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  • FSMA’s Produce Rule: Navigating The Agricultural Water Requirements
    FSMA’s Produce Rule: Navigating The Agricultural Water Requirements

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), along with the United Fresh Produce Association and Hogan Lovells, partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule. Here, Jennifer McEntire, VP food safety & technology at United Fresh Produce Association, and Maile Gradison Hermida, partner with Hogan Lovells join Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to discuss agricultural water requirements of FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of November

What articles were our readers most thankful for in November? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most-popular articles that appeared on Food Online in November.

Hormel’s Strategy In The Battle Against Microbial Contamination

Your CEO probably won't notice if you start a production run an hour late. But, if you start production on time without inspecting the environment, taking corrective actions, and sanitizing the environment, your product may be forced into withdrawal or a recall… and your CEO will know you in a very intimate and negative way.

Answering Your Questions About FSMA Inspection Readiness

In this segment of Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready, Elizabeth Fawell, a food law attorney at Hogan Lovells U.S., LLP; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, address unanswered questions from the FSMA inspection readiness web chat.

Food Online’s Top 10 Of October

What was most important to our readers in October? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most-popular articles that appeared on Food Online in October.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • 5 Food Safety Focus Areas For 2018
    5 Food Safety Focus Areas For 2018

    I can hardly believe we’re at the end of 2017; what a year for food safety! In reflection, it was challenging to identify key food safety issues having a pivotal impact on food safety. That said, I believe the Neumann Risk Services (NRS) Top 5 Food Safety Topics identified below brought revolutionary changes to the way the food industry tackled food safety issues in 2017 and will alter how we approach food safety and how we do business in 2018 and beyond.

  • Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements
    Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements

    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes are being used as the base requirement for many supply chain verification and supplier approval programs, but are customers using them independently? In many incidences, I have noted customers are taking only the GFSI certificate as a verification step without fully understanding the challenges that the schemes are having. Here, I review some of those challenges.

  • Tackling Food Fraud: Inside The EU-China-Safe Partnership
    Tackling Food Fraud: Inside The EU-China-Safe Partnership

    Over the past decade, scandals related to adulterated and fake food have made international headlines and generated waves of consumer backlash. This column will explore a new partnership between China and The EU that aims to take down food fraud.

  • Germicidal LEDs: A Viable Light Source For Food Safety
    Germicidal LEDs: A Viable Light Source For Food Safety

    In addition to their use for Point-of-Use Water Disinfection, UV-C LED-based solutions have now been demonstrated to offer novel and unique approaches to food production sanitation.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • Label Mix-Up Prevention: Using Vision To Improve The Labeling Process

    In the U.S., food producers and processors provide food and beverage products consumed by 250 million people each day. Each of those consumers relies upon the correctness of the labels to inform them and keep them safe. According to an American Institute of Baking (AIB) report, the number one reason for food product recalls is mislabeling. Mislabeling violates FDA regulations and renders the packaged product the object of a mandatory recall. This white paper explains how vision inspection systems can help protect consumers and your brand. By Mettler-Toledo

White Paper: How To Wet Powders Instantly - Using New High Speed Technology

Wetting powders such as guar, xanthan, alginates and others are some of the toughest challenges in mixing. When trying to mix them, they tend to float for hours on the surface of a liquid batch. Even with vigorous agitation, they remain on the slopes of a vortex and resist being drawn down into the batch. Once submerged, they form agglomerates that continue to resist being separated and dispersed.

How To Properly Vacuum Your Cleanroom

Simply put, every square inch of a cleanroom should be absolutely pristine. Ceiling panels, lighting units, HEPA filtration units, sprinkler heads, walls, glass surfaces, process equipment, piping systems, floors, and manufacturing equipment should all be decontaminated regularly. By Nilfisk CFM

A Recipe For A Winning Process: Manufacturing ERP

In this report, Mint Jutras references data collected from its 2016 Enterprise Solution Study, which investigated goals, challenges, status and performance of implementations of ERP.

White Paper: A New & Patented High-Speed Mixer Design Has Expanded High-Energy, High-Shear Rotor/Stator Mixing Capabilities
An innovative rotor/stator generator developed at Ross is capable of ultra-high shear mixing, dispersion, emulsification, homogenization and particle size reduction. Unlike other mixers that apply intense shearing action, this one does not force manufacturers to choose between a high shear rate and a high flow rate. It delivers both.
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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • How Amway Ensures Product Quality And Boosts Profits

    Amway's success is driven by relationships and maintaining high-quality products. To ensure continued success, Amway installed x-ray inspection systems and checkweighers at its food manufacturing facility.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) Filter Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) Filter

The new Schenck Process 3-A approved Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) Filter is designed for sanitary applications where dust collection is required in low-capacity pneumatic conveying systems such as vacuum loading of extruders or refilling minor/micro hoppers.  

