Food Safety

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FDA proposes FSMA controls on pet food, agricultural feed

This is the fifth rule the agency has proposed this year as part of FSMA.

There are currently no regulations in place governing the production of most animal foods.


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TECH FLASH

OECD makes nanomaterial safety assessment recommendations

The group recommends existing chemical safety frameworks be used, but says they may need to be adapted.

Nanomaterials offer intriguing applications for food and beverage, but human and environmental risk has not been established.


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TECH FLASH

Washington GMO initiative down to the wire after support drops

An advertising blitz from both sides has evened out public opinion.

The outcome of Initiative 522 could help determine national rules on GMO labeling.


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TECH FLASH

Fears over food safety on the rise in China

A new study shows food safety is the fastest growing concern in the nation.

Food safety scandals have plagued China in recent years.


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Food Safety

Using color to ensure food safety

Colors can help minimize cross-contamination or adulteration and ensure procedures are followed.

 One company has developed a series of allergen tags that can be used not only for products in the warehouse, but also work-in-process and process records. 


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Manufacturing News

New poultry, hog inspection protocols under fire

The Government Accountability Office says there is insufficient data to verify the quality or safety of food these programs could deliver.

 Other media sources claim the pilot programs fail to stop contaminated meat from entering the supply chain.


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Engineering R&D

Increasing the frequency of microwave sterilization for packaged meals

Destroying microbes in prepackaged meals containing solid and semi-solid food serves as an alternative to conventional retort methods.

 Low-acid, high-moisture, shelf-stable, ready-to-eat prepackaged foods are conventionally treated with pressurized steam or high-temperature water at 120°C or higher to inactivate Clostridium botulism spores, stemming their germination and the potential production of a deadly toxin inside the sealed container.  


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Food Safety

What GFSI can do for you

GFSI scheme owners are extending coverage to animal feeds and packaging while processors see GFSI accreditation as a stepping stone to FSMA compliance.

Processors see GFSI accreditation as a stepping stone to FSMA compliance. 


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TECH FLASH

CSPI says CDC antibiotic resistance report doesn’t offer steps to food safety

Critics say the agency is overly vague about antibiotic abuse in food production animals.

Among the data, CDC found that 22 percent of resistant illnesses are linked to foodborne hazards


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TECH FLASH

FDA to hold food defense workshops

The agency will demonstrate its new Food Defense Plan Builder software.

Meetings will take place in October and November.


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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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In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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