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Laura Mushrush

Laura Mushrush

Laura Mushrush is a digital and print journalist with a specialty in livestock production. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2013 with degrees in agricultural journalism and animal science and industry, she worked as an associate editor for Farm Talk Newspaper, covering the four-state area of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. From there, she joined the editorial team for Drovers Magazine, where she covered ag policy, food safety, business management and production practices for the U.S. beef industry. Recently, Mushrush has taken her career international with photography and feature pieces appearing in British, Canadian and Swedish publications. When she’s not writing, Mushrush is working on her family’s purebred Red Angus ranch or for their specialty meat company. She takes her scotch neat, steak rare and burgers cooked to 160 degrees F.

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Three things to expect during unannounced FDA inspections

It’s not a question of if, but when, officials with the Food and Drug Administration will show up at any given food company for an unannounced inspection, with any violations outlined in a Form 483 that is handed off to company representatives as inspectors head out the door. While the Form 483 itself is essentially… Continue Reading

4 ways IOT is supporting the food industry

This is the last in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

A sensor, internet connection and the ability to communicate: These are the three ingredients that make up the Internet of Things technology. IOT is gaining rapid steam, with companies such as global communication giants, Ericsson and Cisco, making projections of as many of 50 billion devices connected by IOT by 2020. While estimations vary to… Continue Reading

IoT = Smarter kitchens, smarter business, safer food for all

The third in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

Lunch rush is just hitting full swing as a party of four walks into a buzzing fast-casual restaurant for a quick bite. After placing their orders, one of them is handed a coaster sized sensor. Hitting up the soda fountain before finding a seat, the group decides to escape the crowded indoors for the outdoor… Continue Reading

On a clear IoT day, you can see data forever and evermore

The second in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

It doesn’t matter whether a grower or food packing facility is 5 or 5,000 miles away from Megan Arnold’s office at Robinson Fresh, because within seconds her food safety analysis can begin with pinpointed data at the tips of her fingers. A decade ago, the food sourcing sister to C.H. Robinson, a third-party global logistics… Continue Reading

Is it time to get your head — and data — in the cloud?

The first in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

They are everywhere, taking reliable measurements on a rigorous schedule in storage facilities, shipping containers and retail refrigerator units across the globe. From multiple temperatures at pinpoint times during transportation, to appliance maintenance of freezers at the supermarket, massive amounts of data are collected and automatically sent off to a central cloud database. For the… Continue Reading

Mail you’d rather not get

FDA just hand delivered a Form 483 — It's not too late to take action to avoid being shut down

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This year, FDA will issue nearly 2,500 FDA Form 483s, and mail countless warning letters to food companies.  Sometimes, even the most subtle food safety failures can cause FDA to threaten to shut your facility down.  In the most recent examples involving producers of raw cookie dough, packaged ready-to-eat salads, seafood, hummus, and milk powder,… Continue Reading

Nightmare prevention: Comprehensive, compliant records

The fourth in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

Area hospitals in Chicago see a string of illnesses due to E coli O157, with more cases quickly popping up across the state. A look into the sick patients’ activities reveals they all ate sprouts at a popular sandwich chain, triggering an investigation down the supply chain. It isn’t long till the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Tech helps shippers, transporters keep it cool, safe, compliant

The third in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

It’s the dead of summer and a truckload of fresh beef is making its way from the Texas Panhandle to a distribution center in Tennessee. Somewhere around mile 670, in western Arkansas, the truck breaks down. A quick assessment by the driver reveals it’s a major breakdown and backup is called. In total, the trailer… Continue Reading

Technology gives transparency to transportation food safety

The second in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

There are mountains of it; fresh, nutritious, beautiful — belonging on the finished plates of high-end restaurants, school lunch trays and dinner tables across America. But instead, it’s dumped into landfills to rot into nothing — enough each year to feed 3 billion people. On top of that overall estimate, the Food and Agriculture Organization… Continue Reading

Contaminated food contaminates consumers’ trust

The first in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

A breach in food safety is enough to knock restaurants, grocers, retailers and everyone in the supply chain to their knees when contaminated food contaminates the trust consumers have in their products. Take Chipotle Mexican Grill for example, the most recent poster child for damaged customer relationships. In July 2015, the first of six foodborne… Continue Reading