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  • How Does Data Quality Influence Food Manufacturing Supply Chain Operations?
    How Does Data Quality Influence Food Manufacturing Supply Chain Operations?

    As food manufacturers’ supply chains continue to expand, so does the importance of recording, managing, and using good data in daily operations. Here, Patrick Taba, supply chain product specialist with Storck USA, answers my questions about how bad data can affect a food manufacturer’s daily operation, why accurate measurements and data are essential, and how food companies can begin implementing a successful  Data Quality (DQ) program.

Food Online's Top 10 Of June

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

Assessing Risk And Preventing Food Fraud With A PRN System

Food fraud is an easy term to define and understand: The fraudulent and intentional substitution, dilution, or addition to a product or raw material, or misrepresentation of the product or material, for the purpose of financial gain by either increasing the apparent value of the product or by reducing the cost of its production. While the idea is very easy to understand, it’s not so easy of an obstacle to overcome.

How Is JIFSAN Helping To Modernize Global Food Safety?

As the supply chain continues to expand its global reach, the need for improved food safety at every stretch of the globe becomes greater and greater. Here, Janie Dubois, laboratory program manager for the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), answers Global Food Safety Forum (GFSF) Chairman Rick Gilmore’s questions on behalf of Food Online about JIFSAN’s efforts to improve food safety on a global level. Dubois also addresses some of the latest technologies that are improving food safety.

Integrating Different Food Safety Cultures During Mergers & Acquisitions

You’re a food manufacturer, your company is growing, and the decision has been made to acquire a new company for your established brand portfolio. But, joining different food safety protocols with another company is going to trigger a change of culture. How can you implement food safety programs and develop a unified culture of food safety with that newly acquired company?

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FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • FSMA Roundup: An Overview Of The FDA’s Seven Major Rules
    FSMA Roundup: An Overview Of The FDA’s Seven Major Rules

    The FDA has recently completed publishing of its seven major rules under FSMA, each of which created new requirements that put more responsibility on industry to prevent contamination of the U.S. food supply rather than reacting to it. This article will review all of FSMA’s seven final rules and briefly cover points of compliance, as well as each rule’s compliance dates.

  • Recapping The 2016 GFSF Annual Summit
    Recapping The 2016 GFSF Annual Summit

    This year’s Global Food Safety Forum (GFSF) summit was special in many respects, not the least of which was the site itself. The Yanqi Lake Convention and Exhibition Center is the official Asia-Pacific Economic Cooporation (APEC) convention site, underscoring a central theme of the Summit — the integral link between food safety and international trade. In addition, the scale of the Center was ideal for accommodating record attendance levels.

  • FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration Rule: Mitigation Strategies Protect Consumers And Your Brand
    FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration Rule: Mitigation Strategies Protect Consumers And Your Brand

    On May 27, 2016, the FDA finalized the last of its seven foundational rules under FSMA. Titled “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration,” the rule is commonly referred to by industry as the “Food Defense” or the “Intentional Adulteration” rule. Published in the Federal Register last month, this rule imposes new requirements concerning food defense on many FDA-registered food facilities, both here in the U.S. and abroad.

  • FSMA’s Final Rule On Food Defense: What You Need To Know
    FSMA’s Final Rule On Food Defense: What You Need To Know

    The FDA has released a pre-publication version of the last of the major FSMA rules: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration. The objective of the rule is to thwart an intentional attack on the food supply that results in widespread public health harm, whether conducted by an outsider, or someone within your facility such as a disgruntled employee.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • Preventing Product Recalls For Manufacturers

    Technological advances in production equipment have made significant contributions to the efficiency of modern production processes. This has occurred in response to a growing demand for products, with manufacturers competing to get their product to market as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. As production speeds increase, so too has the potential for defective products to reach retailer shelves. While it is certainly true that product inspection equipment contributes significantly to recall prevention, the manufacturing and safety processes involved are of equal importance. The combination of the two, proper equipment and proper processes, will greatly reduce product recalls.

How Data-Driven Insights Are Becoming a New and Vital Feedstock For Profitable Edible Oil Production

Producers of edible oils and related by-products are best served by designing new processing plants and upgrading existing ones with highly integrated, data-driven digitalization technologies, which can help lower fixed costs to boost operating margins.  

Improve Hygienic Processing Efficiencies In The Food And Beverage Industry

The food & beverage industry, is in a perpetual pursuit for improved production efficiency and flexibility, and hygienic processing requirements place a very high demand on the components used to product the finished products.

Saving Process Costs With Software Support Part 1: Practical Tips For Phases 1 – 3

Product life cycles are becoming ever shorter. Less and less time is available, whether for development of an installation or its possible modernization. Companies and their employees therefore try to continuously optimize their processes as that is the only way they can remain competitive and deal with increasingly demanding challenges. This white paper offers guidance on the challenges in the individual value creation phases, support tools, how you can become even more productive with networked tools, and tips about which functions can be used and when.

