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Fog system allows for effortless disinfection of packing stations and processing areas

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:32

Usually, there is no activity in the warehouse of Belgium tomato grower VW Maxburg during the night. Or at least you won't find any people or tomatoes in the processing hall. However, twice a night you can hear a slight buzzing, and fog is dispersed from fans above the hall. This fog is stabilized…

Preventing Issues in Your Spring Crops: Sanitation, Dips and Bio Tips.

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-01 Tue 13:23

With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s time to turn our attention to Spring bedding crops. Although here for a brief window, the diversity of these crops means you’re bound to encounter some sort of disease and insect problems.

One way you can head off issues is to plan and prepare now.  This post from January 2020 has important tips on sanitation for common spring crop diseases, dips and early sprays to prevent key pests, as well as tips on where to spend your biocontrol dollars.


Turning the page to the next growing season - preparing growing area and facility

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-30 Mon 11:19

Benjamin Franklin is quoted saying, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” When considering this quote for the commercial greenhouse operation, it should come as no surprise that preparing for the next growing season is an important task as it sets the tone for the entire season. Starting…

"Possible areas of application would be vegetable packers, peeling plants and convenience production"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 13:51

Due to the strong demand, Menno Chemie LLC has developed a new model variant for the "high-end foodgrade" area of the proven Skumix foam application. It is a mobile disinfection device made of stainless steel with air drive, which was especially designed for the use in the food sector. Unique to the…

Hy-Vee 1st Grocer to Deploy Sterile Cart System

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 07:51

Hy-Vee Inc. is rolling an automated cleaning system that fully cleans and sanitizes shopping carts after each use. By mid-November, 200-plus Hy-Vee stores across the grocer’s eight-state market area will have a Sterile Cart system up and running. According to the company, it’s the first supermarket chain to introduce the system across its company.

Clear visualization of biofilm removal from water lines

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 13:28

Plant greenhouses use dripping/irrigation lines or hydroponic systems to provide the plants with sufficient water. However, invisible from the outside, a biofilm may build op on the inner lining of these water systems. Such biofilm may significantly reduce the water flow or even physically clog entire…

Doubling down on biosecurity

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 13:28

After completing a successful summer planting season, Proplant Propagation announces another 5 acre expansion, to be completed in early 2021. In preparation for the expansion the company has doubled down on their biosecurity efforts with the completion of a new, larger and more automated building for cleaning trolleys and…

2020 FSC Episode 6 Preview: Sanitation Issues

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-12 Mon 12:36

The integration of sanitation is a critical part of the food manufacturing process. This week’s episode of the 2020 Food Safety Consortium Virtual Conference Series will focus on effective approaches, best practices and lessons learned. The following are some highlights:

Sanitation Methods, Day-to-Day Operations and Applying It to a Pandemic (Now and Future Outbreaks), with Elise Forward, Forward Food Solutions; David Shelep, Paramount Sciences; and Bill Leverich, Microbiologics, Inc. The Critical Nature of a Good Environmental Program: The Story Behind Sabra’s Recall, Experience with the FDA, and Environmental Monitoring Journey, with Rob Mommsen, Sabra Dipping Company Surrogates & Emerging Applications: Their Role in Validation, Verification and Compliance, with Laure Pujol, Ph.D. and Vidya Ananth, Novolyze Tech Talks from Sterilex and Romer Labs.

Vanmark presents clean-in-place system for potato processing equipment

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-02 Fri 08:52

Industrial potato and produce processing equipment manufacturer Vanmark has introduced a new option to its Peeler/Scrubber/Washers that automatically and effectively cleans the peeler bed and rolls in as little as 10 minutes — allowing for cleaning during production and dramatically reducing downtime…

Web seminar explores new RPC cleaning, sanitation process

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-29 Tue 17:07

IFCO and Ecolab have created a validated regimen for cleaning and sanitizing reusable plastic containers to prevent cross contamination.

The process ensures validated limits are maintained, according to a news release from the United Fresh Produce Association. The association is hosting Ecolab and IFCO for a seminar on its United Fresh 365 Live! platform.

The free web seminar is at 2 p.m. Eastern Oct. 8 and registration is online.

“As produce moves through the fresh supply chain there is a potential of cross contamination if proper preventative controls are in not in place,” according to the United Fresh notice on the web seminar.

During the seminar, Ecolab and IFCO will give an example of a documented example, in which the process was used on RPCs with the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus.

Speakers will be Jeff Mitchell, director of global food safety for IFCO, and Eric Schmidt, lead chemist for EcoLab.

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IFCO continues Sustainability Certificate program for customers

IFCO donates RPCs to food banks across the globe

Reusable packaging group sponsors session on circular supply chain

Ball’s Food takes safety to the next level

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-22 Tue 11:41

Ball’s Food Stores announced the certification of 100 employees by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection.  Ball’s Foods employees participated in an intensive, seven-hour training course focused on proper food handling, food preparation and food storage along with food safety and sanitation standards that are required by the FDA and USDA through the Food Safety Modernization Act.

After passing the certification test, department managers, store managers and senior leadership earned accreditation and a certificate from the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals. "The company is committed to ensuring all guests receive the best possible shopping experience in the safest environment," Gregg Frost, vice president of human resources for Ball’s Food. "Every Balls Price Chopper, Hen House Market, Balls Sun Fresh Market and Payless Discount Foods have at least one manager on duty during all hours of operation who are a Certified Food Protection Manager.”

Kansas City based Ball’s Food Stores operates 26 supermarkets under the Hen House Market, Price Chopper, Sun Fresh and Payless Discount Foods banners in Kansas City and surrounding markets.

'I am really proud that we get such large, intensive trolley and tray washers'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-21 Fri 10:25

Pieter van Dijk, born in Poeldijk (the Netherlands) is the Chief Operating Officer at Ontario Plants Propagation. He spent a lot of time in the Netherlands this spring, due to the coronavirus. Right away it was a great opportunity to shop around for new installations for the expansion of the Canadian…

6 tips for good hygiene in the greenhouse horticulture

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-13 Thu 10:06

With constantly emerging viruses, pests and diseases in the greenhouse horticulture, hygiene in the greenhouse is an important and much-discussed topic. Clean hands, clean machines and clean water ensure a clean greenhouse, and therefore also clean crops. Steenks Service provides some tips for hygienic…

SmartWash allows real-time monitoring of wash line activity

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-03 Mon 19:54

SmartWash Solutions, Salinas, Calif., has released an online tool allowing produce plant managers to monitor real-time performance data on their wash lines chemistry.

That means plant manager can quickly spot potential problems and adjust processes as necessary.

The software, Process Pro Data Live (PPDL) 2020, enhances SmartWash’s PPDL with improved site speed, navigation and a data dashboard that can be accessed from any device with wi-fi, according to a news release.

Wash line data is monitored and reacted to via the “Situational Awareness View” screen, which gives the status of all wash lines in operations.

PPDL includes historical data for verification and calibration of pH and chlorine sensors that can track performance over time; it also includes a review and sign-off on verification and calibration events for Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.