Monthly Archives: January 2016

Nearly 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken action with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

 

The Act makes huge changes to U.S. food safety laws hoping to prevent problems before they become a problem by primarily focusing on:

  • Imported food safety
  • Produce safety
  • Third-party laboratory testing
  • Farm-to-table responsibility
  • Mandated inspections on a risk-based schedule
  • Requirement of third party certification for high-risk operations

 

Although the FSMA was signed into law by President Obama in 2011, the FDA will fully implment the law over time. But don’t wait. Start preparing your business and employees now:

  • Prepare a written Food Safety Plan, then identify, train, and qualify an experienced individual to be responsible for the Plan.
  • Identify and evaluate the hazards that could affect food that is processed, manufactured, packed, or stored in your facility (even if you are importing food from foreign suppliers), such as:
    • Unapproved food and color additives
    • Biological, chemical, radiological, and physical hazards
    • Natural toxins
    • Drug residues
    • Decomposition
    • Pesticides
    • Allergens
  • Establish and implement preventive measures to prevent the occurrence of such hazards and provide assurances that the food you make is not contaminated.
  • Monitor and maintain records of the performance of those recognized measures, for at least two years.

By establishing and implementing these steps, you may not have many changes to make once the final rules are published.

Not sure if what you’re doing is right? The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) developed an online tool to help frozen food facilities assess their readiness to the new rules. The online tool is available to AFFI members for $45 per facility and to non-members for $395 per facility.  If you qualify, visit http://www.affi.org/member-services/fsma-self-assessment-tool to take the test.

Of course the FDA’s website has all the information you need about the new law, rules and regulations. Visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm for the latest developments and to sign up for their FSMA E-mail updates.

Your heart rate is actually your pulse – it’s how many times your heart beats per minute. That number is going to be different at different times of the day. It will be faster when you are active or exercising, are under stress or are sick with a fever. It will be slower when you are resting.

Your resting pulse is best checked as soon as you wake up in the morning – before you even get out of bed.

Many things can affect what your normal resting heart rate is, including your age, activity level and the time of day.

Most resting heart rates are between 60 and 100. If your heart rate is below 60, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem. It could be because of prescription medicines like beta blockers, or if you are very athletic and get a lot of exercise.

High Resting Heart Rate

If you are an adult with a resting heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute, you have a physical condition called tachycardia and should seek medical help to be properly diagnosed.

There are three types of tachycardia:

  1. Atrial or Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a fast heart rate that starts in the upper chambers of the heart. Most common in woman, anxious young people, people who drink a lot of caffeine and alcohol and who are heavy smokers. Symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain, shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat. Simply cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, quitting tobacco use, getting more rest, and meditation can cut down on the episodes.
  2. Sinus tachycardia is a fast, but steady heart rate caused by anxiety, fever, emotional distress, fright or strenuous exercise. Rather than treating the condition, your physician should treat the cause of the sinus tachycardia.
  3. Ventricular tachycardia is a fast heart rate that starts in the ventricles, or heart's lower chambers. It can be a life-threatening and requires a fast diagnosis and treatment. Ventricular tachycardia is usually associated with a heart disorder such as cardiomyopathy, sarcoidosis, or the lack of oxygen to the heart. Symptoms include dizziness, unconsciousness, lightheadedness and heart attack. Treatment may include electrical defibrillation, medication, surgery, or radiofrequency ablation.

Wholesale Point has plenty of pulse oximeters to monitor your pulse (or heart rate). With brands such as Ekho, HoMedics, and ADC, prices range from $42.50 to $148.95.