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A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells.

Sriracha Controversy Cools Down

May 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The heat may finally be subsiding in the confrontation between the chili-sauce maker and the Los Angeles suburb that called the plant a public nuisance.                                         

Full Steam Ahead For Pennsylvania Potato Chip Plant

May 27, 2014 11:10 am | by JIM MARTIN, Erie Times-News | News | Comments

The company is moving ahead quickly with plans for the former Troyer Farms plant in Waterford Township. Walls are going up, millions of dollars' worth of equipment stands ready to be installed, and a job fair has been scheduled for Wednesday at Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar in Summit Township.

Unilever Offloads Ragu & Bertolli

May 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                                      


Internal Gear Pumps

May 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Maag Industrial Pumps is pleased to announce that its EnviroGear® Seal-less Internal Gear Pumps for sweetener transfer applications within the ice cream industry.

Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training

May 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Zona, Vice President and Dean, Hooke College of Applied Science and Cheryl Murley, Quality Manager, McCrone Associates | Articles | Comments

A persistent problem in the food industry is the contamination with foreign material from ingredients, processing equipment and the environment. To establish the correct preventive measures and develop a successful program that withstands FDA scrutiny, food quality employees need specialized materials analysis training that enables them to characterize and identify raw material, processing contaminants and their sources.

Q&A: Addressing Chemicals Of Concern Amid Regulatory Pressures

May 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The evolving regulatory environment presents many challenges to food and beverage manufacturers. And today’s consumers are more vocal than ever, driving the regulation of certain substances that come into contact with foods and beverages during production. Perception is often the new reality and product manufacturers must proactively address any chemicals of concern to ensure brand integrity and consumer loyalty.

Idaho Milk Plant Hit With Fines

May 13, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A south-central Idaho milk processing company has agreed to pay a $170,000 fine for dumping wastewater with acidity levels high enough to damage Jerome's wastewater treatment plant.                    

Stainless Steel Levers

May 12, 2014 10:14 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing GN 300.5 Threaded Stud Type All-Stainless Steel Adjustable Levers, in inch and metric sizes for applications in the food processing and chemical industries.

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cargill Workers Win More Benefits

May 9, 2014 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department has approved a union petition for extended unemployment and other benefits for workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant.                               

Unilever Closes Ontario Plant

May 9, 2014 11:33 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont., that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced yesterday.                                     

Coke Drops Brominated Veg. Oil Entirely

May 5, 2014 2:40 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says it will drop a controversial ingredient from all its drinks that contain it, not just Powerade.                                         

Powerade Drops Controversial Chemical

May 5, 2014 10:31 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A controversial ingredient is being removed from some Powerade sports drinks after the chemical was also taken out of rival Gatorade last year.                                     

2 Week Cool-Down For Sriracha

April 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                          


GMO Crop Controversy Heats Up In Hawaii

April 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance.

Meat Mixers

April 16, 2014 12:42 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Weiler offers a full range of vacuum and non-vacuum mixers to ensure the mixing versatility processors must have to handle any protein application, including beef, pork, mutton, poultry, veal, seafood and more.

BNSF Promises More Fertilizer Trains

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for spring planting, Sen. John Hoeven said Monday.                                      

CA City Declares Sriracha Maker A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.

NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 10:26 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report.

EFSA Seeks Food Safety Experts

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

EFSA is urging scientists to make a difference to Europe’s food safety system by joining its teams of risk assessment experts.                                                  

Nebraska Meatpacking Plant Awaits Demolition

April 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Gering officials are looking forward to the demolition of an idle meatpacking plant in the Nebraska Panhandle city.                                          

Alabama Poultry Plant Announces Layoffs

April 3, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A poultry processing company announced that it plans to lay off more than 500 workers at a southeast Alabama plant.                                    

For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have been credited with successfully removing most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kind

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Articles | Comments

For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have successfully removed most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kinds. A variety of EPA-approved pesticides are available for use in processing facilities, but a better, long-term solution is to prevent infestation in the first place.

Industrial Hemp Bill Passes In Nebraska

March 27, 2014 3:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill, which won final approval with a 39-2 vote, would allow the University of Nebraska and the state Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp.                         

Candy Plant Built To Last

March 27, 2014 2:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with candy maker Mars Inc. say they expect a new plant in Kansas to be producing millions of chocolates to satisfy America's collective sweet tooth for a half-century.

New Scholarship For Students Of Manufacturing

March 27, 2014 1:20 pm | News | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)’s scholarship funding arm, AME Institute, and Kronos Incorporated has announced a new scholarship for students interested in manufacturing careers through the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship Program.

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