Food Safety

TECH FLASH

FDA’s Michael Taylor to Congress: FSMA will fall short without more funding

However, industry opposes proposed measures to raise funds.

The 2014 omnibus budget does not contain the required funding, according to FDA.


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Integrated Pest Management

Pest Control: The best defense? A good offense

Integrated pest management protects profits by relying on maintenance and sanitation for pest control, rather than chemical treatments that may require plant downtime.
Stringent hygiene requirements at food and beverage facilities make an effective pest control program imperative.
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Engineering R&D

X-ray's double take on inspection detection

Dual energy X-ray systems bring value added detection features to identify missing product, damaged product, dented or altered packaging and presence of a premium item.
Conventional single-energy X-ray inspection technology has been established as a reliable tool in detecting contaminants like stainless steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, calcified bone, mineral stone and high-density plastics and rubber.
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TECH FLASH

FPSA weighs in against mandatory finished products testing

The organization says such testing would be an unnecessary financial and logistical burden.
The statement says environmental monitoring is a sufficient primary tool for pathogen detection.
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TECH FLASH

New guidelines reduce risk of Salmonella in pork production

FSIS implemented updated Salmonella performance standards for poultry in 2011.
As a result, market hogs now have the highest permissible Salmonella content of all raw carcass classes.
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3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. invites Student Travel Scholarship Award applications

The program will help students participate in the organization’s annual education program, to be held May 12-16.
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full time in a food technology, food science, dairy science or related program.
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TECH FLASH

Cheerios will be GM-No

The new formulation will be on store shelves soon.
General Mills has not changed its official position on the safety of bioengineered products.
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Field Reports

Faster doors for safer food

Roll-up doors prevent contamination and control air pressure

“Don’t hold that door open” isn’t a command heard in this food ingredient operation with automatic, high-speed, roll-up doors.


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Food Safety

Communication is the basis of a food safety management system

Processors should establish a culture that encourages interaction and information flow not only from top management to the workforce, but from the workforce upward.
Turnover is often minimal when workforces are encouraged to participate and rewarded if their performance or ideas are adopted.
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Food Safety

FSMA Update: Staying ahead of the curve

Comments are in for proposed Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls, but final rules have not been issued, leaving processors time to explore audit and certification alternatives.
FSMA is still a work in progress, and the final comment period could affect your operation.
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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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Food Engineering

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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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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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