Clean-in-Place Options for Sanitary Control – View Animation

Cablevey Conveyors has developed both dry and wet processes for cleaning our systems.

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Food Grade Lubricants’ Role in Processing – ONLINE EXCLUSIVE


Food grade lubricants are potentially indirect food additives. How can a grease or an oil become a food additive? Leaks, excessive lubrication, messy application during maintenance, etc. Today’s beverage and food-associated processing plants are running faster and harder than ever before. Lubrication safety audits, selecting and implementing premium quality food grade lubricants, along with the proper lubrication program, are proactive steps toward a safe, efficient, and hygienic processing facility all while increasing profitability. A lubrication safety audit lends itself to proper equipment lubrication, improved performance, and the opportunity for lubricant consolidation, thus lowering the cost of inventory and the misapplication of lubricant. Safety audits should be performed every three years. A plant survey should be conducted when changing lubricant vendors and every time new machinery is added to the production line. A survey also exposes handling and storage procedures and various environmental concerns, all of which can all lead to lubricant contamination.

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Phone app allows researchers to conduct concealed food safety observations

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Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.

That is the conclusion of food science researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, who studied whether phones could be used in place of the traditional clipboards to improve the quality of data collection related to food safety observations.

Food safety practices used by food handlers are often monitored for research, inspection and regulatory purposes. However, if surveillance is not concealed, it can result in unintended behavioral changes, according to Catherine Cutter, professor of food science. Those changes — known as the Hawthorne Effect — can render such observations meaningless.


Researchers Develop a Faster, Cheaper Way to Detect Salmonella


Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a highly sensitive, cost-effective technology for bacterial pathogen screening of air, soil, water, and produce in as little as 24 hours.

According to lead researcher Ezra Orlofsky, Ph.D., of BGU’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, “Rapid and reliable pathogen detection in field samples is critical for public health, security and environmental monitoring. Current methods used in food, water or clinical applications rely on labor- and time-intensive culturing techniques, while activities such as dairy farming, wastewater and runoff treatment necessitates real-time monitoring of pathogens in environment samples.”

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A Quick Detection for Shellfish Toxins


A portable and inexpensive device was found highly effective for monitoring a range of phycotoxins present in mussels, scallops, oysters, and clams.

Researchers working in the U.K and the U.S. reported in the October issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry the results of their tests of the single-step lateral flow immunoassay designed to detect okadaic acid (OA) and dinophysis toxins (DTXs). The performance of the immunoassay was compared to other more established methods, such as liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and/or a mouse biosassay (MBA), approaches that require samples be sent to and tested at a lab.

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First child-resistant slider for flex packs launched

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To help protect children in the home from unintentional ingestion, Presto Products Company’s CHILD-GUARD–a child-resistant slider technology– is being applied to FunkGuard, a child-resistant reclosable package geared toward the cannabis industry from FunkSac. The pouch is also approved for use with food grade materials.

Two years of development led Presto Products Company to launch at Pack Expo in booth S-2837 on November 2 the world’s first child-resistant flexible pouch on the initial opening and subsequent re-openings using the Press-To-Engage (PTE) resealable slider. The Child-Guard slider meets Title 16 CFR 1700 of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) with ASTM D3475 classification from ASTM International.

The CR method is simple, effective and ingenious: As shown in the video, the slider opens with an easy “point, press and pull” motion. Users align the slider tongue with the groove, press down lightly on the slider’s top side and pull the slider across the zipper track for a smooth opening experience. Adult consumers, including seniors, will find the zipper simple to open, but it will be extremely challenging for children aged five and under addressed by the PPPA regulation.

Source : Food Safety Magazine, Packing digest


Could biomimicry hold the key to engineering healthy oils in to solid fats?

By Nathan Gray+, 05-Oct-2015

The use of biomimicry to form nature-inspired oleogels could help manufacturers to better structure unsaturated fats to replace trans fats, say researchers.