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

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

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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.

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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

Greenhouse innovations have drastically improved food safety

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Modern high-tech greenhouses don't use dirt, protect produce from animals and birds, and somewhat resemble "clean rooms."

Food safety is a key pillar of the greenhouse operations for each grower. Any type of food safety risk impacts not only the grower operations, but our competitors, and most importantly, consumers. As seen in any produce outbreak, the entire industry suffers from the problems of one operation. It is paramount that growers make food… Continue Reading

Technology seen as solution to food safety transportation rule

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What they called the “ice box on wheels” dates back to America’s railroads as early as 1851 and the huge fleets of today’s “reefer” trailers are examples of a transportation industry that has long embraced technology to overcome challenges. To the extent that the new food safety transportation rule add new requirements  to prevent food… Continue Reading

Study Finds Smartphones Can Improve Food Safety Inspections

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Smartphones might be an important tool for food safety inspectors because of their inconspicuousness. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that phones used in place of clipboards can improve the quality of data collected during observations. According to a phenomenon called the Hawthorne Effect, people sometimes change their behavior because they know… Continue Reading

Technology Gaps Outlined in CFSAN’s Science & Research Plan

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Some say technology is the driving force behind the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and they may be right. One thing for certain is that food safety technologies are hitting the market at a quick pace since FSMA went on the books. And it’s far from over. The fact is the Center for Food Safety and… Continue Reading

New Radiation Detector for Food Uses Space Technology

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A collaboration between two companies has developed a device for detecting radiation-contamination food. After an earthquake and tsunami damaged Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 and caused a significant leak of radioactive material, RIKEN Global Research Cluster and G-Tech began researching methods for detecting radioactive cesium in food. Nearby farmers have struggled with consumer fears… Continue Reading

DNA Spray-On Technology Could Revolutionize Food Traceability

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It sounds like something straight out of agricultural science fiction: a liquid solution containing unique bits of DNA that gets sprayed on foods in order to easily identify information about where it came from and how it was produced in the event of an outbreak or recall. DNATrek, a Bay Area startup, is hoping to… Continue Reading

Rethinking Clean-In-Place Design

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Which comes first: clean-in-place systems or plant design? All too often, it is the plant design that comes first, and then processors have to retrofit — at great cost — their equipment to be clean-in-place (CIP). Although meat and poultry processors aren’t directly affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s upcoming regulations on HACCP documentation… Continue Reading

CDC Launches iPad App Game for Playing Outbreak Detective

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a “Solve the Outbreak”  iPad app that lets people play disease outbreak investigator, as if they were in the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). According to CDC, which announced the app this week, the program allows users to navigate three fictional outbreaks based on real-life events…. Continue Reading