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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Recently, the National Safety Council released a guide for employers, The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace, to help companies understand how employee prescription painkiller use or abuse could directly impact business.

VIDEO: Scanner Tells Consumers Nutritional Facts About Food

July 31, 2014 12:30 pm | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

Called SCiO, the tiny spectrometer allows consumers to scan their food to better understand the...

Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 8:45 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and...

Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were...

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Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center | News | Comments

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

Panel to Get Update on Prison Maggot Food Complaints

July 30, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Since January, there have been five reports of maggots found inside prison food. At issue is a bigger national debate over privatizing prison services — from food preparation to the running of entire facilities — to save money at a time of squeezed state budgets.

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Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

3M Commemorates 30 Years of Petrifilm Plate Innovations

July 29, 2014 12:48 pm | by 3M | News | Comments

The 3M Petrifilm Plate technology has expanded significantly since its launch in 1984. Food safety experts around the world have put their trust in 3M for microbial indicator tests. With 16 patents in its portfolio, the company shows no sign of slowing down.

Is Carrageenan Safe to Use in Infant Formulas?

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Marinalg International | News | Comments

Carrageenan has been eaten and used as a food ingredient for hundreds of years across the globe. Critics, however, have questioned its safety in infant formulas. Find out what the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives has to say about the additive.

Acidity in Alaskan Waters Poses Risk to Crab, Fisheries

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the ocean waters near Alaska are becoming more acidic from the release of carbon dioxide in the environment. Increased ocean acidification could harm important commercial fisheries in the state.

5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

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1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Miss. Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at Omega Protein, a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast, killed one employee and injured three others. The publicly held company produces fish oils and fish meal for human consumption and use in aquaculture and industrial applications.

Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 9:53 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

First Food Safety Course for Makers of Pot Edibles

July 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by The National Cannabis Industry Association | News | Comments

Makers of marijuana edibles can now take a course specifically designed for learning about food safety in the cannabis industry. With the interest in edibles and infused products growing, the NCIA ServSafe course will teach professionals the importance of cleanliness.

US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

Friend or Fad? Backlash Has Begun Against Gluten-Free Dieters

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by ELLEN McCARTHY, The Washington Post | News | Comments

The gluten-free backlash reached an apex last month, when comedian Jimmy Kimmel remarked on his late-night show that in Los Angeles, gluten was "comparable to Satanism," and sent a film crew to ask gluten-free dieters whether they knew what gluten was. (Most didn't.)

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Son of Victim to Attend Deadly Salmonella-Tainted PB Trial

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The upcoming trial of the Peanut Corporation of America's salmonella outbreak of 2008 has a Minnesota son, who lost his mother after she ate tainted peanut butter, hoping to send a message to food manufacturers on peddling contaminated food.

China’s Meat Scandal and Food Fails

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

This week U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

Sara Lee Recalls 41 Tons of Smoked Sausage

July 24, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sara Lee Foodservice in New London, Wisconsin is recalling Smoked Sausage Rope. More than 41 tons of the product was made with an ingredient called hydrolyzed soy protein, a well known allergen that wasn't listed on the original labels.

Could the US Dip Back Into Recession?

July 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped. Maybe the rest of the world will sneeze this time, and the U.S. will get sick.

China Police Detain Employees of 'Organized' Expired Meat Scandal

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese police have detained five employees of Husi Food Company after investigators found the expired beef and chicken scandal to be an organized effort by the supplier. The scandal has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food chains.

Japan Increases Quarantine Checks on Food Imports

July 23, 2014 8:55 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

The expired meat scandal from China has spread to Japan, leading the government to enhance the check system to prevent problematic food from entering Japan. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has sold outdated chicken and beef to Japanese retailers and restaurants.

Better On-the-Job Electrical Safety

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety practices in place. 

China's Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks and Travels to Japan

July 22, 2014 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding meat supplier Husi Food has added to a string of safety scares in China over expired beef and chicken that have left the public wary of restaurants and other suppliers. The meat scandal has tainted popular restaurant chains and spread to Japan.

VIDEO: 5 Produce a Day, the Ugly Way

July 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Marcel | Videos | Comments

Consumers are encouraged to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, which can be costly. More than 300 million tons of imperfect produce is thrown away each year. Now, Intermarché, a grocery chain in France, sells the "hideous" produce to fight food waste.

Beef Produces 5 Times More Gases Than Pork, Eggs

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

According to a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, beef produces five times the amount of heat-trapped gases per calorie. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption. 

Halifax-Area Meat Market Recalls Beef, Pork for Metal Filings

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth, near Halifax, is advising its customers to avoid eating any ground beef and pork sold by them. The Agriculture Department says the products might look OK to eat, but doing so could be a health risk.

Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

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