Category Archives: FDA

How Are Alginate and Grapeskins Changing the Face of Food Packaging Innovation?

Family chooses dairy products in shop

In March 2016, ‘America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,’ Whole Foods, trialed an exciting new concept in grab-and-go food packaging. In a handful of stores including the now infamous location in Oakland, CA, the niche retailer offered pre-peeled oranges, ‘conveniently’ packaged in a single-use plastic tub. In a photo that was destined to go viral across a […]

Can New Tech Launch Potatoes as the Next Interstellar Food?

Pile of colorful little potatoes over white

French fries, potato chips, latkes, waffles, mash, bakers, roasties…all potatoes, all of the time. Never has a vegetable been so universally loved. Although robust and hearty in a dish, the potato is nonetheless more susceptible to attack by pathogens than you might imagine. Read on to learn how cleanroom technology might be about not only […]

High-Tech Hemp – How Is This Humble Seed Moving Beyond its Hippie Heritage?

hemp milk and seeds

Do you remember when we broached the subject of cockroach milk? That article garnered quite a lot of interest, creating a buzz around this ‘alternative’ beverage and the question of sustainable farming. Recently, we double-checked the shelves of our local grocery store to be sure that this substance wasn’t already available (it wasn’t – phew!) […]

How Do You Take Your Coffee – with Wine Or Cockroach Milk?

Cockroach

Good morning! If you’re anything like us, your morning routine involves fumbling for the alarm clock, scanning email, and pouring a bucket-size cup of coffee. Even on the toughest mornings – a mid-winter Monday with snow on the ground, the house creaking quietly and dawn still several shades of dark away – the scent of […]

Spice Manufacturing: Racking up Contamination Violations

Spices and bottles

There’s a storm brewing. A sea change. An unprecedented overturning of the comfort of routine and points of balance. We are living in interesting times. From the proposed border wall to the U.S. quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), whatever your political leanings, it’s easy to agree that post-election America is a rapidly changing landscape. Both […]

Edible Insects? There’s a New Kind of Crunch in Town

edible insect

Human beings are a diverse bunch. We hold differing opinions on almost everything – from politics to sports to who we marry and who we worship. Endlessly creative, we find an almost infinite number of ways in which to differentiate our group from others, consciously emphasizing our differences over our similarities. One look at the […]

Filet Mignon for Fido? Just Hold the Extras!

doggy-eating

Another week brings us face to face with another recall in the food industry. Just as we were starting to recover from scandals involving potentially contaminated cookie dough (Listeria monocytogenes, Aspen Hills, Inc.), popcorn chicken (‘extraneous materials,’ Tyson Foods) and the perennially risky preserved lemons (undeclared sulphites, Roland Foods, LLC) another case of product contamination […]

Cleaning A Contaminated Personnel’s Behavior – Decontamination Tools For Quality Managers

hand hygiene

Quality Managers have a tough job. Berkshire Corporation makes that easier for you with our downloadable two part series Cleaning A Contaminated Personnel’s Behavior – Decontamination Tools For Quality Managers. Click on the images below to download your Free copies today. As a bonus gain access to our Quality & Food Safety System’s Procedure Sheet that […]

‘Significant’ food safety disclosure differences among companies – report

Food scares highlight vulnerabilities in the chain that present opportunities and risks for investors, according to research. A recent report done by the Cornerstone Capital Group examines the food related safety of 60 of the top food companies.  FSMA has now shifted into the private sector and requires food processors and manufacturers to be more proactive […]