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Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

    Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

The global dairy sector must continue its efforts to harmonise methods of analysis and sampling for milk and milk products if trade in dairy products is to continue to thrive, delegates at the recent International Dairy Federation (IDF)/Organisation for International Standardisation (ISO) Analytical Week in Dublin, Ireland, were told.
Speaking at the Analytical Symposium during the week-long event, […]

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SICK’s LabelChecker Ticks the Box for All-in-one Quality Control

    SICK’s LabelChecker Ticks the Box for All-in-one Quality Control

SICK has launched the LabelChecker, an ‘off-the-shelf’ label inspection solution with the ability to read and verify text, numbers, bar codes and 2D codes, as well as checking label design and print quality. Based on SICK’s InspectorP vision sensor, the all-in-one solution is the first to be developed using SICK’s pioneering AppSpace programming environment. The […]

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What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

    What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

By Shan Zhan, Global Business Manager for Food & Beverage within the ABB Control Technologies business unit
In summer 2017, 15 EU states, Switzerland and Hong Kong were affected by the Fipronil contamination scandal. The scandal originated in the Netherlands but had global effects. Around ten million tainted eggs were imported into Germany, with not only eggs […]

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RSSL Supports Industry With Microplastic Contamination

    RSSL Supports Industry With Microplastic Contamination

Findings that many bottled waters contain microplastics have recently hit the headlines. According to news sources, such as the BBC, researchers at State University of New York in Fredonia found microplastic particles in nearly all of 250 bottled waters bought in nine different countries. On average, each litre contained more than 10 particles bigger than […]

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Major International Summit in Belfast to Tackle Escalating Problem of Food Integrity

    Major International Summit in Belfast to Tackle Escalating Problem of Food Integrity

Food-security experts from all over the world will converge on Belfast from 28-31 May 2018 for a major Summit on how to feed a growing global population – amid massive challenges such as climate change, Brexit, labyrinthine food-supply chains and food fraud on a global scale.
The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity will be chaired by Professor Chris Elliott […]

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European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

    European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

Responding to consumer concerns about food quality and fraudulent practices concerning food, the European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality, operated by the Joint Research Centre. The Knowledge Centre, a network made up of experts in and outside the Commission, will support EU policymakers and national authorities by providing access […]

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Packing and Food Safety – Modern Packing Methods and Test Methods are the Guarantee For Safe Food

    Packing and Food Safety – Modern Packing Methods and Test Methods are the Guarantee For Safe Food

The demands in food are high. Only companies that master and check the packing process get safe products. Whether deficiencies in the packing material, filling material residuals in the heat-sealed seam or foreign bodies – leaks and contaminations present a threat to the product safety. This is why from 20 to 23 March 2018, Anuga FoodTec […]

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CSP Technologies Introduces TruDrawR Aseptic Sampling System For Liquid Dairy Products

    CSP Technologies Introduces TruDrawR Aseptic Sampling System For Liquid Dairy Products

CSP Technologies – a leader in packaging solutions that ensure product protection, enhance brand recognition and improve consumer experiences – has partnered with aseptic sampling specialist QualiTru Sampling Systems to develop TruDraw®, a single-use aseptic sampling system for sampling of liquid dairy products. Particularly relevant to milk producers, the product virtually eliminates the risk of external exposure, ensuring an unprecedented level […]

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DSM to Exclusively Market BIOMILK 300 Residual Lactose Analyzer

    DSM to Exclusively Market BIOMILK 300 Residual Lactose Analyzer

DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, will exclusively market BIOMILK 300, a compact residual lactose-analyzing device produced by BIOLAN, as from February 2018. For dairy producers, the BIOMILK 300 is a fast, cost-effective, and accurate analyzer for quantifying residual lactose levels in lactose-free and lactose-reduced dairy products.
Consumers are increasingly aware […]

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Ishida X-ray Flexibility Ensures Premium Product Quality

