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What is 5-log reduction?

5-log reduction refers to pathogen control. The term is primarily used in the food industry. For example, if a surface or product has 100,000 bacterial microbes, a 5-log reduction would reduce that number to zero. In 7-log reduction, 10 million microbes will be killed with the treatment step. Lately, there …

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Is a spokesperson/animal right for your business?

Keeping conversations open with customers is how to maintain those relationships. There are different ways to engage in conversation, a spokesperson/animal is one such method. Whether a spokesanimal is right for your business depends on your business culture. What is your business plan? What is the image you want to …

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Is there only one kind of recall?

The answer impacts how you set up your HACCP plan. According to 21 CFR part 7.3 (m) there are 3 levels of recall which can be issued by the FDA: “(1) Class I is a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, a …

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Ready? One month ’til FSMA!

September 17, 2018 is approaching quickly. This is the deadline by which small and very small pet food manufacturers need to be compliant with FSMA. Compliance options: have somebody on your staff PCQI trained or hire a company to administer the program for you. Whoever is involved must be able …

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Who’s who at AAFCO – August 2018

The 2018 annual AAFCO meeting just finished August 1 in Fort Lauderdale. Representatives from 44 of the 50 United States, as well as Canada and seven other countries were present. It’s interesting to note that not all states send representatives to AAFCO. That does not mean those states don’t have …

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What is the problem?

The short story: the problem is that we are fighting 50 years of training. The competition is way ahead of us. They have inundated the marketplace with the concept that “people food is not healthy”, that “responsible pet owners feed pet food”. We now have three generations of people who …

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