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September 25, 2017 07:30 ET

Food Safety: How Representative Sampling Can Reduce Your Risk, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks

Expanding regulations, foodborne illness outbreaks, and product recalls are intensifying demand for food safety. The challenges in food production are growing more intense every year. How can you keep up?

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - September 25, 2017) - Attendees of this complimentary webinar will learn how a representative sampling plan improves assessment of the characteristics of the entire lot, batch, or process stream to avoid food hazards. We will also explore several specific applications including liquid milk sampling, powder or bulk solid ingredient sampling and nut butter and other viscous food product sampling.

Expanding regulations, foodborne illness outbreaks, and product recalls are intensifying demand for food safety. The challenges in food production are growing more intense every year. How can you keep up?

The 2016 implementation of the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control (HARPC) provisions under Section 103 of the US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) placed more responsibility on the food industry to identify potential food safety risks. A well-developed food quality and safety program includes risk-based evaluation, control procedures, corrective actions, and documentation. It also involves food testing using analytical techniques to measure quality and contamination threats down to the parts-per-trillion. Yet, food testing often starts with an unreliable sample.

Manual sampling techniques such as hand scoop and spigot sampling are common sampling methods with food producers and processors. These convenient and low-cost direct methods are widely accepted as a standard operating procedure. Final product sampling is also regarded as being easy and reliable - the product is a random representation of the lot and is already contained and ready for the lab.

However, manual sampling simply isn't enough to keep up with FSMA regulation. As a result, food producers are investing in specialized sampling equipment to reduce their risk. They're implementing the latest food safety procedures, with more testing throughout production from raw ingredients to finished product to improve traceability. How do you ensure your samples are reliable? Representative sampling processes outlined in the 2003 FDA BAM Study as well as the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) both support using representative sampling.

Sampling for food safety should be mathematically representative. What's more, you can prove it and document it to protect your process and facility. With this kind of proactive sampling - taking small, incremental samples before a food or beverage product is bottled or fully processed - you can streamline the compliance process.

How Representative Sampling Improves Food Safety Compliance

  1. Reliability - Representative automatic sampling is reliable, from validation of raw ingredients to quality testing at each key processing stage. It is the only way to ensure confidence in food testing results.
  2. Accuracy - For the most dependable ingredient analysis and traceability, automatic representative sampling offers a repeatable method providing a more accurate, efficient way to sample versus manual scoop or pull methods that introduce bias.
  3. Ingredient verification - In-process ingredient blending systems could be enhanced by automatic sampling to verify that ingredients are being blended at appropriate ratios.

Join featured speaker John Powalisz, Industry Manager at Sentry Equipment for an informative session on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11am EDT (4pm BST/UK). For more information visit: Food Safety: How Representative Sampling Can Reduce Your Risk


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