    Ishida X-ray Flexibility Ensures Premium Product Quality

Ishida X-ray inspection technology is helping to maintain the premium quality reputation of one of Russia’s most popular traditional snack brands.
The ‘ROSTRAGROEXPORT’ company was founded by Mr Boris Aleksandrov in 1995, who spotted a niche in the Russian food market for a good quality traditional curd snack.  Its ‘B.Y. Aleksandrov’ brand, named after the company’s […]

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New Acrylamide Legislation Announced

    New Acrylamide Legislation Announced

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that new EU legislation would be in force from April 2018 requiring food businesses to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems. Since acrylamide was first identified in food products in 2002, laboratories have developed and validated analytical methods for the quantification of […]

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2 Sisters and Standards in Poultry Processing Report Published

    2 Sisters and Standards in Poultry Processing Report Published

The Environment, Foods and Rural Affairs Committee in the UK has published its report into 2 Sisters Food Group and Standards in Poultry Processing. The Committee launched an inquiry into 2 Sisters and poultry standards following the undercover footage released by The Guardian and ITN.
The evidence sessions looked at the issues raised at the 2 […]

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Hygiena Expands Testing Portfolio to Cover Entire Contamination Detection Spectrum

    Hygiena Expands Testing Portfolio to Cover Entire Contamination Detection Spectrum

With the extension of its testing product range to include polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based systems, Hygiena now covers the entire spectrum of reliable contamination detection, from sample collection to screening of indicator organisms to specific microbial characterisation.
These products are suitable for large and small manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), as well as large corporate laboratories […]

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Third Annual Retail Survey Shows Campylobacter Levels Continue to Fall

    Third Annual Retail Survey Shows Campylobacter Levels Continue to Fall

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the last set of results from its third survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought UK-produced chickens. The full year’s results show that on average, across the entire market, 6.5% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination, (over 1,000 colony forming units per gram – […]

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It’s a Double-whammy For Verner Wheelock at RSPH Prize-giving and AGM

    It’s a Double-whammy For Verner Wheelock at RSPH Prize-giving and AGM

There were double celebrations for Verner Wheelock at this year’s prestigious Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) AGM in London recently. The top prizes for the Level 4 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing and Level 4 Award in HACCP both went to Verner Wheelock delegates.
Yanis Skerstins (pictured above right), a Global A&A auditor at […]

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Irish Company to Provide DNA Traceability For All Swiss Beef

    Irish Company to Provide DNA Traceability For All Swiss Beef

Irish food safety and traceability company IdentiGEN has secured a major contract in Switzerland which will see it provide DNA based traceability for all Swiss beef. The deal is estimated to be worth in excess of €17 million over a five-year contract period and involves use of IdentiGEN’s DNA-TraceBack system to guarantee the integrity of […]

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European Commission Guides Member States in Tackling Dual Quality Food Products

    European Commission Guides Member States in Tackling Dual Quality Food Products

The European Commission has issued a set of guidelines on the application of EU food and consumer laws to dual quality products, as announced by President Juncker in this year’s State of the Union speech. The guidelines will help national authorities to determine whether a company is breaking EU laws when selling products of dual […]

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X-ray Detection With the Least False Positives

    X-ray Detection With the Least False Positives

When it was launched in 2006, the Marel SensorX set a new standard in bone detection for poultry processors around the world. In the meantime Marel has not rested on its laurels but has continued to improve on a popular concept. The company’s drive to achieve the ultimate in quality, a wholly bone-free product, is […]

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Eliminate Problem Metals at PPMA 2017

    Eliminate Problem Metals at PPMA 2017

On stand G24 at PPMA 2017, Eriez Europe will be making their debut at the event showcasing a range of their magnetic separation and metal detection solutions for improved and efficient metal removal and product purity. Magnetic separators are the first line of defence to remove unwanted metals such as steel fragments, scale, rust and […]

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New Multi-lane Metal Detector Beats Food Waste Challenge

    New Multi-lane Metal Detector Beats Food Waste Challenge

At PPMA 2017, stand A42, Fortress Technology will unveil how metal detection sensitivity accomplished by its multi-aperture innovation can deliver optimal food safety whilst helping to eradicate false product rejects. Factory food waste is a huge issue. Yet, choices about production equipment, including metal detection and other quality control, can impact the 1.9 million tonnes […]

