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Consumer demand for ready-to-bake
products - and bad habits like
eating raw cookie dough - call
for higher microbial safety.
or to entering the clean room. Ms. Robinson said this
minimizes the risk of product contamination. The clean
room will be home to the company's SimplySafe heat
treatment, which delivers a validated 5-log reduction
on relevant pathogens as identified in the FDA guidance
document for bulk processing. "These facility features
are critical to providing safe products for a variety of
applications including gluten-free, food processing that
does not utilize a kill-step," she added.
When it comes to government regulations and enforcement, FSMA enables FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than reacting to
problems after they occur. However, with each step of
the process being more closely scrutinized, there may be
complications with FSMA requirements.
According to Jeff Gwirtz, a milling industry consultant and president of JAG Services Inc., FSMA requirements are open-ended and may lead to significant challenges depending on the views of the inspection agent
or agencies. "This may be problematic if milling organizations are asked down the road to evaluate potential
sources of biological and chemical contamination associated with air used for conveying, processing, handling
and dust control that can contact food product," Mr.
For example, compressed air used to reject product that may eventually be returned for processing has
come under more scrutiny, Mr. Gwirtz explained, suggesting that air used for gravity selectors and purifiers
could potentially also come under scrutiny, as well as
suction systems where material collected is returned to
the product stream via collection systems. It's also important to watch for air moving across product in spouts
above purifiers or in sifter knees that could create a risk
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