2008 round up: most popular food safety stories
FoodProductionDaily’s review of the articles that sparked most interest in you the readers continues today with the most viewed pieces in the food safety area.
New computer program aids food safety certification
Complying with Global Food Safety Initiative standards will become much easier for food suppliers with the launch of a new computer program, claims its manufacturer Integrated Management Information.
Chinese target small producers' food safety standards
A four-month campaign to restore the tarnished image of Chinese food products and ingredients in the wake of the melamine scandal will begin this week, according to the government in Beijing.
New Glass Recycling Targets
Members of the North American Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) have pledged to use at least 50 per cent recycled glass in the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars by 2013.
Views sought on UK food safety publication
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking the views of food manufacturers based in England on its updated guidance for food handlers.
No change to BPA opinion required, says EFSA
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said it will not be revising its position on bisphenol A (BPA), following on from the criticism of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft assessment of the chemical, which is used in certain food packaging.
New BSE test could help allay meat safety fears
A test to instantly detect beef that has been contaminated with tissue from a cow's brain or spinal cord during slaughter could improve control of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the food supply chain, claims a US study.
Process may offer biodegradablity in petrochemical plastics
A research group based at University College Dublin claims it can convert plastics such as polystyrene (PS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and mixed plastics into a biodegradable polymer.
Castleberry plant closed over safety fears
Castleberry, the US-based food company linked to botulism-tainted
food last summer, has now been temporarily closed by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA).
US: New food safety tools target small meat firms
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced the development
of web-based resources to help small meat and poultry processors
with HACCP implementation.
Canada plans tough food safety laws
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has outlined radical plans
to improve the safety of imported and exported foods - after
admitting the country had fallen behind when it came to regulation.
New meat safety techniques compiled by regulator
About 35 new techniques for reducing pathogen contamination in meat
and poultry were added yesterday to a list of such methods being
compiled by the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
New 500-ml PET weighs in at 8.8g
Krones yesterday announced the release of what it is calling the
world's lightest of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container in
New technology for PET bottle packing
A new packing machine can place polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
bottles into crates at speeds of up to 60 crates a minute, the
PET bottle contains recycled materials
A polyethylene terephthalate (PET) juice bottle containing 30 per
cent recycled materials has been launched in the UK market.
Food executive sentenced to jail over E. coli outbreak
Breaching food safety rules can lead to jail, as the executive of a
UK food manufacturer has discovered.
Food container made from recycled PET
A new food container is made of recycled polyethylene terephthalate
(PET), providing manufacturers with the opportunity to present
themselves as "environmentally-friendly".
PET blow-moulder designed with modular oven
A new blow-moulding machine is designed with a modular oven, whose
length can be adjusted to the space available in a plant.
Mini closures target fizzy and malt beverages
New mini closures released on the global market target carbonated
and malt beverage processors using polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Robot loads PET bottles saving labor and space
A new mobile robot designed to load and unload polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) blow-moulded bottles saves labor and space, its
Ardagh takes over Rexam's glass business
Rexam has completed its divestment of its European glass packaging
business and is now preparing for its takeover of Owens-Illinois'
New PET faster and cheaper to mould, says manufacturer
A new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin on the market is being
promoted as faster and cheaper to mould.
Portable gas detector improves plant safety
An upgraded sensor, which can detect up to four gases
simultaneously, could reduce waste while improving plant safety,
claims its manufacturer.
Pallietisers speed up process for PET
A new generation of palletisers for empty PET bottles meet the
industry's need to speed up the process, claims its manufacturer.
Rexam to sell glass business to Ardagh
Ardagh Glass today announced an agreement to buy Rexam's glass
container business for €660m.
Oxygen-scavenging PET gets the all clear
A newly developed clear monolayer polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
with an oxygen-scavenging barrier can now be used for packaging
ketchup after gaining regulatory approval in the US this month.
Titanium PET bottles take the pressure
A new titanium-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin allows
soft drink manufacturers to produce clearer bottles faster.
Banknote security transformed for food safety
Cutting-edge technology could slash counterfeiting and tampering
risks as ArjoWiggins, a leading banknote manufacturer, branches
into food security and brand protection.
