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OSHA Cites Oklahoma Food Processor Over Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

February 13, 2015 1:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

During an October 2014 inspection of the plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, OSHA officials found Seaboard Foods failed to provide proper written procedures, safety practices, worker training and equipment testing for its pair of anhydrous ammonia refrigeration systems.  

Thought Leadership Series: How to Utilize Your Supplier For a Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 3:47 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

According to Chem.Info's sister publication, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, on a day-to-day basis, many manufacturers have their hands full working on their core competencies like pumping out quality products, and struggle in critical areas like safety compliance and documentation. Sound familiar?

Breyers Ice Cream Says 'No' To Artificial Hormones

February 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

In the latest scoop, Breyers ice cream has announced it will stop using any milk or cream from cows treated with the hormone rBST. Recombinant bovine somatoropin, or rBST, is a chemical used in place of the natural growth hormones produced by dairy cows.

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New Packaging Laws Hit Edible Marijuana Market

February 10, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

Since marijuana was legalized for recreational use in 2014, the edible pot market has soared — but so have the risks associated with having them in your home. As the market continues to grow, more innovate laws and packaging solutions will be needed address these risks.

Food Scares Cost McDonald's in China, Japan; Sales Fall

February 9, 2015 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said its performance in Asia was hurt by customer perception issues in Japan, where a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects have been found in its food. In China, McDonald's is trying to recover from the ongoing fallout from another food-safety scandal.

Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 3, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Of the 111 manufacturing professionals responding to the Georgia-based company's survey, 55 percent indicated their organizations would increase their use of mobility, while 43 percent said they did not expect any changes. Eight-five percent of respondents also said their businesses planned to increase investments in their operations this year compared to 2014.

Coke Bets on 'Premium Milk' to Boost Category

February 3, 2015 10:22 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The drink has already started appearing on shelves and is expected to continue rolling out nationally over the next several weeks. It comes in sleek, plastic bottles reminiscent of milk cartons. At a supermarket in Indianapolis, a 52-ounce bottle of Fairlife was being sold for $4.59. By comparison, the national average cost for a half-gallon of milk is $2.18...

Obama Proposes New Agency to Make Americans' Food Safer

February 2, 2015 5:11 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for bringing all those functions together in a single home.

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5 Best Practices for Using Robotics in Your Food Processing Plant

February 2, 2015 9:37 am | by Brian Roffers, Packaging Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food and beverage processors are increasingly turning towards robotics for the technology’s slew of benefits including reduced costs, upped throughput and increased food and worker safety. While robotics does boast various benefits to food manufacturing, it’s important to follow some best practices during your own implementation.

As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

January 29, 2015 4:47 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

While plastics boast numerous social benefits, such extending the shelf life of food and reducing waste, efforts to keep it from impacting the environment have failed to keep pace with its use. It’s estimated that in the U.S., only 9 percent of post-consumer plastic was recycled in 2012...

Drink Up: Study Says Compound in Beer Can Ward Off Alzheimer's

January 28, 2015 4:39 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

There seem to constantly be new studies coming out about the health benefits of wine. But what about beer? Scientists reported in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage. Cheers!

UCI Chemists Discover a Way to Unboil an Egg

January 28, 2015 2:23 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

This isn't just a case of nifty science. In fact, the research wasn’t as much about processing the egg, as it was about demonstrating the power of the process itself. According to the researchers, the discovery could transform pharmaceutical and food manufacturing.

McDonald’s Reveals List of Chemicals in French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:07 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, the mega food chain began rolling out a marketing push that cleverly showcases former “MythBusters” co-host, Grant Imahara doing some myth-busting about how their food is made. Question is: When it comes to their fries, will this transparency campaign only throw more cooking oil into the fire?

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MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn Join to Form $16B Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, which had not been named as of Monday, will have combined sales of $15.7 billion and its board will include eight directors from Rock-Tenn and six directors from MeadWestvaco. Shares of both companies hit all-time highs late last week.

Report Says Levels of BPA Are Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 21, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

Judge: Dairy Pollution Threatens Washington Valley's Water

January 15, 2015 5:03 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.

Researcher Uses Crustaceans to Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 14, 2015 3:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped accelerate a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. 

Poll: An Appetite For Labeling Genetically Modified Foods

January 14, 2015 9:22 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not. Currently, the FDA doesn't require labeling of GMOs, saying those on the market are safe. Consumer advocates backing labeling say shoppers have a right to know what is in their food.

Photo of The Day: NY to Ban Plastic Food Containers From Restaurants

January 8, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Starting this summer, New York City will join the environmental sustainability trend by banning restaurants and other food establishments from using plastic foam containers. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday morning that he will fulfill an initiative that was first suggested by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.

Scientists Make a Sweet Discovery in Efforts to Produce All-Natural Vanilla

January 8, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

Not-so-fun fact: 99 percent of vanilian, a compound used to create vanilla's distinct flavor, is synthetic. The process to produce it relies on using fossil fuels or burning wood with acid — which scientists say is both inefficient and polluting.

Elmer Chocolate Expanding Ponchatoula Plant

December 30, 2014 1:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

Popping The Cork on Champagne Chemistry

December 29, 2014 4:39 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

More bottles of Champagne are popped during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. But what sends that cork flying? Find out what chemically separates a Champagne from just another white wine and gives it those trademark bubbles. Happy New Year!

How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 29, 2014 2:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

By all indicators, manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the upswing and is expected to keep building momentum into the next year. In the world of food packaging manufacturing, how do you make sure you’re not just riding that wave of growth but also capitalizing on emerging trends?

Agreement For Fertilizer Plant in American Falls

December 26, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An agreement has been reached to build a new $2 billion fertilizer plant in American Falls. ConAgra Foods and Magnida also announced an agreement on groundwater Tuesday, The Idaho Statesman reported. Construction on the new plant could begin in 2015.

Omaha Company Proposes Vegetable Oil Plant

December 18, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Omaha, Nebraska soybean processing company plans to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in western Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that Ag Processing Inc. plans to build the refinery at its complex near Sergeant Bluff, creating at least 20 new jobs.

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