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Produce shelf life: issues and extension methods from harvest to retailer pdf icon sm

Produce is a highly perishable commodity making shelf life a race against the clock for growers, processors and retailers. With national averages of produce shrinkage at 6%, according to the Produce Marketing Association, shelf life costs US retailers in excess of $2.1 billion per year. This paper will review factors that shorten and extend shelf life, and multiple methods to extend and measure produce shelf life as it pertains to produce processed from harvest to delivery to the retail facility.

Focusing the spotlight on prevention: What to expect from the Food Safety Modernization Act  pdf icon sm

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) S. 510 was signed into law in 2011. The law significantly expands the powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with respect to foods it generally oversees and its main goal is to focus the department on food contamination prevention. The bill is considered to be the first major federal legislation on food safety since 1938 when the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was passed giving the FDA authority to oversee the safety of food, drugs and cosmetics. Since then the FDA has had only a limited role in controlling food safety as the industry regulated itself. With the passage of time however U.S. food production has become more centralized and the importation of foods has risen significantly.

Food safety: preventing foodborne disease through proper cooking, cooling and storage related to Deltatrak products  pdf icon sm

Foodborne disease from biological contamination can happen at any time during the food preparation process. The processes of cooking, cooling and storage are particularly susceptible to contamination as preparers are required to prepare, move and store food. This paper will look at the food cooking, cooling and storing stages within a restaurant environment and address how some specific bacteria, viruses, and parasites can thrive and exist at each stage.

Food safety: What is safe food?  pdf icon sm

Safe food is defined as food free of contamination with contamination occurring at any point in the growing, preparing, processing, storing, selling or serving of food. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 70% of all foodborne disease is due to viruses spread by direct or indirect contact with infected individuals. The CDC further states that 5,000 people die each year from tainted food, 325,000 are hospitalized and 76 million people become ill annually from food contamination.

Food safety: sanitation issues, methods & solutions  pdf icon sm

Foodborne disease on a global scale is very difficult to quantify however, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention announced in December of 2010 new estimates on foodborne disease illness, hospitalization and deaths. The CDC reports that approximately 48 million people fall ill with 128,000 requiring hospitalization and 3000 individuals dying each year. Additionally, a World Health Organization report in 2004 listed that disease associated with diarrhea was the 5th leading cause of death worldwide with the majority of those deaths attributed to food and water contamination.

Food safety: food handling problems and solutions from delivery to consumption  pdf icon sm

According to the World Health Organization industrialized countries are reporting that the percentage of their population suffering from a foodborne disease each year is up to 30%. Even if just a portion of that percentage is directly tied to unsafe food handling practices restaurants must be keenly aware of their safe food handling practices. The FDA reports that food being stored or cooked at improper temperatures & times was the number one food safety problem restaurants are failing to address.

What you need to know about the 2011 California food handler card law: new food safety training and certification legislation (senate bill 602)  pdf icon sm

Effective July 1, 2011 the state of California will require all employees that handle food in restaurants earn a California Food Handler Card. This legislation will affect more than 1.4 million food industry jobs. Senate Bill 602 is intended to benefit food facilities and their employees, boost consumer confidence and significantly improve food safety in the state. Similar programs have been successfully implemented in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Texas and Florida.

Extending Shelf Life: Ethylene Absorption Packaging Stategies for Produce Transport  pdf icon sm

Historically how to preserve and store food for consumption when there might be a food shortage has given birth to such packaging innovations as using glass, wooden barrels and cans to protect and later transport food. The invention of the cardboard box at the end of the 19th century and the invention and discovery of plastic and polyethylene in the 1920s and1930s opened up a new era in protecting and transporting foods. The ongoing drive to find new technologies for preserving and transporting food has changed our lives significantly from one where we consumed what was available nearby to a world where out-of-season or exotic foods can be found year round at any neighborhood market. Growers, packers, distributors and retailers of food are challenged on a daily basis to find the most efficient ways to conserve our food resources and minimize loss.

Wireless Temperature Monitoring for Medical Specimen Archiving and Storage  pdf icon sm

Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) provides medical research and specimen storage repository services. Established in 1968, BRI has an unblemished track record of providing exceptional service to multiple private and government sector contracts consisting of more than five million specimens collected.

Wireless Temperature/Humidity Monitoring for Centralized Data Collection  pdf icon sm

Gambro is a global medical technology company and a leader in developing, manufacturing and supplying products and therapies for Kidney and Liver dialysis, Myeloma Kidney Therapy, and other extracorporeal therapies for Chronic and Acute patients. For decades, the company has been first to market with many groundbreaking innovations. By designing and delivering solutions to dialysis clinics and intensive care units, Gambro offers not just improved treatment quality, but also improved efficiency.

