Author: Michele Pfannenstiel


Know this: When it comes to food safety, if you didn’t write it down, it didn’t happen. And frankly, if you don’t write it down the way the USDA/FDA wants you to write it, you will get written up for lousy record-keeping. All good food safety plans, HACCP or no, require records. Keep records and do it correctly. Why? Because good records are essential to good operations. Even if you are a one woman shop, you need good records to work with. It baffles me that “Establish Record Keeping” is the 7th step in the 7 step HACCP process....

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PEDv affects all life stages

A new virus, identified and isolated in May 2013, has been wreaking havoc on pig growers and as we go into our new piglet season, I thought I’d take some time to explain Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). PEDv is a corona virus similar to Transmissible Gastroenteritis (TGE) another terrible cause of piglet death. We know that PEDv is spread through fecal contamination and if manure is dried and airborne, aerosolized transmission is possible. Corona viruses are named because they show a halo around them under an electron microscope. That halo is what virologists call an envelope. The good...

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