5
Feb

SA’s Listeria outbreak reveals urgent need for a designated food control agency

Radio Sonder Grense Interview with Ecowize – 01 February 2018 With over 720 laboratory-confirmed cases of food poisoning caused by Listeria in 2017*, and the death toll resulting from the current outbreak surpassing 60, South Africa is in dire need of a Food Control Agency which can better manage the threat presented by Listeriosis, and risks associated with all foodborne diseases,

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10
Jan

Colour Code Your Way to Compliance

No matter what language a person speaks, colour is the same for almost everyone. That is what makes colour so great, it is universal. If you associate certain rules and specific standards to the use of colour in a food production environment and communicate these effectively, everyone will be able to understand, ultimately making compliance much easier. Colour coding is

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8
Dec

Listeria – What You Should Know

What is Listeria? monocytogenes is an environmental pathogen that can contaminate foods and cause a mild, non-invasive illness (listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, invasive illness (listeriosis). Listeriosis is characterized by a relatively high mortality rate compared to illnesses caused by most other foodborne pathogens (~20% compared to <1 % for Salmonella or E. coli O157), but can be treated with

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7
Dec

Common pests in food processing environments – #1: Rodents

According to the SAPCA, South Africa has 3 main species of rodents regarded as pests – The House Mouse, Black Rat & Norway rat. Their destructive abilities are well documented and an infestation should be addressed sooner rather than later. Not only do these rodents have the ability to create significant damage but they are also considered vectors for a

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7
Dec

In the News: Rodents and Climate Change

Of the rodent family, rats and mice are some of the most adaptable in terms of habitat and diet. Recent studies have also now concluded that climate change has an impact on physical changes in some species. While research has yet to determine if these changes will be passed along to future generations or whether they represent “plasticity,” defined as the

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7
Dec

Long Service Awards

This year ecowize had the honor of awarding long service awards to 75 employees. 45 employees for 10 years of service 29 employees for 15 years of service and 1 employee (Brett Osrin our CEO) for 20 years of service There were also citation awards given to the following employees in the North and South Regions: 1. Achieving excellence –

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2
Nov

Food Safety fridays

Food Safety Friday Tips Week 1 Do not leave perishable foods out for more than 2 hours at room temperature or more than 1 hour when the temperature is above 32.2 ºC (90 °F). Week 2 Thawing: The refrigerator allows slow, safe thawing. Make sure thawing meat and poultry juices do not drip onto other food. Week 3 Remember: If

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6
Oct

Food Safety – Food Poisoning Bacteria

Bacteria can cause visible effects on food such as discolouration, slime and odour. Food poisoning bacteria produce toxins, these are effectively poisonous and can be produced in food or inside your body. Warmth:  The best temperature for bacteria to multiply is around the same temperature as the human body (about 37°C) although they will multiply quickly from 20°C – 50°C. 

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19
Sep

Washroom Hygiene – Are you doing it right?

WASHROOM HYGIENE – Are you doing it right? Successful food safety and quality assurance in food production facilities are dependent on good personal hygiene practices. Personnel are one of the biggest risks of food contamination and therefore personal hygiene programs are crucial. Hygiene support for employees are pertinent to ensure that the risk of product contamination is reduced and to eliminate

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5
Sep

Pest Control – The “PEST”ky Weather

PEST CONTROL CHALLENGES? Along with many challenges facing Pest Management these days, one that has and is set to cause some real trouble is the current severe weather conditions we have been experiencing of late. The effects of El Niño and/or La Niña are far reaching and our poor pests are not immune from the impacts of such uncompromising weather

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