Rich Berger, Clif Bar
For thousands of years, bread was leavened using Sourdough. Around 200 years ago, the bread world was completely changed by the invention of modern milling techniques and commercial yeast. These disruptive technologies have created the bread market we are familiar with today where most of the bread is produced very consistently and quickly. Although this means bakers can make more bread at more affordable prices, we lost certain elements of quality when we lost the use of Sourdough.
Like cheese and wine, the diversity of bread is primarily defined by its fermentation. Transforming grain into sourdough is a very complex process, in which the flour, water, microorganisms, time, and temperature play a crucial role.
Consumers around the world are now rediscovering the complexity and quality that sourdough can impart to even a basic, standard bread. This is leading more and more people to seek higher quality breads even if that means paying a premium.
- How sourdough has risen in popularity as a driver for premium rustic style breads.
- The difficulties of transforming undigestible grains into a nutritional and flavorful leavening agent.
- The role of microorganisms, fermentation substrate, hydration, time, and temperature in sourdough flavor development.
Michael Gleason, Puratos
Microbial enzymes have been widely used in the baking industry due to their valuable contributions to the quality of finished baked goods as well as fulfilling the need for sustainable ingredients. Microbial enzymes have a long history of safe use in foods and are not considered food allergens through ingestion. However, enzyme proteins have long been recognized to have a potential to cause occupational allergy and asthma through worker inhalation exposures to enzyme dust or aerosols during bakery processes such as blending and mixing. The Enzyme Technical Association (ET) has developed guidance on the safe handling and use of enzyme in occupational environments. This presentation will provide an overview of the hazards, control measures, training, and surveillance practices as part of an overall enzyme safety program.
- Understand the health effects of enzymes associated with inhalation exposures
- Learn about the hierarchy of controls that can be implemented to minimize enzyme exposures
- Gain access to key industry guidance documents and tools to help manage enzyme safety within your organization
Session Chair: Cindy Chananie, Erika-Record
Food Safety & Quality is greatly dependent on the environment that the finished product is exposed to and over the past few years there has been a significant increase in what is considered an acceptable environment in Food Processing Facilities. What has evolved is a change of mindset from Facility Ventilation Designs that focused only on Occupant Heat Stress Management to one that is focused on creating a safe and more consistent environment for the product. This change has resulted in increased air filtration requirements to minimize molds and other airborne contaminants while maintaining facility pressurization to prevent unwanted infiltration from outdoors. This presentation will focus on “Good Practices” to address this changing requirement and how dedicated systems can be applied to the finished product cooling cycle, which is normally 95% of the exposed time, which can help assure Food Safety & Quality by providing a “Clean Room” with a consistent environment.
- Industrial Ventilation System Parameters for Food Safety & Occupant Heat Stress
- Environmental impact on finished bake products
- Increased focus on product zones rather than whole facility.
Session Chair: Delia Justable, Forbo Siegling
FSMA mandates are integral pieces for today’s food safety climate. This leads our industry to believe that the FDA may conduct their inspections differently and it’s critical for food safety professionals to take these mock inspection tips seriously. But what’s the best way to prepare for these types of future inspections and audits? How do you start building a stronger food safety plan?
This presentation will include feedback from the industry on their recent FDA audits, experiences from the industry on new FSMA inspections, and evaluating your preparedness level. We’ll also provide information on AIB International’s top FDA mock inspection findings of 2018. Within the presentation we will discuss best practices to consider and how to prepare the site and personnel for this new style of inspection.
- Evaluate your facility preparedness level for an FDA inspection
- Discuss tips to help your facility handle FDA visits properly
- Review top findings of the AIB International FDA Preparedness Inspections
Earl Arnold, AIB International