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Economic Adulteration: Beyond Melamine

August 6, 2012 7:07 am | by R. J. PACKER, PerkinElmer Inc. & F. J. WARREN, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Research Division, School of Medicine, Kings College London | Blogs | Comments

To combat economic adulterants, food processors and retailers are asking the question: “How can food ingredient producers be better monitored to ensure quality?”

Beyond the White Glove Test

August 6, 2012 6:27 am | by MARK HOFFMAN, PE, PMP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Efficient dust collection systems and easy-to-clean production equipment require a holistic approach to their design.  

An Explosion-Proof Ultraviolet Flashlight

August 3, 2012 1:25 pm | Chem Info | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics recently released the EPL-UV-20W-G2 explosion-proof-approved ultraviolet flashlight with a high-output ultraviolet HID bulb.

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An Arresting Spark Arrestor

August 3, 2012 12:55 pm | Chem Info | Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr APC introduces a new spark arrestor to protect its Gold Series® cartridge dust and fume collection systems.

Think Twice Before Making ‘All Natural’ Claims

July 30, 2012 12:54 pm | by KATHLEEN F. DONOVAN, Attorney, & STEVEN J. PUDELL, Managing Shareholder, Anderson Kill & Olick | Blogs | Comments

Numerous lawsuits have been recently filed alleging that such claims are misleading, and courts have permitted several suits to go forward when products contain artificial ingredients.

Insights from Mars' Dole's Recalls

July 30, 2012 5:41 am | by MIKE ROBERTS, Research Associate, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

As information can go viral in a matter of hours, companies in the food industry are faced with increasing pressures to operate seamlessly, with little to no room for error.

Selecting a Pest Management Professional

July 26, 2012 1:10 pm | by PATRICIA HOTTEL, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

Chemically based service protocols have been replaced by multifaceted approaches using both non-chemical and chemical tools, or integrated pest management.

Train Everyone, Including the Band, Part 2

July 26, 2012 12:58 pm | by BO MITCHELL, CBCP, 911 Consulting | Blogs | Comments

Many experts and OSHA compliance officers opine new hires should be trained when exposed to the possibility of an emergency. In other words, on day one.

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Train Everyone, Including the Band, Part 1

July 26, 2012 12:45 pm | by BO MITCHELL, CBCP, 911 Consulting | Blogs | Comments

The alarms are relentless, the lights are flashing, and you’re offsite. Will your people respond appropriately to the threat or place themselves in harm’s way?

The Hidden Cost of Cheap Labor

July 25, 2012 12:32 pm | by KRYSTAL GABERT, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A facility full of underpaid and underinsured workers does little to guard the food supply. Investment in quality workers safeguards against potentially costly mistakes.

Fake It till We Make a Change

July 20, 2012 11:44 am | by JONNATHA MAYBERRY, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

In reality, there is something that is far worse than ineffective medicine: drugs that not only don’t work, but also cause serious harm.

From Feed to Food, Part 2

July 16, 2012 1:07 pm | by ROGER DeGOOD and SCOTT SPEER, PE, LEED AP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

The FDA has raised the food safety bar for pet food manufacturers and, like the pet food industry's end-customers, the FDA has sharp teeth.

From Feed to Food, Part 1

July 13, 2012 1:04 pm | by Roger DeGood and Scott Speer, PE, LEED AP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

What does the Federal Drug Administration case against the now-bankrupt American Peanut Corp. have to do with dog kibble? Plenty, if a dog or cat owner contracts salmonellosis from handling tainted kibble.

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Safety Management Platform

July 13, 2012 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

3E Co.’s Online-MSDS 6.0 is an enhanced version of its Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management application, with new features designed to streamline the development of compliant and accurate hazard communication documentation.

Fracking Poll: Precaution over Politics

July 11, 2012 12:48 pm | by CATSKILL CITIZENS FOR SAFE ENERGY | Blogs | Comments

The majority of New York voters think that Gov. Cuomo should “wait for all necessary health and environmental studies to be completed before opening the state to fracking.”

A Planet-Friendly, Power Picker-Upper

July 10, 2012 6:18 am | by JIM LANE, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

Bio-Aabsorb Micro N soaks up to one gallon of oil for every pound of absorbent material, and is filled with oil-eating microbes that break down 98 percent of oil spills.

Big Island Mine Earns Top Safety Award

July 5, 2012 11:58 am | Articles | Comments

"We look at safety as an unending journey, and it is so entrenched in our culture that it is part of our everyday mentality."

Rolling Over in our Graves Over Fracking

July 3, 2012 12:58 pm | by CARRIE ELLIS, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Would fracking under cemeteries raise the dead (or lawsuits from family members), or would it simply make the grounds easier to maintain in a down economy?

Solar Storms and the Electric Grid

July 3, 2012 10:27 am | Videos | Comments

The United States faces a tremendous challenge when it comes to protecting the national power grid, even though one of the biggest threats is over 90 million miles away.  

Magnalight Responds to Mag Instrument's Lawsuit

July 2, 2012 1:25 pm | Videos | Comments

In the court filing, Mag Instrument claims that Larson Electronics' continued use of the Magnalight trademark infringes on Mag Instrument's family of trademarks.

Seven Things Natural Disaster Teaches Us about Safety, Part 2

July 2, 2012 11:27 am | by ALAN NICOL, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC | Blogs | Comments

In the event of a threat or actual safety problem, how prepared is your organization? Does everyone know exactly what to do? Do they have the right equipment on hand?

Seven Things Natural Disaster Teaches Us about Safety, Part 1

July 2, 2012 11:16 am | by ALAN NICOL, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC | Blogs | Comments

We do not need to limit our learning opportunities to our own mistakes; we can examine other experiences for lessons to improve our own understanding, expectations and practices.

Factories Rebuilding after Floods

June 27, 2012 12:31 pm | Videos | Comments

Nine months after flooding devastated Thailand, factories are being rebuilt.  

Why Small Business Is Unprepared for Disaster

June 27, 2012 11:08 am | by CHRIS ROHRS, CBCP, MBCI, Retired Senior Business Continuity Analyst | Blogs | Comments

We business continuity and disaster recovery professionals start talking about RTOs and RPOs and MTBFs, burying people in jargon. Yet, what we do is not complex rocket science.

What if the Humane Society Were in Your Facility?

June 26, 2012 12:55 pm | Blogs | Comments

If food companies take the time to learn the concerns of animal activists and consumers, they can take action before a potentially detrimental situation occurs at their facility.

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