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Lawmakers, industry members debate proposal for single safety agency

The idea of a new, single agency charged with ensuring that everything Americans eat is held to the same safety standards isn't new, but lawmakers and food industry members are evaluating the concept with greater urgency in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the U.S.
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Plant Openings & Expansions

With the stroke of 11 samurai swords, the board of directors of ESKAY Corp. cut the ribbon in front of ESKAY's new 75,000-sq.-ft. headquarters October 1.
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Seafood leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks, study says

Contaminated seafood is the leading known cause of foodborne illness outbreaks, according to a new report published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
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NFPA, FDA focus on food allergens

The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) has released an industry "Code of Practice" for managing food allergens.
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USDA spinning wheat into packaging gold

Researchers at the U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture (USDA) say they have used wheat to make "clamshell" sandwich containers that are more environmentally friendly than old polystyrene clamshells and that keep food warmer than the cardboard containers currently used by many fast-food restaurants.
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GAO releases food safety report

Along with state agriculture and health departments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spent about $1.3 billion in fiscal year 1999 on food safety efforts, according to a recent report issued by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO)
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USDA launches web research site

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new web site that provides a database of food safety research projects to researchers and the general public.
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Researchers zero in on Listeria genome

Researchers at the Institute for Genomic Research and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service have taken an important first step in understanding the genetic makeup of Listeria, a bacterium that causes serious food-borne illness.
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IBP reaches settlement agreement on EPA lawsuit

Meatpacker IBP, inc. has reached an agreement with federal and state officials that the company said would ensure continued protection of the environment at several company plant locations.
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U.S. and Europe headed for 'food fight'?

The United States and Europe may be on a collision course over the regulation of genetically modified food, according to government policy advisors speaking at the aptly titled policy dialogue, "Are the U.S. and Europe Heading for a Food Fight over Genetically Modified Food?"
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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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