Tech Flash Vol. 4 No. 9
Tainted beef watch expanded
The recall is being extended based on the ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation of a foodborne illness outbreak. According to CDC, 21 cases in
A sure death for E. coli?
But, microbiologist Manan Sharma, with USDA’s ARS Food Safety Laboratory (
According to USDA, Sharma has completed testing a cocktail of phages (ECP-100) on refrigerated samples of fresh-cut cantaloupe. The trials have shown that the phage treatments could be effective in killing E. coli in produce. According to Sharma, the treatments reduced pathogens on the cantaloupe by 100-fold over untreated melons. Sharma’s research has also been targeting refrigerated, fresh-cut lettuce.For more information, visit www.nps.ars.usda.gov (program 108) or call Manan Sharma at 301-504-9198.
Is bio-based packaging ready for prime time?
Although it may be advantageous to appear sustainable to the end user, PLA plastics generally under-perform and cost more than their PET counterparts, says David Luttenberger, CPP, director of Packaging Strategies. Couple these issues with the fact that many of these “sustainable” plastics use corn, already at high prices, as their main ingredient.
Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of time and effort are being used to develop, manufacture and introduce packaging biopolymers. There is no reason to doubt that with a few more years of R&D, biopolymers will be able to compete with PET products, especially considering the rapidly increasing costs of petroleum. Another issue, says Luttenberger, is that while PLA plastics are recyclable, technically they can’t be mixed in large quantities with PET plastics without contaminating the PET recyclable product.
The report, which includes 17 cost assessment models, is authored by three leading industry experts: Gordon Bockner, founder of Business Development Associates Inc.; Dr. Jim Lunt, a founding member of NatureWorks LLC; and Plastex Solutions, LLC President Robert Tremblay. The report also covers the rapidly evolving PLA landscape, biopolymers in development and recommendations for manufacturers.For more information on the study, Biopolymers for Commodity Packaging, see www.packstrat.com.
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ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced a new licensing and capabilities agreement with The Procter & Gamble Company that provides ConAgra Foods access to nutrition-enhancing food ingredients and packaging capabilities related to sustainability, ergonomics and design, as well as access to the vast amounts of research associated with those technologies.
Tyson Foods, Inc. signed a letter of intent to sell its Canadian-based packing, feedyard and fertilizer assets of Lakeside Farm Industries Ltd and its subsidiary Lakeside Packers, to XL Foods Inc., a Canadian-owned beef processing business. According to Richard L. Bond, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, “Lakeside no longer fits the long-term strategy of our company, as our current international strategy is focused primarily in Asia,
Kellogg Company acquired the assets of Zhenghang Food Company Ltd. (“Navigable Foods”), a manufacturer of cookies and crackers in the north and northeastern regions of
IDG’s Computerworld magazine named General Mills as the third-best place to work in information technology (IT) in the
Del Monte Corporation entered into an agreement to sell its seafood business, including StarKist, to Dongwon Enterprise Co., Ltd. (Dongwon Enterprise); Dongwon F&B Co., Ltd. (Dongwon F&B); and Dongwon Industries Co., Ltd. for $363 million.
SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company will combine their
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reached an agreement to acquire the majority of the assets of 40-year-old Zephyr Egg Company, located in
Kedem Food Products formed a distribution partnership with Tree of Life, Inc., which will serve as Kedem’s official distributor in the south
Advanced Automation LP, provider of technology solutions to manufacturers in North America; Innovative Automation & Engineering, Dubai-based engineering and system integration company serving Middle Eastern and African oil and gas, water, wastewater, infrastructure and manufacturing industries; and Engro Innovative Automation Pvt. Ltd., provider of industrial automation and engineering support products and services, will immediately begin working under the unified company name of Avanceon. All three companies became affiliated March 1 and have been working together as a single global enterprise. Avanceon’s
Nalco Company has won a 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its 3D TRASAR technology for cooling water. The award, given by the
Hawk, a global provider of level, positioning and flow measurement technology, formed a joint venture with MS Instrumentos in
Britt Brockhage has joined Schebler,
CSI completed its acquisition of the Chadwick Group of
Exosect, a provider of pest management solutions, appointed Robert Hend as its regulatory affairs manager within the company’s research and development team.
Innovation Matrix,Inc., a distributor and system integrator of automation applications, opened a new office in