Category Archives: food safety

Can Canada’s New SFCR Really Make Food Safer?

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When thinking about our neighbors to the north, Canada, what springs most readily to mind? Take a moment to mull it over – we’ll wait. Is it the frigid winter temperatures? The potential for epic roadtrips to see the Northern Lights? The abundance of that sweet delicacy maple syrup? Or what about the national game, […]

How HACCP Curbs Contamination in the School Lunch System

contaminated school lunch

In the face of the inevitable annual flurry of resolutions in the New Year surrounding health, diet, and exercise, we at Berkshire are going against the flow and providing you, our diet-beleaguered readers, with respite from the onslaught of accusatory finger wagging. Far be it from us to promulgate the miserable ‘New Year, New You’ […]

Contamination Control of Infant Formula

Infant Formula

They are arguably the most vulnerable consumers of commercial food products, yet also the least likely to effectively articulate distress caused by contaminated products. Who are they? Newborns and infants – the most fragile customers and the least able to guarantee themselves protection from food-borne illness. And in this new era of a global market […]

Chickens and Cleanrooms – What Do They Have In Common?

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In the modern American chicken ‘processing plant’ (a euphemistic term for the slaughterhouse), the ‘New Poultry Inspection System’, a set of regulations drawn up by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014, allows up to 175 chickens to be killed per line, per minute. Doing the rudimentary math, that’s almost 3 animals per […]

Soylent, Joylent, Zoylent, and Biolent

Meal replacements for the zombie apocalypse

Meal Replacements for the Zombie Apocalypse? Wherever you find yourself parted from your shopping dollars today – be it the homogenized grocery store or the specialist vitamin shop – you will be assured of a veritable feast of foods. And we don’t just mean the healthy, natural, rainbow-hued, compost-flecked items from the organic produce aisle. […]

What are the Perils of Liquid Nitrogen in Food?

liquid nitrogen foods

What’s cold enough to burn your insides and ephemeral enough transform you into a fire-breathing dragon? Liquid nitrogen, the new darling of festival and fair food, turns out to be an additive that we need to treat very carefully. With the new craze for Dragon’s Breath cereals sweeping the carnival-going community, how concerned should we […]

How a Luxury Wellness Resort is Changing the Face of Airline Food

Airline meal served in the business class

Socially and culturally, Golden Ages, those periods when something was at its zenith, are always in the past. Buried in the sands of time and viewed through the misty eye of nostalgia, they exude the perfume of loss, the scent of decline. In a Golden Age – a heyday, a belle époque – things were […]

3G: Gummy Bears, Gelatin, and GI Distress

Gummy bear in row

Never let it be said that we here at Food Contact Surfaces shy away from facing the big issues of our modern, high-tech life. From milking cockroaches to camels, we have demonstrated fearlessness in tackling questions and bringing you up-to-date information on matters of interest large and small. So it was with our usual degree […]

Foggy with a Chance of Martinis?

Fog Martini

When is a commodity not a commodity? If that sounds like one of our confounded riddles, it’s actually a serious question. And the answer is when it’s vaporware. Vapor-what? Vaporware refers to hardware or software that is being actively promoted but which has yet to be fully developed or finalized as a tangible product. Nebulous […]

How Can Intelligent Packaging Protect Us from Pesky Pathogens?

good vs bad beef detector

In the olden days – that Time of Yore to which we routinely look for reassurance that things in the past were indeed better – it was relatively easy to judge whether food was bad or not. Was the piece of meat crawling with maggots? Nope? OK, then it’s what’s for dinner. That apple with […]