Archive of December, 2021

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreaks rattle the food and grocery industries-Where are we Now?
The CDC and the FDA decision to order the removal of all romaine lettuce from supermarket shelves costs supermarkets millions of dollars. It also sent a very strong warning to the produce sector. Food Drive quoted David Acheson saying “It’s very effective, but talk about taking a sledgehammer to crack a walnut.” Having three outbreaks of E. coli in romaine lettuce in such a short time is unacceptable. Consumers feel that the repeat outbreaks indicate that no one is protecting the public and consequently a number of lawsuits have been filled. For example, the Lange Law Firm filed its first lawsuit in the latest...
The FDA issued a report on findings from the investigation of the California-linked romaine lettuce outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in November 2018
Adam’s Bros farm treated the agricultural water with a sanitizer before use. However, the records did not document if it applied sufficient sanitizer to eliminate pathogens present in the water. It is not clear how the outbreak strain entered the water reservoir. The E. coli O157:H7 strain might have been there for months or even years. Alternatively, it could have been introduced into the reservoir from an unknown source. Near the reservoir, there was evidence of wild animal activity (waterfowl, rodents, coyotes, etc.) To help ensure that leafy greens are safe and to reduce the potential of future contamination, it is important to...
Advantages of XENON Pulsed Lamps as an alternative UV source for Surface Sterilization
By Dr. Stephen R. Wilk, Optical Engineer, XENON Corporation, Wilmington MA x-ray images of alternative ways to produce light copyright Herminso Villarraga-Gómez, Nikon Metrology With the recent trend away from the use of mercury lamps for disinfection, many companies are turning to Excimer Lamps (ELs) and Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes (UV LEDs) as readily available and viable alternatives. But most are overlooking more competitive options. UV LED UV LEDs have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive, low-voltage, and compact sources that can put out a narrow wavelength band of light. They require no special handling and are mechanically robust. The LEDs...
What design is your Quality System? Is it a reactive and inspection-based design or is it a proactive risk-based prevention design?
In today’s environment of increased consumer expectations, customer demands, potential regulatory intervention, and complex supply chains, along with consistent financial pressures, it is irrefutable product performance is extremely critical to brand equity. We see daily examples of significant product failures in consumer’s hands. We’ve all seen these stats. The FDA estimates 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually—sickening 1 in 6, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 American deaths annually. Since the start of 2014, there have been more than 100 million vehicles recalled in the United States. That number is just shy of half of all vehicles on the road today. Are...