Tech Flash Vol. 3 No. 5
Acrylamide still cooking
What levels are dangerous to human health has come into question. According to the EPA, safe levels of acrylamide in public drinking water must be held to less than 0.12 micrograms in 8 ounces. Typical levels of acrylamide in French fries range from 30 to 80 micrograms or more in a serving, says a 2002 report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. FDA also conducted studies from 2002 through 2006, and the results are posted on its Website.
KFC’s warning explains that the acrylamide is also produced when potatoes are baked or fried at home. In fact, acrylamide is produced in several starch-based foods when they are cooked at temperatures in excess of 250°F. Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan of the American Council on Science and Health suggests that the problem with the
Milk prices on the rise
Wal-Mart receives organic warning
In a letter to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in
The Cornucopia Institute, a governmental and corporate industry watchdog, had filed complaints with Wisconsin regulators and the USDA after finding numerous incidents of fraudulent organic labeling in Wal-Mart stores in five states from
Webinar to focus on continuous improvement
In the Webinar, scheduled for May 22 at 2:00 p.m. eastern time, Berner Foods will describe how it transfers critical information collected at the plant floor into actionable manufacturing intelligence throughout the organization, significantly improving performance, reducing manual intervention and costs and improving the bottom line.Seventy percent of food and beverage manufacturers manage the most critical part of their supply chain based on incomplete, inaccurate and or out-of-date information. The Webinar will show the need for continuous monitoring of critical areas that have a negative impact on performance and explain how to transform plant data into information that leads to better business decisions. Click here to register.
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Tech Update: Cooking and frying-Old fashioned high volume
People, Plant and Industry NewsTasty Baking Company (Philadelphia, PA) will move from its 1922-vintage, six-story manufacturing facility with 15 production lines in south Philadelphia to a new location at The Navy Yard, a relatively new Philadelphia commercial and industrial development. The new 345,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility will house the production facilities, warehouse and distribution center. The site will also be the home of the company’s new, “green” corporate headquarters. Liberty/Synterra will begin site preparation immediately and begin construction. The $75 million project is expected to be completed in 2009 and fully operational by 2010.
Scott Salyer, chief executive officer of international food processor SK Foods, has become the sole owner of Salyer American Fresh Foods, a company established 20 years ago by Mr. Salyer and his family. Salyer American Fresh Foods will become a division of SK Foods based in
ConAgra Foods hired Paul A. Hall as vice president of Global Food Safety. Hall comes from Matrix MicroScience, Inc., a technology producer for the rapid concentration, capture and detection of foodborne pathogens, including Salmonella.
Greg Lee, Tyson Foods, Inc. chief administrative officer and international president, has decided to retire early from full time employment. Lee is a 27-year veteran of Tyson and was scheduled to retire next February.
An affiliate of The Blackstone Group (
Ray Tarnowski of Philadelphia Warehousing & Cold Storage Company was elected as the 2007-08 chairman of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW). John LaRue of
Clegg Ivey, a partner in Redux Beverages said the company will change the name of its soft drink, previously named “Cocaine.” Marketed as an energy drink, the beverage contains no drugs. FDA issued a warning letter last month that the company was illegally marketing the drink as a street drug alternative and dietary supplement.
Starbucks has announced that by the end of this year it will no longer use trans fats in any of its food and beverages in the continental US, Alaska and Canada.
Tetra Pak, a supplier of processing and packaging equipment to the food industry, is investing 32.6 million Euros in two new buildings in
The new facilities provide 13,000 sq. meters of floor space and accommodate 430 workplaces. Construction is planned to begin at the end of this year, and the projected completion date is the end of 2009.
The investment in
Pollo Campero, chain of chicken quick-service restaurants in Latin America, has opened its first
Pollo Campero combines the best of a modern and comfortable environment with quick service and quality chicken meals that appeal to consumers looking for unique and flavorful experiences.
As part of the strategy to expand the restaurant chain in the