Food Safety

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EFSA support safety of BPA

A recent European Food Safety Authority report on Bisphenol A indicates no health concern at current dietary contact levels of exposure.

 However, there is considerable uncertainty regarding exposure safety from non-dietary sources.  


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TECH FLASH

USDA proposes measures to reduce Salmonella, Campylobacter

The new standards will apply to ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.

 FSIS estimates an average of 50,000 illnesses will be prevented annually in the US after the standards are implemented. 


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Food Safety

Chemical cleaning in the FSMA age

US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” which could be the motto of the pending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


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Manufacturing News

FSMA: A work in progress

In January 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act came into being, and six core teams were formed to focus on six key sections: preventive standards, inspection and compliance, imports, federal/state integration, fees and reports, and studies.


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Food Safety

Pests can shut you down

The inspiration for this article was a recent FDA action that shut down an Atlanta fortune cookie manufacturer due to infestation.


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TECH FLASH

Caramel apples linked to Listeriosis deaths

CDC says 29 people have been infected across 10 states.

The commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may be contaminated with Listeria,  causing the outbreak.


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TECH FLASH

FDA issues new assessment of BPA

FDA reaffirms its position that Bisphenol A (BPA) is safe at current levels of exposure.
The most recent FDA safety assessment of BPA for use in food contact applications was released in 2008, with additional low-dose update studies in 2009.


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TECH FLASH

Who’s leading food safety education?

The federal government, cooperative extensions and public health agencies were identified as the most active organizations in educating consumers about food safety at home.

A North Carolina State University  survey determined the most involved organizations, the audiences they serve and the channels most frequently used to communicate safe food handling messages.


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TECH FLASH

Monsanto settles with Pacific wheat farmers

The company has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million to resolve a number of lawsuits related to the discovery of genetically engineered wheat on an Oregon farm

USDA concluded the GE wheat found growing in Oregon was an isolated incident and continues not to deregulate any variety of wheat.


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TECH FLASH

Canada, Ireland and France top global food safety ranking

Despite different food safety systems, researchers say there is a real need to harmonize standards and protocols among nations

The report evaluated food safety using 10 performance indicators in three food safety risk governance domains.


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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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