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FDA obesity fight focuses on food labels

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To help tackle what FDA is calling the "nation's obesity epidemic," the agency released the final report of its Obesity Working Group.
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Software aids food safety initiatives

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Comprehensive record keeping and traceability are critical requirements for food processors.
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Industry & People

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J.M. Smucker will acquire International Multifoods Corp., a transaction valued at $840 million, which includes the assumption of $340 million in debt.
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Regulatory Watch <br> Obesity lawsuits losing weight

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The House Judiciary Committee has approved the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act (H.R.339) which says manufacturers or distributors of food and non-alcoholic beverages can't be sued for causing a consumer to become obese, unless it is shown that the product was not in compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
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Plant Openings & Expansions

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Southwest Cheese Company broke ground on a 54-acre site in Clovis, NM, for its 340,000-sq. ft. cheese and whey plant.
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Industry & People

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BOC acquired RGF Environmental Group's food safety product portfolio.
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Minimal increases in maintenance budgets can improve uptime

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Limited budgets and aging equipment are the most commonly cited barriers keeping maintenance departments from improving their total manufacturing uptime, according to a new study from Rockwell Automation and Plant Services magazine.
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Industry & People

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Tyson Foods' Robert L. Peterson resigned from the company's board of directors due to health reasons.
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Regulatory Watch: Congressional scrutiny expected in response to mad cow

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The first-time appearance of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United States is likely to renew debate in Washington over food inspection regulations, and many industry representatives see some type of increased regulatory scrutiny in the works.
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Plant Openings & Expansions

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YoCream International completed a $2.5 million in-house aseptic packaging line. Increasing capacity by more than 30 percent, the line is capable of filling half-gallon to 5-gallon bags.
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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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FE September 2014

2014 September

The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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