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Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

In News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

Yesterday, the Senate officially confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 87 to 11. Perdue’s nomination drew mostly support and some criticism. He grew up on a farm and has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a long history in the agriculture industry. Supporters see him as someone who will stand …

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New Hershey Commitments Expand Efforts to Help Consumers Make Informed and Smart Snack Choices

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50 percent of Hershey standard- and king-size confections will be 200 calories or less by 2022 HERSHEY, Pa., April 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) announced today new commitments that will increase the visibility of nutrition information and portion options as part of their ongoing efforts to offer a broad range of delicious snacks and clear information. …

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Top Issues for Restaurants and Patrons: Food Quality, Labor, and Good Tech Investments

In Food Safety, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Amidst the growing competition for diners, restaurants’ chief concerns are food safety, labor issues, and tech spending, according to a report by AlixPartners. Their 2016 poll reveals diners’ desires and what restaurants will have to maintain to stay in business. Here are some of the findings: Fresh and local ingredients are the number one factor in selecting a healthy meal …

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FPSA Young Professionals Group Interview Series: Alicia Shoulders

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Food Industry Executive spoke with members of the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) Young Professionals Group about the challenges and opportunities they see in the food industry today and in the future. This interview is with Alicia Shoulders, a product specialist with Provisur Technologies, a food processing equipment company that specializes in innovative solutions for grinding, mixing, separating, forming, and …

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Top 10 Most Cited OSHA Standards for Food Manufacturing in 2016

In Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

Between October 2015 and September 2016, OSHA handed down a total of 2,233 citations to food manufacturers, resulting in penalties of nearly $8.5 million. Here are the industry’s top 10 most-cited violations. 1. 1910.147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) Total citations: 311 Total penalties: $1,733,715 Standard 1910.147 covers the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected …

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FDA Removed 28% of Food Facility Registrations from its Database in 2017, Registrar Corp Reports

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HAMPTON, Va., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — There were 149,933 food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as of February 2, 2017.  Of those registered facilities, 70,976 (47%) were outside of the United States. See the number of registrations by country here. The ten countries with the largest number of FDA registered food facilities remain the same …

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CPI Data: Food Costs Continue to Rise in March

In News, Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The upward trend of food costs continues. In March, the overall food index rose 0.3%, following a 0.2% increase in February, according the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report. Here’s a closer look at the March Index numbers. Steady price hikes for food at home and away from home The cost of both food at home and away from home …

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What Millennial Consumers Expect from the Food Industry

In Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

92 million. That’s the number of people in the largest living generation. No, not Baby Boomers. Millennials. This generation is different in many ways from their predecessors, especially when it comes to food. They want healthy. They want authentic. And they want it right now. Millennials are challenging the food industry to keep up with their demands, from clean labels …

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Dead Bat Found in Salad Container Triggers Recall

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The latest food recall doesn’t involve Listeria. The culprit? A winged mammal. A dead bat reportedly found inside a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix in a Florida Walmart sparked a precautionary recall on Saturday and investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last week, two people from Florida ate from a salad bag before …

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Potassium-Rich Food Reduces Blood Pressure? Study Says Yes

In Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

What do sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans — and even coffee — have in common? The ability to lower blood pressure, even in high sodium diets, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology. The researchers Alicia McDonough, Luciana Veiras, Claire Guevara, and Donna Ralph looked at the relationship between blood pressure and dietary sodium, potassium, …