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Your Most Sustainable Food Plant

In Processing, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

Dwindling access to quality water, the effects of climate change on agriculture, overflowing landfills, and new regulations that emphasize prevention and safety are just a few reasons to take a closer look at the sustainability of your food processing practices. The larger your company, the bigger your impact can be. But where do you start? Fortunately, your efforts at efficiency …

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Revolutionize Your Food Supply Chain

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown2 Comments

Food manufacturers face an array of concerns, from regulations compliance to consumer demands. Your supply chain is the point–or series of points–where many of these concerns converge. Taking a hard look at your supply chain can positively impact your processes, your product, your relationships with suppliers and consumers, and ultimately, your business growth.   Global supply-chain revolution Developments in technology …

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National Steak and Poultry Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken That May Be Undercooked

In Food Safety, News, Press Releases, Processing by Press0 Comments

Class I Recall 115-2016 EXP Health Risk: High Dec 4, 2016 Congressional and Public Affairs Jeremy J. Emmert (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov Editor’s Note: This release is being reissued as an expansion of the November 23, 2016, release to include additional products and production dates. The initial recall included 17,439 pounds of product. This expansion includes an additional 1,976,089 pounds of …

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Nestle Develops Method to Reduce Sugar in Chocolate

In News, Processing, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

According to a Bloomberg report, Nestle scientists have discovered a new method to reduce sugar in chocolate by up to 40%. Chief Technology Officer Stefan Catsicas told Bloomberg that the company has developed a way to alter the structure of sugar to make it taste sweeter in smaller amount. The new low-sugar products will be available beginning in 2018. The …

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Choosing Software for Contamination Management

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Whether you make use of ERP, HMI, MES, QMS, or FSQA applications, the right software can enable you to better document and share your processes, trace your supply chains, and take preventive and corrective action. Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor at Food Engineering, recently offered some in-depth advice for businesses of any size making the move from paper to pixels. …

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Documenting FSMA: Three Focal Points from Food Manufacturing

In Food Safety, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

As FSMA rules go into more widespread effect, Food Manufacturing VP Jack Payne recommends a few key ways food manufacturers are sharing and documenting the required HARPC programs. Payne suggests streamlining access to key information across facilities. He identifies three focal points for documentation: Suppliers, Facilities, and Shippers. His advice covers in broad strokes how companies can know: where their supplies come …

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Soft Robotics Development Strengthens Food Safety and Labor Value

In News, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

A recent Food Processing report reveals developments in industrial robotics that could prove profitable to food manufacturers–but they’ve still got a long way to go. New methods involving air pressure instead of traditional vacuum techniques may help end-of-arm (EOA) tools handle food with greater sensitivity and efficiency in pick, inspect, and place operations. Developments in vision and touch sensing provide the most …

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Chinese Poultry Aims for International Markets

In News, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

One Chinese poultry company is setting out to become a leading international name in duck meat, a recent Global Meat News article says. Headquartered in Henan province, the Huaying Agricultural Development Co Ltd already supplies chicken and duck to a vast Chinese network, as well as exporting to Germany and the UK. France seems to be their next target, after …

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Outlook Bleak for Post-election Meat Exports

In News, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

According to Meatingplace, the election of Donald J. Trump as President Tuesday throws American meat exports, and even the intact survival of the U.S. meat processing industry, into jeopardy. Trump has said he will scrap multinational agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade Partnership (TPP) or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). While neither major party candidate was in favor …

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One-up and One-back No Longer Enough for Food Recall Transparency

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

As food supply chains evolve into increasingly complex networks, handling recalls with transparency becomes more complex as well, said Food Quality and Safety magazine recently. The linear, more traditional “one-up and one-back” approach no longer meets standards of transparency, either for preparedness or for recall management. Whole-chain traceability is now both possible and necessary to meet safety regulations and consumer …