Recent Articles

March 26, 2014 1:00 am
Heather Angus-Lee
Now that the FDA has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, as granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of the recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expected to leave their mark on more food companies, halting the distribution of suspect products — and that could affect your own supply chain.
March 24, 2014 1:00 am
Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association
The first Food Safety Modernization Act deadline will force food facilities to evaluate their operations, implement and monitor measures to prevent contamination and develop an action plan to counter it. One of the best ways facilities can comply with this new rule is with a rigorous pest management program.
March 21, 2014 1:00 am
Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO
Each year, OSHA releases a list of the top ten most frequently cited standards violations. This year's list is almost identical to last year, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor. Read on for some expert insight on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility in 2014.  
March 20, 2014 7:29 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
Rupture discs are an often overlooked, but crucial element to any chemical processing facility. Personnel changes or the rapid growth of a plant can result in discs operating at less than capacity. Frequent replacement can be costly and discs that are no longer suitable for their applications pose both physical and financial risks for those in the plant and the company as a whole.   
March 19, 2014 1:00 am
Joel Hans, Managing Editor,
With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules, and how companies are going to deal with the changes, Manufacturing.Net got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.
March 18, 2014 1:00 am
By Peter Hsiao, William Tarantino, and Lois Miyashiro
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its highly anticipated list of the first products and chemicals to be evaluated under the state’s innovative Safer Chemical Product regulations. Although DTSC had legal authority to regulate five products under the implementing regulations, they selected only three classes of products.   
March 17, 2014 1:00 am
Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net
On the plant floor, workers often innovate on ways to get something done faster or more efficiently and that's great, but sometimes these shortcuts can run a company afoul of OSHA regulations. In operations where workers end up getting covered in dust, they might turn a compressed air gun at themselves, the problem is that this can be exceptionally dangerous.
March 13, 2014 1:00 am
Julie Ackerman, Senior Director, PR and Communications; PMMI
Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a national standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamline compliance efforts. Fortunately for manufacturers, there are many technologies designed to make compliance simple and efficient.
March 12, 2014 1:00 am
Thomas F. Segalla, Andrew J. Scholz and Leah A. Brndjar, Goldberg Segalla
Food products have become increasingly globalized commodities, but along with greater demand comes the necessity for greater awareness of food safety concerns, as well as accurate food labeling compliance. As food manufacturers capitalize on expanding opportunities to source both locally and globally, they must be proactive in navigating the complex laws of different goverments in order to minimize potential risks. 
March 6, 2014 7:28 am
Lion Technology
Recent reports show that many facilities are still confused about the updated Hazard Communication Standard and what they must do to comply. Click here for an overview of these upcoming requirements and tips for what facilities should do to prepare for a seamless transition. 
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