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Court orders FDA to publish remaining FSMA regulations

The Center for Food Safety and Center for Environmental Health initiated the lawsuit leading to the decision.

FDA proposed using target timeframes, but a judge ordered a date be set.


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USDA hasn’t fully implemented 2008 Farm Bill

While the new bill is making its way through Congress, USDA hasn’t fully implemented the 2008 version.

FSIS has yet to implement a new inspection program. 


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TECH FLASH

Survey says: Process manufacturers still confused about FSMA

Many respondents have not budgeted for FSMA-required upgrades, and about half are unsure how the regulations will affect them.

FDA estimates new regulations will cost the average factory around $13,000 and will be enforced with new powers to fine, initiate recalls or shut down noncompliant businesses.


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FDA releases Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Science and Research Strategic Plan

The document is a plan for supporting Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.

Goals include improved preventive controls for Salmonella and E. coli and detection of allergens and gluten in food.


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UK scientists recommend pregnant women reduce exposure to packaging to avoid BPA

European assessments of BPA clash with FDA guidance.

Scientists recommend pregnant women adopt a safety first approach, given the difficulty of assessing exposure risk.


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CDC says trans fat reduction efforts slowed over time

Progress varied by food type and parent company.

Because consuming trans fat is harmful even at low levels, researchers urged manufacturers to renew efforts to discontinue or reformulate products containing them.


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Food Safety

Minimizing risk from raw materials

The ingredients you use reflect the quality of your product, so keep close tabs on your suppliers
Food manufacturers are launching new efforts to improve ingredient quality, make use of newer technologies and generally push greater innovation into their product offerings.


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Food Fraud: You purchased what?

Is your burger really 100 percent beef? Is your virgin olive oil really virgin? Only your analytical instrumentation knows for sure.
As a result of the recent UK horsemeat scandal, consumers and processors are very much aware they may not be getting what they paid for.


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Food Safety

Are your ingredients and raw materials safe?

Risk assessment is an essential element for protecting a company’s good name, its products and its customers
Today, processors must ensure what they order is safe, high quality and wholesome, and vendors must be able to prove all of these.


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FDA offers free online courses on food defense

The courses are designed to prevent and mitigate intentional food contamination.
The courses are designed to prevent and mitigate intentional food contamination.
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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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Food Engineering

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2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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