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Oily Oysters & Crude Shrimp

August 9, 2010 4:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

A recent article reporting on fishing families near the BP oil spill who are switching to ‘grind meats,’  reminded me of a recent conversation I had with one of my sisters concerning the population of oysters that thrive in the Gulf. We were dining at Di Giovanni’s in Roscoe, IL, and I ordered the oysters Rockefeller — a great concoction of oysters stuffed with various cheeses, bacon, and spinach.

Industry: Put Your Studies Where Your Mouth Is

August 5, 2010 9:04 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

In order to mitigate the potentially heavy regulatory changes coming down the pike, food manufacturers and chemical producers need to be the ones to uncover and disclose the effects of their products on public health. A Washington Post article published Monday reported on the lack of information possessed by federal agencies — the FDA and EPA, specifically — about the potential health and environmental risks posed by the chemicals often found in foods and food packaging.

FDA: Put Up Or Shut Up

August 5, 2010 9:00 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

A battle for jurisdiction over chemicals in food production is ongoing between government agencies like the FDA and food manufacturers. Both groups appear to believe they are in the best position to protect public health.   Despite organizational failings, the FDA is in the position to best oversee food safety.

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Active Listening Really Pays Off

August 4, 2010 4:55 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Chances are, you probably learned about active listening at some point during your schooling. Lean forward, make eye contact and nod to let the speaker know you’re listening, right? I always thought these tips were silly because you could do all these things and still not be listening. However, these actions do accomplish one goal: They make the speaker think you’re listening—even if you really aren’t.

Brainstorm: Processing In Cold Environments

August 4, 2010 4:54 am | by Walker Stockley, Marketing Director of Fresh Red Meat, Sealed Air Cryovac Food Packaging

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In the July/August issue, we ask: What is the most important consideration for manufacturers processing in cold or frozen environments?

The New Normal: Consumers Switch To Private Labels

August 3, 2010 4:17 am | by Pat Conroy, Vice Chairman and U.S. Consumer Products Leader, Deloitte LLP

The recession has caused many to make spending changes, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. More and more consumers are making the switch to private labels, leaving some national brand manufacturers at a loss of what actions to take. Food Manufacturing spoke with Pat Conroy, Vice Chairman and U.

Sweetening The Wastewater

August 2, 2010 4:00 am | by David Delasanta, President, CASTion

L&S Sweeteners used to pay monthly fines because the levels of sugars in their wastewater violated discharge limits. Those sugars are now reclaimed, yielding concentrated sugar slurries with a significant market value and eliminating the need for a wastewater treatment plant thanks to a unique solution.

You’re Only as Good as Your Suppliers

August 2, 2010 3:46 am | by Ken Appel, Manager for Regulated Markets for Veriteq, a Vaisala Co.

A few years ago, parents didn’t take kindly to the epidemic of lead-based paints being used freely in the manufacture of toys that made their way into their infants’ playpens. Rightfully so, those toxic toys became front-page headlines and outrage spread across the land. That was just one moment among many when the rest of the world began to realize that the super fast-growing economies in Asia were often producing goods and components without the quality assurance procedures that are routine elsewhere.

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Straight From The Farm Can Take You Straight To The Hospital

July 30, 2010 5:16 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Farm fresh is all the rage these days, and phrases like “certified organic” are the buzzwords of foodies who desire the healthiest, purest forms of produce. While the natural food craze is mainly harmless — and even good for you — the growing popularity of raw milk is sending scores to the hospital — all in the name of good health.

Bagel Bakery Goes HI-SPEED

July 30, 2010 5:15 am

When a 30-year-old, U.S.D.A.-certified bakery wanted to increase production and improve quality and process control, Mettler-Toledo HI-SPEED developed an innovative solution for the Pacific Northwest business. The commercial bakery business can be tough, so keeping production and quality control up is the only way to stay competitive.

