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Food Safety: Your Essential Guide to Cleaning, Sanitation & Disinfection

Just because surfaces appear spotless doesn't mean they're truly safe. Invisible enemies like E.coli and Salmonella can lurk, posing a serious threat to your customers and business.

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Protect Your Customers with the Best Metal Detectable Tools for the Food Industry

The food processing industry requires the highest standards of hygiene and safety. Detectable products are used in food production environments because foreign body contamination risks need to be minimal for the safety of the consumer. By using metal & x-ray detectable products, you can prevent plastic and rubber contamination from making their way into the final product.

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5 Ways to Improve Food Safety NOW

Food safety affects all communities throughout the world. In fact, one in ten people become ill from contaminated food each year. In the food industry, companies are responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of the foods they are handling by adhering to food standards and codes of practice. However, food safety is everyone's business!

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Why It's Important to Recycle Plastic: The Advantages of Plastic to Plastic Recycling

The food industry is the number 1 producer of plastic. This includes single use packaging, plastic wraps, as well as bucket, bins, tools and PPE used in processing. All of which could and should be recycled.

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9 Color-Coding Tips to Increase Food Safety

Color-coding is essential in any food safety program. It helps prevent cross-contamination due to pathogens, allergens and foreign contaminates, and can greatly reduce the risk of recalls. In food plants every area serves a purpose and it’s important to keep areas sanitary and organized. By having a clearly communicated color coded system for tools, clothing, PPE, bins, and markings it will not only benefit your workers but will help with your next audit. Your frontline employees are your best defense for maintaining food and workplace safety. When you establish clear procedures and practices, it not only aids with team training but also promotes a thriving food safety culture.

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12 Days of Shadow Boards

5S Shadow Boards offer many benefits, especially in the food industry. We've compiled a list of these benefits in one place and some examples of different shadow boards that may inspire your next project.

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How Amerisan is Helping the Food Industry Recycle PPE and Why it’s Important!

The world is in a plastic crisis, and we’re starting to see how our actions are creating a negative impact on the ecosystem. 480M tons of plastic-based PPE is disposed of worldwide every day, and plastic production is expected to double by 2050. We’re heading towards a future where climate change is irreversible, and our waste stream is becoming unmanageable.

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Why Nitrile Gloves for Food Processing?

Nitrile rubber is a material highly resistant to oils, fuels, and many other chemicals. Although this material has many applications (seals, O-rings, gaskets), it is most known for being used in the construction of medical and food-handling gloves.

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Shadow Boards - Now offering 2 ways to order

Amerisan first started providing customized 5S shadow boards to the food industry in 2008. Since launch, we have created over 40 thousand custom shadow boards and this segment of our business continues to gain popularity. If you are looking for ways to prevent cross-contamination, be audit-ready, or reduce lost or damaged equipment, Amerisan can provide a great solution to fit any budget.

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PolyTef, The New Alternative to Polyethylene and Vinyl

One challenge in the food processing industry is finding the best, right priced PPE. There are various disposable forms of PPE in the market. You can choose a low-cost, low quality disposable PPE or a higher grade but high-cost PPE.

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Condensation Control

New requirements on condensation control are forcing food processors to take a closer look at in-plant moisture issues.

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5S Methodology: How to Build a Successful 5S Program

The 5S program has become a widely used system for many production plants worldwide with many success stories proving the effectiveness of the concept. Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain, known as the 5S’s help reduce costs, reduce space for storage, improve maintenance, safety, quality and overall efficiency for a both producer and consumer.

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Importance of Handwashing

The CDC is reporting elevated flu activity in the United States. Help your team avoid the flu by taking these every day precautions. Keeping hands and surfaces clean is still one of the best ways to avoid the spread of germs. Education and awareness goes a long way too. Here is some useful information, along with products designed to keep your facility clean and germ-free.

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It’s Important to incorporate a color-coding program: Here’s Why…

With the signing of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), many food processors have been taking a critical look at their production practices and looking for solutions to further enhance food safety procedures throughout their facilities. Many are considering or have already instituted some form of color coding of tools and equipment to help manage their food safety risks.

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Listeria & Best Practices

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die.

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How will Kanban help you in the Food Processing Industry?

Kanban (看板) (signboard or billboard in Japanese) is a scheduling system for lean manufacturing and just-in-time manufacturing (JIT). It uses visual signage to control the flow of materials during a process. Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota, developed kanban to improve manufacturing efficiency. He observed the way American supermarkets stocked only what they needed, restocking only when they needed to. This led to producing just enough, rather than overproducing. This idea was not totally accepted at first as people were used to having extra material on hand even when they didn’t need it. As the efficiency of Kanban became apparent, production became reduced to only what was needed based on customer demand. Kanban became the system for controlling this type of production, originating in the 1940s.

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Advantages of Microfiber Cleaning

Over the years cleaning products have been rapidly developing. One of the major developments that have occurred within the past few years is cleaning products based on microscopic technology. Microfiber cleaning tools have been rapidly developing and are becoming more commonly used in all types of industries, where cleaning is essential. Many people who have been using microfiber systems have reported many benefits to using this. These benefits include faster cleaning times, a tremendous reduction in chemical and water usage, a happier and healthier cleaning staff, and a drastic saving in cost.

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Hand Washing is Vital to Safety

It’s a fact that 10 million bacteria would fit very comfortably on something as small as the head of a pin. Given the right conditions, those 10 million bacteria would double every 20 minutes. Unfortunately, these invisible germs are passed around our communities easily with the workplace being the main recipient. Although we are unable to see bacteria, the fact remains our hands are responsible for the spread of an estimated 80% of common infectious diseases.

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HACCP/TACCP/VACCP – Know the Difference!

When dealing with food manufacturing and food safety, you hear various terms and acronyms thrown around. Many of these terms sound similar but it's important to know the difference. What exactly is HACCP, TACCP and VACCP?

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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Allergen Management

Allergens are a big problem. In the past, there were only a few known allergens, but now there are thousands and they can trigger food allergy reactions. Allergies are on the rise and there is a need for better allergy management in the workplace especially food processing plants. For many companies, this means an overhaul of their production processes to ensure that food processed in their facility is safe for people with food allergies. Below are some simple steps you can take to improve allergen management in the workplace.

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