Ann Marie McNamara
Joins FSM as Editorial
Ann Marie McNamara, Ph.D., is Division
Vice President, Food Safety, with Jack in the Box
Inc. She was previously
Vice President of Food
Safety and Scientific Af-
fairs at Silliker, Inc. A
renowned scientist with
nearly two decades of in-
dustry and regulatory ex-
joined Silliker in 2003
after serving as Corporate
Vice President of Food Safety and Technology for
Sara Lee Corp., where she developed their first
corporate food-safety division. From 1992 to 1999
she served as Director of Microbiology for the
Food Safety and Inspection Service of USDA. We
look forward to her expert contributions to Food
Micro Methods are
Growing at Twice the
Rate of Market
According to a
new market report
2013,” the worldwide food microbiology market in
over 738 million tests
with a market value in excess of
$2.06 billion. The market research reports published by Strategic Consulting Inc. (SCI)
( www.strategic-consult.com) have become
widely accepted by leading diagnostic manufacturers and investors as highly credible industry
analyses. “Food Micro—2008 to 2013” includes a
thorough review of the global market for microbiology testing generated by the food processing
industry, along with detailed examinations into its
four main subsectors—meat, dairy, fruits/vegeta-bles and processed foods.
Announcing the 2008 Gold Medal
IPM Partner Awards
Seven North American companies were named 2008 Gold Medal Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Partner Award winners by Orkin, Inc., The
IPM Institute of North America and NSF Cook & Thurber for their outstanding commitment to IPM partnerships.
IPM, an environmentally friendly pest management approach, emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. These
seven winners employ Orkin’s Gold Medal Protection, a comprehensive
IPM service that focuses on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record-keeping and
staff participation in IPM training sessions.
The 2008 winners were selected from an elite group of 77 nominees
throughout the United States and Canada and include the following:
UNITED STATES: Ample Industries, Inc. (Franklin, OH); Maines Paper &
Food Service, Inc. (Conklin, NY); and Patterson Companies, Inc. (Blythe-
wood, SC); CANADA: Ball Corporation (Richmond, BC); Danone, Inc.
(Boucherville, QU); H.J. Heinz Company (Leamington, ON); and Red Zoo
Marketing (Ruthven, ON).
Now in its fifth year in the United States and fourth year in Canada, the
Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly pest management practices.
Recent Articles in Our Signature Series
In light of recent food and drug contamination issues, the responsibility
of state testing laboratories in the mission to keep consumers safe is likely to
grow. Read more in Keeping Tainted Products
out of Consumer Reach, an article that pres-
ents a case study of the collaboration between
the North Carolina Food and Drug Protection
Division and ARTEL to demonstrate laboratory competence with pipetting
Food safety is always a fundamental mission for food processing companies, but high-profile food-safety incidents and growing regulatory attention
make earning SQF certification increasingly imperative. Check out Big Pic-
t ure Strategies for SQF 2000 to learn how an investment in SQF can bring
your company to a whole new level of performance.
Maintaining sanitation is imperative in the food industry, as is a reliable
pumping system to pump water to properly clean the containers on a regular
basis. Read Replacing Centrifugal Water Pumps in the Food Service Indus-
try to find out more about UNiGY® technology to reduce energy consumption with an easy-to-use system.
Online & Of Note
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has launched a food-safety policy information resource for policymakers, the media,
and consumers. This site is intended to help keep them informed
and up-to-date on the public debate around strengthening
America’s food safety net. The site includes a section called
Food Safety 101, in which a history of food safety regulation
and terms common to the industry are discussed.