Lamp coating contains broken glass and vapours
A new coating for fluorescent lamps helps contain glass and vapours
when broken, its manufacturer claims.
Adhesive developed for air-blown labels
A new hotmelt adhesive on the market has been specifically
developed for cool-temperature,air-blown label dispensing, a system
particularly in used in food packaging.
Products emphasise automation, safety
One of the world's biggest packaging conferences ended yesterday,
with suppliers vying to draw new business with a bevy of new
Pepsi may have to comply with changes in UK recycling legislation
The UK's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
is revising packaging regulations, leading to speculation that the
Pepsi corporation will have to comply with UK recycling laws
regarding packaging waste.
Metal screen frames speed up filtering process
Using screen frames made from metal in filtering food ingredients
speeds up the production process, according to Rotex.
Hologram system provides method for food safety, authenticity
An Israeli company has developed a system of using holograms to
ensure the authenticity and safety of poultry, beef and fish.
Oxygen-scavenging PET brings clarity to market
The development of a clear monolayer polyethylene terephthalate
(PET) with an oxygen-scavenging barrier could be the impetus
companies need in deciding whether to make the conversion to
plastic containers from glass or metal.
New BSE test could calm fears over beef safety
A new test designed to quickly detect mad cow disease in live
animals may help calm the public's fears about the safety of their
Precision balance built for food processing plants
Mettler Toledo's Xpress Bench Scale is a high capacity precision
balance built for food processing operations and laboratories,
reports Ahmed ElAmin.
Ardagh vs Quinn: Battle for UK Glass Market
There's an all out battle for supremacy in the UK glass container
market, with upstart Quinn Glass attempting to muscle its way over
Ardagh Glass, the number one producer in the country, reports
Rexam sells UK glass operation to Ardagh
Facing increasing competition in the UK glass container market
Rexam has exited the glass business in that country aspart of its
growth strategy in Europe, reports Ahmed ElAmin.
Special report: Global biotech battle heats up in Montreal
A transatlantic trade dispute over genetically modified food will
come to the fore over the next 10 days in Montreal, Canada, where
government, civic and business representatives are gathering for a
second round of international negotiations...
Budvar beats A-B in latest Budweiser battle
Small-time Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has beaten US beer giant
Anheuser Busch for the right to sell its beer under the Budweiser
brand in Cambodia, after winning an appeal in the country's Supreme
Court, reports Chris Mercer.
Superfos drives alternatives to glass packaging
Packaging manufacturer Superfos has won a WorldStar Award for a new
plastic alternative to the glass jar, confirming the current trend
towards more flexible forms of packaging.
Serac develops compact accurate PET filling system
Equipment supplier Serac has developed a machine with a neck
transfer system specifically developed for the filling of vegetable
oil into PET containers.
Karo Syrup switches to PET
The company behind the 100-year-old brand Karo Syrup has swapped
glass for PET in a move that reflects a general trend in food
M&G expands to target high-performance PET market
Italy-based chemical group Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) is
constructing a new high-performance PET plant in South America,
warning that the commodity market is becoming seriously
oversupplied, writes Anthony Fletcher.
Global Food Group supplies RFID to Intermec
US-based Intermec Technologies has named Global Food Group (GFG) to
supply its RFID requirements as part of an authorised partner
programme - a step that should see it increase its presence in the
supply of RFID solutions for food...
Rexam completes energy efficient glass packaging plant
Rexam Glass' recent €15 million investment in its glassworks at
Dongen, the Netherlands, means that energy consumption (per tonne
of glass) from the improved furnace will be within 10 per cent of
the best performing glass furnaces...
O-I looking to acquire Glasspack
Owens-Illinois has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive
negotiations to acquire BSN Glasspack, the second largest glass
container manufacturer in Europe.
A clearer picture for food safety
Loma Systems, a leading global manufacturer of checkweighers, metal
detectors and X-ray systems for the food industry, is launching the
Xe, the latest addition to its x-ray range at Foodex Meatex. The
company claims that the new range...
Ball Packaging moves to Belgrade
Ball Packaging Europe, part of the US-owned Ball group, has
announced that it is to build a $40 million can packaging facility,
which will be located on the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia.