November 24, 2023

Quantify viable bacteria and residues in just 30 seconds with CytoQuant®!

CytoQuant® revolutionizes the way we verify cleaning and utilizing procedures by providing immediate, on-site quantification of total viable bacteria and particles on surfaces. With its cutting-edge impedance-based detection and flow cytometry technology, CytoQuant® delivers rapid and accurate results without the need for pre-treatment, incubation, or chemical reagents.
August 31, 2023

Glenwood’s Food Safety Summit 2023: Shaping the Future of Food and Feed Safety

Glenwood Technologies International, Inc. (GTI), once again elevated the discourse on food and feed safety with its highly anticipated event, the Food Safety Summit 2023. Held on August 16th at the Marco Polo Hotel, this summit marked a significant convergence of experts and professionals from the food and feed industry, as well as government institutions. The summit's theme, "The Future of Food Safety: Trends, Technologies, and Transformation," was a testament to the industry's commitment to staying ahead of the curve. Presentations and discussions centered around cutting-edge technologies and emerging topics and trends in food and feed safety.
August 17, 2023

The New Glenwood

Glenwood, the premier distributor of food and feed safety test kits in the Philippines, has been dedicatedly serving the industry and uplifting food safety awareness in the country since 1995. Today, we are delighted to unveil our esteemed new partners with cutting-edge, cost-efficient, and superior testing solutions, which are set to elevate the food and feed safety standards in the Philippines.
July 26, 2023

How safe is your drinking water?

The increasing prevalence of waterborne illnesses has become a pressing concern, especially in regions where access to clean water and proper sanitation is limited. To ensure water safety for human consumption, testing for water contamination is of utmost importance. One crucial parameter in water quality testing is the presence of pathogens, particularly Escherichia coli (E. coli) and coliforms. These microorganisms are indicative of soil and/or fecal contamination, posing serious health risks to the public if the contaminated water is ingested.
June 30, 2023

Lumitester™ Smart – Discover the advanced A3 technology!

Is ATP enough?
June 9, 2023

Happy World Accreditation Day!

Happy World Accreditation Day, fellow food safety ambassadors!
June 8, 2023

Happy World Food Safety Day!

Happy World Food Safety Day, fellow food safety ambassadors!
May 12, 2023

We are hiring!

Are you ready to take your career to the next level?
April 28, 2023

CompactDry™, the superior choice for microbiologists!

It’s your time to upgrade your microbiological testing with CompactDry™ – the superior choice for microbiologists!
April 28, 2023

Stay Cool and Safe this Summer!

It's summertime, and the heat is on! This season is perfect for outdoor picnics and gatherings with your loved ones, but it's important to remember that warm weather can also lead to faster bacterial growth in food, which can cause foodborne illnesses. To ensure your safety and that of your companions, we've got you covered with some useful food safety tips.
April 4, 2023

Food Safety Quality Assurance Tools for Safe and Quality Food (Excerpt)

“It is important that we utilize a test system that can accurately detect and measure possible hazards, especially microorganisms that are able to multiply in a short period of time.
March 22, 2023

World Water Day 2023

All living things need water to survive; without it, life as we know would not exist. Today, March 22nd, we celebrate water’s importance as we commemorate the United Nations-initiated World Water Day.
February 15, 2023

ProPak Philippines 2023: See you next year!

Glenwood Technologies International (GTI) and the Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine (FSTM) took part as an exhibitor and a media partner at the third iteration of ProPak Philippines last February 1-3, 2023, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
September 12, 2022

ARCOBACTER: An Emerging Pathogen

Arcobacter is an emerging foodborne pathogen commonly found in water, vegetables, seafood, and other food of animal origin. It is a non-spore-forming, spiral-shaped Gram-negative bacteria that can cause human gastroenteric illness and may diminish the shelf-life of contaminated foods.
August 19, 2022

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance: What you need to know

How can you manage food allergens in your facility and ensure that there will be no cross-contamination between common food allergens and non-allergen containing products?
July 22, 2022

Most Common Food Poisoning-causing Microorganisms

Do you know the most common microorganisms causing food poisoning worldwide?
July 1, 2022

Strengthening the Philippine Food Safety Regulatory System

The Republic Act (RA) No. 10611, also known as the Food Safety Act of 2013, is an act to strengthen the food safety regulatory system in the country to protect the consumer health and facilitate market access to local foods and food products. This includes the combination of regulation, food safety standards, inspection, testing, data collection, monitoring, and other activities carried out by Food Safety Regulatory Agencies (FSRAs) and the Local Government Units (LGUs).
March 18, 2022

