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Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 10:57 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Keri Dawson, vice president, Industry Solutions and Advisory Services, MetricStream, discusses the importance of establishing and enforcing a compliance program that ensures the quality and safety of food and beverage products.    

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

February 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Articles | Comments

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.        

U.S. Olive Oil Pushing Gov't To Test Imported Oils

February 18, 2014 8:04 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tiny California olive industry says European olive oil filling U.S. shelves often is mislabeled and lower-grade oil, and they're pushing the federal government to give more scrutiny to imported varieties. One congressman-farmer even goes so far as suggesting labels on imported oil say "extra rancid" rather than "extra virgin."

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Tulsa Pharmacy Sued Over Lethal Injection Drug

February 12, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

A Missouri inmate scheduled for execution this month is asking a federal judge to bar a Tulsa compounding pharmacy from providing the drug to be used in his lethal injection. The lawsuit alleges the drug could cause "an unnecessarily long and inhumane execution."

Cargill Adds 'Textured Beef' Wording To Labels

February 7, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Cargill, one of the nation's largest meatpackers, has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been called "pink slime." Cargill also said it has developed a website to answer questions about finely textured beef.

GI Joe, The World's First Action Figure, Turns 50

February 6, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | News | Comments

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well.

The Basics Of Internal Auditing

January 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Normally companies will have a schedule that is written to audit their entire quality system on an annual basis. Usually the Quality Manager or Engineer is responsible for creating this schedule. The schedule consists of the elements of the standard to be audited, who will be auditing and when the results are due.

Feds Grab $21.6M In Counterfeits Before Super Bowl

January 30, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Investigators have seized more than $21.6 million in knockoff souvenir football jerseys, caps and other merchandise, shut down illegal websites and made dozens of arrests in a crackdown on Super Bowl counterfeiters, authorities said Thursday.  

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Dutch Find More Horsemeat In Beef Products

January 29, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horsemeat in four shipments that were labeled as beef products. The agency did not identify the slaughterhouse, other than saying it was in the eastern province of Gelderland.

FDA Halts Drug Imports From Ranbaxy Plant In India

January 24, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration ban effectively stops the company from shipping drugs and raw ingredients from its Toansa plant in the Punjab province. A Jan. 11 inspection by FDA staffers uncovered factory workers retesting drug ingredients that had failed quality testing, in an apparent effort to return positive results.

China Seized 60,000 Piracy Suspects Last Year

January 21, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Chinese state media say police seized almost 60,000 suspects involved in intellectual property infringement cases with a total estimated value of $28 billion in 2013. The official Xinhua News Agency says more than 90 million tons of counterfeit and substandard goods were confiscated last year, and more than 1,000 criminal networks smashed.

Smalley Receives Back-to-Back GM Excellence Awards

January 16, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

For the second consecutive year, Smalley is pleased to have received General Motor’s prestigious GM Suppler Quality Excellence award. The company develops and manufactures retaining rins, constant section rings, snap rings and more, in standard configurations and non-standard sizes at no additional charge.

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 15, 2014 8:51 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

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Merck Recalls Combo Cholesterol Drug

January 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker Merck & Co. is recalling a combination cholesterol drug, wiping out the entire U.S. stock, due to packaging defects that could reduce effectiveness. Merck says the recall covers all four dose strengths and every batch distributed since Liptruzet was launched last May.

Chicken Plant Closes Again After Cockroach Cleanup

January 13, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

The plant closed Jan. 8 when inspectors found the cockroaches on five separate occasions in various parts of the plant over four months. The closure came three months after inspectors threatened a shutdown because of salmonella problems at the Livingston plant and two Foster Farms sites in Fresno.

States Urged To Register Compounding Pharmacies

January 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent letters to state agencies and other stakeholders across the country calling on them to encourage compounding pharmacies to register as producers of sterile drugs in an effort to protect the public.

Most Innovative Companies #6: Daniele, Inc.

January 10, 2014 12:12 pm | Articles | Comments

More than three decades ago, the Dukcevich family brought their delicious salumi to America from Northern Italy. Today, families all over the world enjoy their rosciutto, sopressata, salame, pancetta, mortadella and capocollo. They use new technology to extend shelf-life, ensure food safety and expand the reach of its sausage and cured meat products to a growing base of consumers.

Most Innovative Companies #7: Beaverton Foods, Inc.

January 9, 2014 2:53 pm | Articles | Comments

#7 is Beaverton Foods, Inc., which we picked because of its ability to remain flexible, specializing in small-batch recipes and the ability to change the facility to a new process in record time. By staying small, and innovating on hundreds of product formulas and bottling styles, they can concentrate on quality and distinct flavor.

Roaches Found At California Chicken Plant

January 9, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

Work at a California chicken plant has been halted after federal inspectors found cockroaches. The Modesto Bee reports the Foster Farms facility in Livingston carried out "enhanced sanitizing" Wednesday after receiving a letter from the Food Safety and Inspection Service detailing the cockroach problem.

Over 350 In Japan Sickened By Tainted Frozen Food

January 7, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

Food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings began recalling 6.4 million packages of various frozen foods on Dec. 29, saying it found some were tainted by high levels of pesticides. The company has received hundreds of thousands of calls about the problem.

Combi USA Recalls More Than 33,000 Child Seats

January 3, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Combi USA is recalling more than 33,000 child car seats made before January 2013 because the harnesses aren't strong enough to meet federal safety standards. The Charlotte, N.C., company is recalling the Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360.

Wal-Mart Eyes Legal Action Over Fox In Donkey Meat

January 3, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart had recalled the donkey meat — which it said was considered a popular delicacy in parts of China — after DNA testing by a government agency. The company said Thursday that it withdrew all products from the supplier, Dezhou Fujude Food Company, and that affected customers were offered compensation.

Original Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

January 3, 2014 9:13 am | by Candice Choie, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that it is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company spokesman.

China Says Vaccines Didn't Cause 9 Kids' Deaths

January 3, 2014 5:14 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vaccines did not cause the deaths of nine children shortly after they were inoculated for hepatitis in a Chinese government program and no links have been found in eight other cases still being investigated, health officials said Friday after safety concerns arose.

GM To Recall 1.5M Cars In China To Replace Bracket

December 27, 2013 8:28 am | News | Comments

The recall affects 1.2 million Buick Excelles made from 2006 through part of 2012 and 250,000 Chevrolet Sails produced between April 2009 and October 2011 and some made last year. The bracket to be replaced might crack and in extreme cases cause a fuel leak.

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