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Salmonella-Linked Peanut Butter Plant Closes

October 10, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

An eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. Officials with Sunland, the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor, said "ongoing financial and liquidity challenges made it necessary for the company to file for bankruptcy."

Labeling Bill Raises Modified Food Debate

October 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by Sara Burnett, AP | News | Comments

Biotechnology has helped grow crops that could survive drought and insects, as well as produce higher-quality grain to feed livestock. However, the same scientific advances that have so greatly altered the agriculture industry also have made some consumers nervous about what they are putting in their bodies and what long-term effects it could have.

Missouri Considers Expanding Ethanol Usage

October 8, 2013 2:13 pm | by David A. Lieb, AP | News | Comments

A 2006 Missouri law already requires regular gasoline to contain 10 percent ethanol, which generally is made from corn. The Department of Agriculture implemented that law with a rule capping the ethanol content at 10 percent. The department now wants to amend its rules to sell regular gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol.

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Five Quick Questions: Preventing Waste Along The Food Chain

October 8, 2013 2:05 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

As the statistics on food waste continue to rise and awareness of those statistics becomes more pronounced, Dr. Ron Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability at Sealed Air, weighs in with food waste awareness and prevention strategies for the manufacturer.

A Little Ozone Can Be A Good Thing

October 7, 2013 12:38 pm | by Lindsey Jahn | Articles | Comments

Proper sanitization is always a concern, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control offers his thoughts about the unique sanitization challenges the industry now faces and how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.

Compact Pneumatic Valve

October 4, 2013 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VTUG pneumatic valve from Festo is designed for food, beverage, packaging, electronics, semiconductor, and light assembly industries where low cost and assured performance (high flow rate, small footprint, and long cycle life) is essential.

New Lunch Meat Facility For Indiana

October 3, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

The Land O'Frost lunch meat company is starting construction on a new headquarters building in northwestern Indiana. The company's new $6.4 million corporate headquarters in Munster will see it move about 50 employees from its current offices a few miles to the west.

U.S. Chemical Production Dips In August

October 2, 2013 2:17 pm | News | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) slipped 0.3 percent in August, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in July. During July, chemical production was lower in all seven regions for the second consecutive month.

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Monsanto Announces Acquisition Despite Growing Losses

October 2, 2013 1:25 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP | News | Comments

Monsanto reported worse-than-expected losses for its fiscal fourth quarter, due to lower sales of its genetically engineered seeds. It also revealed plans to buy farming software and data firm The Climate Corporation. Monsanto said it would pay $930 million in cash for the company, which uses weather forecasting and data analysis to help farmers plan their growing seasons.

Dust Free Powder Induction

October 1, 2013 5:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Ystral Conti-TDS brings major efficiencies to the production process by offering powder induction, wetting and then dispersing of an agglomerate-free liquid with one machine.

Corn Prices Fall To Three-Year Low

October 1, 2013 11:40 am | by Steve Rothwell, AP | News | Comments

The price of corn fell to its lowest point in more than three years after a U.S. government estimate of corn stocks came in higher than traders had anticipated. The price of corn has been falling this summer in response to an 80-year high in planting levels and conditions that didn't mirror last year's drought.

User-Friendly Metal Detector

October 1, 2013 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Xtreme Metal Detector from Eriez, made for industry applications including chemical, food processing, packaging, textiles, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, has been re-designed with a user-friendly interface.

HydroPneumatic Pressure Vessel

October 1, 2013 10:22 am | Charles Ross & Son Company | Product Releases | Comments

Ross Engineering introduces their horizontal hydropneumatic vessel, designed, fabricated and stamped for 150 psig internal pressure and suitable for potable water storage. 

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Washdown Shaft Collars

September 30, 2013 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Washdown shaft collars from Ruland help protect hygienic equipment used in food processing, packaging and medical industries.

Customized Flexible Chain Conveyor

September 30, 2013 10:33 am | Dorner Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner’s newest flexible chain conveyor platform, the 2200 SmartFlex™, is now a standard product offering that can be ordered to exact customer specifications and is suitable for the medical, food, life sciences, industrial automation and packaging industries.

EPA, Hawaii Initiate Joint Probe Into Molasses Spill

September 26, 2013 12:29 pm | by Audrey McAvoy, AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health said Wednesday they will jointly investigate a spill of 1,400 tons of molasses in Honolulu Harbor. Investigators will study whether there were any violations of the Clean Water Act.

Dept of Defense Diagnostic Lab Implements New Safety Testing

September 25, 2013 12:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roka Bioscience announced today the adoption of the Atlas System at the Department of Defense Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for high-volume sample testing for Listeria and Salmonella in foods that are provided to all U.S. armed forces around the world.

High-Capacity Rotary Valve

September 24, 2013 5:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new SD Series of rotary valves from ACS Valves is designed to provide increased bulk material throughput efficiency in feeding and metering applications.

Magnetic Separators for Food, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Applications

September 23, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez announces the addition of an array of Ferrous Traps to the ProGrade® line of standard magnetic separators.

Auto-Sensing Tray Wrapper

September 23, 2013 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ishida’s WM-4000 wrapper weighs, wraps and labels.

Organic Farmer Concerned About 'Fracking'

September 20, 2013 9:12 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Stephen Cleghorn owner, of a 50 acre certified organic farm and goat dairy in Reynoldsville, PA, is concerned about hydraulic fracturing gas drilling activity nearby and how it might affect his animals and the farm he and his wife started in 2005.

Judge Allows SD Beef Plant to Hire Banking Firm

September 17, 2013 11:48 am | News | Comments

Judge Charles Nail on Monday announced he is allowing Northern Beef Packers' idled South Dakota beef packing plant to employ Lincoln International, an investment banking firm, to pursue a "stalking horse" bid for the bankrupt business.

Shipper Will Pay for Hawaii Molasses Spill Cleanup

September 17, 2013 11:37 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of, Matson Navigation Co., the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters says the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs without passing them on to taxpayers or customers.

Brainstorm: Filtration (Part III)

September 17, 2013 9:53 am | by Michael Guelker, Product Manager of Actuators, Air Supply and Accessories, Festo Corporation | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. This month, they ask: What safety factors should food manufacturers consider when implementing filtration systems in their facilities?

U.S. Judge Upholds EPA's Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

September 16, 2013 10:42 am | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge rejected a bid by farm industry groups to block federal and state pollution limits designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by more tightly regulating wastewater treatment, construction along waterways and agricultural runoff.

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