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As a leader in food safety, Birko is at the forefront of industry research and trends. Fighting resident foodborne pathogens, developing plant sanitation solutions, sanitary design of custom equipment, and precision chemical blending. In this space, our experts share their insights on these and other timely topics.

It’s not a silver bullet to your challenges, but it’s close

The time has come for beef, pork and poultry packers and processors to re-evaluate their historical processing practices. Producers and processors must adapt their food safety programs to reduce the over-use of chemicals, the over-use of water and address the growing problems of escalating wages and a diminishing workforce. You certainly have your work cut out for you. But that’s where Birko comes in. Our precision application technologies – backed by the best team in the industry – is the solution you need. Why? Precision application of interventions through our patented IP can reduce chemical and water use by 30-50%…. Read More

The Benefits of Blockchain

Last week, I attended a session on blockchain technology at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure Expo that changed how I view blockchain’s role in food safety, especially during product recalls. The session, “Connecting the Dots: Traceability and Transparency Through Blockchain Technology,” was moderated by Walmart’s Vice President of Food Safety, Frank Yiannis, and discussed (you guessed it) using blockchain to capture data throughout the produce supply chain. For those not familiar with blockchain technology, it is essentially a digital and decentralized ledger that captures all transactions of information along the supply chain, or as Frank Yiannis puts it “the… Read More

Cleaning Krausen Rings in Fermenters

After primary fermentation of beer is complete, cleaning the fermenter is relatively easy, except for the krausen rings that form during rigorous fermentation.  What is a krausen ring? It is the heavy layer of soil that forms when the yeast is most active and the resulting foam contains not only some yeast, but lots of protein, and hop oils, as well. Krausen likes to stick to the sides and can be tough to remove without some fairly aggressive mechanical action (scrubbing or high pressure spray). Caustic does a nice job of removing it, especially when an oxidizer like hydrogen peroxide is… Read More

Is Listeria a Problem in Produce Processing? | Risks and Recommendations

listeria produce processing

Do you have a Listeria contamination happening inside your plant? With increased scrutiny on produce processing that came with implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), it has become crucial for facilities to understand the risks and develop a plan for addressing food safety issues. Facilities processing fresh and frozen produce have unique considerations and concerns, which call for customized plans and procedures to counteract food safety problems.

Understanding SDS Acronyms

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a document that chemical providers are required by law to provide to customers that buy any potentially hazardous chemical. Your company will have two hard copy sets of SDSs: one accessible to the workers, and also a copy in an office that workers may or may not be able to access. These documents are full of acronyms and terms. If you don’t understand them, they’re essentially meaningless, so I’ve outlined below some of the some of the most frequently used acronyms and terms used by chemical manufacturers in their MSDS. ACGIH®: American Conference of… Read More