Tech Flash Vol. 5 No. 17 -- Food Engineering's E-Newsletter
FDA opens mandatory Reportable Food Registry electronic portal
Facilities that manufacture, process or hold food for consumption in the
The reporting requirement applies to all foods and animal feed regulated by FDA, except infant formula and dietary supplements, which are covered by other regulatory requirements. Some examples of why a food may be reportable include bacterial contamination, allergen mislabeling or elevated levels of certain chemical components.
“By fostering real-time submission to the FDA of information on food safety hazards, the registry enhances FDA’s ability to act quickly to prevent foodborne illness,” says Michael R. Taylor, senior advisor to the commissioner. “Working with the food industry, we can swiftly remove contaminated products from commerce and keep them out of consumers’ hands.”A responsible party, one who submits information to FDA, must investigate the cause of adulteration of food if it may have originated with the responsible party, submit initial information (followed by supplemental reports) and work with FDA authorities to follow up as needed. A responsible party is not required to report if it found the problem before the food was shipped, and corrected the problem or destroyed the food.
Environmental help for small, medium food processors
The site contains federal and state regulations and publications aimed at helping processors address environmental issues related to their businesses. While large food processors typically have full-time staffs devoted to these regulations and activities, smaller processors often do not have dedicated experts on hand.
The center, located in Purdue’s Department of Food Science, is funded through Purdue, along with nearly $340,000 from the US EPA. According to Kevin Keener, director of the center and Purdue associate professor of food science, the center will offer technical services to processors in the future.
“We’re looking to do training, environmental audit checks and workshops on energy efficiency, water use and other topics,” says Keener. The site will also add industry news to keep processors updated on new regulations or changes in their industry, he adds.For more information, visit the FPEAC Web site.
Wegmans DCs to run on hydrogen
The funding for the fuel cells is part of a $6.1 million award made to GENCO in April 2009 by the US Department of Energy (DOE) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The DOE intends this funding to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of fuel cells and create jobs in fuel cell manufacturing, installation, maintenance and support services.
The Wegmans project will consist of various phases through 2012. The first phase includes a 59-unit fleet conversion of the produce building. Subsequent phases will allow Wegmans to expand its use of the GenDrive solution at its facilities.
By replacing lead-acid batteries with the fuel cells, Wegmans will be able to run its equipment for an entire shift, thereby maximizing efficiency. Refueling with hydrogen is safe and takes up to one minute.For more information on fuel cells, visit Plug Power Inc. For more information on lift trucks, visit GENCO.
First standard in industrial wireless series gets ISA approval
The standard will now be submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for approval as an ANSI standard, and will be submitted to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for consideration as an IEC standard.The ISA-100.11a standard was developed by a committee of more than 600 end users and equipment manufacturers from around the world. It is intended to provide reliable and secure wireless operation for non-critical monitoring, alerting, supervisory control, open-loop control and closed-loop control applications.
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People, Plant and Industry News
Archer Daniels Midland’s board of directors elected Michael Baroni, Domingo Lastra, Joseph Taets and Gary Towne corporate officers.
Hardy Instruments has entered a partnership with Saturn Scale Systems to service Hardy customers throughout Canada.
Didier Thevenet, currently vice president of Clextral’s international industrial management, has been designated president of Clextral Inc., the subsidiary based in Tampa, FL since 1986.
Mark A. Duffy has joined Specialized Technology Resources, Inc. as president of its quality assurance division.
Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. appointed Timothy T. Griffith as vice president and treasurer.
BinMaster Level Controls appointed Cape Instrument Services CC of Cape Town, South Africa as distributor for its level measurement/control products throughout South Africa.