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Category: Healthcare Life Sciences

The FDA signed the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) into law on November 27, 2013.The purpose of this law is to establish a “track and trace” system to protect the U.S. drug supply against counterfeiting and other practices that would pose a threat to the safety of patients.Critical steps are outlined in the DSCSA to build an electronic, “interoperable” system by November 27, 2023 and improve detection and removal of potentially harmful products from the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain. Under the DSCSA, every drug coming in and out of any entity in the supply chain (from the original manufacturer to the end distributor), will need to be tracked, so that in the event of a problem, it’s path can be traced.
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Category: Food Service

Knowing what to do with the food in your refrigerator and freezer during a power outage, can help you stay healthy, as well as avoid costly product loss. We’ve compiled a few tips for you based on suggestions from the FDA.
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Category: Food Service

How annoying is it when we go to our refrigerator or pantry and find out that food we were hoping to consume has gone bad? The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, along with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute has come up with a great application to help avoid that problem.
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Cloud based computing has become so popular, that it’s hard to imagine utilizing any system that doesn’t have a cloud-based option. Businesses have benefited from cloud-based solutions by seeing a decrease in up-front costs and increase in user efficiency. Companies no longer have to spend money and IT resources on costly servers and server upgrades. With the cloud, gone are the days when companies had to come up with their own disaster recovery plans. Cloud computing providers take care of the server maintenance and provide security and software updates, which allows the customers to focus their resources on other things.
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Category: Life Sciences

Wireless Temperature Monitoring System for Life Sciences Air Freight. With regulatory compliance for temperature monitoring becoming more strict, DHL has introduced an air freight service specifically designed for temperature sensitive life sciences products, called DHL Thermonet. DHL Thermonet provides a stable GDP compliant cold chain solution by offering proactive monitoring and intervention 24/7, at every stage of the shipping process. With the global market for pharmaceuticals reaching over 1 trillion dollars in sales, and temperature-sensitive products making up a quarter of these sales, DHL has filled the gap with a one-stop solution for temperature monitoring of products, while in transit via air freight. All flights are operated by DHL, giving them full control of the entire cold chain handling process, from picking up the product, to warehouse handling, to loading of the aircraft, and delivery to the final destination. No third parties will be used in the process.
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Summer Food Safety

Jul 31, 2015
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Category: Food Service

Summer months typically see a rise in reports of foodborne illness. With one in every six Americans getting sick from food poisoning every year and 128,000 estimated annual hospitalizations from foodborne illnesses, make sure you are taking all of the necessary steps to stay healthy and enjoy your summer.
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Application Programing Interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols and tools for building software applications. An API is a software-to-software interface. APIs allow applications to communicate with each other without the end user even realizing that there were separate applications communicating. The end user only sees the one interface and doesn’t even know when one application sends information to another application. Developing a good API is an important service to customers. It opens up the system to work in conjunction with a company’s software infrastructure, instead of separate and apart from it. Having an API is also a good way to support unanticipated future uses. A good description of APIs in general, as well as examples of some government APIs can be found at http://www.howto.gov/mobile/apis-in-government. Many big social networking corporations have a developer section on their website, where they list instructions for using their APIs. To view what kind of information large companies provide developers for using their APIs, see the examples below: Facebook (http://developers.facebook.com/) Google Maps (https://developers.google.com/maps/)
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Category: Food Service

All foodservice operations must develop a food safety program. A HACCP requirement for developing a comprehensive program includes developing, documenting, and implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). According to the Guidance for School Food Authorities released by the USDA, “SOPs lay a strong foundation for your overall school food safety program. SOPs are step-by-step written instructions for routine food service tasks that affect the safety of food (‘nonspecific’ hazards), such as proper dishwashing procedures, or for tasks that are a part of the HACCP-based plan (specific hazards), such as proper cooking procedures. Each SOP should include instructions on monitoring, documentation, corrective actions, and periodic review of the procedures they cover. Adherence to SOPs allows food service managers and employees to effectively control and prevent hazards.” The School Food Authorities (SFA) may develop and have their own SOPs in place. However, if they do not, the USDA developed a series of SOPs that they posted on the National Food Service Management Institute’s (NFSMI) website. These SOPs may be found at http://sop.nfsmi.org/sop_list.php.
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Category: Food Service

A good temperature monitoring system is vital to any school foodservice department. The most important temperatures to monitor include walk-in coolers/freezers, reach-in refrigerators/freezers, milk coolers, holding units, and final rinse temperatures of dish machines. Additionally, food temperature data must be monitored: from receiving, to storage, to holding temperatures, to cooking temperatures. Gathering and recording temperatures is only one part of the equation. A good temperature monitoring system should also alert you when any of your temperatures fall out of range and thus help avoid costly product loss. You should be able to view your entire operation from anywhere, at any time and be able to take corrective actions on the spot and print out summary data in the forms of charts and graphs. Having all data readily available at your fingertips will help with HACCP compliance. HACCP implementation can be a long process with many steps. A temperature monitoring system should help automate all of your HACCP requirements, including logging asset temperature data, food temperature data, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
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Category: Healthcare Life Sciences

With flu season among us, the storage and handling of vaccines is a very important subject. Mishandling of vaccines by storing them outside the CDC recommended temperature ranges can reduce the potency of the vaccine, and potentially not provide adequate protection against the disease. Two requirements for vaccine storage include having a refrigerator or freezer that can maintain the required temperature year round and the refrigerator or freezer must have a NIST certified thermometer inside. You may use a standalone refrigerator unit, standalone freezer unit, or a combination refrigerator/freezer unit. Whichever unit you use, vaccines should never be stored on the doors or in drawers. Instead, fill the doors/drawers of the refrigerator with cold packs or water bottles and the doors/drawers of the freezer with frozen packs.
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