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Polyolefin stiff film

Created for static lap seal or high-speed shrink packaging equipment running at speeds in excess of 100 packages/min., Clysar EZ-R polyolefin stiff shrink film is used with products such as bakery, produce and frozen foods.

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Vertical conveyor

The Dynamic DynaClean Vertical Z conveyor for food processing facilities moves product to higher elevations; it is custom designed to desired heights and includes widths up to 24 in.

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More than half of US dairy producers enroll in margin protection program

Over 23,000 of the nation’s dairy operations, more than half of all dairy farms in the US, have enrolled in a new safety-net program created by the 2014 Farm Bill known as the Margin Protection Program, according to USDA.

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USDA-designed conveyor

The Piab piFLOWp conveyor utilizes COAX cartridges to generate vacuum.

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USDA releases annual Pesticide Data Program summery

USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service posted the data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) annual summery, which confirmed the overall pesticide chemical residues found on the tested foods are at levels below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not pose a safety concern.

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USDA to release tables on agricultural projections through 2024

Beginning Dec. 18 at 11 a.m., USDA will release selected commodity tables from its upcoming Agricultural Projections to 2024 report.

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USDA Citrus Disease Subcommittee to discuss 2015 priorities

For the second time this year, USDA’s Citrus Disease Subcommittee will meet in Florida today to discuss and make recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2015 research agenda, budget and annual priorities for the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program.

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USDA extends deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program

USDA has extended the application deadline for the Dairy Margin Protection Program through Dec. 19.

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White House selects communities to develop local food projects in 19 states

Six government agencies joined together Wednesday to announce the selection of 26 communities across 19 states that were selected as part of the Local Foods, Local Places federal initiative to develop local food projects and encourage economic expansion.

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USDA supports advancement of biofuels

USDA announced $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers in the country to support the production of advanced biofuels and awarded $4 million in additional grants to further the bioeconomy and reduce national dependence on foreign oil.

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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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