Insect Pest Management: A Core Component of Your FSMS

Have you ever heard of the Granary Weevil? If not the name, you may have encountered this reddish-brown beetle in your kitchen, perhaps hanging out in a bag of flour or hiding in a box of pasta. Given that there are more than 200 species of grain insects, what makes the Granary Weevil so special? For one, it’s the only bug that has never been found outside of human food-storage situations.


Written by Garret Weigel | April 3, 2019 | Food Safety

2 Ways SmartSense Leveraged IoT to Combat Food Safety

Food safety should be top of mind for foodservice organizations. The idea is surprisingly simple: keep food free of foodborne illness. The implementation of temperature controlled food safety, however, is surprisingly difficult: monitor and maintain temperature of each and every perishable food item that will be consumed. The complexity of monitoring food from farm to fork inevitably leads to negligence. Food...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 22, 2019 | Food Safety, HACCP

The Globalization of Fresh Produce

"In the freight industry, the year-round produce that we enjoy impacts the supply and demand for trucks, affects capacity, and freight rates as well," writes FreightWaves Market Expert Michael Crosby on their website. "Strawberries and lettuce from California, tomatoes and oranges from Florida or grapefruit and pecans from Texas definitely influence the freight markets, but there’s more than inland transportation...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 20, 2019 | Food Safety, Connected Facility, HACCP, Supply Chain

The Challenges of Food Safety in Grocery Stores

Grocery stores provide a wide variety of goods, ranging from standard food products such as produce and dairy, and extending as far as pet products or sporting goods. This presents a unique problem to grocers: how do you get a handle on food safety when there are so many departments to manage? Additionally, consumers are becoming more health conscience and are demanding fresher, healthier foods, which requires more...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 8, 2019 | Food Safety, Connected Facility, HACCP

The Svalbard Seed Vault: Saving our Global Food Security, History, and Quality

Over the past 50 years, global agriculture has transitioned almost entirely to an industrial model focusing on the cultivation of monocrops on huge tracts of farmland. One consequence of this practice is that biodiversity has decreased so much that now only 30 crops provide 95% of global food-energy and nutritional needs. In fact, since the 1960s, the U.S. has lost more than 90% of its varieties of fruits and...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 1, 2019 | Food Safety

Prison Commissaries: The Hidden Public Health Problem

When we think of “food services,” prison commissaries don’t immediately come to mind. That’s probably because prison life in general is kept to the margins of social consciousness. While it is true that inmates are denied certain freedoms as part of their sentences, they continue to claim the human right to health and wellness, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, this population is half forgotten when it comes to...

Written by Garret Weigel | February 20, 2019 | Food Safety, HACCP

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