Food and the Future: Digital Transformation in the Food Industry (Excerpt)

Within the increasingly competitive technology landscape, data is the most essential commodity. Data has been so valuable that when managed and analyzed properly, it can provide correct insights that businesses can use to innovate and grow. Today, higher-quality data can now be captured quicker and in greater volumes due to the Internet of Things (IoT).
January 13, 2022

Food Safety for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship has been taking center stage among the younger generation as the food industry has been a popu¬lar choice in many business ventures. Unfortunately, many young entrepreneurs focus on the business of putting up a restaurant, bar or food kiosk, with little to no focus on preparations for food safety. As a food safety advocate, I have seen a lot of budding entrepreneurs put up food businesses after attending a 10-day cooking class, without the slightest idea regarding food safety procedures. It is also not surprising to see that many start-ups fail, as they neglect to keep the food that they serve safe.
January 13, 2022

Initiatives and Strategies of the HORECA Industry in Response to the Crisis (Excerpt)

With the pandemic waning in many countries, Dr. Leana Wen, professor at George Washington University, outlined a three-pronged approach to end the pandemic with the caveat that COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Increasing vaccination and maintaining mask mandates or continued recommendations to wear masks should be added to this sensible approach.
December 23, 2021

Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine Issue 9

Make way for the most-awaited issue of the Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine with the theme "Food Safety and COVID-19: Accelerating Digital Innovations".
September 16, 2021

Sanitary Design: The Next Worthy Investment

Food safety practices have been in place long before man understood the intricacies of why food needed to be cooked, dried, or salted to keep it longer and lower the risk of contracting a disease. The same is true for having provisions for washing hands before eating. In fact, water treatment methods have even been used by the ancient Greeks as early as 2000 BC. Despite engaging in correct food safety practices, microorganisms have been and will always be a concern when it comes to water and food safety. Fortunately, advancements in microbiology has enabled us to study and better understand how to control these organisms to help make our food ultimately safer.
June 29, 2021

Faster is better

Over the past several years, different manufacturing companies have drowned themselves with diverse and laborious methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens and toxins. Amidst the conventional practices of these companies, stricter standardization of quality assurance programs in conformance to regulations transpired. As a result, companies became more involved in integrating Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and other food safety programs in their operations.
June 28, 2021

Pathogens of Interest in the Food Industry

Food safety is non-negotiable. The continuous urbanization and modernization of our country had brought major transformations in food manufacturing, processing, transporting, retailing, and even consumption. Consequently, a new understanding of foodborne pathogens that cause diseases have also evolved over time along with the advances in food science and economic developments.
April 6, 2021

Supplier Food Safety Program in the Food Chain

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in the United States in 2011, covers the most extensive reforms of the U.S. food safety laws to ensure that the food supply chain is safe and secure. It involves a shift in focus from responding to food contamination events to prevention-based controls for all food manufacturing processes.
March 24, 2021

Food Safety and Social Media: An Integrated Approach

In a world of interconnected screens and Wi-Fi-driven news, brands and orga­nizations must take precautionary mea­sures in handling potentially “viral” food safety crises Gone are the days when complaints are conveyed through telephone calls, snail mails, and face-to-face conversations with a brand’s staff member. Today, with a simple mobile phone and an Internet connection, consumers can unleash damaging brand reviews for all the public to witness. This audience does not only include local citizens - in some unfortunate cases, “trending” or viral brand complaints may reach an international crowd as well.
March 19, 2021

The Effect of Water Quality on Food

The characteristics of water used in the production and preparation of food are quite important. National, state and local regulatory authorities require the use of potable water in food production. Potable water standards are defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as listed by National Interim Primary Drinking Water Regulations that deal with health. The safety of water for human consumption will always be the most important consideration.
January 28, 2021

How Clean is Clean?