Saving Process Costs With Software Support Part 2: Practical Tips For Phase 4

The software tools provided by system and component suppliers can support them in this; they have been available for quite some time and their number is constantly growing. The short tips in this white paper are intended as a guide to selecting tools which will help you to save valuable time in the eight-phase model of the value creation process. This white paper offers guidance on the challenges in the individual value creation phases, support tools, how you can become even more productive with networked tools, and tips about which functions can be used and when.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Packaging Powder Ingredient Products Presents Challenges In Finding The Right Equipment Solution

    A leading nutritional ingredients manufacturer, with its headquarters in the United States and one of its locations in Italy, contacted Umbra Packaging regarding a special project for packaging powder products. This customer had experienced several critical issues in one of its production facilities, which caused serious problems for that facility. They identified each of these issues to develop a specification required to bring in a new bagging machine line.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Xpert™ Bulk X-Ray Inspection Systems Xpert™ Bulk X-Ray Inspection Systems

Screen bulk materials like seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables and sort out unwanted foreign objects with the Thermo Scientific™ Xpert™ Bulk X-Ray Inspection Systems. These high performance x-ray systems based on the Xpert conveyor model find contaminants such as metal, rock, plastic and glass and remove them prior to further processing providing instant cost savings. Xpert systems are flexible enough to accommodate nearly any type of food product and include powerful software to eliminate false rejects. Multilane inspection and rejection minimizes scrap and rework.

Global VersaWeigh and Global Versa GP Global VersaWeigh and Global Versa GP

Improve efficiency and profitability with a checkweigher designed for better accuracy and faster speeds. The Thermo Scientific™ Global Versa GP Checkweigher is a versatile, general purpose checkweigher that scans at line speeds up to 350 packages per minute without ever sacrificing accuracy, and now it features more than 10 engineering and functionality improvements to reduce maintenance and cost of ownership. The Versa GP Checkweigher comes with a compact cantilever construction for height adjustment and is ideal for packages up to 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).

Food Sorting Equipment For Raisins Food Sorting Equipment For Raisins

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting raisins. TOMRA’s sorters detect cap stems, stems, stalks, stones, mold, discolorations and all types of foreign material such as plastic, glass etc.

Food Sorter For Dried Fruits And Figs Food Sorter For Dried Fruits And Figs

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting dried figs. TOMRA’s fig sorters detect and remove discoloration, aflatoxin and foreign materials.

Food Sorting Equipment Of Apricots Food Sorting Equipment Of Apricots

TOMRA Sorting has a sorting solution for dried apricots. TOMRA’s sorters detect discoloration, burnt apricots and all types of foreign material in whole and diced apricots.

Food Sorting Equipment For Dates Food Sorting Equipment For Dates

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting Middle East dates (Medjools) and Chinese dates jujubes (Chinese dates/red dates). TOMRA’s sorters detect discoloration, different grades in size and color, unwanted objects and different dry levels of dates.

Food Sorting Equipment For Dried Fruit Food Sorting Equipment For Dried Fruit

TOMRA Sorting Food offers multiple sorting solutions for dried fruit.

Food Sorting Equipment For Prunes Food Sorting Equipment For Prunes

TOMRA Sorting has a solution for sorting prunes. TOMRA’s prune sorters detect pits inside, loose pit and pit fragments and all types of foreign material. Cracks, scabs, skin blemishes, mold, stains, rot and insect damage in plumes are also detected and rejected.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • 5 Must-Know Facts About The FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Program
    5 Must-Know Facts About The FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Program

    We’ve discussed FSMA a few times, but perhaps equally important for companies that rely on foreign imports is the Foreign Supplier Verification Program. For larger companies, the FDA is only giving importers 18 months following the final ruling to meet FSVP provisions — which means there’s no time like the present to figure out how these changes affect you and your company. To help you prepare, we’re breaking the regulation changes down into five must-know facts about FSVP.

  • Improved Mixing Efficiency Contributes To Faster, More Efficient Processing And Higher Productivity

    Want to capitalize on the growing global demand for food? By improving the mixing processes at your plant you can save energy, delivering faster and more efficient  processing and protect product integrity, such as colour, flavor, texture and aroma.

  • Gentle Product Treatment Enhances The Integrity Of Processed Food Products

    Want to ensure that the food products you produce appeal to consumers? Focus on  selecting hygienic equipment for your food processing lines that provides gentle product  treatment. Ensuring gentle product treatment helps safeguard the taste, texture, colour and aroma of food products, and thereby improves product quality and integrity.

  • How To Prevent Lumping During Dispersion Of Powdered Ingredients

    When adding powdered ingredients into food processing lines, the use of the right mixing equipment not only can prevent lumping, but can also increase productivity, enhance product quality and reduce energy costs. By Frédéric Liot, Industry Manager Food, Alfa Laval and Michael Stenderup, Portfolio Manager, Mixers and Agitators, Alfa Laval

  • FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC (Part Four Of Four)
    FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC (Part Four Of Four)

    In Part Three of FSMA Fridays: Food Safety Plans — HACCP To HARPC, SafetyChain’s Jill Bender was joined by The Acheson Group’s Dr. David Acheson and Dr. Peyman Fatemi to detail what the FDA expects regarding compliance to a HARPC-based food safety plan and when the agency will begin expecting it. Here, in the fourth, and final, segment of the series, the trio will begin handling questions from webinar’s live audience.

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ABOUT FOOD ONLINE

Welcome to Food Online, the premiere Internet resource, helping build a community to advance the production of safe and healthy food and beverages. We provide best practices and solutions in food safety, food processing, automation, packaging and the supply chain. 

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.

Both process and production engineers and technicians, along with marketing and business managers will find, case studies, white papers, and other technical solutions and product information on mixers, blenders, filling equipment, homogenizers, conveyors, sorters, graders, flow meters, pumps, tanks, valves, freezers, chillers, heat exchangers, moisture controls, pH meters, and sensors. 

Food Online also covers quality control and quality assurance systems, information management systems, process control systems and equipment, as well as clean-in-place systems, measurement systems, sanitation systems, end-of-line packaging, packaging equipment, primary packaging, secondary packaging, and contract packaging. Transportation and logistics professionals will find valuable information concerning the supply chain, cold chain, traceability, and, sustainability.

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