Food Safety

If Santa Claus were real, he'd have to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Is Santa breaking all the rules?

Santa will have to get in step with FSMA as he imports uninspected candy from unregistered plants at the North Pole.
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The BPA debate isn't over yet. The FDA must make a decision by March 31, 2012.

FDA set to make decision on BPA in food packaging

A recent court decision has instructed the FDA to make a decision by March 31, 2012.
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USDA Approves Antimicrobial Treatment for RTE Meat and Poultry

The USDA has granted A&B Ingredients approval for its CytoGuard antimicrobial as a Salmonella intervention agent in poultry products. Based on Lauric Arginate, a derivate of Lauric Acid, L-Arginine and Ethanol—all naturally occurring substances—CytoGuard LA is specifically designed for use in ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat and poultry products.
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FSMA will Drive FDA to Form Partnerships

While food safety has been viewed as a non-competitive practice in the food industry, FDA’s limited funding will inevitably cause it to partner with other groups to satisfy the mandates of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to David Acheson in a recent Leavitt Partners blog. How FDA partners with third parties will vary depending on geographical location.


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Future of Organic Food and Agriculture at Risk

The Cornucopia Institute, a national organic industry watchdog group, has urged the members of USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to vote to preserve the integrity of organic food and farming at its meeting in Savannah, GA. The USDA meeting was planned for the end of November.
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Tech Update: Packaging Machine Controls

Teaching packaging machines to communicate. Thanks to open standards, packaging machine controls communicate up and down the line and with MES and ERP systems to provide key performance data.
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Cantaloupe contamination attributed to packing facility-not fields

FDA’s recent testing mostly ruled out gross contamination in the farm fields as the problem

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Reusable shopping bags: proceed with caution

While convenient and certainly green in terms of bag disposal, the reusable grocery bag can prove very dangerous if not cleaned properly after use.

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FDA should assure consumers BPA is no longer used in baby bottles

Even though manufacturers are no longer using BPA to make baby bottles, consumers are still not sure this is true.

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Practical test for E. coli serogroups

This test can find non-O157 STEC serogroups-O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145.

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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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FSMA Audit

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Food Engineering

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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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