nest and seek warmth, they begin to be a problem.

Not only can they cause messes and distractions, but they also bring in flammable debris and disease-causing microorganisms. The most common microorganism spread by birds is Salmonella - which up to 50% of house sparrows were found to contain.

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Tags: pest control, food manufacturing equipment, warehouse operations, food and hygiene, food manufacturing contaminants, food processing contamination, food contamination policy, birds, food hygiene regulations

Preventing Food Processing Contamination: Building & Facilities

Your building and facilities play an integral role in preventing food processing contamination. In fact, the way they are designed can significantly facilitate maintenance and sanitation operations.

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Tags: food manufacturing equipment, warehouse operations, food and hygiene, food manufacturing contaminants, food processing contamination, food contamination policy

Preventing Food Processing Contamination: Employee Hygiene

Hygiene and cleanliness are of utmost importance in any production line and especially those dealing with food and beverage. This blog will address major points of protocol and health regulations that every employer should use to keep their product above board.

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Tags: food and hygiene, food manufacturing contaminants, food processing contamination, food contamination policy

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