Energy Performance Energy Performance

Energy expenditure is one of the highest operating expenses in most manufacturing plants, reducing energy consumption helps companies reduce operational costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Adopting an effective energy management system is imperative for improved profitability and sustainability. Based on Schneider Electric’s world-class energy management solution, Energy Performance provides comprehensive visualization tools to reduce energy consumption, optimize equipment utilization and improve electrical network reliability.

Label Assurance Label Assurance

Undeclared allergen in food product causes detrimental effect on consumers who react adversely. It also leads to costly regulatory non-compliance penalties and loss of market share as consumer trust erodes. Label Assurance by Schneider Electric performs label inspection checks at the packaging line, helping food and beverage manufacturers avoid product recalls due to mislabeling and undeclared allergen. Simply put, Label Assurance ensures the right product is in the right packaging.

X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Glass Containers X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Glass Containers

Glass Container Applications

X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Canned Foods X-Ray Inspection Equipment: Canned Foods

Improved Container Inspection

X-Ray Inspection for Meat / Poultry:  RMI 400 X-Ray Inspection for Meat / Poultry: RMI 400

The Eagle RMI 400 x-ray inspection machine is specifically built for the meat and poultry industries for superior bone and contaminant detection, where daily sanitation and hygiene requirements are stringent.

M6 Dual Wave High Performance Food Metal Detector M6 Dual Wave High Performance Food Metal Detector

Designed with ease of operation, low maintenance and cost of ownership in mind.

XR75 Food X-Ray Inspection System:  Advanced Long Life Technology XR75 Food X-Ray Inspection System: Advanced Long Life Technology

Recognizing the short-and-long-term requirements of today’s processors and manufacturers, our engineers designed the XR75 x-ray inspection / Advanced Long Life Technology to provide heightened sensitivity at reduced energy levels. Because of this, cost of ownership is significantly lowered and life cycles are extended.

100% Online Container Closure Inspection, Cups And Pouches: E-Scan 635 100% Online Container Closure Inspection, Cups And Pouches: E-Scan 635

The E-Scan 635 is a revolutionary online micro leak test instrument that utilizes a new class of HVLD technology for 100% online inspection of cups and pouches for container closure integrity. The E-Scan 635 technology is a MicroCurrent conductivity voltage test method, HVLD , that is completely non-destructive to the container and product; exposing the package and product to lower voltage than other conductivity based solutions.

Xtreme® Vertical Drop: Gravity Free Fall Food Metal Detector Xtreme® Vertical Drop: Gravity Free Fall Food Metal Detector

The Xtreme® rectangular aperture industrial metal detector raises the bar in terms of superior sensitivity, ease of use and reliability.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • 5 Ways To Create More Accurate Demand Forecasts
    5 Ways To Create More Accurate Demand Forecasts

    Have you ever paused to consider the importance of accurate demand forecasting? Obviously you know it’s crucial to your organization’s success, but until you really hone in on the different reasons behind the need for accuracy, you won’t take customer forecasting as seriously as you should.

  • Decrease Your Risk Of Product Recalls Due To Glass, Metal Or Bone Contamination
    Decrease Your Risk Of Product Recalls Due To Glass, Metal Or Bone Contamination

    More small and medium-sized food manufacturers (SMEs) than ever before are investing in x-ray inspection systems. The rise in the number of product recalls has prompted many to join larger producers in embracing product inspection as a cost-effective measure against the threat of damaging and expensive product recalls due to glass, metal or bone contamination. This article will outline several factors influencing food makers to invest in X-Ray inspection systems.

  • Increase Yield, Reduce Costs And Maintain Quality With Advanced Process Control
    Increase Yield, Reduce Costs And Maintain Quality With Advanced Process Control

    What's the optimal operating point for my multi-variate process? This is a tough question to answer. This article will help you find answers and discuss benefits of advanced process controls.

  • Report: Ease-Of-Use And Agility Of ERP Solutions
    Report: Ease-Of-Use And Agility Of ERP Solutions

    In early 2011, a study of middle market to large manufacturers was conducted by IFS North America and Affinity Research Solutions, a Boston-based research firm, among manufacturing executives and professionals to better understand usability of enterprise applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning, (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Business Intelligence (BI).

  • Top X-Ray Inspection Systems For Product Quality And Safety
    Top X-Ray Inspection Systems For Product Quality And Safety

    Engineered with precision and high-sensitivity detection, our HD systems are the superior choice for food safety inspection but, with so many models to choose from, distinguishing between each can be overwhelming. Are you debating which top x-ray inspection system is right for your processing needs? Here is a digestible overview comparing our new, XR75 advanced long life technology models:

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The site is designed for plant engineers, production managers, manufacturing engineers, processing technicians, operations supervisors, and business managers, it provides daily news updates, reports, and solutions on business and technology trends vital to the industry.   We provide plant managers, quality control/quality assurance technologists, and research and development experts with up-to-date information and industry solutions in the areas of food safety and regulatory issues, metal contamination, x-ray inspection, check weighing, and bacterial detection.

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