You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.
The American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended restrictions from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. The Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars for the first time.
Six states are considering phasing out bisphenol A, or BPA, from consumer products, while four states are set to take up restrictions on cadmium. Other potential measures include restrictions on formaldehyde, triclosan and microbeads.
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.
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.
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.
How can food manufacturers encourage more men to take an interest in meal preparation? The first step is Mom Bloggers. Some Mom Bloggers felt the secret for food makers to motivate men to pitch in was through traditional gender-based “manly” foodstuffs.
Don’t let your food processing plant’s process safety management audit take you by surprise. Preparation is paramount, and self-auditing is key. Here are some tips for performing a self audit in your facility.
The process can become easier by improving communication between the vendors and customer early in the design stages. This will make that process a much quicker and smoother experience for everyone involved – and deliver a form fill seal machine that’s ready for action the first day it is installed.
A process hazard analysis is just one of the 14 essential process safety management elements, but it’s also one of the most important. A PHA is extremely detailed, designed to examine and address potential hazards associated with handling highly hazardous chemicals. Do you have all of your bases covered?
The path to profitable innovation is paved with a number of challenges: tighter launch windows, fickle B2C and B2B customers, volatile market swings and demands for unique, customized products. Process manufacturing executives are rethinking how they develop and launch new products, to minimize risks and maximize profits.
With an overwhelming amount of health & wellness products available in the food and beverage market, reaching consumers has become increasingly challenging. A recent survey shows consumers favor mass merchandisers over traditional grocery stores when shopping for these items.
Not only is safety something that is closely monitored, but it is also very important to maintaining happy employees and keeping your good employees around. Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.
Protecting your customers and brand is one of the most important functions a food manufacturer performs. To do so requires selecting the right inspection equipment and maintaining an effective, verifiable inspection program.
There are several engineering, training, and safety measures that a company handling these types of combustible particles can take to prevent a fire or explosion, including identifying the combustible dusts in your facility, instituting proper housekeeping and ventilation to prevent dust release and build-up (and therefore preventing the formation of dust clouds), and eliminating and controlling ignition sources.
No matter if food is frozen or fresh, keeping the operation cold throughout the product handling chain is important for maintaining quality and avoiding failures that threaten a company’s market reputation. Yet protecting product also requires making sure the plant wastes as little of the cold air it generates as possible.
While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.
Manufacturing companies attempting to develop new or improved products, processes, or software are eligible for federal and state R&D tax credits. These credits can equal up to 15 percent or more of qualified spending costs, i.e., taxable wages, supply expenses, and a percentage of contract research expenses related to research.
Food Manufacturing spoke with Jorge Hernandez about the quality assurance and quality control processes at US Foods, and other topics related to QA/QC in the food manufacturing industry.
This year is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. As the number of manufacturers looking to capitalize on IoT efficiencies grows, so will the amount being invested in related equipment, platforms, components and systems.