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Top food trends to watch for in 2014

New innovations in packaging and flavors have consumers keeping an eye out for these trends in the new year.
Sustainability and natural ingredients are all the rage.
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Vegetable processor improves productivity and capacity of canning operation with a fully automated retort room

Far less labor is required in the new high-efficiency system.
Due to the processing’s seasonal nature, 24 hour per day, seven day per week uptime is required.
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ISA to develop new mission-critical professional certification program

The new program is part of a $23 million grant from the Department of Labor to prepare workers for careers in “mission-critical operations.”

ISA’s program will focus on industrial operations, a point of focus for many food and beverage processors.


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Cybersecurity certificate program based on ISA99/IEC 62443 series introduced

Those who complete a two-day course and a multiple-choice exam will be eligible to receive the certificate.

Developed by ISA in conjunction with its sister organization Automation Federation, the certificate is designed to help automation professionals acquire a command of industrial cybersecurity terminology.


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New guidelines reduce risk of Salmonella in pork production

FSIS implemented updated Salmonella performance standards for poultry in 2011.
As a result, market hogs now have the highest permissible Salmonella content of all raw carcass classes.
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3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. invites Student Travel Scholarship Award applications

The program will help students participate in the organization’s annual education program, to be held May 12-16.
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full time in a food technology, food science, dairy science or related program.
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FDA to overhaul nutrition facts panel

The panel was last update 20 years ago, and the new look will reflect advances in knowledge about nutrition.
The panel was last update 20 years ago, and the new look will reflect advances in knowledge about nutrition.
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FDA to investigate caramel coloring in soda following Consumer Reports study

The study showed varying levels of 4-methylimidazole in 12 brands of soda from 5 companies.

The study showed varying levels of 4-methylimidazole in 12 brands of soda from 5 companies.


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California drought could mean higher food prices

A Sacramento newspaper reports farmers are idling thousands of acres, selling cattle stock prematurely and bulldozing hundreds of trees.
A Sacramento newspaper reports farmers are idling thousands of acres, selling cattle stock prematurely and bulldozing hundreds of trees.
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DuPont Packaging announces call for entries in Awards for Packaging Innovation

New judging categories for the 26th annual awards include technological advancement, responsible packaging, and enhanced user experience.
New judging categories for the 26th annual awards include technological advancement, responsible packaging, and enhanced user experience.
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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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