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Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

    Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

Major drinks manufacturer, Halewood International, is to launch a UK-wide quality management system using software from Ideagen. The producers of Crabbie’s, Lambrini and Red Square Vodka – among other brands – will adopt Ideagen Q-Pulse for the management of key operational documentation such as quality policies, specification information, consumer feedback and internal and external audits.
Q-Pulse will become […]

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Ishida X-ray Technology Helps Karwendel Play it Safe

    Ishida X-ray Technology Helps Karwendel Play it Safe

Leading German dairy company Karwendel-Werke Huber is ensuring outstanding product quality for its Exquisa and miree cream cheese and quark specialities with the help of eleven X-ray inspection systems from Ishida Europe. Two models from the Ishida X-ray range have been installed, the IX-GA-4075, which is inspecting plastic tubs with fill weights between 135g and […]

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Irish Quality Assurance, Health & Safety/Farmer Health & Wellbeing Event

    Irish Quality Assurance, Health & Safety/Farmer Health & Wellbeing Event

A Teagasc Quality Assurance event was held on the farm of Harry and Amanda Murphy, Ballamon, Ferns, Co. Wexford on Thursday, 24 August.  In association with Bord Bia, the objective of the event was to highlight the key areas where farmers are having issues with the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Inspection for beef and sheep.  Other […]

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Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

    Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

After abandoning plans to build a new $70 million state-of-the-art plant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in nearby Staten Island, N.Y., world-famous craft brewers, Brooklyn Brewery, sought major re-development work at their long standing home in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, including upgrades to floor coating systems located in the brewery’s main production halls. Bucking the trend […]

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Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

    Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

Experts in poultry health have helped one of the UK’s largest food businesses to slash its antibiotic usage in the past two years, by adopting an holistic approach to animal well-being. St David’s Poultry Team have been working with Faccenda Foods to look at innovative ways of maintaining the health of the birds on farm, […]

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ABP Ireland Strikes Gold at International Quality Awards

    ABP Ireland Strikes Gold at International Quality Awards

ABP Ireland, part of ABP Food Group, was a quadruple winner at the prestigious annual International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) Awards. The Brussels-based institute is a leading global authority when it comes to testing and promoting superior food and drink products. The 135 judges are selected from leading European culinary and sommeliers associations.
ABP Ireland […]

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Bühler’s SORTEX PolarVision™ Technology Safeguards Quality of Blåtand’s Super Berries

    Bühler’s SORTEX PolarVision™ Technology Safeguards Quality of Blåtand’s Super Berries

SORTEX® optical sorting technology is helping world-class berry supplier Blåtand AB to drive efficiency in processing its wild berries, as it gears up for growth and expansion into new markets. This leading international food company supplies high quality frozen berries, jams and fruit preparations to caterers, restaurants, wholesalers and retailers in the food industry. It prides […]

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Does Your Steam Pass the Taste Test?

    Does Your Steam Pass the Taste Test?

By Francisco Pedrosa, National Clean Steam Specialist at Spirax Sarco
While quality and purity of steam used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries has been an important consideration for years, the food and beverage sector has been slower to analyse the type of steam it uses.
There is a misplaced assumption amongst many food manufacturers that steam […]

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Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar

    Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar

Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications.
The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with […]

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The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

    The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

Revision is ongoing for ISO 22000 on food safety management systems, which has just reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. The revised standard will incorporate a new core structure as well as recognized key elements to ensure food safety at every step of the food chain.
The ISO 22000 revision aims to consolidate the most recent issues surrounding food […]

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SGS Explores the Use of DNA and NGS for Food Authenticity, Traceability and Safety

    SGS Explores the Use of DNA and NGS for Food Authenticity, Traceability and Safety

SGS, the inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has developed a range of techniques and technologies to ensure its clients know exactly what is in complex food samples, achieving a long-pursued aim. DNA-based methodologies have become a powerful tool for food analysis, the detection of potential adulteration, and as a deterrent to economically motivated adulteration.
Traditionally, […]

