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DHS software applied to poultry processing

What works for the Department of Homeland Security can be applied to control risks in the food industry.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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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.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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.
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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.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 X-ray systems detect foreign objects by measuring the density of product and detecting differences or irregularities. 


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Field Reports

Pasta and potatoes, presto!

New rotary continuous cooking and cooling system processes more than 3,000 lbs. of pasta and potatoes per hour.
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Wedges and slices presented challenges for traditional cooking and cooling methods.


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Food Safety

HACCP software: Get with the program!

From HACCP forms generation to automated track-and-trace systems, affordable software tools make FSMA compliance easier for small and medium-sized processors, and can reduce the potential of recalls.
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Most operations can’t afford to be without HACCP software.
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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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2014 August

The August 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how your operation could be doing more to create a culture of employee engagement. Also, read more on how your business and insurance partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.

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