John and Sam, From The Editor
Food Online's Top 10 Of September

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

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  • Is The Trans-Pacific Partnership A Boon For The U.S. Food & Beverage Industry?
    Is The Trans-Pacific Partnership A Boon For The U.S. Food & Beverage Industry?

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being promoted as a boon to U.S. agri-food exports to Asia, but is it? Tariffs may be falling, but increasing regulatory barriers to trade seem to be rising in their place, raising questions about just how free or fair U.S. trade is with other nations.

  • How To Choose And Implement The Right Food Traceability System (Part Two Of Two)
    How To Choose And Implement The Right Food Traceability System (Part Two Of Two)

    In part one of How To Choose And Implement The Right Food Traceability System, we explored five key points in determining your company’s readiness to implement an electronic food traceability system. Here, in part two, we look at which approach to traceability is right for your business and review several key points to determine which food traceability software best fits your company’s unique needs.

  • How Converting To All Food-Grade Lubricants Reduces Contamination Risk
    How Converting To All Food-Grade Lubricants Reduces Contamination Risk

    Look inside the lubricant cabinet of a food or beverage manufacturing plant and it's surprising what you find. Upon close inspection, you’ll see the cabinet isn’t holding only food-grade (NSF H1) lubricants. The cabinet may also contain cleaners, glue removers, and penetrating sprays, which often turn out to be just industrial chemicals and/or degreasers.

  • Dissecting The FSMA Preventive Controls Rules
    Dissecting The FSMA Preventive Controls Rules

    I felt a bit like a deer in the headlights last week when all 450 pages of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) and Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) rules were published in the Federal Register and dropped on my desk with a thud. It seemed like an overwhelming and daunting task to read, understand, and immediately communicate the meaning and implications of these rules to PMA members, the media, and food safety colleagues. This post is all about how you may wish to consider approaching these new rules.

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  • Fresh Express Improves Food & Workplace Safety
    Fresh Express Improves Food & Workplace Safety

    As part of its commitment to safety and operational excellence, Fresh Express continually evaluates its processes. The company identified three improvement opportunities. This Case Study examines how Fresh Express addressed the challenges of improving its processes.

  • Keurig Green Mountain Brews Front-Line Safety & Productivity
    Keurig Green Mountain Brews Front-Line Safety & Productivity

    Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is a leading producer of specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas, and other beverages for its Keurig Brewing System. The company has grown quickly, employing over 6,000 workers. Because of this growth, the company needed to streamline and standardized training and communications across its facilities. This Case Study explains how the company overcame that challenge.

  • How Vanee Foods Strengthened Its Food Safety Training Program
    How Vanee Foods Strengthened Its Food Safety Training Program

    Established in 1950, the Vanee Foods Company is a manufacturer of canned entrees, gravies, sauces, soups, and dry mixes. Vanee strives to ensure safety and quality standards exceed contractual commitments. But as Vanee expanded, consistent and relevant training across all areas presented a challenge. This case study explains how the company took its food safety and quality programs to the next level.

  • The Positive Impact Of Behavioral Change On Food Safety & Productivity

    Download our white paper to learn how the combination of effective training, corrective observations, and coaching can improve safety and productivity performance by up to 26%. 

  • What Is The Optimum Detection Point During Food Inspection?

    Contamination can occur in multiple places: at the beginning of the process; after cutting, sifting, or mixing, immediately after a bag or box is filled, or at the end of the line. For food quality professionals, process engineers, and corporate food safety executives who decide which technology — metal detector or X-Ray inspection — will best identify contaminants, choosing a food detection system is typically based on three things: the optimum detection point in the process, overall application capability, and total cost/benefit.

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  • Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

    Brookfield is the world's leading manufacturer of viscometers and rheometers for the pharmaceutical industry. The rotational method of viscosity measurement enables complete flow curve characterization for pharmaceutical materials.

  • Eriez

    Eriez is recognized as the world authority in advanced technology for magnetic, vibratory and metal detection applications. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in all of the process, metalworking, packaging, recycling, mining, aggregate and textile industries...

  • Schenck Process LLC
    Schenck Process LLC

    Schenck AccuRate is a complete solutions provider for metering dry ingredients or additives for food manufacturing companies. Focusing on our customer’s needs we've invented and continue to advance bulk solids material handling products and systems that have a proven track record for accuracy, reliability, price efficiency, and quality.

  • Ampco Pumps Company
    Ampco Pumps Company

    Ampco Pumps Company offers the most complete line of positive displacement pumps, sanitary centrifugal pumps, dry blenders and powder mixers in the world. Providing pumps for the sanitary marine and industrial markets worldwide since 1948, Ampco Pumps provides highly engineered advancements, the most standard material upgrades and best delivery times the market today.

  • Sartorius Intec
    Sartorius Intec

    Sartorius Intec is a globally operating premium provider of industrial weighing and control equipment. Our product solutions are used throughout the entire manufacturing process for products, ranging from incoming goods inspection to production, to final quality control and logistics. Sartorius Intec high-quality measurement and inspection equipment, such as high-capacity load cells, checkweighers, metal detectors and industrial scales. Among our division’s major customers are, in particular, the food, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors and the basic industry. Especially in the sector of process tank and hopper weighing, our company ranks among the world's leading suppliers.

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  • Aluminum Tray Packaging Machine: Airline Menu Containers
    Aluminum Tray Packaging Machine: Airline Menu Containers

    Constantia Aloform, a leading producer of deep-drawn aluminum packaging, makes optimal use of the material properties of aluminum for airline containers. High thermal diffusivity enables simple cooling for transport, and easy heating—to keep those meals above the clouds delicious!

  • A15 EXP Industrial Vacuum

    The A15 EXP is an air-operated, intrinsically safe vacuum that meets the requirements for use is Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E*, F, and G. It is designed for the collection of dry materials.

  • R /S+ Series Rheometers
    R /S+ Series Rheometers The R/S Plus Rheometer is available in three configurations: Model R/S Coaxial Cylinder, Model R/S-CPS (cone/plate or plate/plate) and Model R/S-SST (soft solids tester/vane) for a variety of sample types.
  • Clean Design Guided Drive DGRF
    Clean Design Guided Drive DGRF

    Easy-to-clean guided drive in Clean Design for reliable workpiece handling, even in difficult environments

  • In-Line Food Processing Mixer
    In-Line Food Processing Mixer

    Blend wet and dry ingredients together quickly and precisely with the Ampco PM Powder Mixer an in-line food processing mixer. The PM Powder Mixer will save time and money by providing optimal mixing consistency and reduced processing time. The PM Powder Mixer is set in-line so there is no limit to the batch size.

  • Cell Counter For Cell Viability Analysis
    Cell Counter For Cell Viability Analysis

    The Vi-CELL™ Cell Counter for Cell Viability Analyzer provides an automatic means to perform the trypan blue dye exclusion method, allowing users to load up to 10 samples at once for easy and automated cell viability analysis.

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