Food Safety

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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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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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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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Largest study on GMO and pesticide safety launched

The $25 million study will investigate the health effects of GMO and glyphosate

The preparatory phase started in early 2014, with the full experiment beginning in 2015 and scheduled to last two to three years.


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TECH FLASH

GAO: FDA, USDA should strengthen pesticide residue monitoring programs

GAO suggests FDA and USDA improve their methodologies

GAO evaluates  limitations in FDA, FSIS and AMS monitoring of foods for pesticide residue.


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Plant Renovations

Renovate for the right reasons

You’ve received a less-than-stellar audit as you’re preparing for GFSI accreditation—not a good sign that your facility will also pass FSMA muster


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TECH FLASH

GAO recommends USDA strengthen food safety standards for Salmonella, Campylobacter contamination in poultry

The government agency provides four specific recommendations to ensure the safety of chicken and turkey products

Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination in food causes more than 2 million human illnesses per year.


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Beware the (warm) water

A University of Florida study of bottled water indicates the liquid is not safe if left in a warm place for an extended period of time

Researchers studied chemicals released in 16 brands of bottled water kept at 158°F for four weeks to examine levels of BPA and antimony.


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Food Safety

FSMA HARPC Update

While it may not seem like much is happening, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.
If you’re in the seafood or juice industry, each of which fall under HACCP rules, FSMA’s HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls) doesn’t apply to your business—and probably won’t in the future.


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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.

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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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2014 December

In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

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