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Listeria-Related Cheese Recall Continues to Expand

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

UPDATED February 15 and 16 with new product recalls. The bad news for cheese lovers continued this week as several more brands were recalled because of Listeria monocytogenes, including these five by MDS, these by Choice Farms, and these by Saputo. The recall started last week with Colby cheese after Listeria was found in a random sample of products taken from retail shelves. The incident …

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Unitherm Pioneers E-Commerce for Food Processing Equipment with New Online Store for Sanitary Control Products

In News, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

While the food industry is adopting e-commerce at an accelerating pace, the same cannot be said for the food processing equipment industry. Even as B2B e-commerce grows, food processing equipment is still by and large purchased the old-fashioned way. You talk to a sales rep, perhaps at a trade show, tell them your specifications, and then receive a quote for …

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New Nutrition Facts Label Rolled Out Today

In News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

Change is coming to grocery store shelves in the form of a new Nutrition Label on food products. The new design, rolled out today by RL Food Testing Laboratory, represents the most extensive revamp of the Nutrition Label since it was introduced in 1990. Here’s are the highlights of the changes: The entire label is now bigger, requiring more space on packaging. …

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Taylor Farms Recalls Chicken and Pork Salad Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

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

Class I Recall 012-2017 Health Risk: High Feb 11, 2017 En Español Congressional and Public Affairs Felicia Thompson (202) 720-9113 Press@fsis.usda.gov WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2017 – Two Taylor Farms establishments, located in Dallas, Texas and in Tracy, California, and headquartered in Salinas, California, are recalling approximately 6,630 pounds of chicken and pork salad products that may be adulterated with Listeria …

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Toxic Chemicals Found in Fast Food Packaging

In Food Safety, News by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters found that one-third of fast food packaging contains harmful chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. These chemicals are associated with cancer, hormone problems, obesity, and many other health issues. PFASs are man-made fluorinated chemicals first manufactured over half a century ago to give us products like non-stick cookware, …

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Fresh Food Consumption on the Rise

In Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Nearly half of consumers (48%) are eating more fresh foods compared to three years ago, according to a new survey by OpinionWay. Only 11% of consumers report eating less fresh food than they did three years ago. The remaining 41% say they’re eating the same amount. Here are some of the reasons for the trend toward fresh foods: Appearance. Appearance …

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What Food Processors and Suppliers Will Find at Chicago Trade Shows This Year

In Processing by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Mark your calendars: PROCESS EXPO is once again coming to McCormick Place in Chicago! And ProFood Tech is a new show on the schedule. These two trade shows offer professionals in the food industry opportunities to discover new innovations and participate in educational programs to keep their knowledge and skills sharp. From new technologies to the latest in consumer trends, read on to hear what …

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U.S. Food Companies Express Concern Over Trump’s Trade Plans

In News by Krista Garver0 Comments

One of President Trump’s main campaign promises was that he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he referred to as the “worst trade deal ever.” Now, as Trump pushes forward with his plan, the food industry is starting to push back. Last month, 133 food and agriculture organizations and companies sent a letter to Trump urging him to …

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Report Shows Farm Animal Welfare Increasingly Important to Food Sector

In News, Sustainability by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The 2016 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report graded food companies of different sizes, geographies, and sectors on their initiatives to make the supply chain more friendly to animals. While progress is still in its infancy, the report shows opportunities for all food companies and brands — not just premium ones. Read on to learn where the industry currently …

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Food Industry Using the Internet of Things to Make Processing Smarter

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The food industry is smartening up. With the help of the Internet of Things (IoT), food processors and suppliers are working together to reduce maintenance costs, uncover opportunities, influence productivity, and transparently track the supply chain.  From craft beer and pasta, here are some ways equipment manufacturers are adopting IoT and how food processors are benefiting from those IoT capabilities. Reduce maintenance costs Most maintenance is reactive or …