No matter how any production facility may look apparently clean on the outside appearance, it could never be an assurance that it is safe from pathogens and chemical contaminants. In the manufacturing industry, it is a must that cleaning is done on a regular basis. Cleaning protocols implemented by the management of the facility depends on the equipment, nature of products, and materials used. But, regardless of the specifications and methods of cleaning employed, the primary objective of cleaning is to ensure that the quality and safety of products are being maintained even during the production process. If insufficient cleaning and sanitation are employed, pathogens and allergens lurking in the environment, especially on unclean food contact surfaces, may compromise food safety.
January 15, 2021

Economic Impact of Global Food Safety in our Business: Cost-Benefit of Food Safety Implementation

A major goal of any food enterprise is to produce wholesome and safe products at the most efficient cost and lowest liability. In the context of farm-to-table food safety systems, allocating the cost-benefit of food safety in economic terms becomes complicated. There are many costs associated with implementing a seamless food safety system along the supply chain from industry to market to consumer concerns. In considering market to consumer practices, the consensus is that food must be safe for the consumer with its delivery and preparation.
November 27, 2020
This 2020, after months of comprehensive validation, CompactDry™ parameters Yeast and Mold Rapid (YMR), Enterobacteriaceae (ETB), and Enterococcus (ETC) have acquired approval from the AOAC International, adding this certification to their current ones from MicroVal and NordVal.

CompactDry™ receives AOAC approval for 3 additional parameters

Good news! This 2020, after months of comprehensive validation, CompactDry™ parameters Yeast and Mold Rapid (YMR), Enterobacteriaceae (ETB), and Enterococcus (ETC) have acquired approval from the AOAC International, adding this certification to their current ones from MicroVal and NordVal.
March 12, 2020

Food Defense: Dealing with Attacks and Threats

Based on the definition from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Food Defense is the process of ensuring the security of food and drinks from all forms of intentional malicious attacks including ideologically-motivated attacks leading to contamination. Aside from the typical monitoring practices and programs executed by companies, food defense focuses on building and creating an environment where disgruntled personnel cannot easily put any unwanted materials onto processed food products. Thus, ensuring the safety of the food.
February 27, 2020

I am A Food Safety Ambassador

Assemble your fellow food safety ambassadors and together, win set of copies of the Food Safety Trends PH magazine, sodexo gift certificates, and other exciting food safety freebies!
January 30, 2020

Food Allergen Management: Advancing Your Food Safety Program

Be updated on the local and international regulations in food allergens, understand how it is becoming a global concern, and be aware of the latest technologies that can be used to monitor and manage food allergens. Read the article of Mr. Kennard Musngi entitled “Food Allergen Management: Advancing Your Food Safety Program” in the 8th issue of Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine. Get your copy now by subscribing to this link For advertising and subscription inquiries, contact (+632) 8.470.2325 or e-mail [email protected].
January 24, 2020

Methanol Poisoning: A Food Safety Concern

The Laguna and Quezon provinces had seen an outbreak of methanol poisoning on Christmas celebration last year. At least 14 people have died and nearly 500 people were hospitalized after drinking lambanog (traditional Filipino distilled coconut wine) with high methanol content. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed this and urged the public to be wary on purchasing and consuming lambanog and other alcoholic beverages. These products should have proper labels and be registered with the FDA.
January 22, 2020

Food Allergen Management: Advancing Your Food Safety Program

“Food allergies are an abnormal immune response to the normally harmless food protein. Unfortunately, there is no cure for food allergies. Avoidance of allergenic food is the only foolproof way of preventing allergic reactions. Despite such avoidance, cross-contamination or cross-contact still poses a real danger that food allergy sufferers encounter every day.”
January 8, 2020

Importance of Blockchain Technology

Learn the importance of integrating blockchain technology in food safety management. Read the article of Dr. Manny Garcia entitled “New Tech on the Block Tackles Critical Issues in the Food Supply Chain” in the 8th issue of the Food Safety Trends PH Magazine.Get your copy now by subscribing to this link For advertising and subscription inquiries, contact (+632) 8.470.2325 or e-mail [email protected].
July 15, 2019

How Safe is your Drinking Water?

Did you know that at least 2 billion people, globally, drink water coming from sources that have fecal contamination? According to the World Health Organization, contaminated water can cause diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. It is also the cause of an estimated 485,000 diarrheal deaths each year.
June 20, 2019

Don’t wash raw chicken – U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention

Food safety first! June 7 marks the first-ever celebration of the World Food Safety Day with the aim to uplift the food safety awareness to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and inspire action to safer food.
February 4, 2019

Supplier Verification of Farm Produce in the HORECA Industry

“Verification of farm produce suppliers has always been a challenge in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Catering/Café (HORECA) industry since most of its suppliers are traders and not the actual farmers. Safety and credibility of farm produce may be difficult to guarantee as these are sourced from different farm locations, but supplier verification is a huge step done by companies to address this concern.”
January 24, 2019

