Recent Articles

June 30, 2014 8:30 am
Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged
To clarify allergen-related policy and practices, industry experts from the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, ConAgra and the Coca-Cola Co. presented in a Food Safety Summit workshop, “Food Allergen Control Update,” at the Baltimore Convention Center. 
June 27, 2014 8:00 am
Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged
Most facilities are testing for quality when they perform lab tests, according to respondents. Nearly 86 percent said quality is their first priority, followed by 65.7 percent that said they test for the pathogens, biological contaminants and other food safety dangers.
June 26, 2014 2:12 pm
Chuck Fuerst
In the old days, a product was created by a manufacturer, sent to national and regional distribution centers, then to a store and finally to the customer. In today's multi-channel world, a retailer may demand the manufacturer ship an item directly to the customer.
June 25, 2014 1:00 pm
Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna
FLIR Systems announced two new products designed to put thermal imaging into the hands of consumers. According to Fluke, maintenance technicians make better, faster decisions when they have field access to records and when they can review measurements in real time.
June 25, 2014 8:30 am
Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power
As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.
June 24, 2014 2:23 pm
Danna Nelson
The customer relationship suffers when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery, and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders. Now that customers have more options with whom to work, its become a harsh reality.
June 24, 2014 9:58 am
Michael Harris
It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.
June 23, 2014 9:18 am
Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation Mettler Toledo Product Inspection Group
Haunting every food manufacturer is the possible recall of one of its products contaminated with a foreign material — an event that would be costly not only in direct costs of recalling the product, but also in lost retailer and consumer confidence and damaged brand image.
June 20, 2014 1:00 pm
Michael Sherban
Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Patent Attorney Michael Sherban says the most common reasons companies do not pursue patent protection is that they are either too busy or too intimidated by the process.
June 20, 2014 8:15 am
Holly Henschen, Editor
Ammonia is a gas that’s valuable as a food manufacturing refrigerant. It’s also considered a high-risk health hazard as it’s corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs. Ammonia is flammable, and can explode if released in an enclosed space with a source of ignition.
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