Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Food Defense Systems

Staff vigilance: The first line of food defense

Facing mandates to safeguard against deliberate contamination, food companies walk a fine line between implementing effective defenses and creating an uncomfortable workplace.

The joke in certain circles is that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which explicitly cites the need to guard against intentional adulteration, should more accurately be referred to as SCFEA: the Security Consultants Full Employment Act.


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FSMA Update

The devil’s in the details

Looking for some light reading material before going to bed? The first proposed rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act are not the place to start.

The second anniversary of the signing into law of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was celebrated January 4 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the long-delayed unveiling of the first proposed regulations affecting manufacturers and their upstream partners in the food chain.


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Packaging

Shake your bottle

Old ideas that clicked are tailor made for recycling, provided they have a contemporary twist.


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Packaging

Creative support for craft brewers

European and major domestic breweries have been using metalized paper labels for years. US craft brewers are now picking up on the trend.

While mainstream beer makers wrestle with a market in decline, craft breweries continue to enjoy double digit growth.


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Packaging

Seriously committed

An infant formula manufacturer makes a big commitment to its new container with a highly automated and state-of-the-art packaging line.

Most manufacturers are involved with packages. Perrigo Nutritionals, on the other hand, is firmly committed to its new infant formula container.


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Continuous improvement

Engaged staff equals better performance

Virtually every manufacturer with a business continuity plan wants to improve continuously, including in the way it approaches continuous improvement.

Like motherhood and love of country, continuous improvement is a concept that demands support. None dare speak against it; all are obliged to sing its praises.


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Food safety

Lessons learned from non-food industries

For those who can resist the not-invented-here mentality, pharmaceutical manufacturing is rife with methods and tools that can improve outcomes in food and beverage production.

Products like nutritionally enhanced water and probiotic yogurt help obscure the line that divides food and medicine.


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Engineering R&D

Engineering R&D: The small freeze

A smaller footprint is a clear improvement in the newest generation of cryogenic freezers, and incremental improvements in heat transfer rates are making them affordable options.

Incorporating cryogenic freezing in place of mechanical freezing gave way in the last decade to an appreciation of the ROI cryogenic systems provide in terms of reduced yield loss, improved product quality, throughput and a focus on safety and sanitation.


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Packaging

Can cozies up to bottles

Brick Brewing offers a bonus beer can in 12 packs.

Cajuns call it lagniappe: a little something extra, added for good measure. Donut makers do it with a baker’s dozen.


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Packaging

Rice-A-Roni in a cup

The San Francisco treat's first new product in half a century is on shelves.

It took half a century, but the San Francisco treat’s first truly new product hit national distribution in late 2012 when PepsiCo’s Quaker division rolled out microwavable instant rice in single-serve cups.


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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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