Food Safety: The great peanut butter debacle

Learning from past mishaps is one of the food industry’s most valuable food safety tools.
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Editor's Note: Drastic times call for a total rehaul of food safety systems

Food safety problems that surfaced only a few years ago were soon forgotten or ignored by those in the headlines today.
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Engineering R&D: E-beam makes a comeback

Irradiation of raw beef never gained traction in the early 21st Century, but electron beam is staging a comeback in package sterilization.

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Editor's Note: It's all about the process

Little did I know six months ago, when I planned the editorial content for the March 2009 issue of Food Engineering, that our industry would be mired in one of its most far-reaching food safety recalls.
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Engineering R&D: Water cooled and stainless

Improved motor performance and unparalleled energy efficiency were realized in a medium-sized motor project.
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Food Safety: Getting rid of unwanted foreign materials

More buyers are demanding all products be passed through a metal detector.
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Editor's Note: A new tradition in sustainability

Food and beverage manufacturers continue to uncover innovative ways to be environmentally friendly as they increase efficiency.
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Engineering R&D: Pasteurization without drying

Controlled condensation pasteurization is being proposed as a salmonella remedy for almonds, though the technology has broader potential for minimally processed foods.
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Food Safety: Chemical sensitivities increase to the parts per trillion range

Last Fall, I attended the 28th Annual Rapid Methods Workshop at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada, the driving force behind the program, brings people from all over the world to discuss rapid microbiological methods, food safety and quality issues and future trends. 
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Editor's Note: Need innovation? It's time to get out of your comfort zone

As savvy processors know, in challenging times and in times of prosperity, you must innovate to remain competitive.
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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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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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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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