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Apr 22, 2014

In-Process Analysis of Fat and Dry Matter in Cheese: An Application Note

The international cheese market produces billions of pounds of cheese annually, making it one of the largest food industries worldwide. Cheese and other dairy products are regularly tested for components like fat, moisture, protein, and dry matter content. These factors affect the taste and manufacturability of the cheese, making their prediction critical.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: New Radio-Wave Technique Kills <I>Salmonella</I> in Raw Eggs

Apr 15, 2014

New Radio-Wave Technique Kills Salmonella in Raw Eggs

The pasteurization process, now in prototype stage, positions each raw egg between two electrodes that send radio waves back and forth through it. At the same time, the egg is sprayed with water, to compensate for some of the heat created by the radio waves. This process warms the egg from the inside out, protecting the delicate egg white, which is more sensitive to heat.

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Apr 15, 2014

COOL Case Goes Under Review—Again

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently announced that it will review en banc the case that declares USDA’s Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) rule unconstitutional. This follows the March 28, 2014 ruling that had the court upholding COOL, saying the rule can indeed be enforced. New oral arguments will now take place on May 19, 2014.

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Apr 15, 2014

Backyard Farms Receives Food Quality & Safety Award

Tomato growers Backyard Farms of Madison, Maine, was awarded the 13th annual Food Quality and Safety Award at a special ceremony on April 9 during the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Md. Sponsored by DuPont Nutrition & Health and presented by Food Quality & Safety magazine, the honor recognizes a North American quality assurance department or program each year that has made significant improvements in food safety and quality.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: Colorado Takes the Lead in Safety of Marijuana-Infused Food Production

Apr 01, 2014

Colorado Takes the Lead in Safety of Marijuana-Infused Food Production

In the absence of federal regulations for the safe production of food products that include marijuana, the state of Colorado is at the forefront of setting its own regulations. Colorado voters agreed to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2013, and now it falls to the state’s Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division to ensure that food made with this ingredient is safe for human consumption.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: FDA Survey Finds Most Cantaloupes Free of Pathogens

Apr 01, 2014

FDA Survey Finds Most Cantaloupes Free of Pathogens

Cantaloupe safety in the U.S. appears to be improving, according to results of a summer 2013 survey by FDA field officers that were recently reported by Michigan State University. “By and large, samples of melons last summer came back free of Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria,” said the report. “Most growers are practicing good agricultural practices, even if they aren’t certified as such or keeping records documenting food safety practices.”

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: Using Enterprise Quality Management to Increase Visibility and Quality Transparency

Apr 01, 2014

Using Enterprise Quality Management to Increase Visibility and Quality Transparency

With quality management always a top priority, DSM Nutritional Products understood the need to ensure the resources to collect, track, and report on its quality processes. As a result, in order to manage existing global facilities, newly acquired companies, and a complex global supply chain, DSM Nutritional Products decided it needed to implement a single integrated quality management system to support its current infrastructure that would streamline quality process adoption for any future acquisitions.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: Whistleblower Complaints to get Easier for Employees in Food Safety Industry

Mar 25, 2014

Whistleblower Complaints to get Easier for Employees in Food Safety Industry

Food industry employers may need to take a hard look at their processes for handling employee complaints about perceived food safety issues, given the provisions of a new interim final rule about how whistleblower complaints will be handled in the future.

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Mar 25, 2014

Pesticide Levels in Produce Remain Extremely Low

Over 99 percent of produce products sampled by the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program in 2012 had pesticide residues that fell below tolerance levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report issued by the USDA on February 21. Only 0.53 percent of samples tested (63 of 11,893) had residues above the tolerance limit.

thumbnail image: thumbnail for: Genetic Research on Soybeans Provides Tool for Better Crop Yield

Mar 18, 2014

Genetic Research on Soybeans Provides Tool for Better Crop Yield

Genotyping of the more than 19,000 soybean accessions in the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection will enable soybean breeders to develop and select seeds for better disease and insect resistance and other traits that are needed for specific field and climate conditions, according to a USDA researcher.

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