John and Sam, From The Editor
Why FSMA Needs Full Funding For 2016

From time to time, the U.S. Congress passes sweeping laws that certainly appear to have a major impact on American society. Unfortunately then, the legislators fail to fully fund the implementation of the new regulations, leaving the impact in question. This may be the scenario for the Food Safety and Modernization Act.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Data Sharing For The Food Industry Will Soon See Significant Changes
    Data Sharing For The Food Industry Will Soon See Significant Changes

    For food manufacturers, requests for sharing complete, accurate, and timely product information and images with trading partners, consumers, and regulators have created a challenging business landscape. However, better industry collaboration through data synchronization has led to increased supply chain efficiencies and the ability to satisfy the information demands from these multiple sources.

  • Altering Food Or Packaging To Reduce Risks Has Its Own Dangers
    Altering Food Or Packaging To Reduce Risks Has Its Own Dangers

    Activists are renewing their attacks on components of canned products and also are seeking to ban a list of flavors found in food. These efforts remind me of infomercials urging viewers to take a chance on a product with a “30-day, no-risk, money-back guarantee.” Is anything ever “no-risk?” The answer is no.

  • FSMA, Traceability, And Electronic Record Keeping: What You Need To Know
    FSMA, Traceability, And Electronic Record Keeping: What You Need To Know

    The Food Safety Modernization Act will affect the entire supply chain, are you prepared for the safety, traceability, and record keeping challenges ahead?

  • Knowing Changeover Costs: First Step To Gaining Control
    Knowing Changeover Costs: First Step To Gaining Control

    How much are you willing to pay to reduce changeover time by 30 minutes? If you don't know how much those 30 minutes cost, it is hard to give a meaningful response. If you don't know your changeover costs, you aren't alone.

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    X-Ray Inspection Of Raw Materials For The Baking And Food Industry

    To ensure that the highest quality levels are preserved at all times, Koenig processes only the very best raw ingredients while also placing great importance on its production technology. As part of the company’s incoming goods checks for hazelnuts, x-ray inspection technology is used to inspect raw ingredients for contaminants, providing a significant part of the overall quality management process.

  • Texture Analysis Of Apples
    Texture Analysis Of Apples

    Shipping fruit is a challenge. The question for packaging professionals in the food industry is, “How much protection for the product is needed?” Many factors, such as distance being shipped, storage times, storage conditions, and the fruit’s ripeness, must be evaluated when making this decision. Fortunately for apple processors and packagers, analyzing apples’ texture can help aid in packaging and shipping decisions.

  • Food Blending & Mixing 101: How The Right Mixing And Blending Processes Create Your Ideal Product
    Food Blending & Mixing 101: How The Right Mixing And Blending Processes Create Your Ideal Product

    Food blending and mixing processes are here to stay. The growth of dairy, chemical, and food reconstitution has forced food product offerings to evolve into what they are today. If the customer isn’t reconstituting, they are probably adding ingredients or batching different recipes. That said, versatility and speed are the two most important factors that manufacturers must address in the blending and mixing sector.

  • 5 Steps For Craft Beer Analysis

    Testing alcohol and extract content, calories, degree of fermentation, and other parameters of your beer can now be completed independently, at any point of production, and free from external labs. With this alcohol and extract meter, in-house, lab-grade analysis of your craft beer can now be completed in five steps.

  • Are Magnetic Separator Audits Worth The Expense?

    FSMA has given food manufacturers a dizzying array of HACCP implementation, training, auditing, documentation, and consulting services. But, a close look at the FDA’s HACCP principles begs the questions: What are food manufacturers paying for? Is the expense really necessary?

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    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.

  • Ropack, Inc.
    Ropack, Inc.

    Since it was founded in 1976, Ropack has become much more than a remarkable and efficient packaging service provider. Every effort is constantly made to make Ropack an extension of your company, a strategic partner that provides turnkey production services and avant-garde solutions.

  • Anton Paar USA
    Anton Paar USA

    Anton Paar is the world leader in several areas of scientific instrumentation. Density measurement, rheology, viscometry, and microwave synthesis are the main areas of our business.

  • Magnetic Products, Inc.
    Magnetic Products, Inc.

    Magnetic Products, Inc. (MPI), is a worldwide provider of both magnetic and non-magnetic material handling solutions including metal control systems.

  • Thermo Scientific Product Inspection
    Thermo Scientific Product Inspection

    Thermo Scientific Product Inspection equipment protects your brands by ensuring the quality and safety of your products. With more than 50 years of making sure little things don't turn into big problems, we know that little things can make a big difference in your bottom line.

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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.

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. 

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    Contract Packaging: Blister Packaging, Pouch Filling, Bottling

    Ropack's portfolio of primary pharmaceutical packaging methods meets the highest quality and safety standards.

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    Hi-G Beltless Magnetic Conveyor

    MPI’s beltless magnetic conveyors efficiently move ferrous metal, stampings, turnings, chips, fasteners, scrap and more. Powerful permanent magnets below a nonmagnetic stainless steel slider bed, transport parts without fail and without downtime. As the magnets move, objects travel along the conveyor and into a bin for easy removal or transport.

  • Multi Agitator Mixer

    The Ross VersaMix is a multi agitator mixer designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements of the process industries

  • Electronic Pipette: Easypet 3
    Electronic Pipette: Easypet 3

    Experience a new dimension of electronic pipetting with the new Eppendorf Easypet® 3. The latest technological developments give you complete speed control with the utmost precision. The lightweight, well-balanced Easypet 3 has been designed considering all ergonomic findings to sit comfortably in your hand and matches its shape to allow for fatigue-free pipetting.

  • Metal Detection System: Observer
    Metal Detection System: Observer

    The OBSERVER metal detector has been especially designed to detect ferrite components even in metallized packages. It enables magnetized iron and stainless steel contaminants to be detected in strong aluminum packages.

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    MET ONE 6000 Series Remote Airborne Particle Counter

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