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Ishida Helps Turkish Dried Fruit Packer

    Ishida Helps Turkish Dried Fruit Packer

An Ishida IX-GA-4075 X-ray inspection system is providing Turkish dried fruit packer Anatolia AS with a final comprehensive quality inspection for its bulk packing operation. Based in Izmir, Anatolia supplies a wide range of products, including sultanas, raisins, apricots, dates, figs, currents and dried mixed fruit, which are exported worldwide.
The rising popularity of pre-packed dried […]

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RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

    RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

RAPS has invested around €1.5 million in new technology at its German headquarters. Working with a renowned plant manufacturer, a state-of-the-art facility for raw material preparation has come to life. Offering a wider selection of cleaning methods and improved contaminant detection, the company can now handle a broader array of raw materials at higher throughput speeds.
RAPS […]

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New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

    New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up by Arla Foods Ingredients. Arla Foods Ingredients is a global leader in value-added whey solutions.
The new Whey & Protein Blog – www.thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest […]

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New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

    New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

High production temperatures in the food industry, for example in ovens, proofing cabinets, conveyors or motors, put considerable strain on the bearings. Klüber Lubrication has now succeeded in developing a new high-temperature grease for a wide range of applications in the food industry, which is able to realise its full potential at permanent temperatures of […]

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NSF International Launches Raised Without Antibiotics Certification

    NSF International Launches Raised Without Antibiotics Certification

Global public health organization NSF International has developed an independent certification protocol — Raised Without Antibiotics — to certify animal products have been raised without exposure to antibiotics. The new certification protocol will help consumers identify products that do not contribute to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
NSF International’s Raised Without Antibiotics certification can be granted […]

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Loma Systems Launches Final Generation IQ4 Metal Detection Series

    Loma Systems Launches Final Generation IQ4 Metal Detection Series

Further underlining its position at the forefront of high performance inspection equipment for the global food and pharmaceutical markets, LOMA SYSTEMS® (www.loma.com) has launched its revolutionary new IQ4 series of next generation metal detection systems. The cutting-edge technology offers improved sensitivity compared to previous models and a plethora of exciting ‘industry first’ features purpose designed […]

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Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

    Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

All Yorkshire Crisps and Yorkshire Popcorn produced by the Sheffield-based Yorkshire Crisp Company now have accreditation from SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval).
SALSA is a food safety standard for small and micro businesses based in the UK and Channel Islands and demonstrates that The Yorkshire Crisp Company is able to produce safe and legal food […]

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Eilersen Electric Launches the World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

    Eilersen Electric Launches the World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

Eilersen is releasing a new series of digital load cells in a hygienic (aseptic) design for dynamic weighing, process weighing, filling, packaging and general weighing applications targeted primarily at food and pharma customers. The new hygienic design is unique without any exposed bellow grooves, facilitating easy cleaning to minimize the risk of bacteria and contaminants […]

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Hygienic Sealed Wall Kerbing Within Food and Drink Factories

    Hygienic Sealed Wall Kerbing Within Food and Drink Factories

In the food and drink factories it is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality products, daily. With various processing areas in a factory it is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to its impact wear.
With strict demands within the food and drink industry […]

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Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

    Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

Linerless gurus, Ravenwood Packaging has unveiled its latest game-changing technology, the VXR; combining vision, x-ray and seal check technology. The new innovation launched at Pro2Pac, ahead of the Ravenwood Annual Conference.
The new compact and high-tech arrangement provides an all-inclusive process for the seamless production of sleeving, contaminate detection and sealing of trays. Customers will benefit […]

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Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

    Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

Key Technology has a long history as a trusted supplier and partner to food processors worldwide. With the single most complete source of high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems, Key helps processors improve product quality, increase yield and reduce costs.
Key’s high-performance laser/camera sorting systems – VERYX®, Manta®, Optyx®, Python, Spyder, Taurys™ and […]

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Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

    Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

A first-ever ‘farm to fork’ programme for shrimp production has been announced, offering consumers DNA based assurance on the origin and quality of shrimp. Through enhanced transparency the TraceBack programme will also help promote ethical labour practices, which have been highlighted in the global shrimp industry.
The technology offering – already available in animal meat – […]

