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Are your industrial networks vulnerable to cyber attack?

Increasingly complex network systems can make preventing and detecting attacks more difficult.

Poor security can mean lost revenue and brand integrity.


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Vision inspection sees what humans may miss

Increased packaging line speeds have made it more difficult for human inspectors to reliably remove nonconforming items.

Vision systems can inspect products accurately at very high speeds, making them an important component of many producers’ food safety plans.


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Tank coating: an underrated aspect of selection

Tank surface preparation methods diverge, and a tank’s coating is its only defense against corrosion.

Find out what method of tank coating will suit your operation best.


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FSIS announces verification of product formulation and labeling for most common food allergens

Undeclared allergens are the result of a failure in hazard analysis.

Ingredient suppliers and formulation changes led to most undeclared allergen recalls.


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Separating winners from losers in consumer packaged goods

A new report says different-sized companies are using different methods to create growth.

Researchers looked at changes in dollar sales percent, volume sales percent and dollar share point.


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Do nanomaterial fertilizers threaten soil health?

New research says nanoparticles could damage the delicate balance of microbes and microfauna that maintains healthy soil.

As governments debate whether or not to adopt nanomaterial-specific regulation, nano products go to market without pre- or post-market safety assessments.


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Producers and processors split on dairy bill

At issue is a mandatory supply management program.
Producers prefer the language in last year’s stalled Farm Bill, while processors prefer the new amendment.
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Report lists most successful consumer packaged goods brands of 2012

New brands addressed longstanding wellness, convenience and indulgence trends.
Dannon Oikos yogurt took the top spot, continuing Greek-style yogurt’s strong performance.
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Natural antimicrobial coatings satisfy food safety requirements and extend shelf life

New research suggests the potential of natural antimicrobials in food packaging applications has been overlooked.

Antimicrobials are commonly used in packaging, but their use as direct food coatings has not yet caught on.
 


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Cage-free egg sales set to take off

Research suggests increased consumer knowledge will lead to changes in the types of eggs purchased.

Data shows consumers are overly optimistic about hen housing conditions.
 


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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.

Podcasts

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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