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FDA’s third annual Reportable Food Registry report shows increase in food contamination incidents

Fresh produce and undeclared allergen reports increased most.
By Shane O'Halloran
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In three cases, submissions made to the RFR alerted FDA early to potential public health issues before potentially harmful products reached the marketplace.


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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.
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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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Lift Trucks

Making all the right moves

An integral part of the food and beverage industry supply chain, state-of-the-art lift trucks provide efficiency, economy and ergonomics.
By Jaan Koel, Contributing Editor
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Lift trucks have taken their own special direction in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.


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Energy management improves business performance

Ever-increasing energy costs have processors looking for tools to cut wasteful energy usage.
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One useful tool is industrial energy management software, but determining which software to use can be daunting.


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It takes a village to achieve modern manufacturing success

Cooperation is key in today’s manufacturing environment.
By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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No man or woman, and no department or job title, can function as an island in today’s competitive food and beverage manufacturing environment.


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Producers and processors split on dairy bill

At issue is a mandatory supply management program.
By Shane O'Halloran
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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.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Dannon Oikos yogurt took the top spot, continuing Greek-style yogurt’s strong performance.
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New data on sugar consumption can help manufacturers gauge dietary trends

US adults obtain about 13 percent of total caloric intake from added sugar.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Children obtain about 40 percent of added sugar from sweet beverages.


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How do closed-loop quality management strategies fail?

Closed-loop management is a tool in the race to produce quality goods quickly and cheaply.
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Manufacturers need help striking a balance between quality and cost.


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California adds BPA to dangerous chemicals list

But the move does not ban the chemical from food packaging outright.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Packaging containing BPA will display a warning label.


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