Food Safety

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TECH FLASH

EFSA support safety of BPA

A recent European Food Safety Authority report on Bisphenol A indicates no health concern at current dietary contact levels of exposure.

 However, there is considerable uncertainty regarding exposure safety from non-dietary sources.  


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TECH FLASH

USDA proposes measures to reduce Salmonella, Campylobacter

The new standards will apply to ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings.

 FSIS estimates an average of 50,000 illnesses will be prevented annually in the US after the standards are implemented. 


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Food Safety

Chemical cleaning in the FSMA age

US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” which could be the motto of the pending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


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Manufacturing News

FSMA: A work in progress

In January 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act came into being, and six core teams were formed to focus on six key sections: preventive standards, inspection and compliance, imports, federal/state integration, fees and reports, and studies.


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Food Safety

Pests can shut you down

The inspiration for this article was a recent FDA action that shut down an Atlanta fortune cookie manufacturer due to infestation.


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TECH FLASH

Caramel apples linked to Listeriosis deaths

CDC says 29 people have been infected across 10 states.

The commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may be contaminated with Listeria,  causing the outbreak.


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TECH FLASH

FDA issues new assessment of BPA

FDA reaffirms its position that Bisphenol A (BPA) is safe at current levels of exposure.
The most recent FDA safety assessment of BPA for use in food contact applications was released in 2008, with additional low-dose update studies in 2009.


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TECH FLASH

Who’s leading food safety education?

The federal government, cooperative extensions and public health agencies were identified as the most active organizations in educating consumers about food safety at home.

A North Carolina State University  survey determined the most involved organizations, the audiences they serve and the channels most frequently used to communicate safe food handling messages.


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TECH FLASH

Monsanto settles with Pacific wheat farmers

The company has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million to resolve a number of lawsuits related to the discovery of genetically engineered wheat on an Oregon farm

USDA concluded the GE wheat found growing in Oregon was an isolated incident and continues not to deregulate any variety of wheat.


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TECH FLASH

Canada, Ireland and France top global food safety ranking

Despite different food safety systems, researchers say there is a real need to harmonize standards and protocols among nations

The report evaluated food safety using 10 performance indicators in three food safety risk governance domains.


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PRODUCTS

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Milk Processing and Quality Management

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The fifth volume in the series, Milk Processing and Quality Management, provides timely and comprehensive guidance on the processing of liquid milks by bringing together contributions from leading experts around the globe.

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Interdisciplinary Food Safety Research

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This book encourages comprehensive research by recognizing significant early efforts and considers a range of food safety problems, research techniques, and solutions.

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Food Process Engineering and Technology

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Combining scientific depth with practical usefulness, this book serves as a tool for graduate students as well as practicing food engineers, technologists and researchers looking for the latest information on transformation and preservation processes as well as process control and plant hygiene topics.

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Food Plant Economics

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Food and Package Engineering

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For the first time, engineering for the packaging industry – and for the biggest packaging user, food processing – is presented in a way that clearly demonstrates its interconnected, globally integrated nature. Food and Package Engineering is a groundbreaking work that serves as a comprehensive guide to the complexities and the potential of the industry.

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Cleaning-in-Place: Dairy, Food and Beverage Operations, 3rd Edition

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The book addresses the principles of cleaning operations, water supply issues and the science of detergents and disinfectants.

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EVENTS

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Food Plant of the Future: Advancing Food Safety through Sanitary Design

3/9/10
Online
Contact: Jamie Tunison

On-Demand: Food and beverage companies work hard to consistently deliver safe products because they understand that the stakes are extremely high – for the public and for their companies. The Food Plant of the Future will be driven to raise the bar for sanitary design, affecting existing plants as well as Greenfield and Brownfield projects.

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Food Plant of the Future: Raising the Bar on Plant Air Quality

4/26/12
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand: Exclusively for thought-leaders in food and beverage processing facility management, Food Plant of the Future webinars are presented by Hixson, a leading design and engineering firm of food processing facilities in North America.

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Food Plant of the Future: Hazardous Materials Storage and Use

11/8/12
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand Concerns over food safety, reliability, and traceability get a great deal of attention within plants.  Yet the highly regulated – but often-overlooked – concern for the storage and use of hazardous materials is also important.

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Food Plant of the Future: Global Food Safety Impact on Facilities

4/25/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand: SQF 2000, FSMA, ISO 22000/PAS220 and other standards continue to gain traction in an attempt to create safer foods and beverages. 

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Webinar

Fundamentals of Food Grade Grease

5/21/14
Online
United States
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Learn the requirements for food grade greases, differences between greases and other lubricant types, considerations for choosing a food grade grease, and best practices for grease storage and handling.

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Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Food Manufacturing

5/29/14
Online
United States
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand This webinar will be based on the AIOE’s Engineering Solutions Group soon to be released work product, One Voice a uniform approach to the most common, non proprietary sanitary equipment designs that meet the base food safety requirements for food manufacturing.

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FSMA & GFSI and Their Impact on Sanitary Machine and Plant Design

12/8/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand There have been updates to the Global Food Safety Initiative and the Food Safety Modernization Act that will impact OEM's and food and beverage processors. This webinar will review those changes and discuss what machine builders and processors need to do for future compliance.

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The Application of High-Performance Food Grade Aerosol Lubricants in Today’s Food Processing Operations

12/9/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand This webinar will cover the fundamentals of High-Performance Food Grade Aerosol Lubricants in today's food processing operations. Lubricating today’s Food Processing Equipment presents many of the same challenges found in non-food processing plants. Lubricants must protect against friction, wear, corrosion, heat and deposits. They must also resist degradation or impaired performance when in contact with food products, process chemicals, water (steam) and bacteria. And, perhaps most importantly, they must be safe in case they ever come in contact with the food...

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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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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

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