Veterinary Drug Residues: A Public Health Concern

“Veterinary drugs are crucial in the animal food production industry as they help increase the rate of an animal’s weight gain, improve feed efficiency, and even prevent or treat infections. Unfortunately, drug residues that remain in edible tissues or in animal products such as meat, milk, eggs, and honey still pose a risk. If exceeding regulatory levels, these residues induce harmful effects to consumers such as hypersensitivity reaction, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, teratogenicity, disruption of normal intestinal flora, and development of drug resistance in microorganisms. “
January 24, 2019

FSTM – Food Safety in the Supply Chain

Are you a food safety ambassador? We’re sure that you’re craving for the latest trends and updates on food safety. Worry no more as we give you the latest issue of the Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine with the theme “Food Safety in the Supply Chain”. This new issue of FSTM tackles how food safety in the supply chain ultimately begins in the farm.
November 28, 2018

Rice Crisis: A Food Security Wake-up Call

Php70 per 1 kilo of rice? Ironic as it may seem in a country with plenty of arable land, such is the incident in Zamboanga City […]
October 22, 2018

Food Poisoning It Isn’t Always The Last Food You Ate

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the time between consuming a contaminated food and feeling sick is typically 2-3 days, and sometimes even […]
July 30, 2018

The Cold Truth about Listeria

“Listeria was first discovered in the 1920s by Dr. Everitt Murray, and was originally named as Bacterium monocytogenes. It was later on renamed to honor Dr. Joseph Lister who […]
June 26, 2018

Campylobacter: An Emerging Foodborne Pathogen

“In 2016, Campylobacter jejuni has finally taken the spotlight as the new food superbug. In a ground- breaking article published in US Food Safety Magazine, University of Leicester scientists Wanford, Ketley, and Bayliss in the UK confirmed that while Salmonella species are still responsible for a large number of outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, Campylobacter is now the most common bacteria associated with food poisoning and contamination in the European Union and in the United States.
June 13, 2018

Pathogens of Interest in the Food Industry

Food safety is non-negotiable. The continuous urbanization and modernization of our country had brought major transformations in food manufacturing, processing, transporting, retailing, and even consumption.
May 29, 2018

Sanitary Design: The Next Worthy Investment

The Sanitary Design of a facility or an equipment is heavily oriented towards the avoidance of microbiological contamination and colonization, much like the goals of HACCP.
May 10, 2018

New Issue of Food Safety Trends PH Magazine

The wait is over! Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine Issue 6 has arrived! Regarded as a reference material of thousands of food safety professionals and students in the Philippines, FSTM 6 is now ready to provide trends and updates on food safety and food microbiology to your heart’s content.
May 8, 2018

Food Safety for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

Thinking about opening a food business? Here are some tips and insights from the article of Rommel Gerodias "Food Safety for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs" in Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine Issue 6.
May 2, 2018

Street Smarts: Food Safety Tips for Street Vended Food

Let's get something straight: WE LOVE STREET FOODS. People from all walks of life have a special love for street food because of its lip-smacking flavors. It is also a good way to taste the country’s distinct food culture.
April 23, 2018

Dhabihah: Halal Method of Slaughter

For a meat to be halal, animals must be alive and healthy, and has to be slaughtered by a Muslim in a ritual way known as “Dhabihah”. Animals should be slaughtered by slitting its throat quickly with a very sharp knife; and the trachea, esophagus, jugular veins, and carotid arteries should be cut swiftly to prevent the animal from suffering.
April 12, 2018

Are your products Halal Certified?

With 1.6 billion consumers worldwide, the Halal market continues to be a growing industry. To access this market, Philippine businesses secure Halal certification for their products to comply with the religious requirements observed by Muslims.
April 11, 2018

Food Safety and Social Media: An Integrated Approach

In a world of interconnected screens and Wi-Fi-driven news, brands and organizations must take precautionary measures in handling potentially “viral” food safety crises. Excerpt from the article […]
April 10, 2018

The Philippine Halal Industry: What you need to know

The development of Halal industry is a collaboration of the private and government sector wherein the Department of Trade and Industry works on trade laws and export, the Department of Agriculture for feed safety and production of Halal raw materials, and the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos for culture and religious implications of Halal just to name a few.
April 6, 2018

A new trend is coming…

Be the first to get the new issue of Food Safety Trends Philippines Magazine! Be informed on the various trends and updates on food safety and quality awareness.
April 4, 2018

Food Recall: A Constant Threat to Profitability

A food recall occurs when there is reason to believe that a food may cause consumers to become ill. Some reasons for recalling food include: (a) discovery of an organism in a product which may make consumers sick, (b) discovery of a potential allergen in a product, and (c) mislabeling or misbranding of food (e.g. presence of allergen).
April 3, 2018
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Is it safe?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common bacteria that cause food poisoning are Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, and Campylobacter.
April 2, 2018

What you need to know: Contaminants in drinking water

Drinking water may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of contaminants. Some drinking water contaminants may be harmful if consumed at certain levels in drinking water while others may be harmless.
March 27, 2018

How safe is your drinking water?

