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Produce safety standards underway

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FDA has released guidelines on produce safetyThe Produce Safety Project, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts at Georgetown University, recently received assurances from Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the
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Safety of imported foods needs strengthening

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GAO says Federal agencies must refocus their efforts on high-risk foodsImported food makes up a substantial and growing portion of the US food supply. To ensure imported food safety, federal
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Food safety bill's future in question

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Will the bill pass Senate muster?Originally intended to improve food safety in the US, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, as approved by the House of Representatives before summer
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Tracing tainted beef to the retail level

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The California Department of Health published a ten-page list of affected retail outletsBeef Packers, Inc. (Fresno, CA) recalled approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to
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Collaborative guidelines for foodborne disease outbreak response published

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CIFOR's Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response. Guidelines are targeted to local, state and federal agenciesThe Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) released its Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak
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Governors urged to block sale of untreated Gulf Coast oysters

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Oysters often are contaminated Vibrio vulnificus bacteriaThe Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has called upon the nation’s governors to ban the sale of untreated oysters from the
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Lab provides growth measurement of micro-organisms

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Iowa State University's Discovery Lab tests antimicrobials against pathogens. Source: ISU. Tests include Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes and SalmonellaA new lab at Iowa State University that enables
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Federal court says no to GE alfalfa

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No GE until an environmental impact statement is releasedIn a decision handed down in San Francisco, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has re-affirmed its previous decision
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Cookie dough takes its toll

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E. coli O157:H7 finds its way into chocolate chip cookie doughThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning consumers not
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USDA urged to reverse Bush-era gag rule preventing criticism of soda

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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.


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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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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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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