Peter Pan to fly again
According to an Associated Press news story, three environmental events contributed to the Salmonella outbreak at ConAgra’s Peter Pan peanut butter plant in
“We will make significant investment in and changes to the manufacturing environment to ensure this situation does not occur again,” said Gary Rodkin, ConAgra Foods’ CEO. “We are committed to the highest possible standards of food safety throughout our operations and believe the measures we are outlining today will clearly strengthen that foundation.”
One measure to strengthen food safety is the creation of a new management position, vice president of global food safety. Paul A. Hall, a leading expert with more than 30 years of experience in microbiology, food safety and food quality, will take the helm.
ConAgra Foods also created a food safety advisory committee composed of third-party experts in food safety who will provide guidance to the company as part of its ongoing work with government agencies, research institutions and scientists in the areas of food production and testing.ConAgra said it will reopen its
Chinese soil survey targets food safety
Sources with the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) said the inspection, which begun last July, focuses on soil quality in some main grain-producing and industrial areas.
Areas being checked include
Hershey pursues healthy consumers
According to Hershey Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Michele Buck, “Consumers are very interested in the goodness benefits of chocolate, including the antioxidants found naturally in dark chocolate.” With the explosive interest in dark chocolate, Hershey has been adding antioxidants to its milk chocolate offerings.Its Antioxidant Milk Chocolate contains 260 mg of flavanol antioxidants in a 40-gram serving, compared to 110 mg of antioxidants in the leading dark chocolate bar. One 40-gram serving of Whole Bean Chocolate has seven grams of fiber and 180 mg of flavanol antioxidants.
Webinar to focus on continuous improvement
In the Webinar, scheduled for May 22 at 2:00 p.m., Berner Foods will describe how it transfers critical information collected at the plant floor into actionable manufacturing intelligence throughout the organization, significantly improving performance, reducing manual intervention and costs and improving the bottom line.Seventy percent of food and beverage manufacturers manage the most critical part of their supply chain based on incomplete, inaccurate and or out-of-date information. The Webinar will show the need for continuous monitoring of critical areas that have a negative impact on performance and explain how to transform plant data into information that leads to better business decisions. Click here to register.
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