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How to Get Management More Involved in Your PSM Program

February 19, 2015 1:35 pm | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Does your management team actually understand what’s involved in process safety management? For many organizations, the answer is no. Management often doesn’t realize how much goes into completing each of the 14 PSM elements, telling their teams to simply “get it done." However, there are ways to increase management’s PSM involvement.

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Cargill Partners With Mondelez to Support Cocoa Sustainability

February 19, 2015 1:15 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Cargill has signed a formal partnership agreement to support Mondelez International's Cocoa Life program, which strengthens both companies' commitment to improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and to investing in a sustainable future for cocoa.

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Healthier Options Are No Match For the Appetite of Junk Foods, Says Study

February 19, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

In a new study, researchers looked at the eating habits of consumers in nearly 190 countries. The results showed that although consumers are eating more healthy foods, the appetite for junk food has shown an even bigger jump in numbers.

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VIDEO: West-Coasters Try Wisconsin's Favorite Foods For First Time

February 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by Movoto Originals | Videos | Comments

Six Californians were asked to set down their granola bars, back away from the avocado, and taste some of the most notable foods from America's Dairyland. Wisconsin's cuisine packed a few surprises for these West-coasters.

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Another Reason to Cut Back on Soda: It May Be Linked to Cancer

February 19, 2015 11:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Every day, nearly half of Americans over the age of six are likely exposing themselves to this cancer-causing carcinogen. Researchers say if you are part of the 44 to 58 percent of people who consume at least one can of soda per day, you are exposing yourself to 4-methylimidazol.

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FDA Warns Consumers With Peanut Allergies to Avoid Cumin Spice

February 19, 2015 10:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies. While such large allergy-related recalls are rare, undeclared allergens like peanuts are the leading cause of food recalls in the United States.

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Bacon-Wrapped Pizza Latest Offering in Bacon Craze

February 19, 2015 10:21 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Little Caesars is debuting a new pizza with 3-1/2 feet of bacon wrapped around the crust. This latest creative cuisine to satisfy bacon-lovers brings to mind some of the other more creative dishes featuring bacon.

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Removable Pest Barrier

February 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Night Guard Rodent-Proof Dock Leveler Sealers are designed to protect the small gap around dock levelers that otherwise creates an open invitation for small rodents. This product is ideal for food processors, storage facilities and food distribution centers.

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Apples Move to Forefront of GMO Labeling Debate

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The National Co+op Grocers on Wednesday expressed a continued objection to the lack of mandatory federally enforced labeling of genetically modified organisms in light of the deregulation announcement last week for Arctic apple varieties developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

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Hershey Begins Move to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by The Hershey Company | News | Comments

The Hershey Company this week announced it is demonstrating its dedication to goodness through its great-tasting, high-quality products by beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio.

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Colorado Considers Paying Nearly $1M to Get More Local Food in Schools

February 19, 2015 8:15 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias passed its first test Wednesday at the Legislature. But the measure passed by a single vote after complaints that it takes money from classroom instruction.

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Slaughterhouse Owner Pleads Guilty in Tainted Beef Case

February 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Jesse Amaral Jr., owner of the defunct Rancho Feeding Corp. based in Petaluma, California, admitted guilt to distributing adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. Amaral is the third person to plead guilty in the conspiracy that sparked beef recalls.

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CFIA Says Alberta Mad Cow Disease Born 2 Years After Feed Ban

February 19, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's food safety organization says a cow discovered on an Alberta farm with mad cow disease was born two years after the government imposed a tougher ban on animal feed to guard against the disease.

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VIDEO: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 18, 2015 3:05 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But tracking down a specific product isn't always easy. Speed, compliance and spend management are all significant factors in this process.

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Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A chemical long known to cause rapid, severe lung damage remains unregulated by federal labor officials, according to a recent report. Diacetyl, usually used in its liquid form, is used to flavor an array of food products, including candy, chips and popcorn.

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Angry Orchard Releases First Hopped Hard Cider

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Angry Orchard | News | Comments

The cider makers at Angry Orchard experimented with a variety of hops when crafting the recipe for Hop'n Mad Apple and ultimately chose a blend of Strisselspalt and Galaxy hops for their unique flavor profiles. The hops complement the cider's bright apple aroma, allowing the fruit to shine through.

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1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant

February 18, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead another injured. Officers say two men were involved in a fight outside the facility, and both were left with stab and slash wounds.

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 18, 2015 1:25 pm | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.   

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Study: Consumers More Mindful of Sweeteners, Yet Purchase Behavior Isn't Changing

February 18, 2015 12:52 pm | by Corn Refiners Association | News | Comments

The 2015 Sweetener360, an annual research study completed in part by Nielsen and Mintel Consulting and commissioned by the Corn Refiners Association, revealed six distinct segments of consumers who purchase sweetened products, ranging from bachelors who say they have no health concerns to “all-natural” moms who say they’re avoiding all sweeteners and GMOs.

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Photo of the Day: Grainger Says Safety Impacts Everybody, Every Industry

February 18, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The 2015 Grainger Show, held in Orlando, Fla., welcomed more than 17,000 attendees this week, and I had the good fortune of being one of them! As my first time attending, it was not what I expected; it was even better!

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