WHO: South Africa’s listeria outbreak

WHO: South Africa’s listeria outbreak

Johannesburg - The World Health Organisation has said South Africa's Listeria outbreak, with nearly 750 confirmed cases, is believed to be the largest-ever outbreak of the bacterial disease listeriosis. The second largest outbreak of listeriosis was in 2011, when the...

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Can Norovirus Live on Food

Can Norovirus Live on Food

Introduction Norovirus on Food At the 2017 World Athletics Championships, Botswana sprinter Isaac Makwala qualified for the 200m semi-finals in a quite unusual way: by running the heat – and celebrating afterwards – all alone. During that week, Makwala, along with...

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Campylobacter – rising star in food borne diseases

Introduction of Campylobacter and what food is found in From a recent report of the USA’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) we learn that for the first time in 20 years, Campylobacter has taken the #1 position from Salmonella for causing food borne illnesses in the...

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5 Crucial Steps for Focussed Improvement

What is Focussed Improvement Are you and your team inundated with an overload of corrective and preventive actions (CAPA’s)? Do you see a continuous history of not delivering your CAPA’s in full and on time? Do you struggle to get the right people and departments...

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5 Must Do’s for a Compelling Multi-year Plan

Why you need a compelling multi-year plan A lot of companies do not know why they need to have clearly defined year plans which are written down, communicated to all employees and monitored on a continuous basis. Hence the results of these companies will be mediocre...

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The Importance of Strong Issue Management

Introduction Issue Management Most food production businesses face issues from time to time in the area of product quality and food safety. If the company has a strong quality culture most of the issues will stay internal, but might still upset the supply stability of...

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Have Sense of Urgency in 5 Steps

Have Succesfully Create Sense of Urgency Do you have difficulties as a Quality Manager to convince your senior management to give priority to quality and food safety? Do you struggle to get engagement from the wider organization when it comes to seeing the importance...

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6 Areas for Successful Allergen Management

Introduction Are you sure your allergen management approach is 100% fool proof. Do you think you will never have issues with allergens in your products? Too often quality managers find out when it is too late that their allergen management approach was not fully...

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4 Essential Steps to Make Cost of Non Quality Transparent

Introduction Cost of Non Quality Do you find it difficult to get good insight in the cost of non quality in your organization? Do you often get nasty questions of senior management regarding costs? Do you struggle to show the real benefits of proper quality assurance...

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6 Steps to Create a Strong Team

Introduction Strong Team Historically, in a lot of companies, the quality department has been seen as the department to park those members of staff that were not functioning well elsewhere. It was thought that a non-performing person would not hurt the organization...

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Top 5 Root Cause of E. coli Related Recalls in Wheat Flour

Introduction Root Cause E. coli in Wheat Flour In 2016 E. coli outbreaks were one of the major issues globally leading to product recalls in the food industry. Especially the wheat industry has been hit hard: General Mills had a huge recall in 2016, the issue resulted...

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