Metal-Detectable Polymer Bearings
EDT Corporation has introduced metal-detectable Poly-Round® bearings.
These bearings are polymer plane bearings that directly interchange with in-
dustry-standard mounted bearings and have no balls, no grease, no cage and
no seals. These features make them clean-operating, and they are the only
U.S. Department of Agriculture-accepted bearings available. When the bear-
ings are made of EDT’s “ON” metal-detectable, X-ray detectable and optically
detectable blue polymer, the food safety of edible products is further enhanced.
EDT Corporation, 360.574.7294 • www.edtcorp.com
Radio Frequency Pasteurization & Disinfestation
Radio Frequency Company Inc. has introduced Macrowave™ Pasteurization &
Disinfestation Systems to process dry/low-water-activity food ingredients such as milled grain
products, dried vegetables, protein powders and various spices previously thought safe from
pathogens. The company’s systems are ideal for either a batch or a conveyorized presentation
of a bulk or bagged product and for less than a penny per pound.
Radio Frequency Company, 508.376.9555 • www.macrowave.com
Processing Aid Delivery
CMS Technology, which is developing technologies to achieve the food safety standards
needed to protect the global consumer, has begun implementation of CMS D3S, a patent-pending automated control system for applying processing aids for the food industry. Early
adopters of CMS D3S have benefitted from 24/7 remote monitoring and data access.
CMS Technology, 203.790.7744 • www.cmstechnology.com/
Eriez® has expanded its
production of PolyMag®
additives, which impart
metal detectability, X-ray
contrast and magnetic
susceptibility when added
to plastic moldings.
Incorporating these additives
can prevent plastic-contaminated food products
from reaching the consumer.
Available in a nondusting
pellet, the additives allow
molders and extruders to
and X-ray-visible plastic
items for food contact
applications, such as pallets.
he National Food Safety
System project (NFSS) began
in 1998 as a promising effort
to advance a nationally
integrated food safety system.
It was part of President Clinton’s
Food Safety Initiative and followed
recommendations to USDA/FSIS
Doesn’t this sound familiar?
Almost in identical fashion, the Partnership for Food Protection (PFP)
was established in 2008 to advance an integrated food safety system through
Workgroups consisting of volunteers from federal, state, and local food
protection agencies. So what is different today and why did such a well-regarded and sensible idea lose traction for 10 years? Here are some thoughts.
While some might suggest it was politics – going from President Clinton
to President Bush – both administrations had food safety initiatives, however,
that recognized the value of federal agencies working closer with partners at
the state and local level, and an integrated food safety system fell well within
the vision of both administrations.
Consumer groups were originally very skeptical of NFSS and some actually
promised put an end to any such effort. They insisted that before they could
recognize equivalence of state and local inspection programs, there would
need to be regulatory program standards for these agencies to comply with. It
turns out they were right.
Another problem that existed was that there was no Congressional
mandate to advance an integrated system – just initiatives and food
This all changed with the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act
(FSMA) in 2011. Now federal food protection officials are required to
coordinate their food safety efforts with their partners at state and local levels.
But perhaps one of the greatest obstacles to advancing this cause was our
failure to promote the effort and seek input from all stakeholders. While the
NFSS project was a great experience, leaders of the project failed to include
industry, academia, and consumers in the process – a huge mistake.
Recognizing mistakes of the past and the critical importance of stakeholder
involvement have been the primary reasons that AFDO conducts an
Integrated Food Safety System Update each year, so that stakeholders are
aware of what’s happening in building the national system and to provide
opportunities for input.
AFDO’s 2017 Integration Update will provide participants with updates
on PFP projects, the value of Whole Genome Sequencing, Rapid Response
Teams (RRT’s) effectiveness, and success stories in retail food protection.
AFDO’s Integrated Food Safety System Update will be held during the
Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo taking place May 8 – 11, 2017, in Rosemont,
IL. The Food Safety Summit is a solutions-based conference designed to meet the
educational and informational needs of the entire food industry.
For more information and to register visit www.foodsafetysummit.com
Integrated Food Safety System Update
An Invitation to all Stakeholders
By Joe Corby, Association of Food & Drug Officials