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Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

    Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, have been adopted by the European Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.
The legislation will provide a comprehensive, integrated and more […]

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Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

    Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

Implementing an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system is a central priority for today’s food and beverage producers, as it is critical to complying with the standards of domestic and international regulatory authorities, governments and consumers.
Flowcrete UK has produced a white paper entitled What is a HACCP Food Safety […]

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New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

    New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

Product recalls can have a catastrophic impact on a food manufacturer’s brand and business but existing systems often rely on people that are prone to errors. A new white paper from OAL explains the top five errors and how food manufacturers can ‘Protect their brands from product recalls with automation’.
In 2015, 277 product recalls in […]

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Draft Guidance on Substances in Food For Infants Below 16 Weeks – Open For Comments

    Draft Guidance on Substances in Food For Infants Below 16 Weeks – Open For Comments

EFSA is launching a public consultation on its new draft guidance on the risk assessment of substances present in food intended for infants below 16 weeks of age.
From birth up to 16 weeks, infants are exclusively fed on breast milk and/or infant formula and safe levels set for the general population do not apply. EFSA’s […]

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New Warehouse Offers Maximum Product Safety For Taiyo

    New Warehouse Offers Maximum Product Safety For Taiyo

Taiyo, a pioneer in the research and manufacture of functional ingredients for the food, beverage, medical food and pharmaceutical industries, has relocated its storage facility in Germany. The logistics company In Time, specialist in the import, storage and transport of food and food ingredients, provided the new warehouse near Hamburg. Taiyo’s customers will now benefit […]

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Fast, Flexible, Accurate – Ishida’s ‘Hungry Monster’

    Fast, Flexible, Accurate – Ishida’s ‘Hungry Monster’

The success of the preferred supplier partnership between Ishida Europe and Tulip, one of the UK’s leading food processing companies, is ideally demonstrated by the latest installation of Ishida equipment at Tulip’s factory in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, where a bespoke line is handling 2.7 tonnes of frozen cocktail sausages every hour. With each cocktail sausage weighing […]

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Oakland International Ireland Retains Global BRC Standard

    Oakland International Ireland Retains Global BRC Standard

Supply chain distribution specialist Oakland International has retained British Retailers Consortium’s (BRC) quality audit for storage and distribution for their Ireland facility located in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
Oakland’s General Manager in Ireland, Richard Hill (pictured), comments: “Retaining BRC approval is fantastic news for the business and for our customers, with BRC accreditation providing assured acknowledgement that […]

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SonoSteam Technology Tackling Campylobacter in Poultry

    SonoSteam Technology Tackling Campylobacter in Poultry

SonoSteam is an innovative technology that is proving highly successful at tackling the pressing problem of Campylobacter in fresh poultry. Developed by Danish company Force Technology, SonoSteam uses a combination of steam and ultrasound to kill microorganisms such as Campylobacter on the skin and internal cavities of chicken. Force Technology has installed SonoSteam at Faccenda […]

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Hygienic Drainage Design Within the Meat Processing Industry

    Hygienic Drainage Design Within the Meat Processing Industry

In the meat processing industry it is vital to maintain high hygiene standards to ensure the fresh meat goods are safe for consumers. On a daily basis regular and thorough cleaning regimes are in place to avoid the risk of contamination.
There are a few factors to consider when designing a factory, which will help to […]

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Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

    Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

Driven by busy ‘time poor’ lifestyles and an ageing population, the convenience food market continues to flourish. With growing demand for products that have longer shelf life, can be eaten on the move, are simple to use and boast more innovative packaging formats, Loma Systems is highlighting the suitability of its high performance combination X5c X-ray […]

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SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

    SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices in the frozen fruit and vegetable sector hasintensified, following several high-profile food contamination outbreaks. Bühler, a global leader in optical sorting technology for the removal of foreign material (FM) contamination, has addressed this and claims to have developed the most hygienic optical sorter available today, to help reduce the risk of microbial contamination.
As part […]

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