Drinking water comes from a variety of sources including public water systems, private wells, or bottled water. Ensuring safe and healthy drinking water may be as simple as turning on the tap from an EPA-regulated public water system; other water sources may need a water filter, a check on water fluoridation, or an inspection to ensure a septic tank is not too close to a private well.
March 22, 2018

Know your rights: Philippine Regulations on quality and safe drinking water

In the Philippines, two separate Administrative Orders govern different types of drinking water sources
March 21, 2018

Mycotoxin in Crops: A Threat to Humans and Livestock

Mycotoxin contamination is a significant food safety concern in the grain industry. Consumption of mycotoxin-contaminated commodities can lead to acute and chronic diseases in humans and animals.
November 8, 2017

Aflatoxin: One of the Most Potent Natural Carcinogens

Aflatoxin is one of the most potent natural carcinogens known to man and has been linked to a wide variety of human and animal health problems.
November 6, 2017

Mycotoxins : A Food and Feed Safety Crisis

Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by certain molds that contaminate various agricultural commodities pre or post-harvest. According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), international trade in agricultural commodities such as wheat, rice, barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, groundnuts, and oilseeds amounts to hundred million tons each year.
November 2, 2017

Supplier Food Safety Program in the Food Chain: A Critical Issue for the Philippine Food Industry

Since the acceptance of the farm-to-table concept in food safety systems, the importance of upstream sources in food manufacturing has become the recent focus in global trade. Keeping food safe as it travels along the food chain seamlessly is complicated. It is aggravated by global trade, which allows opportunities for spreading or transmitting an ever growing list of foodborne hazards.
October 9, 2017

Understanding Food Safety Management Systems Certification Standards

Internationally, the most widely applied form of self-regulation are the ISO certification and HACCP-based systems.
October 6, 2017

Global Economic Burden of Food-borne Diseases

It is estimated that the yearly foodborne illness burden in the UK is £1.5 billion resulting from a million people ill with 20,000 receiving hospital treatment and around 500 deaths.
October 5, 2017

Non-compliance to food safety could be very costly

“There are multiple costs associated to health hazards caused by unsafe food, worst of which are the mortality of a fraction of the world’s population, and […]
October 2, 2017

Feed Safety Assurance… food safety starts with the farm

“As part of the food supply chain, it is the legal responsibility of feed manufacturers to ensure that only safe and quality products enter the food […]
September 26, 2017

Your Best Solution for Veterinary Drug Residue Testing

Glenwood Technologies offers a broad range of test kits for the screening of banned and restricted veterinary drug residues in a wide variety of food and […]
September 25, 2017

Antibiotic Resistance: A major food safety concern

Misuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals can cause adverse health effects to humans. Contaminated food, once consumed, can cause antibiotic resistance, reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics […]
September 22, 2017

Protecting Public Health: Regulations in Using Antibiotics
in Food-Producing Farm Animals

To promote consumer health against illegal use of veterinary drugs in food producing animals, the Department of Agriculture proclaimed Administrative Order No. 14 series of 2006, […]
September 21, 2017

Antibiotics in your food: Should you be concerned?

Veterinary drugs such as antibiotics are commonly used in food-producing animals to treat infections, prevent disease, or for growth promotion. Doses of antibiotics are either administered […]
September 20, 2017

PREVENTION is better than CURE. (Especially when there’s NO CURE!)

It’s more than the price, the taste or the fancy packaging, especially when you’re allergic to something. Check the labels and list of ingredients of the […]
September 4, 2017

Trusted Partner in Food Safety

It is a privilege to be a part of the commendable food safety management system of various food companies. Moreso, it is an honor to have […]
September 4, 2017

Campylobacteriosis: It’s more common than you think

According to World Health Organization, Campylobacter spp. is one of four key global causes of diarrhoeal diseases. It is considered to be the most common bacterial […]