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Clear Carotenoids

July 3, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This company is highlighting their new product line of neutral-tasting, nature-identical carotenoids.

USDA:Safe Handling of Produce Cuts Illness Risk

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The USDA is reminding consumers to safe handle their produce and fresh-squeezed juice to prevent foodborne bacteria from multiplying. No matter where the fresh fruits and vegetables come from, it is important to follow these safety tips to prevent food poisoning. 

Ex Trader Joe's President Rallies Against Food Waste

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, Inc. and current CEO of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, Inc., says the U.S. has done a horrible job of making things clear to customers on what the terms 'sell by' or 'best by' dates really mean.

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VIDEO: Researchers Put the Crunch Back into Vegetables

June 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

When frozen and defrosted, spinach leaves wilt, but Lund University scientists say they have the answer with a natural sugar. The cells are kept alive longer, making it possible for farmers to harvest and freeze their products for months at a time.

Converting Produce Waste into Energy

June 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power | Articles | Comments

As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.

Infographic: Date Labeling Confusion Contributes to Food Waste

June 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Date labeling variations on food products contribute to confusion in the marketplace regarding how the dates on labels relate to food quality and safety, according to a review by Food Science and Food Safety. This confusion can contribute to significant food waste.

VIDEO: Nutella Experiments With 3D Printing

June 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Structur3d Printing | Videos | Comments

In this brief, yet powerful video, Nutella dips into the realm of 3D printing. The hazelnut-spread maker experimented with the Discov3ry Extruder, an add-on extruder with the ability to print a whole new range of paste-like materials, at the Bay Area Maker Faire.

Pink Color-Coded Products

June 24, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced pink to its collection of color-coded products for material handling, janitorial, safety, lab and processing applications. 

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Marijuana Edibles Need to Pass Food Safety Tests for Credibility

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Industry regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are made. The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.

Packaging System Disrupts Produce Biofilm

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Eating fruits and veggies is good for you, but sometimes there's a price to pay: illness caused by bacterial biofilms that adhere to the produce and to the packaging. A graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has discovered a way to attack the bacteria.

Scientist Awarded World Food Prize for Disease-Resistant Wheat

June 19, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crop scientist Sanjaya Rajaram, 71, was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize. He is credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions.

Hygienic Zone Planner App

June 19, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company has designed an iPad-based app to manage color-coded cleaning tools used in your factory. The hygienic zone app delivers a visual picture of your factory divided into distinct zones.

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc., seeking civil penalties and compensation for the state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.     

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Patent Infringement: How to Avoid a Nightmare

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC | Articles | Comments

Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of what you thought was a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.

Packaging Film

June 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company showcases special packaging film that replaces heavy cans, bottles, jars, trays and select flexible packaging. The product is stackable, flexible and reclosable.

US Senator Wants Tighter Trucking Regulations

June 17, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road. The New York Democrat asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven. 

Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 17, 2014 10:15 am | Articles | Comments

If your workforce storage areas are not safe and secure or if your product inventory is extremely unorganized, you're not alone. Learning new ways to keep productivity moving can help with the large amount of products being manufactured on the floor. 

Report: Restoring the Middle Class With Manufacturing Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:00 am | by University of Virginia Miller Center | News | Comments

A University of Virginia Miller Center commission released a report of actionable ideas on creating manufacturing jobs, which have been an engine of middle-class employment throughout U.S. history. Board members said the goal is to produce quality employees.

Healthier Eating Requires a New IT Diet

June 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

Consumers are moving to less processed products with cleaner labels, which means that manufacturers are dealing with products that have much shorter shelf lives. If it hasn't already, will your company be ready to make the switch to shorter shelf life products?

Woman Finds Razor Blade in Burger King Salad

June 13, 2014 2:13 pm | by KTVK-TV, Phoenix, Arizona | News | Comments

An Arizona woman visiting the Flagstaff Burger King found a razor blade in her salad. An employee admitted to accidentally leaving the blade on a shelf above the bin of lettuce. The company says razor blades are not allowed in food preparation areas.

What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design?

June 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online | Articles | Comments

The layout of your warehouse should make sense, with items at an easy access. Customer needs will dictate much of how you design your warehouse — from layout to inventory. Keeping your customers happy should be your top priority, and design is a key part of that.

VIDEO: Cooking Up Pizza to Last 3 Years

June 12, 2014 8:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It looks like pizza, but this isn't your average pie. This pizza is specially engineered to last more than three years. This comfort food has been requested by military personnel for years. Soon, they will be provided with food that feels a lot like coming home. 

Feds Let Brewers, Beer Drinkers Get a Little Closer

June 12, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials have simplified parts of the approval process for bringing new beers to market, something that in the past could take months. The changes mean brewers will enjoy greater flexibility to experiment with ingredients and production techniques. 

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

Polymer Liners

June 11, 2014 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces a new system for lowering the abrasion of sensitive packaging that is sterilized in reciprocating retorts. 

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