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GRAS is crass: conflicts of interest abound

Manufacturers have added around 1,000 additives to the GRAS list without informing FDA.
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 GRAS ingredients are exempt from FDA’s food additives rules. 


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Preventing economically motivated adulteration

Unfortunately, people and pets sometimes get hurt by consuming contaminated food and beverage products passed off as the real things.
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Producers should set up an action plan, and be sure to verify all ingredients and food products before use. 


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PACK EXPO Preview

Attendee-friendly features enhance Vegas trade show

PACK EXPO is a comprehensive source of packaging and processing technologies, education and networking.
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More than 1,600 exhibitors and 26,000 attendees will be present. 


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TECH FLASH

Cooking and cooling: A practical approach to energy savings

Many processes cool the cooked product in one fell swoop; adding a stage between can save energy and water.
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A mid-process quench cycle with ambient-temperature tap water can capture much of the product’s heat before it enters the primary cool zone.


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Exclusive: Compressed air or environmental problems? Here are solutions.

FE discusses the importance of air quality in plants as food safety requirements increase.
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FSMA and GFSI schemes have made environmental air and compressed air important parts of food safety.


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Robotics

Is there a robot in your line’s future?

Robots aren’t all things to all people, but in the right place, they can be a big time and labor saver.
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 Robots can help increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which improves a processor’s bottom line. 


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Wastewater Treatment

Waste not, want not

Not one wastewater treatment solution is suitable for every application, so it’s essential to find the one that fits your budget and future water and energy needs.
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With the right strategies, you could decrease wastewater surcharges from your publicly owned treatment works and recoup some energy out of your wastewater. 


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TECH FLASH

Give SPC a role in your plant

While SPC isn’t a panacea for all process ills, it can help you fine-tune your process to assure greater product consistency.
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SPC can also be used in controlling HACCP parameters.


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Renewable fuels standards questioned

Industry leaders say the program has been mismanaged.
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Industry leaders say the program has been mismanaged.
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TECH FLASH

Traceability for improved freshness and lower cost: Walmart’s produce plan for the future

The retailer’s new plan aims to improve labeling and tracking.
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With reduced costs and improved freshness as its goals, Walmart looks to the future of produce retailing.
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