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Dodging Disaster: Sunland Inc.

July 11, 2013 3:00 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we take a look at a recent incident at Sunland, Inc.

Dodging Disaster: Omega Protein

July 11, 2013 9:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we take a look at a recent incident at Omega Protein.

Dodging Disaster: VPP Group

July 9, 2013 2:59 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we take a look at a recent incident at VPP Group.

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Flowers Foods Receives OK for Hostess Bread Brands

July 9, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments

Flowers Foods Inc., said late Monday that it has received regulatory approval to acquire the Wonder, Nature's Pride, Merita, Home Pride and Butternut bread brands; 20 bakeries; and 36 depots from Old HB, Inc., formerly known as Hostess Brands.

Dodging Disaster: Sorrento Lactalis

July 8, 2013 5:21 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we take a look at a recent incident at Sorrento Lactalis.

Dodging Disaster: Tribe Mediterranean Foods

July 8, 2013 10:04 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we take a look at a recent incident at Tribe Mediterranean Foods.

Horse Slaughter Opponents Sue USDA Over Permits

July 3, 2013 10:13 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue of Larkspur, Colo., three other groups and five individuals filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking an emergency injunction to overturn the USDA's recent permit approval for a horse meat plant in Roswell, N.M.

Dodging Disaster: Tyson Foods Inc.

July 1, 2013 12:58 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we explore the recent ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas.

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Refurbish Machines for Increased Food Safety

July 1, 2013 12:48 pm | by Bob Shapiro, CEO, GSC Packaging | Articles | Comments

Food processing and packaging equipment is complex and multi-faceted, often with difficult-to-reach areas that can house biofilms and food soils that may result in microbiological hazards. Hidden surfaces lead to inadequate sanitation if not properly addressed, but those are not the only danger zones.

Fed Officials Approve Horse Slaughterhouse in NM

July 1, 2013 10:34 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company's application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant. Department of Agriculture officials also indicated they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and Missouri as early as next week.

Indiana Grain Elevator Blast Kills Worker

June 25, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

An explosion Monday inside a grain elevator killed a worker at a sprawling northwestern Indiana farm co-op, authorities said. The cause of the blast at the Union Mills Co-op remained unknown Monday evening several hours after the blast.

Understanding Combustible Dust Standards For Food Manufacturing

June 24, 2013 4:27 pm | by Tony Supine, Plant Manager & Mike Walters, Senior Engineer, Camfil Farr APC | Articles | Comments

COMBUSTIBLE DUST & EXPLOSION PROTECTION: Preventing combustible dust explosions in food processing plants is a topic of widespread concern, and dust collectors are often at risk. This article provides general guidelines on applying the right standards to protect against combustible dust explosions.

Hostess: Twinkies to Return to Shelves July 15

June 24, 2013 11:03 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for its Twinkies snack cakes when they return to store shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure.

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Smithfield Lays Off 120

June 18, 2013 9:41 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Smithfield Foods Inc. is laying off 120 more workers as part of its previously announced closure of a Virginia facility that makes hot dogs and deli meat. The Smithfield, Va.-based pork producer said Tuesday that it plans to close the Portsmouth plant in the middle of August.

Grocers Allege Potato Group Inflated Spud Prices

June 14, 2013 9:04 am | by JOHN MILLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A battle between grocers and potato growers has been silently hitting shoppers' pocketbooks, according to a U.S. wholesaler accusing America's spud farmers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.

'Pink Slime' Lawsuit Heads Back to State Court

June 13, 2013 10:43 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Wednesday moved a South Dakota beef processing company's defamation lawsuit against ABC News back to state court. Beef Products Inc. sued American Broadcasting Companies Inc. and ABC News Inc. for defamation in September over its coverage of a meat product the company calls lean, finely textured beef but that critics dubbed "pink slime."

Idaho Farmers Sue Monsanto Over GMO Wheat

June 13, 2013 10:40 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Idaho farmers filed a federal lawsuit contending that Monsanto's development of Roundup Ready wheat resulted in increased production costs and lowered prices because the genetically engineered wheat is likely to infiltrate the non-genetically engineered wheat supply.

Processing in Person: Keeping It Fresh (Part II)

June 13, 2013 10:09 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Processing in Person feature highlights a processing company that stands above the rest for the implementation of strategic processing techniques and the production of high quality goods. This week, we're focusing on juice processor Hoogesteger in the Netherlands.

Senate Passes Half-Trillion Dollar Farm Bill

June 11, 2013 11:43 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Monday passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that expands government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts to food stamps. The bill would eliminate subsidies that are paid to farmers whether they farm or not and passed on a bipartisan 66-27 vote.

NM AG: Horse Slaughter 'Barbaric,' Illegal

June 11, 2013 11:35 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, who has been a vocal opponent of plans by a southeastern New Mexico company to resume domestic horse slaughter, says state law could prohibit the operation. King says the slaughter of horses with certain drugs in their system would be a violation of the state's adulterated food act.

Horse Slaughterhouse Accuses USDA of IRS Tactics

June 6, 2013 11:52 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeastern New Mexico company's plans to convert a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse has hit another roadblock, this time over an environmental dispute that the company's attorney blames on the Obama administration putting politics over policy.

China's Top Butcher Tries to Sell U.S. on Takeover

June 6, 2013 11:46 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

At an age when most Chinese executives are long retired, the country's top hog butcher is taking on a daunting new job persuading Americans to allow him to complete China's biggest takeover of a U.S. company. As for reassuring American consumers about quality, Smithfield "already has a very good food safety control system."

Death Toll Hits 120 in Deadly China Fire

June 5, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

Authorities raised the death toll Wednesday by one to 120 in this week's disastrous fire at a northeast China poultry processing plant, with another 17 people unaccounted for. The State Administration of Work Safety said a total of 395 people were at work during Monday's tragedy, the country's worst industrial accident in almost five years.

Iowa Copes with Nitrate Surge in Drinking Water

June 5, 2013 10:31 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rain following last year's drought has created a new, unexpected problem: The deluge is washing fertilizer off the farms and into rivers that provide drinking water to much of Iowa. Public officials say the problem will pass, but others worry about the potential risks of never-before-seen levels of nitrate.

Coca-Cola Opens Myanmar Bottling Plant

June 4, 2013 10:29 am | by YADANA HTUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola began bottling its famous soft drink in Myanmar on Tuesday as part of a planned five-year, $200 million investment after having no local production for more than 60 years. The return of Coca Cola is emblematic of the opportunities U.S. companies see in Myanmar as it builds a free market economy after decades of military rule.

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