Country Maid Controls Labor Costs

July 27, 2010 10:55 am

Country Maid, Inc., based in West Bend, Iowa, is the manufacturer of Butter Braid pastries, a product nonprofit organizations use in fundraising efforts. The company strives to maintain a consistent quality throughout the production process. “When you’re dealing with a bread dough or a high-quality pastry dough product, consistency is king for quality,” says Darin Massner, chief operating officer for Country Maid.

Message to the Next Gen

July 27, 2010 10:53 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Dear Niece, Thank you for making me a very proud aunt today. It’s my first time, and I’m extremely excited about the new addition to our clan. I plan on spoiling the bejesus out of you, being there for you, and doing everything that a good aunt is supposed to do, at the best of my ability anyways, and always.

Pork Producers Say Antibiotics Mean Safe Food

July 26, 2010 10:45 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The debate over antibiotic use in livestock is escalating, and health agencies and animal producers are taking sides in what could be a blowout fight over quality meat and public safety. In a congressional hearing July 14, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee they believed overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals is leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could threaten human health.

PLM Primer: Choosing the Right Solution for F&B

July 26, 2010 5:39 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso

The core of any PLM system for F&B is specification and product data management functionality for managing the product data record —the single version of the truth for product information. This unified view is critical for readily tracking food and beverage items that may be subject to a recall, as well as making strategic decisions about introducing new or enhanced products.

Protect Cooling Systems from Summertime Fatigue

July 26, 2010 5:37 am

The hot summer and fall months place inordinate demands on cooling systems, so if your cooling tower and related equipment are not in good physical shape, there could be a terrible price to pay in loss of process efficiency, damage to downstream equipment and loss of production. "Like your car, when you run a cooling tower in the 'red,' you are going to see consequential damage," advises Tom Ryder, a longtime cooling tower customer support specialist.

Lucy & Ethel: Candy Pick-And-Place For The Next Generation

July 23, 2010 4:22 am

Founded in 1921, Wolfgang Candy of York, PA is one of the oldest family-owned and managed confectionery manufacturers in the United States.  From peanut brittle to hollow chocolates, Wolfgang offers one of the most extensive arrays of high-quality chocolates and non-chocolate confections available in the marketplace.

Q&A: Animal Science Annual Meeting A Success

July 23, 2010 4:21 am | by Michael Lilburn, PhD, Incoming President, Poultry Science Association Jim Linn, PhD, President, American Dairy Science Association Phillip Tong, PhD, Past President, American Dairy Science Association Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, PhD, Executive Director

The 2010 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), Poultry Science Association (PSA), Asociación Mexicana de Producción Animal (AMPA), Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), and ASAS Western Section (WSASAS) were held together July 11–15 in Denver.

Q&A: Cut The Fat… Or Not

July 16, 2010 9:51 am | by Gerald McNeill, PhD, Vice President of Research & Development, Loders Croklaan, North America

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently released its recommendations for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but some in the scientific and food communities are questioning the committee’s suggestions, particularly those regarding limiting saturated fat intake. Gerald McNeill, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development for Loders Croklaan, North America, answers Food Manufacturing ’s questions about the impact these recommendations could have on public health.

World Cup Oil Spill Awards

July 16, 2010 9:50 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

FIFA’s quadrennial World Cup soccer tournament came to a close Sunday with Spain beating the Netherlands 1–0 in a yawn-fest of a final. The only goal came near the end of extra time and I celebrated not because I think Spain deserved it (I did), but because it meant that the world champion would not be decided by a penalty shootout — the soccer equivalent of flipping a coin.

25 Million Acres Of Corn With Nowhere To Go?

July 15, 2010 11:22 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest

Buried inside the USDA’s Biofuels Strategic Production Report is a startling prediction from both EPA and USDA: if the Renewable Fuel Standard targets are to be met by 2022, there will be a wholesale change in US crop usage. However, doomsayers who have been predicting an inevitable conflict between food and fuel appear to have been completely off the mark.

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