Tainted beef: Déjà vu
The latest recall concerns beef products produced on June 17, June 24 and July 8, 2008. The shipping containers and product labels bear the establishment number “Est. 19336” inside the USDA inspection mark as well as the brand “Coleman Natural.” Since these products were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing to the consumer market, most end-use products do not bear the “Est. 19336.”
Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska have warned their customers, that although the stores are no longer selling beef that may be contaminated, consumers should check and return to the store any ground beef packages they recently purchased with sell-by dates of July 6 through August 11 and labels that read “Lean Ground Beef Family Pack Not To Exceed 20% Fat.”
Whole Foods Market also announced a voluntary recall of fresh ground beef sold since June 2, based on a modest supply from Coleman Natural Beef. Seven cases of E. coli in
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“We expect our company’s feed-ingredient costs for fiscal 2008 will increase $900 million from last fiscal year as a result of the
Processor gets a better handle on supply chain
Morrison says this system can provide assurance to consumers that the products they buy are not contaminated. He adds, “This is also beneficial for farmers and the FDA because the GS1 product labels and technology expedite tracking, quickly isolating the problem to a specific farm and clearing other safe products.”In addition to food safety, GS1 also works with the healthcare, defense, transport and logistics industries. For more information on GS1, visit www.gs1.org.
Plastic bags issued a reprieve for now
According to PBA, the proposed tax could have added upwards of $400 a year to the grocery bill of average families, who are already struggling with rapidly rising food and energy costs. Shari Jackson, PBA director, states plastic bag recycling is on the rise with 812 million pounds of plastic bags and film recycled nationally in 2006, up 24% in a single year.
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Kellogg Company announced several key executive changes in keeping with the company’s plans to achieve sustainable and dependable, long-term performance. Brad Davidson, previously senior vice president, Kellogg Company, and president, Kellogg US Snacks and
The Natural Pasta Company appointed food industry veteran Rick McKelvey as president. Last month, the 25-year-old, all-natural food company received a $2.35 million investment from Sea Change Investment Fund, LLC, a venture capital fund focused on environmentally preferable seafood.
Multivac opened a manufacturer-certified, pre-owned business unit, dedicated to rebuilding and reselling previously owned Multivac equipment. The unit is headed by Tom Ritter, who joins Multivac as director of rebuilding and remanufacturing. For more information on the unit, call 800-800-8552, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racine Federated Inc. appointed Dave Perkins as president. He succeeds John Erskine, Jr., who assumes the role of the chairman of the board. Erskine was president of the company since 1980.
Solbar Industries Ltd, Israel, appointed Greg Horn to direct the company’s business, marketing and sales activity in
Dan Mack assumed the position of product manager for Multivac’s FormShrink and vacuum skin packaging (VSP) systems. Mack was formerly market development manager for a broad range of products.
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Barry-Wehmiller Industrial Resources promoted Jim Webb to the position of senior partner-engineering services. Webb’s group specializes in machine design, new product development, CAD and product data management for industrial machinery.
Pacific Ozone named Jeff Mitchell as its new vice president of finance and operations. Mitchell filled a similar role at Sartorius Stedim. The company also named Brian Lowe as its new director of sales for