Editor’s note: This is the first of five articles on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points sponsored by PAR Technologies. There are seven HACCP principles outlined by the FDA to serve as a guideline to creating a systematic approach in the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards. 

Since the early ’90s, meat, egg and…

Just as feathered birds head south for warmer weather, so, too, do human snowbirds, who pack up their RVs and travel trailers they call home once they get to their sunny destinations.

But food-safety gurus warn that there’s no vacation from food safety.

“I don’t subscribe to the ‘knock-on-wood’ approach to food safety,” said Bill…

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…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing recommendations for residents in states that might be affected by Hurricane Irene to minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses in the event of power outages, flooding, and other problems that could be associated with the storm.

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“Hurricanes not only pose dangers to …

There’s good reason the label says “keep refrigerated.” And also good reason not to taste food to see if it’s gone bad.

Two people found that out the hard way, and became very sick with botulism after tasting potato soup left unrefrigerated for weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relates in its current …

With tsunami warnings and advisories issued for Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, and heavy rains causing floods on the East Coast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing recommendations to residents in those areas to minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to power outages and other problems …

Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on our every day lives. Winter! It’s a fact of modern life: sometimes the power goes out.

If your power goes out, knowing how to keep food safe can help minimize the loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

I have put together some …

Along with the many environmental problems posed by global climate change, an increase in ambient temperature could have negative effects on food safety everywhere, but particularly in developing countries.

That’s the message of a 2010 study in “Food Research International,”  which investigates the varied effects of climate change on the “cold-chain”–a term that refers to …