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IBWA praises water infrastructure bill

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauded President Barack Obama for signing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act into law.


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Cornell study: GMO labeling would cost NY families

Study finds an average family would spend an additional $500 a year

A new study out of Cornell University is suggesting consumers in New York will be out of pocket an average of $500 a year if the state passes legislation requiring the labeling of GMO ingredients on food.


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Engineering R&D

Making ammonia safer and more efficient in refrigeration applications

Borne out of necessity, new ammonia refrigeration technology uses 1 percent of the refrigerant quantity of previous systems and increases efficiency.
Not all refrigerated food and beverage warehouses have the luxury of being located away from people in wide-open spaces next to an interstate and a railroad spur.


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Food Safety

Raw materials: Test or no test?

You can send incoming raw material samples out to a third-party lab, but plenty of easy-to-use, rapid test kits can more quickly provide the results you need—right at your own facility.

A June 10, 2011 report on Deutsche Welle states “bean sprouts are the likely source of an E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed 31 people and made nearly 3,000 ill since May [2011].” This information was attributed to Reinhard Burger, president of Germany’s federal infectious disease laboratory, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 


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Food Safety

FSMA Update: Staying ahead of the curve

Comments are in for proposed Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls, but final rules have not been issued, leaving processors time to explore audit and certification alternatives.
FSMA is still a work in progress, and the final comment period could affect your operation.
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Regulatory Watch

Light at the end of the tunnel for Farm Billl?

The House and Senate could agree on a version of the farm bill as early as January.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says there is still a lot of work for lawyers to do, but it’s possible there could be a version of the Farm Bill the House and Senate could agree to sometime in January.


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Wisconsin raw milk bill passes committee

The legislation would create a new unpasteurized milk license and set requirements for record-keeping, labeling and inspection.
The legislation would create a new unpasteurized milk license and set requirements for record-keeping, labeling and inspection.
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Federal legislation seeks to create standard front-of-package label

It would also require greater disclosure of caffeine and sugar content, and define how “natural” and “healthy” claims may be made.

The Food Labeling Modernization Act was introduced by three Congressional Democrats.


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Manufacturing News

GRAS is crass: conflicts of interest abound

Manufacturers have added around 1,000 additives to the GRAS list without informing FDA.

 GRAS ingredients are exempt from FDA’s food additives rules. 


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TECH FLASH

Raw milk rankles governors in Maine, Wisconsin

Bills relaxing regulations on raw milk sales in Maine and Wisconsin are being blocked by the governors of each state.

A bill was vetoed in Maine, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is noncommittal about raw milk’s future in his state.


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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.

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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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2015 January

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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