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Managers in the food service industry are always looking for new ways to increase customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. But, connecting great experiences with your brand takes planning, work, and time. How can managers devote more time to their team, customer and building their brands and less time planning for inspections and audits?
Getting high performance scores on regulation inspections and internal audits is important but should not require massive amounts of time logging and doing paperwork.
By Food Service Guy
Author: Food Service Guy
The Food Service Guy’s blog posts will generally tap into his Total Quality Team experience in the food service industry.
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In a world where almost everyone has a smart phone and other mobile devices, DeltaTrak is moving along with technology by developing mobile temperature logging devices for transit, and one of their newest products, the FlashLink Mini, fits nicely into this trend.
By Peter Norton
Author: Peter Norton
Peter Norton is a senior logistics and supply chain manager and consultant to the life science industry, with extensive experience in both the domestic US and global markets.
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As the regulations for food and pharma' get closer together in nature an overarching guidance is emerging which is related to risk aversion and risk mitigation planning.
A new release from DeltaTrak® offers possible tracking solutions for import/export operations. Single-use and compact in size, DeltaTrak® says that its FlashLink Mini PDF In-Transit Logger was developed for streamlined ease of use.
DeltaTrak’s ThermoTrace TTI Time-Temperature Indicator Label has recently been selected as a finalist for the 2015 R&D 100 Award in the Process/Prototyping category for supply chain management/operations, by a panel of independent judges and editors from R&D Magazine.
By Ray Caron
Author: Ray Caron
Ray joined DeltaTrak in 2010 as Marketing Manager and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development and Chief Operating Officer of DataMark Inc.
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The produce industry is getting prepped for the release of the final phase of the Food and Drug Administration’s Preventive Controls for Human Food ruling. Going forward, you’ll be seeing an increase of innovative applications being used throughout the food distribution chain; all aimed at reducing the loss of product during storage or in-transit.
With an increased activity in the developing nations to improve food safety initiatives - coupled with the launch of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), plus a greater than ever demand for foods high in protein and fresher frozen goods - the need for refrigerated transportation solutions has become a highlight within the cold chain industry.
DeltaTrak, Inc. is a finalist in the New Product Awards Competition during United Fresh 2015, June 9 & 10. DeltaTrak’s FlashLink PDF Multi-Use Data Logger is a plug-and-play temperature logger with built-in USB connector and on-board software. This device allows an easy way to download data as a secure PDF to a PC without special reading devices or additional software.
DeltaTrak, Inc. has recently launched four new temperature loggers for the cold chain industry. These loggers provide guaranteed data and easy to download features. The FlashLink VU Universal Produce Logger, the FlashLink Prime Universal Produce Data Logger, and the Cold Chain Export USB Logger all include DeltaTrak’s patented Shadow Log™ feature, which guarantees data even if a shipper forgets to start the unit. And the FlashLink PDF Multi-Use Data Logger is the ideal device to use for documenting storage and transport conditions of perishable products, or for monitoring ambient temperature facilities.
In an effort to improve food safety and omit overlap between authorizing agencies, The Safe Food Act of 2015 was introduced in both houses of Congress on January 28th. This bill was introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
Let’s say you’re ‘small potatoes’ in a field of industry giants. If your company is a registered facility under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act, you’re probably worried about compliance costs and uncertainties once the FSMA rules comes into play. If you are not particularly thrilled about this new regulation, and feel these rules will yield headaches instead of benefits – look for the silver lining.
Food defense is a top priority within your company, right? If you’re raising one eyebrow and asking yourself, “Just what does it mean to be ready for an audit?” then look into the mind of an auditor to find out exactly what it takes to pass an inspection – and pass with flying colors!
NASA created the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), which is a global standard developed as part of Codex Alimentarius to improve upon and synchronize international food standards, guidelines, and codes of practice to protect the health of consumers.
Do you have an up-to-date food safety plan? How secure are your sanitary transportation operations? Are your standards and procedures on par with the sanitary cold chain market? Do you have an HACCP plan in place already? If you were approached for an audit, would you pass an FDA inspection and be able to show officials your records dating back at least two years?
Ease of mind is what you want when you transport a large quantity of consumable product. Trust is what you need in the solutions that are monitoring your various perishable commodities, especially once they leave your domain. DeltaTrak’s reliable temperature monitoring solutions are made specifically for all points in the cold chain process.
If all goes as the FDA plans with its Food Safety Modernization Act, importers will soon be required to meet the same level of public health protection as food that is produced in the United States. The new law is meant to significantly enhance the FDA’s ability to oversee the millions of food products coming into the United States from other countries each year. This ruling is also intended to reduce annual costs associated with imported foods and food borne illness.
With all the “Breaking News” headlines we receive related to food safety matters, it is easy to get troubled on the domestic front, or for any of us that travel abroad. The weekly saturation of emails and notices I read on this topic reveal disturbing facts that would turn even the most iron-clad of stomachs sour.
Is your company meeting Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) guidelines? This initiative was introduced in 2009, and has been built as a roadmap to a common standard for external traceability. Implementing this initiative is a critical strategy that will help your company comply with strict food safety and supply chain regulations.
According to the FDA, an estimated 83,609 businesses will be affected by FSMA and the proposed Sanitation Transportation Rule. These businesses must start complying with the new requirements 60 days after the final ruling. The FDA has recently extended the comment period on this proposed rule to July 30 2014, with some leeway being given to smaller businesses.