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Egg Videos Produced in AIB Labs
Egg Videos Produced in AIB Labs
AIB baking professionals and communications staff recently assisted Elisa Maloberti, Director of Egg Product Marketing for the American Egg Board (AEB), with with filming instructional videos in AIB’s labs. The videos will serve the California baking industry, specifically small operators using fresh shell eggs in their products.  
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Participant Profile - Michiko Iha
Participant Profile - Michiko Iha
As a graduate student in agriculture, Michiko Iha’s initial interest was in something a bit sweeter than traditional breads—she studied food engineering
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Municipal Boil-Water Advisories and Food Manufacturers
Municipal Boil-Water Advisories and Food Manufacturers
n May 2010, FDA issued a guidance document titled “Use of Water by Food Manufacturers in Areas Subject to a Boil-Water Advisory.” The guidance advises food manufacturers to stop using water subject to a boil advisory and to evaluate food that was already produced with water subject to the advisory.
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Staff Profile - Renee Boeckman, Manager of Experimental Baking
Staff Profile - Renee Boeckman, Manager of Experimental Baking
Renee Boeckman, Manager of Experiment Baking, originally took her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition science to work as a laboratory technician in a hybrid wheat research facility. Ten months later, her resume still on file for an internship for which she had earlier applied, she received a call from AIB International asking if she would be interested in interviewing for a position in the Experimental Bakery.
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FSMA's Proposed Changes
FSMA's Proposed Changes
n September 19, 2014, the FDA released the  proposed FSMA rule changes. Since then the public dialogue has been immense and it's not about to stop any time soon. The discussion about changes and demand for clarifications will continue as FDA writes the final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.
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Cleaning Seasonal Equipment
Cleaning Seasonal Equipment
A master cleaning schedule (MCS) should include an established cleaning frequency for equipment that is in use; let’s say this is weekly. If the equipment is moved to storage, add a row on the MCS below the weekly row that lists the inspection/cleaning frequency: as needed. Assuming the equipment is cleaned before it is put in storage, an inspection could be conducted monthly to monitor for general cleanliness, such as lack of dust, cobwebs, etc
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FSMA Audits vs. Inspections
FSMA Audits vs. Inspections
When I ask government-related lawyers or consumer groups what an inspection is, they typically describe it as an activity where FDA enters a facility to physically examine its condition. This most often occurs when a negative food safety incident has been identified. Interestingly, AIB International’s Consolidated Standards for Inspection were originally developed as a response to the food industry’s call for help in managing FDA inspections. A food plant inspection is, by definition, a physical examination of the facility.
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Tip of the Week - Food Safety Culture
Tip of the Week - Food Safety Culture
A good start is to know what your employees think about your company’s commitment to food safety. This can be accomplished by using hard copy or free electronic polling services to confidentially find out what employees really think about the company’s level of food safety. It is advised that all levels of the organization participate in this polling so that a good cross section of opinions is obtained.
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Will There Soon Be a Single, Independent Food Agency?
Will There Soon Be a Single, Independent Food Agency?
This proposal aligns with the Safe Food Act of 2015 that several state representatives introduced to Congress last month. It calls for food safety oversight to be governed by a single, independent agency, called the Food Safety Administration.  The Safe Food Act’s new agency would handle all food safety inspections, regulation enforcement, and food labeling, which are currently handled by more than a dozen federal agencies. 
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Allergen Controls and FSMA
Allergen Controls and FSMA
Specific hazards that must be considered in assessing a food safety plan for hazard analysis and preventive controls are noted in section 117.126 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). One of the key programs outlined is prevention of allergen cross-contact.
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