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Regulatory Watch

Debate over trans fats continues

Several industry groups have requested more time to submit comments.
Food manufacturers want more time to comment on FDA’s early November preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence, and the agency has requested stakeholder comments by January 7, 2014.
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Manufacturing News

Tomato waste project shows promise in replacing BPA coatings

A project to determine the suitability of tomato waste as a replacement for BPA can liners has been delayed.
The substitute material would be derived largely from tomato skin.
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TECH FLASH

DHS software applied to poultry processing

What works for the Department of Homeland Security can be applied to control risks in the food industry.

FE asks an expert how Probabilistic Risk-Informed Analysis can be best applied to poultry processing applications.


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Fabulous Food Plants

Automation keeps fruit fresh at Paramount Citrus

This 640,000-sq.-ft. citrus fruit processing/packaging facility is almost completely automated and has a roof of solar cells and a fuel cell system to supply energy to the plant and the grid.

The plant provides consumers fresh fruit consistent in size, color, quality and taste while scoring environmental points.


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Tech Update

Tech Update: QA/QC Instrumentation

The need for speed, accuracy and ease of use places demands on equipment suppliers.

 Test results should be accurate and simple to understand. 


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Manufacturing News

Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to food safety

Employees need feedback on how well they're doing their jobs.

 Procedures should be explained and performance evaluated according to an objective, predefined measurement system.  


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TECH FLASH

Cool energy waste in your refrigeration systems!

Energy audits can spot potential waste and provide short-term fixes, but a refrigeration energy management system can keep temperatures and costs cool.

A modular energy management system can keep a facility’s cooling costs under control.


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Regulatory Watch

Farm Bill debate continues

At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
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Sustainable Plant of the Year

Plumrose Council Bluffs: Lean, mean and fully automated

Automating an entire raw meat cooking and packaging plant saves water, cuts energy usage and gets the product perfect the first time—without rework.

The facility was not only constructed with sustainability in mind, but sustainability can be found everywhere you look. 


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Field Reports

X-Ray systems see through yogurt containers…and cases

Metal detection systems can’t see through foil lids, nor can they detect stones, pits, and other non-metallic foreign objects.

 X-ray systems detect foreign objects by measuring the density of product and detecting differences or irregularities. 


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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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