FlashLink Wireless Aids Home Infusion Vendor JCAHO Compliance  pdf icon sm

FlashLink Wireless Aids Home Infusion Vendor JCAHO Compliance troublesome maintenance and unsupportive of QuadraCare’s regulatory requirements. Brian searched online with the expectation that the replacement wireless temperature monitoring system should be affordable, dependable, quick to install, easy to use, met FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements and would aid in QuadraCare’s regulatory audits.

FlashLink Data Loggers Ensure HACCP Compliance for GoodHeart Speciality Foods  pdf icon sm

GoodHeart Brand Specialty Foods (www.goodheart.com) provides quality prepared foods and meats for high volume restaurant chains and service delis. As with any food preparation business, HACCP principles drive production procedures. Their new facility in San Antonio, Texas is HACCP approved and USDA inspected.

Wireless Temperature Monitoring Cuts Cost of Loading Refrigerated Trailer Trucks  pdf icon sm

Vaughan Foods, Inc. operates as an integrated processor and distributor of refrigerated foods in the United States. Its products consist of fresh-cut vegetables, fresh-cut fruits, salad kits, prepared salads, dips, spreads, soups, sauces, and side dishes. The company offers custom vegetable mixes and custom sized produce cuts. Vaughan Foods, Inc. markets and sells its products to food service distributors, regional and national restaurant chains, and retail grocers.

 

Brochures

FlashLink Wireless Systems: Cold Chain Monitoring, Alarming & Reporting  pdf icon sm

DeltaTrak® offers a state-of-the-art wireless monitoring network designed to help customers qualify temperature and humidity conditions throughout their environment: warehouses, storerage areas, refrigerators, freezers, walk-in coolers, clean rooms, processing areas and labs. The FlashLink RF 2.4GHz Wireless System uses modern ZigBee technology with unique floor plan mapping software. The System is a wide area, real-time monitoring, recording and alarm system with user-defined set up, continuous monitoring and complete management reporting for temperature and humidity.

PrimePro EAP: Modified Atmosphere Packaging  pdf icon sm

Growers, packers, shippers and retailers of produce are challenged on a daily basis to find the most efficient ways to conserve product and minimize loss. Cutting costs, increasing profits and remaining competitive has the produce industry taking a sharper look at new shelf life extension technologies. DeltaTrak PrimePro Ethylene Adsorption Packaging or PrimePro EAP® is shelf life extension technology used to minimize the amount of ethylene present during transport and storage of fresh fruits and vegetables. It extends shelf life by removing ethylene gas, a powerful plant hormone that triggers the process of ripening and decay.

ThermoTrace TTI Solution pdf icon sm

DeltaTrak’s ThermoTrace Time Temperature Indicator (TTI) cold chain technology is a comprehensive solution that allows manufacturers, processers and receivers of temperature sensitive commodities to cost effectively track cumulative product temperature abuse experienced at the pallet or carton level from origin to consumer. From supplier through warehousing and distribution all the way to the consumer, the ThermoTrace TTI system gives customers the exact data they need to assess product quality and shelf life.

Clinical Trial: Cold Chain Management Solution  pdf icon sm

The globalization of clinical trials to countries such as China, India, and Russia has increased the complexity of hand offs in the supply chain. Manufacturers are required to apply more cautious strategies to comply with Global Regulatory Agencies such as FDA, WHO, International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), Health Canada, European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and SFDA (China). These regulations are in place to ensure clinical trial materials are transported in the right conditions between sites. Your sensitive clinical trial materials require ever greater temperature controls due to this increasingly regulated pharmaceutical supply chain. These regulations include the requirement for documented traceability. Validating your materials now involves transporting your products to these remote locations which may or may not have the technology or infrastructure to download, access, analyze or evaluate temperature data.

FlashTrak Wireless Cold Chain Solution  pdf icon sm

Complying with increasing regulations, maintaining product efficacy and protecting patient safety are all paramount concerns to pharmaceutical and biologic manufacturers and distributors of temperature sensitive products. Maintaining temperatures throughout the cold chain is vital to successfully delivering quality product and meeting regulations.

Ensuring Safety of Perishable Foods  pdf icon sm

Ensuring consumer safety, optimizing shelf life, reducing shrink and complying with government regulations are key goals and requirements for food manufacturers and distributors worldwide. Maintaining temperatures throughout the cold chain is vital to delivering quality products, complying with regulations and meeting these goals.