Food Safety

TECH FLASH

Vision inspection sees what humans may miss

Increased packaging line speeds have made it more difficult for human inspectors to reliably remove nonconforming items.

Vision systems can inspect products accurately at very high speeds, making them an important component of many producers’ food safety plans.


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TECH FLASH

FSIS announces verification of product formulation and labeling for most common food allergens

Undeclared allergens are the result of a failure in hazard analysis.

Ingredient suppliers and formulation changes led to most undeclared allergen recalls.


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Food Safety

Inline monitoring aids in food safety and quality

What you don’t measure could kill your brand.

While it may be said that food safety and food quality are not necessarily interrelated, get lax about either, and you probably won’t have a brand for long.


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Tech Update: X-ray & Optical Inspection

New types of foreign material and product flaws detected

X-ray, camera and laser sorting technologies are coming of age in new configurations and applications that improve productivity and reduce false rejects while detecting harder-to-find flaws.

A new range of contaminants, product defects and packaging imperfections are being spotted by the latest styles of multi-beam X-ray systems and optical inspection technologies.


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Engineering R&D

Moving dry food sterilization ahead full-steam

A new pasteurization and sterilization approach for dry goods relies on saturated steam to purge pathogenic germs

In the process, it widens the window of product types treatable by the same unit.


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TECH FLASH

Natural antimicrobial coatings satisfy food safety requirements and extend shelf life

New research suggests the potential of natural antimicrobials in food packaging applications has been overlooked.

Antimicrobials are commonly used in packaging, but their use as direct food coatings has not yet caught on.
 


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FSIS implements Public Health Criterion for Food Safety Assessments

The criteria will be implemented in the May 2013 scheduling cycle.
The criteria will be implemented in the May 2013 scheduling cycle.
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FSMA

FDA releases Food Defense Plan Builder

New software integrates existing tools and resources.
Owners and operators of food facilities can design custom food defense plans in accordance with FSMA regulations.
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TECH FLASH

The many sides of sanitation: What manufacturers should consider when enhancing sanitation measures

New FSMA provisions are expected to place even more stringent regulations on sanitation practices.
Tom Egan of PMMI discusses equipment sanitation as a component of advancing food safety standards.
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TECH FLASH

Informational silos stand in the way of strong food safety management systems

Manufacturers benefit from engaging all four key elements of an effective system.

Elements include HACCP plans, manufacturing operations management, instant traceability and recall management and single-source ERP.


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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 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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